Call for Papers: American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 26-29, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS
African American Literature and Culture Society
American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

The African American Literature and Culture Society invites abstracts (of no more than 250 words) for presentations at the annual conference of the American Literature Association.  We will also consider a limited number of panel proposals (of no more than 500 words).

As ALA comes back to California in a year of significant anniversaries (50 years after Stokely Carmichael/Kwame Ture’s “Black Power” speech and the founding of the Black Panther Party not far from here in Oakland) we will be focusing on the theme “Black Power, Past, Present and Future.” Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

*Forms of Black Resistance Before the Black Power Movement
*Black Power in California
*The Black Panther Party and the Arts
*Almost Nation Time: Literature on the Way to Black Power
*Music, Literature, Politics
*Winter in America: Past Nation Time
*From Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter
*Black Power and Gender
*Black Power, Silver Screen

While we welcome papers on the above themes and subthemes, we also strongly encourage submissions on any topic related to African American literature and culture.

Please send abstracts or proposals to Grégory Pierrot (gregory.pierrot@uconn.edu ) and Conseula Francis (francisc@cofc.edu )  no later than January 5, 2015.  Presenters must be members of AALCS by the time of the conference.