[UPDATE] African American Literature and Culture Society American Literature Association 26th Annual Conference May 21-24, 2015

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African American Literature and Culture Society

CALL FOR PAPERS
African American Literature and Culture Society
American Literature Association
26th Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2015
The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02116-5798

The African American Literature and Culture Society invites abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentations at the annual conference of the ALA (http://americanliteratureassociation.org/calls/annual-conference/). Please note that we can only accept proposals for individual papers and will not be able to accept proposals for entire panels.

For this year's ALA Conference, we will have a double focus: genre fiction and authors without an ALA society. Genres were always porous and are less and less stigmatized. Nevertheless, they remain a useful, though arguably problematic, means of classifying both literary output and reader expectations. We welcome proposals that explore the many intersections of African American literature and genre. In addition to panels that take up issues of genre, we also want to highlight a number of African American authors not currently represented by an ALA author society. To that end, we welcome abstracts that provide historical, critical and/or pedagogical approaches to work/s by one of the individual authors listed below.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

*Sci Fi, Noir/Detective Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Romance, Erotica, Street/Urban Lit
*Genre, Gender, and Race
*Genre Bending and Subversion
*African American Genres

*Amiri Baraka *Samuel Delany
*Zora Neale Hurston *W.E.B. DuBois
*Margaret Walker *Alice Walker
*J. California Cooper *Ishmael Reed

While we welcome papers on the above themes and subthemes, we also encourage submissions on any topic related to African American literature and culture.

Please send abstracts—along with a brief bio of no more than 75 words—to Grégory Pierrot (gregory.pierrot@uconn.edu) and Shirley Moody-Turner (scm18@psu.edu) by 5pm Jan 2nd, 2015. Please adhere to the following format: 1. Identify email subject as follows: AALCS Submission 2015 - [Your Last Name]; 2. Save Abstracts as Word Doc and include Name, Bio, Paper Title and Abstract within the word.doc.

*Presenters must be members of AALCS by the time of the conference. Information about the Society can be found at the AALCS website: http://aalcs.marygrove.edu/