The AALCS at the 28th American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 25-28, 2017

African American Literature and Culture Society Panels – American Literature Association 2017

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
9:00  to 10:20am


Session 1-A: Emotional Archives: Trauma, Memory and African American Literature
Chair: Belinda Waller-Peterson

  1. “The Afterlife and Legacy of Trauma in James Baldwin’s Fiction,” Benjamin Batzer, University of Iowa
  2. “‘Hurt You into Tenderness Finally’: Erotic Submission/Masochism and Black Female Subjectivity in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora,” Anna Ziering, University of Connecticut
  3. “‘Let Me Sing my Song’: Finding a Voice in Helene Johnson’s Pastoral Poetry,” Robert Fillman, Lehigh University

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
1:30 to 2:50
pm

Session 4-: Black Activism, Black Resistance
Chair:Aldon Nielsen

  1. “Black Arts Women Poets as Warriors AND Queens: Intersectional Identity on Public Television’s Black Journal in 1970,” Sarah Rudewalker, Spelman College
  2. “Embodied Spaces of Transformative Change in the ‘Homeless’ City: Affective Possibilities of Becoming Black in Daniel Black’s Listen to the Lambs,” Lâle Demirtürk, Bilkent University, Turkey
  3. “‘The Evil of the One Room Cabin’: Black Clubwomen Apprehending the Problem of Black Female Sexuality and Transforming it into Possibility in The Woman’s Era 1894-1897,” Erica Richardson, Columbia University
  4. “The Question of Community Building, Spectacle, and Progress,” Sarai Johnson, American University

FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017
9:40 to 11:00am


Session8-H: Politics of Care in African American Women’s Writing
Chair:Shirley Moody-Turner

  1. “Our Mothers’ Creole Gardens: Uprooting the Conjure Woman in the Work of Toni Morrison,“ Rachel Carr, University of Kentucky
  2. “Care Networks as the Locus of Social Change in Toni Cade Bambara’s Early Fiction,” Susan Edmunds, Syracuse University.
  3. “The Persistently Pedagogical and Ever Ecological Mama Day,” Asha Tall, Tufts University
  4. “Toni Cade Bambara’s Alternative Models of Disability,” Anna L. Hinton, Southern Methodist University

 FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017
3:40 to 5:00
pm


Session 12-H: Trails of History: Colson Whitehead, Lauret Savoy and George Fortman
Chair: Loretta Woodard

  1. “‘The Long, Dark Trail’: Travel, Trauma, and Identity in the Narrative of George Fortman,” Rosetta R. Haynes, Indiana State University
  2. “ ‘No One Wanted to Hear It’: The Underground Railroad and the Perilous Preservation of Black Literary History,” Iain Bernhoft, Rhode Island School of Design
  3. “Reimagining History: The Question of Authenticity in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad,” Sonia Weiner, Tel Aviv University
  4. “Memorializing the Land, Memorializing the Archive: Exploring the Unidentified and Unidentifiable in Lauret Savoy’s Trace,” Leah Barlow, University of Pennsylvania

         

 FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017
7:15 TO 9:00PM


READING BY JAMAICA KINCAID, RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 STEPHEN E. HENDERSON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PROSE

PRESENTATION OF THE DARWIN T. TURNER AWARD TO HENRY LOUIS GATES JR.
AND OF THE INAUGURAL OCTAVIA E. BUTLER AWARD TO CHERYL WALL

PRESENTATION OF THE PAULINE E. HOPKINS AWARDS

SATURDAY MAY 27, 2017
11:10 to 12:30am

SESSION 16-R: AALCS BUSINESS MEETING
ROOM: ESSEX SOUTH

 

SATURDAY MAY 27, 2017
2:10 to 3:30
pm

 

Session 18-G: Genre Crossings in African American Literature
Chair:Grégory Pierrot

  1. “David Walker, Black Pamphleteering, and the First African American Novel,” Eric Curry, Independent Scholar
  2. “‘Days of my childhood I woo you not back’: Dislocating Childhood in Frances E.W. Harper’s Iola Leroy,” Shannon Brennan, Carthage College
  3. “The Death Spaces—Homewood and Prison: John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers, JuYoun Jang, University of Mississippi
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017
8:30 TO 9:50am
Session 21-A: African American Theory, Chinese Perspectives: A Roundtable
 Chair: Wilfred D. Samuels, University of Utah
Participants:
1.Yunqiu Wang, Huangzhou Dianzi University, China
2.Kai Kang, Huangzhou Dianzi University, China
3.Yanlin Xu, Huangzhou Dianzi University, China
4.Huijuan Tan, Huangzhou Dianzi University, China

 

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Call for Papers: 28th American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 25-28, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS
African American Literature and Culture Society
American Literature Association
28th Annual Conference
May 25-28, 2017

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02116-5798

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 (http://americanliteratureassociation.org/). We will also consider a limited number of panel proposals (of no more than 500 words).

Alice Walker’s 1983 In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens launched a new trajectory of black women’s scholarship and creative production that inspired African American literary scholars to extend her legacy at the intersections of ethnographic study, archival research, and literary production. This year we will be focusing on the theme, “Finding Our Mother’s Gardens: Black Women’s Writing, Activism, and Archival Research.” Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

*Black women authors and poets of the 70s-80s (Alice Walker, June Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde, Gayl Jones, Ntozake Shange, etc.)

*The Life and Work of Gloria Naylor
*Womanism Then and Now
*Writing as activism, writing as self-care
*Women in the Archive

*The Boston Women’s Health Collective: 46 years of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”
*Black Feminist Theory in the Age of Intersectionalism

 

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 Belinda Waller-Peterson (waller-petersonb@moravian.edu) and Keith Leonard (kdl@american.edu ) no later than January 6, 2017. Presenters must be members of AALCS by the time of the conference.

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.

Inaugural Issue of the James Baldwin Review

The James Baldwin Review (JBR) is an annual journal that brings together a wide array of peer‐reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. In addition to these cutting-edge contributions, each issue contains a review of recent Baldwin scholarship and an award-winning graduate student essay. The James Baldwin Review publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin; catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism; and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.

Check out the first issue here.

Search: Head of the Department of African American Studies (Pennsylvania State University)

The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts, invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Department of African American Studies. The position is to be filled at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, effective July 1, 2016. Applicants should have scholarly credentials commensurate with a senior appointment at a major research university, demonstrate administrative experience or evidence of administrative potential, have the ability to manage the on-going grant and development activities of the department, and the flexibility to lead a multi-disciplinary unit with existing and potential partnerships with multiple graduate programs across the college. The Dean is prepared to make investments commensurate with maintaining and improving the department`s national and international reputation. Applicants may have joint appointments in other academic units of the university as appropriate. The Department of African American Studies offers a B.A. in African American Studies and a Dual Title Ph.D. in African American and Diaspora Studies in conjunction with doctoral programs in Art Education, English, and History. Its faculty are drawn from the humanities and social sciences. For more information about our department, please visit our website athttp://afam.la.psu.edu/. Interested parties should submit a formal letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the search should be directed to Professor Paul Clark, Chair, Search Committee at pfc2@psu.edu.