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.