MMLA African American Literature Permanent Section

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
contact email: 

Utopic Identity and Liminality in African American Literature

This panel seeks presentations about the proclivity of African American racial space. That is, this panel is interested in when and where conceptions of spatial race formalities are conducted. We can think of “space” as time, place, and movement—the constant liminal changing of identities. This panel invites abstracts, of no more than 250 words, for presentations on African American literature at the Midwest Modern Language Association conference. Some topics might include:

  • Black Phenomenology
  • Black Identities
  • Black Pathology 
  • Black Diaspora 
  • Black Aesthetics
  • Black Utopia 

This year's theme of "Culture of Collectivity" calls for a broad and important approach to talking about African American Literature.

Please send your 250 abstracts and CV to Isaih Dale,