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CFP: Black Literature in the Early (Mid)West (2/28/07; MLA '07)

Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 8:55pm
Eric Gardner

For a proposed special session at MLA 2007:

Black Literature in the Early (Mid)West.

Pre-1900, "West" defined broadly, reflecting changing "frontier" boundaries. The Black press, slave narratives from the (Mid)West, African/Native interactions, Thomas Detter, the Repository of Religion and Literature, the Elevator, the Pacific Appeal, etc.

Abstracts by 28 February 2007 to Eric Gardner (

CFP: 7th Biennial Southern Women Writers Conference: Homecomings (4/2/07; 9/27/07-9/29/07)

Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 8:23pm
Bucher, Christina

Call for Papers and Creative Submissions
Seventh Biennial Southern Women Writers Conference
Berry College
Mount Berry, GA
September 27-29, 2007
Conference speakers to include: Barbara C. Ewell, Kaye Gibbons, Vertamae
Grosvenor, Minrose Gwin, Lorraine Lopez, Jill McCorkle, Harryette
Mullen, Brenda Marie Osbey, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Minton Sparks,
a special evening with Dr. Maya Angelou
(in conjunction with One Book, Many Voices Rome Community Read)
Since its inception in 1994, the Southern Women Writers Conference has
been devoted to showcasing the works of well known and emerging southern

UPDATE: Representing Segregation (3/15/07; journal issue)

Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 10:12pm

Updated CFP
Update=3A The guest editors of a special issue of African American Revie=
w on Representing Segregation are still looking for proposals for projec=
ts that address the special issue topic in the late nineteenth century=2E=
 The original call for papers is appended below=2E =


The extended deadline for proposals on the late nineteenth century is Ma=
rch 15=2C 2007=2E Send inquiries or proposals to Brian Norman (normbria=40=
isu=2Eedu) and Piper Kendrix Williams (williamp=40tcnj=2Eedu)=2E Complet=
ed papers will due by May 1=2C 2007=2E More information=2C including a l=
ink to the special issue website at http=3A//aar=2Eslu=2Eedu/=2E

UPDATE: Black Diaspora in the South and the Caribbean (2/1/07; 3/16/07-3/17/07)

Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 8:01pm
Anthony Hoefer

Fourth Annual Conference of the Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies at Louisiana State University.
"Black Diaspora in the South and the Caribbean."

Mar 16-17, 2007


Invited keynote speakers include:

-Jane Landers, Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
-Francis Abiola Irele, Visiting Professor of African and African American Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
-Ifeoma Nwanko, Associate Professor of English Vanderbilt University

The Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies at Louisiana State University invites proposals for individual presentations at its fourth annual conference.

CFP: African American and Afro-Caribbean Women Writers (2/15/07; collection)

Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

This is a 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 spheres.
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 American Women Writers (3/1/07; RMMLA, 10/4/07-10/6/07)

Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 8:00pm
E.M. Clark

This panel invites proposals exploring any African American women writers for the 2007 RMMLA conference in Calgary, October 4-7, 2007. Electronic submission of a 300-word abstract by March 1, 2007 to
  Snail mail may be sent to:
  Erin Mae Clark
  Department of English
  Washington State University
  P.O. Box 645020
  Pullman, WA 99164-5020
  Panelists will be notified by March 15, 2007 and must secure or renew RMMLA membership by April 1, 2007. For more information, please see the RMMLA website,

UPDATE: Edited Collection on Donald Goines (2/25/07; collection)

Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 1:53am

UPDATE: The deadline to submit abstracts for Literary Hustler of Hood: =
Critical Essays and Reflections on the Works of Donald Goines has been e=
xtended to FEBUARARY 25, 2007. We are currently interested in critical =
essays on the Kenyatta Series, the film adaptation of Goines=92 fiction,=
 and essays on works other than White Man=92s Justice, Black Man=92s Gri=
ef. Please e-mail abstracts (250-500 words) to Dr. Stallings (stalling@= and Dr. Greg Thomas ( Submit abstracts=
 in MS Word. Completed essays will be due by December 1, 2007.

CFP: The Color Purple (4/1/07; collection)

Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 11:57pm

Rodopi Press Amsterdam/Atlanta announces a new series of literary studies
entitled "Dialogue" under the general editorship of Michael J. Meyer. The
series will offer new and experienced scholars the opportunity to present
alternative readings and approaches to classic texts. Plans are being made for a
volume on Alice Walker's The Color Purple. The guest editors for this volume
will be Delroy Constantine-Simms and Kheven LaGrone.
The Color Purple is a simple story that has been criticized and acclaimed
worldwide. It was an award winning novel, then an award winning Hollywood
movie and more recently, an award winning Broadway play. The movie was accused

CFP: Critical Essays on African American Pulitzer Prize Winning Literature (4/30/07; collection)

Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 10:59pm
Yolanda W. Page

Papers are solicited for a collection of critical essays tentatively titled: Crowned with Laurel: Critical Essays on African American Pulitzer Prize Wining Literature . This collection of essays will examine eleven works by African Americans that have won the country's most prestigious award. Those works 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
  1982: Drama—A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller
  1983: Fiction—The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  1987: Fiction—Fences by August Wilson
  1987: Poetry—Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove
  1988: Fiction—Beloved by Toni Morrison

CFP: Teaching Toni Morrison (3/31/07; MMLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 10:59pm
Melissa Daniels

