This panel will explore the connection between Marxism and African
American literature. Black writers who were involved with leftist
movements during the early part of the twentieth century included Claude
McKay, Chester Himes, Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison. Proposals that
explore the ways race complicated the role of the black writers involved
in leftist movements, and the ways these political movements influenced
their work are welcomed. Kristin Moriah, McGill University
This panel will explore the connection between Marxism and African
Much insightful scholarship has been published on the representation of
racial passing in American literature, especially in texts from the
antebellum period through the Harlem Renaissance and Jim Crow segregation.
Even in a â€œpost Civil Rights era,â€ however, racial passing has continued to
interest writers as a means to explore identity and race relations in
America. Within the last decade and a half, authors as diverse as Elizabeth
Atkins Bowman, Wesley Brown, Alice Randall, Philip Roth, and Danzy Senna,
among others, have incorporated racial passing within novels. Perhaps the
most highly visible evidence of the continued relevance of racial passing
New Approaches to William Wells Brown
NeMLA Board-Sponsored Panel
39th Annual Northeast MLA Convention
Buffalo, New York
April 11-13, 2008
As a Guest Editor of The Southern Quarterly, I would like to update the call for
papers I'd submitted previously. The Southern Quarterly solicits essays for the
special issue " 'My Southern Home': The Life and Literature of 19th Century
Southern Black Writers," scheduled for publication Spring 2008. Below is a copy
of the new announcement with submission details, noting the updated deadline of
July 16, 2007. Please continue to advertise this announcement on your website.
If you should have any further questions or concerns, please contact me
Call for Contributors
>From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances
We seek engaging papers/writings for an edited book collection. The essays are being compiled in recognition of the golden anniversary of E. Franklin Frazier's controversial monograph __Black Bourgeoisie__ (1957), and must discuss both class and blackness as expressed in film, literature, media, music, autobiography/biography, theatre, or the performance of everyday life. The publisher for the collection will be announced at a later date.
Contemporary Slave Narrative
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention (SAMLA)
November 9-11, 2007
We invite panel and individual-paper proposals for the African and
African-American Popular Culture Conference, to be held at Plymouth
State University (Plymouth, New Hampshire) October 5-6, 2007. The
members of the conference committee are seeking contributions that
examine noteworthy forms of African diasporic cultural production,
during any historical era, at the intersection of popular culture.
Participants are encouraged to interpret the conference theme broadly
and innovatively. Individual presentations will be limited to 20
minutes in length.
Black Womenâ€™s Writing Revisited: Womanism, Black Consciousness, and
Special issue of "gender forum" - Guest ed. Sabine Broeck, University of
UPDATE: New Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 4/25/07
Approaches to Teaching Early African American Poetry (1700-1900) (4/15/07; 11/8/07-11/11/07)
Special Session Topic Panel: M/MLA 2007 Annual Convention, November 8-11, Cleveland, Ohio
CFP: Critical Methodologies in Contemporary Black Film (abstracts
Publishing a conference paper in a refereed journal is rarely the immediate
outcome of a conference presentation; however, this call for papers is also
a call for such scholarly articles.
Please read the email below, visit the website listed below, and if you
still have questions, feel free to contact me directly.
Do pass this call on by word of mouth and via your other list-serves.
Finally, encourage your Ph.D students to submit abstracts -- the Zora forum
is an excellent source of both intellectual support and constructive
919 787 8153
BTA DEBUT PANEL SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, APRIL 16th.
CALL FOR PAPERS - ATHE 2007
7th ANNUAL BTA DEBUT PANEL
>> Call for Papers: AWP Panel, In Praise of: 13 Ways to Be Mentored
>> Mentoring often happens in private, between a person and a book, one
>> alone with a few pages of someone's text, another writer she feels
>> drawn to. Who are the writers we return to? And for what reasons? How
>> do writers
>> enter an alternative form of mentorship with writers they've only met
CFP: Contemporary African Immigrant Experience (collection)
Abstract deadline extended to April 15th, 2007.
I am looking for personal narratives and essays (short poems welcome)
for an edited collection on the Contemporary African Immigrant
experience in the United States, and other parts of the Diaspora.
