Harlem Renaissance as a Usable Past NeMLA April 7-11, 2010 Montreal, Quebec

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As one of the most celebrated, defining moments of African American life and literature, the Harlem Renaissance persists in our contemporary moment as a signal, useable past. This panel seeks to convene critical and creative treatments that examine how a host of contemporary cultural workers—visual artists, creative writers, musicians, and scholars among them— express nostalgia for and make use of the Harlem Renaissance. Papers and creative presentations might address one or more of the following sub-themes:

--Invocations of the period's ethos
--Re-figurations of its images and practices through literature, dance, music, film, and/or other visual arts
--Multi-media collaborations
--Harlem Then and Now
--Harlem Renaissance and Cyberspace
--Local and national renaissances across the African Diaspora
--Harlem Renaissance in the historiography of African American life

Please forward 250-word abstracts and/or inquires to schristi@wheatonma.edu.

Deadline: September 30, 2009

Please include with your abstract:

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The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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