Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fall 2008 Calls for Papers or Proposals

Call for Proposals (due February 5)
We invite paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on theoretical, critical, or pedagogical approaches
to works produced since 1988. We are especially interested in proposals that address the work of
featured novelists Alice Randall and Mat Johnson. Proposals focusing on satire, transnationalism,
cosmopolitanism, or any of the topics listed below are also welcomed. Selected essays will once
again be edited for publication.

Aesthetic Frameworks or Models
Detective Fiction
Literature and American Legal Discourse
LGBT Novels
Popular Fiction
[Re]constructions of Race and/or Gender
Revisioning Oral Traditions
Revisioning Signifying Practice
Speculative Fiction
Urban Experience Novels

Submit carefully written abstracts (300 words) via e-mail attachment to:
AfAmLit@outreach.psu.edu. Include complete identification—names,
institution name, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Deadline for submission
is February 5, 2009. During March 2008 you will receive e-mail notification
regarding abstract acceptance. Important note: Persons whose abstracts are
accepted should register for the conference by August 15, 2009.

Questions regarding proposals should be sent to:
Lovalerie King
Department of English
The Pennsylvania State University
E-mail: luk13@psu.edu

Conference website address: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/AfAmNovel
Note that the accepted proposals will be shared with the participants by means
of the conference Web site before and during the conference.


“Evolutionary Momentum in African American Studies—
Legacy and Future Direction”

A Conference in Honor of Professor Winston Napier

On February 27-28, 2009, Clark University will host a conference in honor of Professor Winston Napier. We are writing to you, as previous participants in the African American Intellectual Culture Series at Clark, to invite your participation in this conference.

The focus of the conference is to honor Professor Napier’s passion for the contributions of African American intellectual culture to advancing and broadening the study of Blacks in America, to deepening our understanding of race through the lenses of humanities, and to laying a sophisticated and multi-faceted groundwork for social and political action. As the founder of the African Intellectual Culture Series (AAICS) at Clark, Professor Napier set in motion and oversaw a decade-long annual lecture series that drew prominent scholars and artists to Clark.

We seek the participation of former participants in the African American Intellectual Culture Series to form the core for panels at the conference. We envision a conference that reaches to the past and articulates priorities for future study and that encompasses the broad span of intellectual inquiry and creativity that has characterized the AAICS. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Karla FC Holloway, who is the James B. Duke Professor of English and Professor of Law at Duke University. Dr. Holloway was an AAICS participant in 1998.

The Saturday session for the conference will include a series of panels on topics related to the conference theme. The topics for the panels are yet very general, but the following list will give you an idea of what we have in mind. We are, however, flexible and will work to arrange panels around themes and topics of interest to those who would like to participate.

1. Opening panel: “The Role of the Intellectual in African American Culture”
2. Literary Theory and African American Studies
3. Explorations of Gender Identity and African American Culture
4. Historical Legacy of Black Arts
5. Bridges to/from African American Studies and other disciplines
We are now in the process of organizing the conference and preparing the schedule of events. It would be helpful to hear from you by October 6 [revised date October 20] if you would like to participate. Please provide a brief statement describing the topic/theme on which you would like to speak. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to write to either of us.

Fern Johnson and Stephen Levin, Department of English, Clark University
fjohnson@clarku.edu slevin@clarku.edu


The Society for Textual Scholarship, Fourteenth Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference

March 18-21, 2009, New York University

Program Co-Chairs: Andrew Stauffer, Boston University [astauff@bu.edu]; John Young, Marshall University [youngj@marshall.edu]

Deadline for Proposals: October 31, 2008

The Program Chairs invite the submission of full panels or individual papers devoted to interdisciplinary discussion of current research into particular aspects of textual work: the discovery, enumeration, description, bibliographical analysis, editing, annotation, and mark-up of texts in disciplines such as literature, history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of science and technology, computer science, library science, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, media studies, theater, linguistics, and textual and literary theory. The Program Chairs are particularly interested in papers and panels, as well as workshops and roundtables, on the following topics, aimed at a broad, interdisciplinary audience:
> Textual production and the social sphere
> Textual cultures
> Digital editing and textuality
> The production and editing of “minority” texts
> Theoretical and practical intersections between textual scholarship and book history
> Textual scholarship and pedagogy

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Panels should consist of three papers or presentations. Individual proposals should include a brief abstract (one or two pages) of the proposed paper as well as the name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation of the participant. Panel proposals, including proposals for roundtables and workshops, should include a session title, the name of a designated contact person for the session, the names, e-mail addresses, and institutional addresses and affiliations of each person involved in the session, and a one- or two-page abstract of each paper to be presented during the session.

Abstracts should indicate what (if any) technological support will be requested.

Inquiries and proposals should be submitted electronically to:

Professor Andrew Stauffer, email address: astauff@bu.edu
Department of English
Boston University
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215


Professor John Young, email address: youngj@marshall.edu
Department of English
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2349
(304) 696-2448 (fax)

All participants in the STS 2009 conference must be members of STS. For information about membership, please contact Secretary Meg Roland at mroland@marylhurst.edu or visit the Indiana University Press Journals website and follow the links to the Society for Textual Scholarship membership page:
. For conference updates and information, see the STS website:
Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in TEXTUAL CULTURES.

Call for Papers: U.S. Latino/a Literary Studies at CEA 2009
70th Anniversary Conference | March 26-28, 2009 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; (412) 281-7100

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on U.S. Latino/a Literary Studies for our 40th annual conference, celebrating the organization’s 70th anniversary.

Suggestions for paper submissions for this special topic in U.S. Latino/a Literary Studies might include the following (among many others):
--teaching U.S. Latino/a literary texts in undergraduate courses;
--the position of U.S. Latino/a literature in the English major curriculum;
--critical theory and U.S. Latino/a literature;
--the U.S. Latino/a literary canon;
--the future of U.S. Latino/a literary studies;
--gender and sexuality in U.S. Latino/a literature;
--social and cultural representations in U.S. Latino/a literature;
--diaspora and immigration in U.S. Latino/a literature;
--identity in U.S. Latino/a literature.

General Conference Theme: Design
In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme, Design. We live in a world atomized into text messages and jump cuts, socially constructed snippets on networking sites, fragmented blogs and news bites, ones and zeroes. In such a context, is there still a role for conscious design - of literature, of art, of rhetoric, of learning? After the death of the author, who designs the texts we love to see, read, and study? Or do we make our own designations, sketching out the plot, shading in the design, creating meaning as we find it?

General Call for Papers
CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in the university.

Submission: August 31-November 1, 2008
For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/conference2009.htm

All presenters at the 2009 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2009. To join CEA, please go to http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/membership.htm

More information
--Find out more about the College English Association: http://www2.widener.edu/~cea
--Find out more about lodging and registration: http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/conferencetravel2009.htm
--Contact CEA officers: http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/officers.htm

Other questions? Please email cea.english@gmail.com.

Maya Angelou reference book

Facts On File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and libraries, is seeking a scholar to write a one-volume reference book on Maya Angelou, focusing on critical analysis of her works. The ideal author will have a Ph.D., broad knowledge of Angelou's life and works, and an ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high school and college. This large project (250,000-300,000 words) must be completed within two years. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines will be required. If interested please send letter and cv, preferably by e-mail, to

Jeff Soloway

Executive Editor

Facts on File, Inc.

132 W. 31st St., 17th Floor

New York, NY 10001



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