Sustaining Black Lives: Ecological Imaginaries in African American Books for Young Readers (ChLA22)

deadline for submissions: 
November 5, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Samira Abdur-Rahman
contact email: 

We are seeking panelist proposals for the accepted Children’s Literature Association (ChLA 2022) conference panel “Sustaining Black Lives: Ecological Imaginaries in African American Books for Young Readers.” The theme of this year’s conference is “City in the Forest” and will take place in Atlanta Georgia from June 2nd-4th in Atlanta, Georgia. This panel seeks papers that correlate race and gender with Black sustainability issues like environmental inequity and global migration. We invite papers on subject matters ranging from realist literature to fantasy and science fiction, from the twentieth century to the twenty-first, from American-born to immigrant authors. Proposal panelists should interrogate these central questions:  How do the ecological visions of your writer(s) challenge racism and loss of home and identity? How do their imaginaries call for a new politics of childhood, youth, and nature? 

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short bio to Samira Abdur-Rahman, Assistant Professor of Literature and the Environment, at abdurras@tcnj.edu by October 31st, 2021.