"Civil Disobedience" in the Era of Black Lives Matter [ALA round table, proposals due 1/15]

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American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
May 26 – 29, 2016
CFP for Roundtable Discussion sponsored by the Thoreau Society
Kristen Case and Rochelle Johnson, Organizers
Conference web site: http://americanliteratureassociation.org/calls/annual-conference/

"Civil Disobedience" in the Era of Black Lives Matter

We preserve the so-called "peace" of our community by deeds of petty violence every day. Look at the policeman's billy and hand cuffs! Look at the jail! Look at the gallows!
-Thoreau, "A Plea for Captain John Brown"

What relevance might Thoreau's thinking about the individual and the state have for our thinking about recent protests in Ferguson, Baltimore, and other American cities in response to police violence? What is the legacy of "Civil Disobedience" and Thoreau's other political writings in the era of Black Lives Matter? Please send queries or one-page abstracts (for a 7-minute presentation) by January 15, 2016, to: kristen.case@maine.edu.