CfP for MLA 2022 “Mattering in the 19thC and Beyond: US Transcendentalisms, Racism, and Repair"

deadline for submissions: 
March 20, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Margaret Fuller Society
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“Mattering in the 19th C and Beyond: US Transcendentalisms, Racism, and Repair"

Roundtable organized by the Margaret Fuller Society

MLA 2022: Washington, DC, 6 to 9 January

Submission deadline: 20 March 2021


How do race, racism, and anti-racism operate among US transcendentalists? What alternative vocabularies and theoretical models have their Black contemporaries and later Black thinkers created? We invite proposals that challenge or reform the legacies of transcendentalism. Potential topics (others are welcome):


-     constructions of race

-     systemic racism

-     Black intellectual/aesthetic traditions

-     Black writers/speakers

-     epistemologies

-     gender(s)

-     queer/trans of color critiques

-     disidentification

-     intersectionality

-     conversation as method

-     languages

-     critiques and revisionist readings of "transcendentalism"

-     social institutions (labor, incarceration, education, politics)

-     reparations


Early-career scholars are encouraged to submit. Send 200-word abstracts to Jana Argersinger (