Guest Edited by Nancy D. Tolson, University of South Carolina This special issue of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora is dedicated to creative artistry for children of the African Diaspora. We invite original textual and multimedia submissions devoted to interdisciplinary and creative approaches in African Diaspora Children’s and YA Literature. Submissions must focus upon literature, visual, and audio artistry created by people of the African Diaspora.
Call For Papers:
“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” at 100
Langston Hughes Review
Guest Editor: Shane Graham
Expected Publication: (May) 2021
CALL FOR PAPERS
Charles W. Chesnutt Association
American Literature Association
31st Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2020
Manchester Grand Hyatt
One Market Place
San Diego, CA
The Charles W. Chesnutt Association welcomes abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentation at two sessions on the work of Chesnutt at the 2020 ALA conference in San Diego.
Session One: Chesnutt and New Southern Studies
People will be able to liberate themselves only after the legal superstructure itself has begun to wither away. And when we begin to overcome and to do without these [juridical] concepts in reality, rather than merely in declarations, that will be the surest sign that the narrow horizon of bourgeois law is finally opening up before us.
--Anthony P. Farley, “Perfecting Slavery”
In Visible Man (1924), Béla Balázs predicted that the cinema would rescue the face from illegibility.
What we’re looking for:
By defining ourselves as barzakh—a space of crossings & connectivity between histories, articulations, & media—we hope to make Barzakh Magazine a site of inquiry & revitalization. We want your fiction, poetry, criticism, personal essays, translations, paintings, drawings, photographs—any work that pushes against complacent taxonomies & forges new paths.
MCLLM 2020 Call for Papers
Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language and Media
April 3-4, 2020
CALL FOR PAPERS: MCLLM
Conference Date: April 3rd-4th, 2020
Deadline for Proposals: December 15, 2019
Theme: “Vision 2020: Seeing and Being Seen”
The United States, United States / Dis-United States
CALL FOR PAPERS: CAAS at Congress 2020
Western University, May 30-June 1, 2020
The Canadian Association for American Studies invites paper proposals for our 2020 conference, which will be held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.
Panel: The Soul of America: The Legacy of the Culture Wars
Organizer: Andrew Woods, Western University
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Fourth Annual Global Souths Conference
Formerly the Deep South in the Global South Conference
March 19-21, 2020
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
“Doing southern studies is unmasking and refusing the binary thinking--‘North’/‘South,’ nation/South, First World/Third World, self/other--that postcolonial studies has taught us is the most damaging rhetorical structure of empire. Doing southern studies is thinking geographically, thinking historically, thinking relationally, thinking about power, thinking about justice, thinking back.” --Scott Romaine & Jennifer Rae Greeson
In 2018 Duke University Press reissued James Baldwin’s Little Man, Little Man: A Record of Childhood. In “A James Baldwin Book, Forgotten and Overlooked for Four Decades, Gets Another Life,” New York Times writer Alexandra Alter notes that in 1976 Little Man received lukewarm reviews: “critics didn’t know what to make of an experimental, enigmatic picture book that straddled the line between children’s and adult literature.” Alter posits that because of a changed social and political climate, Baldwin’s book will now have an easier time finding an audience.
November 24, 2019 is now the deadline for submitting proposals to the American Literature Area of the Popular Culture Association’s National Conference, to be held April 15-18, 2020 at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, PA.
CALL FOR PAPERS
22nd Annual Women's History Conference at Sarah Lawrence College
From the Grassroots to the Statehouse: Women’s Activism and Political Power
Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2020
December 9, 2019
Free and Open to the Public
Welty and the Body
Call for Submissions
Speaking Margins, Talking Mainstream: Strategies of Inclusivity in Popular Culture
There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?
Supreme Leader Snoke
Call for Contributors
Insecure, Awkward, and Winning: Intersectionality of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Works of Issa Rae
Edited by: Adria Y. Goldman, Ph.D., Joanna L. Jenkins, Ph.D., Andre Nicholson, Ph.D. and LaRonda Sanders-Senu, Ph.D.
“I was like, ‘Yo is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?’ And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”
Miss Ann and Mister Charlie: Confronting Whiteness
CAAS Board-Sponsored Panel
The popularity of the Wypipo as a Twitter hashtag has drawn new attention to the ways in which various communities have long critiqued the ways of whiteness and its practitioners from beyond the academy. This board-sponsored panel invites papers that consider such critiques, whether historical, virtual, literary, cinematic, or beyond. Topics might include white fragility, Women’s Marches, cultural products such as Dear White People, viral Beckys, and more.
The Absurdity of Racism: an International Chester Himes Conference.
4-6 June, 2020
Co-Directors Alice Mikal Craven and William E. Dow
American University of Paris
Chester Himes quotes Albert Camus in the opening to the second volume of his autobiography: "Racism is absurd. Racism introduces absurdity into the human condition…If one lives in a country where racism is held valid and practiced in all ways of life, eventually, no matter whether one is a racist or a victim one comes to feel the absurdity of life".
Call for Papers
Mystery/Detective Fiction Area
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 20, 2019 (Extended!)
Across the African diaspora, art was a form of expression and liberation at times of widespread cultural oppression, enabling artists of color to resist the tradition of silencing while preserving their histories, traditions, and more in ways that could be passed down intergenerationally. While much art worked to fulfill a political purpose by pushing for equality and liberty in oppressive cultures, other works aimed at achieving liberation by way of celebrating Black cultural forms, from the cutting-edge music of Erykah Badu to that of Janelle Monae.
Call for Papers: African-American Literature at CEA 2020
March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on African-American literature for our 51st annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org.
Black Performing Arts:
Sound, Movement, Image, Text
Popular Culture Association
2020 National Conference
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
April 15-18, 2020
Call For Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers
CFP for roundtable proposal to the annual meeting for MELUS (The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) from 2-5 April 2020 in New Orleans, LA.
Call for Papers:
The American Literature Area of the Popular Culture Association invites submissions for our National Conference, to be held April 15-18, 2020 at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, PA. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 1, 2019.
The Howard University Graduate English Student Association’s 5th Annual Conference
Forging Identities: Agency, Voice, and Representation in African American Literature and Beyond
Deadline for Submissions: December 2, 2019
Conference Date: March 26 and 27, 2020
Conference Location: The Browsing Room of Founders Library, Howard University
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Keith D. Leonard, Author of Fettered Genius
Call for Papers: Black Popular Culture-Special Topics
PCA/ACA (2020 National Conference, April 15-18/ Philadelphia, PA) Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
NEH-Funded INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: CALL FOR PAPERS
"In a Speculative Light: The Arts of James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney"
Date of symposium: February 19-21, 2020
Deadline for Proposals: November 1, 2019
Professor of Performance Studies, NYU Tisch School of the Arts & Professor, The European Graduate School
Over the past several decades, scholarship in a variety of disciplines has challenged the “wave” model of feminism. Inspired by the 2020 centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, this special issue seeks to rethink “first wave” feminisms in a heterogeneous and expansive way—by pushing geographic, chronological, and ideological boundaries and by broadening the definition of whom we usually think of as early feminists. While contributions on the Nineteenth Amendment in the United States, and the suffrage movement worldwide, are welcome, we also encourage submissions that consider early manifestations of feminism and feminist movements in broad and global terms. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to submit their work.