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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

CFP: August Wilson's Women (12/1/06; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Friday, November 10, 2006 - 11:14pm
Elizabeth Beaulieu

I am seeking proposals for 10-minute presentations on the topic of women
in August Wilson's cycle of plays. I hope to put together a roundtable
for ALA in Boston (May 24-27, 2007) on the often-unappreciated role
women play in Wilson's depiction of twentieth-century African American

Please send abstracts of approximately 200 words to by December 1, 2006. I would like to include
short papers on 6 or 7 of Wilson's plays, as well as time for discussion
among panelists and audience members.

UPDATE: August Wilson issue of College Literature (4/15/07; journal issue)

Friday, November 10, 2006 - 11:13pm
Carlton Floyd

Manuscripts from 5,000 to 10,000 words that reflect on August Wilson's
legacy and contribution to American culture are invited for a special
issue of College Literature. The editors—Cynthia Caywood and Carlton
Floyd of the University of San Diego and Marilyn Elkins of California
State University at Los Angeles—welcome contributions from all
disciplines that engage the full complexity of Wilson's work. We
encourage contributors to explore his work in a variety of ways: for
example, Wilson and history, Wilson and performance, performance
history, Wilson and women, Wilson and music, Wilson and folkways,
Wilson and place, Wilson and the migration narrative, Wilson and the

CFP: The Black Church: Past, Present, Future (1/15/07; 3/29/07-3/30/07)

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - 9:05pm
Sollars, Michael D.

Call for Papers

The Black Church:
Past, Present, Future

The Department of English at Texas Southern University invites you to
submit papers to be presented at the 2007 J. Marie McCleary Symposium on
"The Black Church: Past, Present, Future." The symposium runs March
29-30 at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.

CFP: Funkativity in African American Culture (12/1/06; 3/29/07-3/30/07)

Monday, November 6, 2006 - 1:38am
Bolden, Anthony

The English Department at The University of Alabama is inviting
proposals for its biannual symposium that will convene 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
Kalamu ya Salaam
Tracie Morris
Cheryl Keyes

CFP: African-American Literature (11/30/06; CEA, 4/12/07-4/14/07)

Monday, November 6, 2006 - 1:36am
Shelia Collins

College English Association National Conference
Thursday, April 12-Saturday, April 14
New Orleans, Louisiana

We invite paper and panel proposals on African-American literature for the
38th annual meeting of CEA. This years general conference theme is "Empathy
and Ethics." 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:

CFP: "Regenerations" in Black Drama, Theatre, and Performance: Black Theatre Association/Association for Theatre in Hi

Monday, October 9, 2006 - 2:57pm
Melinda Wilson


July 26-29, 2007

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Black Theatre Association (BTA), a Focus Group of the Association
for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), invites complete panel or
individual paper proposals for ATHE's 2007 conference. In light of the
conference locale and theme, "REGENERATIONS," BTA is particularly
interested in panels/papers that consider the roots, growth, and
continuous resurgence of Black theatre and performance. Possible
panel/paper topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Performing Black America From Congo Square to Canada

Black Performances on the Rise

Black Theatre: A New Generation Speaks

CFP: Octavia E. Butler (11/15/06; SW/TX PCA/ACA, 2/14/07-2/17/07)

Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 2:53pm
Ximena Gallardo

Call for Papers: Science Fiction and Fantasy Area, SW/TX PCA/ACA, Special Topics
  2007 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 28th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 14-17, 2007.
  The Area Chairs of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area would like to invite paper and panel proposals on the works of Octavia E. Butler.
  Please send queries, 250 word paper proposals, and 500 word panel proposals, including full contact info for all participants, to
  Ximena Gallardo C.:
  Deadline for proposal submissions: November 15, 2006.

CFP: Octavia Butler's Legacy (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Friday, August 4, 2006 - 1:27pm
Shari Evans

CFP: Shaping the Future of Octavia Butler: Towards Understanding Her
Legacy (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Call for Papers
Panel Title: Shaping the Future of Octavia Butler: Towards Understanding
Her Legacy

38th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 1-4, 2007
Baltimore, MD

CFP: Themes, Symbols, and Images in African American Literature (grad) (10/31/06; journal issue)

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - 2:01am
Brett Butler

  An examination of a people's past reveals the present day's progress, and illuminates their future. For its premiere issue, the Literary Horizons Journal, a journal dedicated to publishing the work of graduate students, is soliciting papers that analyze the evolution of themes, symbols, and images in African American Literature.
  The topics may include but are not limited to:
  * The value of education, from Frederick Douglass to Robert Stepto
  * The representation of African American religion in literature
  * The interaction between African Americans and people of other
    racial backgrounds as embodied in literary works

UPDATE: Crossings: Assimilation and Acculturation (8/15/06; 11/9/06-11/11/06)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 10:16pm
Robert Alexander

The Fletcher Lecture Series Committee of Nicholls State University is
pleased to announce the First Fletcher Lecture Series Conference,
featuring a keynote address by 2006 Fletcher Lecturer Henry Louis Gates,
Jr. The conference will be held November 9-11, 2006, on the campus of
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, located in the Bayou
Region of South Louisiana (1 hr. from New Orleans or Baton Rouge; 1 1/2
hours from Lafayette).

General Subject: "Crossings: Assimilation and Acculturation"

Submission deadline extended to August 15, 2006

CFP: 19th-C. African American Autobiography (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:30pm
Jason Haslam

New Approaches to 19th-century African American Autobiography
NeMLA Board-Sponsored Panel

38th Annual Northeast MLA Convention
Baltimore, Maryland
March 1-4, 2007

In honor of NeMLA's return to Maryland, the state of Frederick
Douglass' birth, this board-sponsored panel invites papers that focus
on new approaches to nineteenth-century African American
autobiography. Papers may focus on any text or issue, including (but
not limited to) single-author studies, comparative autobiographical
studies, or larger generic issues within African American autobiography studies

CFP: Race and Faith in African American Literature (9/15/06; collection)

Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 11:12am
Tracey Michae'l Lewis


Race and Faith in African American Literature


Call for Submissions


As chords of a song are composed of very specific notes that create a
recognizable sound to those who are familiar with music, so has most forms
of African American literature, even the most diametrically opposed works,
created similar "sounds" in their discourse on race and faith.


CFP: The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas: An Interdisciplinary Conference (8/25/06; 11/6/06-11/9/

Monday, June 26, 2006 - 11:18pm

Please find the CFP for The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas: An Interdisciplinary Conference below, and acknowledge receipt of this submission. If further information is needed, please let me know.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Brennan

Dedicated to Nicolás Guillén and Gwendolyn Brooks
November 2006

Paper/Proposal DEADLINE: AUGUST 25, 2006