2019 SCMLA African American Literature Regular Session

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Stewart Habig / The University of Tulsa
contact email: 


Call for Papers

African American Literature, Regular Session,

South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Oct 24-26, 2019

Continuing the overall conference theme of “Pathways: Past, Present and Future,” the SCMLA African American Literature Regular Session encourages students, researchers, and scholars to submit presentations that explore the intersectionality of memory, spatiality, and temporality. Exemplified by recent texts like Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, the inextricable links between memory and identity run throughout African American literary and cultural histories. We believe that the conference’s underlying exploration of how past persistence informs present qualities that speak to future opportunity is best represented by Toni Morrison’s novels, Langston Hughes’s poetry, Amiri Baraka’s plays, and the entirety of African American literature. Ralph Ellison’s invisible man tells us that “the end is in the beginning and lies far ahead,” which provides his reader with a paradoxical temporal framework that hints at the necessary confluence of past, present, and future in all narratives. We hope that you join us as we discuss these topics, and more, during our panel sessions. In addition to these topics, we also welcome submissions concerned with any aspect of African American literature and culture, and appreciate all abstracts that center around African and African American texts and authorship.

Abstracts should be approximately 150-250 words and include the presentation title, presenter, and affiliation. Scholars of all levels are encouraged to submit and share their work. Please note if you require audio/visual components for the presentation.

Abstracts should be sent to session chair Stewart Habig (stewart.habig@gmail.com) or session secretary Rebecca Nicholson-Weir (rnichlsn@ecok.edu). The submission deadline has been extended to May 5, 2019.