NEMLA - Roundtable "Encounter Tradition, Make It New: New Approaches for the Harlem Renaissance" (deadline 9/30/12)

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), 44th Annual Convention, March 21-24, 2013, Tufts University - Boston, MA
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With the concepts of history, memory, and myth central to the discussion, this panel seeks to convene critical and creative treatments that offer an interdisciplinary approach for teaching the Harlem Renaissance. In particular, the discussion will focus on how various contemporary cultural workers – visual arts, creative writers, musicians, and scholars – shaped a distinct aesthetic during this period. Panelists are encouraged to include non-canonical texts, as well as "forgotten artists" of the period in their presentations. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Identity versus class politics
• Gender and sexuality
• Migration and alienation
• Authentic versus popular cultural expressions
• Refiguring images and practices through literature,
dance, music, film, and/or other visual arts

Proposals on any aspect of this topic will be considered, but please note that presentations must be 5-7 minutes because of the roundtable format. Papers that focus on cultural workers as instrumental in creating a distinct aesthetic are encouraged. Please send a 300-500 word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter (

Deadline: September 30, 2012
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