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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: Critical Companion to Henry James (no deadline; collection)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:44pm
Eric Haralson

Seeking contributors to write signed entries for a "Critical Companion to Henry James" (under contract for publication in early 2008). This reference volume will cover more than 60 works of fiction, travel writing, and cultural criticism (1000-10,000 words per topic), as well as biography, selected correspondence, and "related persons, places, and events" (another 60-plus entries). Please send expressions of interest, with CV attached, to both editors: Kendall Johnson ( and Eric Haralson ( A headword list, contributor guidelines and deadlines, and sample entries will follow.

CFP: Writing the American Wilderness (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:43pm



Baltimore, Maryland

March 1-4 2007

Topic: Writing the Wilderness The panel invites papers that examine how Early American authors like Franklin, Crevecoeur, Jefferson, Brockden Brown wrote the wilderness as part of nation building. Send abstracts to Timothy Strode, Nassau Community College:

Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2006(unless otherwise noted)

Please include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation / Email address / Postal address / Telephone number / A/V requirements (if any)

UPDATE: Edith Wharton and Material Cultures Collection (10/1/06; collection)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:43pm

CFP: Edith Wharton and the Material Cultures of the Book edited collection:
deadlines extended (abstracts, 1 October 2006; contributions, 1 April 2007).

Contributors are encouraged to interpret the idea of the material culture of
the book as widely as they wish, drawing upon research from sociology,
economic and social history, literary theory, bibliography, book history,
philosophy and anthropology. I would particularly welcome contributors seeking to
examine Wharton’s publication, production, dissemination and place in book
history and material culture outside of an American context. Some topics that you
might wish to discuss include:

CFP: Defining Americanization (8/1/06; journal issue)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 2:19pm
Caroline Bélan


Defining Americanization

The February 2007 issue of Cercles ( proposes to
examine the process and meaning of Americanization.

When Crèvecoeur asked in the eighteenth century "What is an American?"
he had a ready answer: Americans are "the scattered poor of Europe,"
"the persecuted," in short "a new race." But the mysterious process of
Americanization described by Crèvecoeur and later by Frederick Jackson
Turner in his famous but debated Frontier hypothesis is still to a
certain extent indefinable.

CFP: Writing Hunger (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 2:19pm
Kirsten Bartholomew

Call for Papers

Panel Title: Writing Hunger

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

This panel seeks to explore the multivalent representations of food and
hunger in American literature and culture. Please send abstracts of 250-500
words to Kirsten Bartholomew Ortega at

CFP: Woolson and the American South (9/8/06; 2/22/07-2/25/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 2:19pm

Abstracts are warmly invited for the Seventh Biennial Conference of the
Constance Fenimore Woolson Society, which will be held 22-25 February 2007 at
the Marshall House in Savannah, GA. The informal theme will be "Postbellum
Sojourns: The American South and the Example of Woolson, 1865-1890." Papers
on all Woolson topics are welcome; those on the conference's informal theme
enjoy the opportunity of publication.

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: American Art and Architecture (11/1/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:30pm
Leslie Fife

    ACA/PCA National Conference
  Boston 2007

American Art and Architecture
Call for Papers

The Art and Architecture Area of the American Culture Association
is seeking papers on any aspect of "Visual Culture of the Americas"
  for the annual conference in Boston, April 4 to 7, 2007.

Papers on topics related to questions of
identity, patriotism and nationalism
within the broader categories of
Latino, Native, African American and Canadian art and architecture
will be considered.

We are especially interested in papers which offer
  a cross-disciplinary perspective. Open sessions for papers
  on American arts of a less specific theme are also planned.

CFP: 49th Parallel: Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies (7/31/06; journal issue)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:29pm
eva rus

CFP: 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of
North American Studies (7/31/06; journal issue)

Call for journal submissions

Autumn 2006: Open Issue

49th Parallel is an interdisciplinary e-journal of the
University of Birmingham (UK) devoted to American and
Canadian studies that looks to promote innovative and
challenging academic work. The journal takes its name
from the 1,270 mile border separating USA and Canada,
and in this sense is keen to encourage dialogues and
debates which transcend the boundaries of customary
theoretical approaches to the culture, history, and
politics of the North American continent.

CFP: American Indian Culture (11/1/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:29pm
Leslie Fife

  APRIL 4-7, 2007
  We invite submissions from individuals or organized panels (3 or 4 persons) focusing on any issue relating to American Indian/First Nation/Indigenous peoples' lives and literatures. We especially invite the participation of native scholars and writers.

