ZoraFest 2020

deadline for submissions: 
February 23, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Zora Neale Hurston Florida Education Foundation, Inc.
contact email: 

The Zora Neale Hurston Florida Education Foundation, Inc. welcomes you to:

ZoraFest 2020: 

March 28, 2020

Fort Pierce, Florida 


“A Year of Celebrating, Educating, and Recognizing”


This festival consists of three components: Community Development, African-American Culture, and The Literary Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston. To celebrate, educate, and recognize the literary legacy of Zora Neale Hurston, the foundation seeks papers from multiple disciplines conducting work around the theme of… COMMUNITY.


Deadline for Submissions: February 23, 2020


“I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands.”

- Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston.


Hurston’s words, pinned in her 1942 autobiography, still ring true for many today, the reality that life consists of highs and lows of the human experience. As an anthropologist, ethnographer, recorder, and re-creator of community,Hurston documents the holistic lives of African-Americans, reaping the benefits of the Post-Reconstruction Era, which yielded both new possibilities for the former slave and the reality of Jim Crow and systematic disenfranchisement. Hurston refuses to abandon these communities that represent great fortitude, knowledge, and resiliency.

This conference seeks to explore the idea of community through various perspectives and disciplines. Philosopher, Roberto Esposito states, “Community isn’t a property, nor is it a territory to be separated and defended against those who do not belong to it. Rather, it is a void, a debt, a gift to the other that also reminds us of our constitutive alterity with respect to ourselves” (21). Esposito’s definition of community challenges many to reconsider the ways in which individuals view or perceive others and how they include or exclude others from accessing power and utilizing resources in a geographical area. Therefore, ZoraFest invites rich, academic, and relevant discussions regarding a wide-range of themes, concepts, and ideas of community - as they relate to Hurston’s vast repertoire of work, history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, economics, the development, maintenance, and growth of marginalized communities. 


Abstract Instructions:

Please provide an abstract/brief summary of your paper and your whole project. It should have an intro, body and conclusion. It should include a well-developed paragraph, exact wording, and must be understandable to a wide audience. 

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, formatted in Microsoft Word, and single-spaced, using size 12 Times New Roman font. Abstracts highlight major points of your research and explain why your work is important; what your purpose was, how you went about your project, what you learned, and what you concluded. 

List all additional co-authors, whether they are or are not presenting, if applicable.

Please submit your abstract and additional information to the following email: mhobson@irsc.edu


  • Subject line: YOUR NAME and ZORA ABSTRACT

  • CV

  • Email address

  • Organization or Affiliation

  • Abstract

  • Credentials