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CFP: [African-American] August Wilson-The Second Half of the Cycle (Lexington, KY, 4/11-12/08; deadline 1/15/08

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 4:03pm
Alan Nadel

Plenary speakers: Harry Elam, Jr., Alan Nadel, Donald Pease, Yolanda
Pierce, Sandra Shannon, Steven Tracy

20-minute papers sought on the last five plays produced in the Wilson cycle
(Seven Guitars, Jitney, King Headly II, Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf), on
their relation to the earlier plays, or on the Wilson 10-play cycle as a

All submissions will be considered for inclusion in a volume, "August
Wilsonâ€"Completing the Cycle," edited by Alan Nadel, to be published by
University of Iowa Press.

Send: 250- to 500-word proposal and contact information to by January 15. Email notification by February 15.

UPDATE: [African-American] Southern Writing Southern Writers Graduate Conference

Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 6:09pm
Jill E. Anderson

14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the Annual
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford , Mississippi, July 17th-19th, 2008.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may

UPDATE: [African-American] War & the (Re)Invention of Communications & Communities (11/01/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08) Arizona St

Monday, October 22, 2007 - 6:14pm
C. Stamper

War & the (Re)Invention of Communications & Communities (11/01/07;
2/29/08-3/1/08) Arizona State U.

Paper Submission Deadline Extended to Nov. 1, 2007

How does the (re)invention of communications and communities intersect with
issues of war? How can war, totalitarianism, or torture be reconsidered
regarding transmission, translation, and transgression? Examples could
include transmission of information to communities about war via media and
visual images; translation of trauma to the body into writing or speaking;
how literature, art, creative writing, rhetoric, etc. might translate war;
and transgressions against the nation-state, religion, gender, violence, etc.

CFP: [African-American] Southern Writers, Southern Writing Grad Conference

Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 7:42pm
Jill E. Anderson

14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the Annual
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford , Mississippi, July 17th-19th, 2007.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may

CFP: [African-American] Southwest GRADUATE English Symposium Feb.29-Mar 1, Deadlines Nov 1st, Translation in Literature

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 11:47pm
Marqueshia Wilson

Translation in Literature

Fine literature does and should span centuries and continents. But have
you ever played telephone? Have you ever played operator?

What is lost in the translation of ancient texts or even contemporary
texts in different languages? How can the poems of Turgenev or the
initially oral tales of, say, The Iliad retain their meaning through time
and space? And if something is lost in translation, why must we strive
for transmission in this ever-shrinking, wi-fy connected world?

Interdisciplinary panel, paper, and creative submissions are invited for
the 14th annual Southwest Graduate English Symposium at Arizona State
University, Tempe, AZ, held Feb. 29-March 1, 2008.

CFP: [African-American] Writing Race (12.15.2007; Conf.: 2.29.2008-3.1.2008)

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 8:05pm
College English Association - Caribbean Chapter

Writing Race

The College English Association - Caribbean Chapter (CEA-CC) will hold
their 2008 Spring Conference in the University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo
(Puerto Rico) on the 29th of February and the 1st of March. The 2008
conference will address the general topic of race and writing. We invite
proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the topic, from a
literary historical, critical, theoretical, interdisciplinary or other
perspective. The proposals are not limited to English language


Monday, October 8, 2007 - 10:39pm
La Vinia Delois Jennings

ZORA NEALE HURSTON AND VOODOO. The best of new scholarship and the most
influential older essays are sought for a collection devoted to Zora
Neale Hurston's subversion in _Their Eyes Were Watching God_ of any
aspect of Voodoo/Voudoun practices, beliefs, treatments of the loa, and
so on traceable to Haiti and traditional West Africa. Articles should be
prepared in MLA style and should not exceed 8,000 words in length. The
word count includes notes but not the works-cited list. Send two copies
of essays and 1-page vitae to La Vinia Delois Jennings, Dept. of English,
301 McClung Tower, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville 37996. Direct inquires

UPDATE: [African-American] Icons of African American Literature

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 9:00pm
Yolanda Williams Page

The editor of Icons of African American Literature is seeking
contributors to pen unassigned entries. Entries for which writers are
being sought are:
1. Angelou, Maya (15,000 words)
2. Baldwin, James (15,000 words)
3. Blues Aesthetic (10,000 words)
4. Color Purple, The (10,000 words)
5. Ellison, Ralph (15,000 words)
6. Langston Hughes (15,000 words)
7. Hurston, Zora Neale (15,000 words)
8. Signifying (10,000 words)
9. Up from Slavery (10,000 words)
10. Wilson , August (15,000 words)

Scholars interested in writing one of the entries should send an email
indicating their, first, second and third choice to

CFP: [African-American] Transgressing the Canon: Giving Literary Credence to the Pulp (Grad Panel, 10/15/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08)

Monday, October 1, 2007 - 5:21pm
Want Chyi

Stephen King is one author that has been accused of transgressing the
canon. Is this a fair accusation? What other authors have been said to
commit this violation, and to what end? What are the consequences to the
literary community when standardization is applied to art and
communication? What are the implications of graphic novels and other
genres entering into academic criticism? This panel seeks critical and
creative presentations that explore these questions.

CFP: [African-American] Houston and Miami Hip Hop

Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 9:31pm
Dr. Mickey Hess

Represent Where I'm From: The Greenwood Guide to American Regional Hip Hop
(Essays due June 15, 2008).

