CFP: Celebrating African American Literature and Language Conference

Call for Proposals (due 3/15/16)
Celebrating African American Literature and Language – “Race and Resistance”
Penn State University
October 28-29, 2016

In African American literature and language there is a long tradition/s of challenging myriad forms of oppression through the promotion of self-definition, creative expression and aesthetic innovation. This year’s conference offers an opportunity to think about and share how African American Literary and Rhetorical Studies, both historically and in a contemporary context, inform and are informed by movements of resistance. These “movements” can span historical and geographical spaces and entail large-scale social action or encompass individual acts of protest, liberation, and affirmation. In advancing this conversation, the conference organizers invite paper, panel, and roundtable proposals offering various theoretical, critical, and/or pedagogical approaches to resistance as a formal, thematic, social, cultural and/or political strategy within African American literature, language practices, and cultural productions.  Below are some of the areas proposals might consider, but we welcome all proposals, on any period, that take up the conference theme:

·       The Aesthetics/Rhetorics of Social Movements
·       Traditions of Black Radicalism in African American Literature, Language and Culture
·       Black Radicalism in Visual Culture, Print Culture and/or Digital Culture
·       Black Prophetic Traditions
·       Forms of Resistance and Activism
·       Black Radicalism/Resistance at the Intersections of Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality
·       Black Resistance and the Making of Literary History/Canons
·       African American Literature after Ferguson; in the Context of BlackLivesMatter
·       Love as Resistance/Transformation; Moving Beyond Resistance
·       Sound and Resistance
·       Hip Hop and Resistance
·       Forms of Digital Resistance
·       Geographies of Resistance
·       The Politics of Genre/Form in Strategies of Resistance
·       Comparative/Transnational/Diasporic Perspectives on Form and Resistance

Feature Speakers/Presenters Include:

¨    John Keene, Rutgers University-Newark
¨    Carmen Kynard, CUNY
¨    Joycelyn Moody, University of Texas, San Antonio
¨    Mendi + Keith Obadike, Pratt Institute and William Paterson University
¨    Mary Helen Washington, University of Maryland
Proposal Submission: Individual abstracts of no more than 300 words and complete panel and/or roundtable proposals of approximately 500 words (to include complete session abstract and short descriptions for each paper) accompanied by 100-word bios for all participants.
*Please submit to by March 15, 2016 as a Word document with subject heading as follows:  CAALL Abstract-LAST NAME.  NOTE: This email is for submissions only.

Notifications: Email notifications of acceptance will be made in April 2016. Persons whose abstracts are accepted must register for the conference by August 1, 2016.

Questions regarding proposals should be sent to: Shirley Moody-Turner,

Conference Registration Fee: $215 by August 1, 2016; $255 after August 1, 2016. The fee includes all instruction and events, deluxe continental breakfast and lunch both days, refreshment breaks, dinner banquet and closing reception. Please refer to the website ( for updated conference information and to register.

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