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CFP: [African-American] Black Writers and the Left

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 5:16pm
Kristin Moriah

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

CFP: [African-American] Racial Passing Since 1990 (9/14/07; collection)

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 3:21pm
Julie Cary Nerad

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 “post Civil Rights era,” 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

UPDATE: 19th Century Southern Black Writers (7/15/07; journal issue)

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 8:04pm
Sherita L. Johnson

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


CFP: Black Middle-Class Performances (6/15/07; collection)

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 7:28pm
Tsemo, Bridget H

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.

CFP: African and African-American Popular Culture (7/15/07; 10/5/07-10/6/07)

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 10:07pm
Kylo Hart

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.

CFP: Ritual & Spirituality in the African Diaspora (6/1/07; 1/24/08-2/3/08)

Friday, April 6, 2007 - 9:57pm
Deidre Crumbley

Dear Colleagues,

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


Deidre Crumbley


919 787 8153


CFP: Alternative Mentoring for People of Color (4/17/07; 1/30/08-2/3/08)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 8:20pm
Lydia Melvin

>> 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
>> writer
>> alone with a few pages of someone's text, another writer she feels
>> inexplicably
>> 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

UPDATE: Contemporary African Immigrant Experience (4/15/07; collection)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 7:49pm
Nnoromele, Salome

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.


CFP: Black Theatre Association 7th Annual Debut Panel (4/2/07; 7/26/07-7/29/07)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 7:48pm
Jonathan Shandell

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: African American Literature Panel (3/15/07; PAMLA, 11/2/07-11/3/07)

Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 9:57am
Jennifer Stoever

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

CFP: Black LGBTs: Historical and Sociological Perspectives (3/1/07; 3/24/07)

Friday, March 9, 2007 - 4:51am
Porter, Archie

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

UPDATE: Crowned with Laurel: Critical Essays on African American Pulitzer Prize Wining Literature (4/30/07; collection)

Monday, March 5, 2007 - 8:59pm
Yolanda Page

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
sought are:


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.


CFP: Journal of American Studies of Turkey: African American Studies (4/30/07; journal issue)

Monday, March 5, 2007 - 7:08pm
James Miller


        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=

CFP: Black Women Writers of New England: Revisiting Petry and West (3/15/07; MLA '07)

Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 6:12pm
Dr. Pearlie Mae Peters

 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 ( 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
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-3099
609, 895-5566

UPDATE: African American and Afro-Caribbean Women Writers (3/1/07; collection)

Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 1:53am

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:

magical realism
gender and sexualities
sites of eating and the role of food

CFP: African/African American Literature (3/16/07; SCMLA, 11/1/07-11/3/07)

Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:27am
juluette pack

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
  DeVry University
  11125 Equity Dr.
  Houston, Tx 77041

CFP: Eudora Welty (3/16/07; SCMLA, 11/1/07-11/3/07)

Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 8:56pm
Delores Natale

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, or mail to TC 403, Westminster College, New
Wilmington, PA 16172. Deadline March 16, 2007.

CFP: Lyric in the Transatlantic 18th c. (3/1/07; NEASECS, 10/25/07-10/28/07)

Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 8:55pm
Joanne van der Woude

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_