Call for Contributors: I am seeking contributors for The Greenwood Guide
to American Regional Hip Hop, a two-volume reference set under contract
with Greenwood Press. This collection will consist of 10,000-word essays
on the most important regional hip hop scenes in the US. The collection
is well underway, with several contributors signed. My greatest needs are
Miami and Houston, but here is the full list of areas not yet signed:

CFP: [African-American] Langston Hughes: Authenticity, Performance, and the Voice (12/1/07; ALA 08)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 9:27pm
Scarlett Higgins

Panel--Langston Hughes: Authenticity, Performance, and the Voice

American Literature Association
Memorial Day Weekend 2008
Hyatt Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

Authenticity as a concept first attained prominence in literary studies
during the 1960s along with the rise of so-called confessional poetry and
anti-war protest poetry. Since then, the idea that literature should
accurately represent the writer’s experiences and views, in fact should
represent his or her own voice on the page, has remained largely dominant
despite some notable detractors.

CFP: [African-American] Call for Papers: African Youth in America and Africa

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 10:23pm
Erin Stiles


California State University, Sacramento
The college of Health & Human Services
The Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution
The Pan African Studies Program
The 17th Annual African/Diaspora Conference

African Youth in America & Africa: Bridging the Gaps

To be held at California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento,
California, USA
May 1 - 3, 2008

CFP: [African-American] Specs: Sympathetic Interfaces between Creative/Critical Practices (journal)

Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 2:57am
Vidhu Aggarwal

Specs is a journal of contemporary culture and arts at Rollins College.

Specs aims to create sympathetic interfaces between artistic and critical
practices. The journal invokes the spirit of John Dewey, for whom thinking
begins in flux, in the "peculiar combination of the understood and

The editors invite submissions of critical and/or creative work for both
the print and web issue, including critical articles, fiction, non-fiction
(of up to 6000 works), poetry (3-5 poems) and artwork.

CFP: [African-American] MCLLM 2008

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 8:17pm
Elizabeth Bowman and Christina Gilleran


The 16th annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media
(MCLLM) will be held February 29 and March 1, 2008, at Northern Illinois
University in DeKalb, Illinois, to coincide with African American History
Month and Women's History Month.

Confirmed keynote speakers: David Bevington (of the University of
Chicago) on race and gender in Shakespeare, and Russ Castronovo (of the
University of Wisconsin at Madison) on American and African American
history including the military-industrial complex.

Proposals are solicited for fifteen- to twenty-minute papers from
scholars at all career stages, from beginning graduate students to
established and senior scholars.

CFP: [African-American] African-American Literature (Nov.1, 2007; CEA March 27-29, 2008)

Monday, September 10, 2007 - 10:11am
Shelia Collins

College English Association National Conference
March 27-29, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri

We invite papers on African-American Literature for the 39th annual
meeting of the CEA. This year’s topic is “Passages.” Proposals that
offer new and inventive readings on African-American Literature will also
be considered. Please interpret the conference theme broadly including
but not limited to the following areas:

African-American migration literature
African-American spiritual journeys
The black experience and the coming-of-age story
The slave narrative--the path from slavery to freedom
The Middle Passage
Passage from Segregation to Integration--success or failure?

CFP: [African-American] Maya Angelou reference book

Friday, September 7, 2007 - 2:49pm
Jeff Soloway

Facts On File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and
libraries, is seeking a scholar to write a one-volume reference book on
Maya Angelou, focusing on critical analysis of her works. The ideal author
will have a Ph.D., broad knowledge of Angelou's life and works, and an
ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high school
and college. This large project (250,000-300,000 words) must be completed
within two years. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines will be required.
If interested please send letter and cv, preferably by e-mail, to

CFP: [African-American] Icons of African American Literature

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 4:40pm
Yolanda W. Page

Contributors are sought to pen entries for a work tentatively titled:
Icons of African American Literature. This reference work will be around
300,000 words, 2 volumes. It will have extended entries on 24 “iconic”
figures of African American literature. Those works are:
1. Angelou, Maya
2. Baldwin, James
3. Beloved
4. Black Arts Movement
5. Black Aesthetic
6. Blues Aesthetic
7. Color Purple, The
8. Ellison, Ralph
9. Harlem Renaissance
10. Hansberry, Lorraine
11. Langston Hughes
12. Hurston, Zora Neale
13. Invisible Man
14. Jazz Aesthetic
15. Morrison, Toni
16. Native Son
17. Raisin in the Sun, A
18. Signifying
19. The Souls of Black Folk

UPDATE: [African-American] Race in the Writing Center: Towards New Theory and Praxis

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 4:54am
Aneeka Henderson

Please submit conference proposals to

Proposals will be reviewed by Vainis Aleksa,
Aneeka A. Henderson, and Lydia Saravia.

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CFP: [African-American] Race in the Writing Center: Towards New Theory and Praxis

Monday, August 20, 2007 - 4:33pm
Aneeka A. Henderson

Race in the Writing Center: Towards New Theory and Praxis

We invite panel and individual-paper proposals for the UIC Writing Center
and Public Space conference series on "Race in the Writing Center: Towards
New Theory and Praxis" to be held at the University of Illinois at
Chicago, February 29 & March 1, 2008. We are seeking new and exciting
work that explores the relationship between writing, race, tutoring, and
writing center spaces and practices.