The Black Theatre Association (BTA), a focus group of the Association
for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), seeks essay submissions for
its 7th Annual Debut Panel. We encourage all graduate students and
non-tenured faculty working on African American theatre and
performance studies who have never presented at ATHE or a national
conference to apply. Papers may consider any aspect of African
American dramatic criticism, theatre history, plays, playwrights,
performers, directors, designers, etc. The highest quality papers
will be selected by our distinguished panel of theatre scholar
judges: Harry J. Elam, Jr., Olive H. Palmer Professor in the
CFP: Approaches to Teaching Early African American Poetry (1700-1900) (4/15/07; 11/8/07-11/11/07)
Proposed Special Session Topic Panel: M/MLA 2007 Annual Convention, November 8-11, Cleveland, Ohio
PACIFIC ANCIENT AND MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION
CALL FOR PAPERS, ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE DIVISION PANEL
2 and 3 November 2007
Please email proposals (500 words along with a 50-word abstract) on any aspect of African American literature by March 15, 2007 to
Jennifer Lynn Stoever
Department of American Studies and Ethnicity
University of Southern California
Call for Papers
LGBT African-Americans: Historical and Sociological Perspectives
Paper proposals are invited for a panel at the annual meeting of the =
Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. The conference =
will be held March 21-24, 2007 in Atlanta, GA at the Holiday Inn-Atlanta =
Airport North. The theme for the 2007 ASBS Conference is =93Scholarly =
Activism & Global Thought.=94
ARCHAEOLOGIES OF BLACK MEMORY CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR
University of Miami Hosts Critical, Creative Conference from June 22 – 29, 2007
UPDATE: Papers are solicited for the following works to be included in a
collection of critical essays tentatively titled: Crowned with Laurel:
Critical Essays on African American Pulitzer Prize Wining Literature. The
collection will examine works by African Americans that have won the
country's most prestigious award. The works on which essays are still being
1950: Poetry-Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks
1970: Drama-No Place to Be Somebody by Charles Gordone
1978: Fiction-Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
1987: Drama-Fences by August Wilson
1993: Poetry-Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komynyakaa
Papers may discuss any aspect of the works.
Call for Papers
African American Literature Symposium
"Catching the Flavor and Rhythm of Life: The Legacy of Zora Neale =
Hurston in the 21st Century"
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST), a =
journal, is planning a special issue on African American Studies, to be=20=
published in the Fall of 2008.
Essay topics to be considered for this issue include: 1) the=20
historical origins of the Black Studies movement and African American=20
Studies programs and departments in the United States; 2) the state of=20=
African American Studies in Europe; 3) Current trends in African=20
American Studies=97social, political, and economic perspectives; 4)=20
African American Studies and the visual arts; 5) transnational African=20=
For a proposed special session at MLA 2007 in Chicago.
Black Women Writers of New England: Revisiting Ann Petry and Dorothy West.
This special session will explore comparative literary studies of the
writings of Ann Petry and Dorothy West. Papers or abstracts by l5 March
should be sent to Pearlie Peters (petersp_at_rider.edu). Abstracts and papers
must be accompanied by a statement indicating the proposed presenter's
current membership in the MLA.
Dr. Pearlie Peters,
Professor of English
Department of English
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-3099
IRA ALDRIDGE (1807-1867):
AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM CELEBRATING THE BICENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH
The International Symposium
University of Lodz, Poland
The British and Commonwealth Studies Department
Lodz, Poland 23-25 July 2007
This is an UPDATED call for papers to contribute to an article collection on African American and
Afro-Caribbean Women Writers.
We are soliciting manuscripts that critically examine contemporary works by African American and
Afro-Caribbean women writers. Manuscripts should explore factors that shape African American
women's identities and trace processes of memory formation as they occur in domestic and public
Specifically, we are looking for submissions which address the following areas of influence:
gender and sexualities
sites of eating and the role of food
CALL FOR PAPERS
Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
November 8-11, 2007
The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
AMERICAN LITERATURE I: The Politics of Recovery: 19th-Century African American Women Novelists
The African/African American session of South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) welcomes abstracts of 500 words for papers to be presented in Memphis, Tn.
Title of Panel: Switching Currents of Hybridity On/Off. Many African Americans can claim more than one racial identity, creating hybrid identities. Papers are requested that explore characters that switch from one identity to another in African or African American literature.
Abstracts or full papers should be submitted to the panel chair.
Dr. Juluette Bartlett Pack
11125 Equity Dr.
Houston, Tx 77041
Proposals are invited for the Eudora Welty Society session at the 2007
SCMLA Conference, 11/1/07-11/3/07 in Memphis. Open topic: 20-minute
papers on any aspect of Welty's work, life, or critical reception are
welcome. However, since Welty wrote extensively about the forces of
time and the flow of life throughout the state, including the Natchez
Trace, papers related to the theme "Currents" are strongly encouraged.
All approaches are welcome. Email 500 word abstracts to Dee Natale at
nataleda_at_westminster.edu, or mail to TC 403, Westminster College, New
Wilmington, PA 16172. Deadline March 16, 2007.
CFP for the 2007 Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century
Studies Conference to be held October 25-28, 2007 at Dartmouth College.
The conference theme is "Transatlantic Destinies: Connections and
Disconnections across the Atlantic Seaboard in the Eighteenth Century."
_Traveling Songs: Lyric in the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century_