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Baltimore and the Emergence of the African American Literary Tradition

updated: 
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:31pm
Lena Ampadu/Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, has been the home of several important African American authors, including Frederick Douglass and Frances E. W. Harper.  In addition to these major writers who influenced the emergence of African American protest literature of the tumultuous nineteenth century, there are several other significant writers of prose and poetry who have lived in the city and created African American literature. Notable examples include Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Waters Turpin, Eugenia Collier, and Lucille Clifton.

International James Baldwin Conference

updated: 
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 9:47am
The Department of American Culture and Literature, Başkent University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

International James Baldwin Conference

04-05 May 2017

Ankara, Turkey

Call for Papers, Proposals, and Participation

updated: 
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 1:30pm
Jane Marcus Feminist University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 15, 2016

 

Call for Papers, Proposals, and Participation:

Due July 15, 2016

Jane Marcus Feminist University

Friday, September 9, 2016

9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

C-Level, Rooms C201, C202, C203

janemarcusfeministuniversity@gmail.com

 

Disability in Modernist Literature

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:11am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

Combining disability and modernist studies, this panel engages in current discourses on disability in modernist texts. The modernist moment, marked by war trauma, advances in psychology, and eugenics, is a rich area of inquiry for disability theory. Recent disability theory argues that representing disability is an effort to engage with the unknowable, which we also see in the modernist preoccupation with connection. Papers may address representations of disability in modernist texts and/ or how authors negotiated their disabilities.

For a full description and to submit an abstract, please visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16375.

Extension: CFP for Octavia Butler collection

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:54am
Martin Japtok/Rafiki Jenkins
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

Deadline extension: Octavia Butler essay collection

 

We invite essays on any aspect of Octavia Butler’s multi-faceted work, from her continued exploration of the topics of domination, slavery, symbiosis, and exploitation, to her ecological vision, to her exploration of gender systems, to genre considerations, etc. etc. Essays from 3000 to 6000 words are recommended, but no strict word limit (MLA format). 

Please send essays to either Martin Japtok (mjaptok@palomar.edu) or Rafiki Jenkins (jjenkins@palomar.edu) by December 15, 2016.

Western Area

updated: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 9:47am
Film & History
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 15, 2016

 

THE BEIGING OF AMERICA: PERSONAL NARRATIVES ABOUT BEING MIXED RACE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

updated: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 9:46am
Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts/2Leaf Press
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

THE BEIGING OF AMERICA: PERSONAL NARRATIVES ABOUT BEING MIXED RACE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts
ISBN-13: 978-1-940939-54-4 (pbk)
ISBN-13: 978-1-940939-55-1 (eBook)
LCCN: 2016944187
2LP EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY SERIES (Vol. 2)
Series Editor: Sean Frederick Forbes
Publication Date: May 2017

[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE! Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

updated: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 9:46am
Megan Cannella/PAMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
November 11 - 13, 2016
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.

NeMLA 2017: Reassessing the Blues through Literary Performance

updated: 
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:14am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

The 48th NeMLA Annual Convention, March 23-26, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland: Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era”

Reassessing the Blues through Literary Performance

Race and Ethnicity in the Program Era, NeMLA 2017

updated: 
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 12:22pm
Hardeep Sidhu (Worcester State University) / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

By recruiting minority writers and teaching them to "write what you know" and "find your voice," MFA programs have generated landmark works of fiction that perform and celebrate marginalized racial and ethnic identities. However, critics argue that the institution of Creative Writing and its aesthetic values are culturally specific and may fetishize racial and ethnic difference for white audiences. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words about authors or texts that exemplify the intersection of—or friction between—MFA aesthetics and race/ethnicity.

 

This panel will be part of the 48th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Baltimore, MD (March 23-26 2017).

 

Utopia and Dystopia in 'Cannibal' Literature of the Black Atlantic

updated: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 11:30am
SAMLA 88
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In The Tropics Bite Back, literary scholar Valérie Loichot highlights Maryse Condé’s urging of Caribbean writers to “bite back” (mordre en retour) at their respective colonial powers. One method, which Condé calls ‘literary cannibalism,’ has been employed by authors throughout the African diaspora. Examples include Zora Neale Hurston’s revisiting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in her short story “Spunk”, Condé’s own Windward Heights, a revision of Charlotte Brönte’s Victorian classic, and Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone.

Special Issue "Democratizing the Black Public Intellectual: The Writings of Ta-Nehesi Coates"

updated: 
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 3:54am
College Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 15, 2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ascendancy carries the hallmarks of a Horatio Alger tale.  With his 2015 recognition as a MacArthur Genius and a National Book Award winner, his rise from humble beginnings to illustrious acclaim acquired a nearly storybook sheen.  A “rags to riches” account of his success holds immense charm; however, such an explanation does not offer a full picture of his significance.  Coates’ path from brief attendance at Howard University to star blogger, renowned Atlantic feature reporter, and worldwide phenomenon intersects with fascinating developments in 21st century literature and intellectual history.  Unfolding in a post-9/11 world, his career limns several trends in contemporary culture, chief among them the democratization of blac

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