Teaching Toni Morrison

Calls for Papers
Midwest Modern Language Association
8-11 November 2007

This panel seeks papers that address pedagogical responses to Toni Morrison. Proposals should
explore/discuss the following issues:

·Representations of black male masculinity
·Class difference
·Canon formation: Where do we situate Morrison in the teaching of American and/or African-American

Email 200 word abstracts, full-length papers, or questions by March 31, 2007 to:

Melissa Daniels
PhD Student
Department of English,
Northwestern University

UPDATE: Funkativity in African American Culture (1/15/07; 3/29/07-3/30/07)

Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 1:16am
Bolden, Anthony

The English Department at The University of Alabama is inviting
proposals for its biannual symposium to be held March 29-30, 2007.
Entitled "Eruptions of Funk," the symposium will provide a venue in
which scholars and artists can engage issues specifically related to
African American cultural memory. Featured speakers include:

Mark Anthony Neal
Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Aldon Lynn Nielsen
Rickey Vincent
Kalamu ya Salaam
Tracie Morris
Cheryl Keyes

CFP: African Americans and the Environment (1/1/07; ASLE, 6/12/07-6/16/07)

Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 10:46pm

Panel proposal for the upcoming conference of the Association for the Study of
Literature and Environment at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina,
June 12-16, 2007:

African Americans and the Environment

As ecocriticism continues to expand its borders from the study of traditional
nature writing, so too must the perception of the American “nature experience”
extend beyond what has largely been a white pastime. This panel will consider
literary representations of African Americans and nature by black and white
writers, pre- and post-Civil War, which engage issues of ecological ethics,
environmental justice and activism, agriculture, gardening, and beyond.

CFP: Re-examining Migration (1/10/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 10:46pm
Nash, Will

The African-American Literature and Culture Society invites proposals
related to the following topic, for a session at the American Literature
Association meetings in Boston [May 24-27, 2007].


Re-examining Migration

In recent years, historians like Darlene Clark Hine have called for a
more nuanced look at African American experiences with migration,
highlighting issues such as gender and geography as important focus
points. How have African-American writers responded to this call? What
new types of concerns or themes emerge in contemporary representations
of migration?


 Please send 1-2 page proposals by January 10th to


William R. Nash

CFP: Eudora Welty (1/10/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 10:46pm
Annette Trefzer

Paper proposals are invited for an ALA session that explores Eudora

Welty's global connections in her work and / or with other writers

abroad. We seek new comparative theoretical approaches offering

provocative global, postcolonial, and post-regional insights into Welty.


This ALA session, sponsored by the Eudora Welty Society, seeks to

explore new topics, conversations and conflicts by situating Eudora

Welty in global literary, historical and cultural contexts. What

happens to Welty's fiction when we take it out of the familiar

regional narratives of the South that have previously defined

it? How does a global comparative study of Welty answer her famous

CFP: William Wells Brown (1/5/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 10:51pm
Dawn Coleman

American Literature Association Annual Convention
Boston, 5/24/07-5/27/07


Despite his significance as the first African-American novelist and =20
as an anti-slavery lecturer, autobiographer, poet, editor, historian, =20=

travel writer, and dramatist, William Wells Brown has received =20
surprisingly little critical attention. For a proposed panel at ALA =20
2007, I am seeking papers of twenty minutes in length on any aspect =20
of Brown=92s work.

Please send proposals (ca. 300 words) and brief CV to Dawn Coleman at =20= by 5 January 2007. Inquiries welcome.

CFP: African Oedipus (Netherlands) (12/20/06; AEGIS, 7/11/07-7/14/07)

Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 10:51pm
Ide Corley-Carmody

Addressing the question of how psychoanalytic theories might speak
about "race," Hortense Spillers gives the term "African Oedipus" to a
model of cultural self-formation which recognizes the status of the
"father" as a social function rather than a biological genitor ("'All
the Things You Could Be by Now if Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your
Mother': Psychoanalysis and Race"). For Spillers, the term "African
Oedipus" mediates a sociosymbolic order characterized by shifting
specular relations rather than by the fixed hierarchical positions and
meanings attributed to the father, the mother and the child within the
traditional Freudian model. The term "African Oedipus" is also linked

UPDATE: Visual Culture and Collaboration: Callaloo Special Issue (12/15/06; journal issue)

Monday, November 13, 2006 - 4:14am
Meta DuEwa Jones

Call for Papers

Note the deadline has been extended to December 15th, 2006!

Special Issue on Visual Culture. In celebration of its 30th =20
anniversary and its commitment to exploring the intersection of =20
literary and visual art, Callaloo will publish an issue that focuses =20
on visual culture and collaboration in the African American context. =20
This special visual culture issue will feature visual and written =20
works that examine the important crossroads=97where literary and visual =20=

art meet=97that Callaloo provides. We seek, then, creative responses, =20=

CFP: Charles W. Chesnutt Association Sessions at ALA (1/15/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Friday, November 10, 2006 - 11:15pm
Wright-Mcfatter, Susan

The Charles Waddell Chesnutt Association is seeking papers to be=20
included in two Chesnutt sessions at the American Literature Association

Conference to be held from May 24-27, 2007 at The Westin Copley, 10
Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116.


 We would like one session to focus on white characters in Chesnutt's
short and/or long fiction (including the more recently published novels
-Evelyn's Husband and A Business Career).


The second session is open at this point: we will determine the topic=20
upon receipt of abstracts.



If your paper is included in the panel, you must become a member of the
Charles W. Chesnutt Association by March 1, 2007.=20