CFP: Poe (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:29pm
Jason Haslam

New Approaches to Edgar Allan Poe
NeMLA Board-Sponsored Panel

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

In honor of NeMLA's return to Baltimore, this board-sponsored panel
invites papers on any aspect of the works of Edgar Allan Poe,
especially (but not limited to) papers that situate his works within
the specificities of their historical and cultural context.

Send 500-word abstracts, in the body of an email (no attachments,
please), to Jason Haslam, Dalhousie University:

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2006.

CFP: Queering the &quot;Beautiful Young Man&quot; (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 11:15am

The concept of "the beautiful young man," as clearly recognized in such works
as Herman Melville's "Billy Budd" and Edward Albee's "The American Dream," is
a pervasive archetype in American literature, and it problematizes,
challenges and queers heteronormative paradigms of representation. This panel seeks to
explore iterations of the archetype and how it informs a broader contextual
understanding of other American literary concepts such as R.W. B. Lewis'
"American Adam." Sponsored by the NEMLA LGBT Caucus. Submissions, inquiries, and
250-300 word abstracts may be sent electronically (in MSWord format as an
attachment) to Donald P. Gagnon, Western Connecticut State University:

CFP: Deep South (grad) (8/1/06; journal issue)

Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 11:13am
Jacob Edmond

Call for Poetry Papers: Submit Critical Work to Deep South!

Deep South is emerging from hibernation.Our 2006 call for critical
submissions closes on August 1st, 2006. We will publish critical essays in
the Humanities and Arts, extracts from work in progress and reviews,
pertaining to a poetry theme. Submissions from anyone are welcome. Quality
of work will be given priority over graduate or under-graduate status.
With a Spring deadline in mind, we intend to publish Deep South by
September 2006. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and evaluated by
members of the Deep South editorial team. All submitters will receive
e-mail notification of acceptance or rejection by the end of August.

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: Neglected Southern Writers/Raymond Andrews (10/15/06; 2/23/07-2/24/07)

Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 11:12am
Emily Wright

CALL FOR PAPERS, 19TH SOUTHERN WRITERS SYMPOSIUM, February 23-24, 2007, METHODIST COLLEGE, FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, FEATURED SPEAKER: TRUDIER HARRIS. The theme of the next Southern Writers Symposium will be NEGLECTED SOUTHERN WRITERS. We invite papers and panels describing the works of little-known southern writers and exploring their relationship to the southern literary canon.

CFP: The Animal in 17th and 18th Century America (9/15/06; OIEAHC &amp; SEA, 6/7/07-6/10/07)

Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 11:12am
Michael Ziser


2007 Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) and
Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Conference
June 7 to June 10th, 2007
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia
(conference website:

The Animal in 17th and 18th Century America
(link to panel webpage:

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

UPDATE: Faith and Violence (7/13/06; CCL, 10/21/06-10/22/06)

Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:26pm
Ian Maloney

The deadline for papers and abstracts has been extended to July 13.=20


Call for papers, proposals, and panel suggestions: "Faith and Violence:
Jihad and Holy War" is the theme of the annual Northeast Region
Conference on Christianity and Literature to be held October 20, 21 2006
at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY. Keynote address to be
delivered by David S. Reynolds, author of "John Brown, Abolitionist: The
Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights."


CFP: Circuses &amp; Circus Culture (10/31/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)

Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:26pm
Leslie Fife

  The Thirty-Seventh Annual Convention of
  The Popular Culture Association &
  The American Culture Association will take place
  April 4-7, 2007
  Boston Marriott Copley Plaza
  110 Huntington Avenue
  Boston, Massachusetts 02116
  This will be the eleventh meeting of the Popular Culture Association
  Circuses and Circus Culture interest group. We invite papers that
  explore the past and present of circus as literature, art, craft and a
  unique form of popular culture. Circus, a continuously evolving tradition
  of live entertainment, lends itself to scholarship from many perspectives.
  Some previous papers:

CFP: Native American Literature (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:26pm
Benjamin Carson

New England Modern Language Association's 38th Convention in Baltimore,
Maryland, March 1-4, 2007.

Native North American Literature: This session welcomes submissions on any
aspect of Native American Studies, including literature, literary
separatism, film, culture, spirituality, language, gender, tribal politics,
race, and ethnicity. Papers addressing the recent critical works by writers
such as Robert Allen Warrior, Thomas King, Daniel Heath Justice, and Robert
A. Williams, Jr. are especially welcome.

Along with abstracts, please include:

Your name
Title of Paper
Institutional Affiliation, if any
Email address