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CFP: Global Black Desires Conference 2018


The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean Conference:




Conference date and location:

May 4, 2018

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

New York City

contact email:

Deadline for submissions: January 5, 2018


IRADAC invites submissions for its conference themed Global Black Desires to be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Broadly conceiving black desires, the conference aligns with scholarly traditions that imagine blackness in a global context as it draws on diverse disciplinary and theoretical approaches. Whether they concern moral, legal, political, corporal, spatial, creative, erotic, or economic desires in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, or Africa, discussions about the associated freedoms and constraints engendered by black desires provide an opportunity to expand the knowledge base and significance of black diaspora studies. Additionally, this scholarly intervention promises to illuminate our consciousness of possibilities and limitations of individual, national, transnational, and diaspora objectives. While the conference welcomes submissions on a wide range of themes and topics, it primarily aims to resonate with the IRADAC fellows’ specializations. Fellows’ research interests include queerness in the Caribbean, global childhood, performing the diaspora, education and social movements, abolitionist geographies, exile and the politics of belonging, and framings of black femininity.



Paper proposals should include the following:

*A title

*An abstract (250 words or less)

*A short bio including institutional affiliation

Send all proposals to by January 5, 2018.



cultural studies and historical approaches



world literatures and indigenous studies




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CFP: Edwidge Danticat Society at ALA, May 24-27, 2018 (San Francisco)




The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for our affiliate panel at the 29th Annual American Literature Association conference in San Francisco, California. In celebration of the Ford Foundation awarding Danticat the Art of Change Fellowship, we seek papers that examine the ever-present intersections between Art and Justice in Danticat’s work. Whether cultural commentary in the essay: “DACA, Hurricane Irma, and Young Americans’ Dreams Deferred,” postcolonial ecocriticism in the novel: Claire of the Sea Light , or critical commentary on the Immigration Industrial Complex in the memoir: Brother, I’m Dying , Danticat’s activist and literary work are inextricable.

The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, and possible topics addressing her overall work include, but are not limited to:

  • Danticat’s cultural commentary on global anti-blackness
  • Ecocriticism in her literature
  • Criticism on Migration and the Immigration Industrial Complex
  • Creating Dangerously through reading and writing
  • Black Lives Matter Movement and Immigrants of Color
  • Poto Mitan: Haitian women, work and resistance
  • Memory, Counter-archiving and the Trujillo and/or Duvalier dictatorships
  • By January 15, 2018, please submit a 150-word biography, 300-word abstract (including working title) and any a/v needs to Megan Feifer,


Membership with the Edwidge Danticat Society ( is required for panelists, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration.

Membership dues to the Edwidge Danticat Society ( ) and ALA conference registration ( ) must be paid by April 15, 2018, or papers/panels will not appear in the conference program.




cultural studies and historical approaches

ethnicity and national identity


world literatures and indigenous studies





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Great Women Writers: PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL 2017

Join these brilliant, internationally acclaimed writers from May 1-7.
For the first time in the history of the World Voices Festival, we will be featuring twice as many women as men in our Festival line-up. These authors, poets, translators, artists, and critics will join us from May 1-7 as we examine the relationship between gender, power, and more.

This week only, use the code WOMEN2017 for $5 tickets to the events featured below. We’ll see you there!

Pushing Past Glass Ceilings
MAY 3, 7PM
Women from disparate walks of life and ages share their experiences with breaking through cultural norms. With Valerie Graves, Rita Mae Brown, Giannina Braschi, and Theresa Rebeck. Moderated by Amy Siskind. Tickets »
Forbidden: Too Much in Love
MAY 3, 7:30PM
Illicit love is the subject tackled by these internationally celebrated authors who have dared to cross religious, cultural, and gender taboos. With Dorit Rabinyan, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Shani Mootoo, and Pajtim Statovci. Moderated by Mira Jacob. Tickets »
Gender, Power, and Authoritarianism in the Dystopian Age
MAY 4, 6:30PM
The power of the state to control our thoughts and sexuality has been the dominant concern of many women writers and is reflected in some of the best dystopian literature of the modern age. Marge Piercy, Alice Sola Kim, Namwali Serpell, and Jeff VanderMeer examine this critical topic. Tickets »
The Body Politic: Women’s Rights and Resistance
MAY 4, 8PM
In the face of egregious assaults on women’s rights to control their own bodies and speech, Executive Director of PEN America Suzanne Nossel and President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards discuss ensuring that free expression and reproductive rights are protected for all. Tickets »
Art, Gender, and Social Justice
MAY 6, 6PM
What roles do art and gender play in creating social justice locally and globally? What can we do to bring more marginalized women’s voices to the forefront where they can speak for themselves? With Jessica Greer Morris, and Giannina Braschi. Moderated by Ana Oliveira. Tickets »
Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi
MAY 6, 7:30PM
Poetic battles–called sheyr jangi in Afghanistan–have roots in the early medieval Asia. For this event, poets Majda Gama, Rami Karim, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, and Purvi Shah will pay homage to this tradition. Tickets »
The M Word: Muslim-American Women on Power and Beauty
MAY 7, 3PM
A conversation on what it takes to defy obsolete notions of power and beauty and instead embrace multidimensional identities. Addressing beauty standards, cultural appropriation, faith, and feminism, with Mara Brock Akil, Rana Abdelhamid, Mona Haydar, and Penina Roth. Reserve »

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Now Available: Cambridge Companion to Latino/a Literature


Now the United States’ largest collective minority, the country’s heterogeneous Latin@ population increased from 35.3 million (12.5 percent) in 2000 to 55.4 million (17.4 percent) in 2014 (Ennis, Ríos-Vargas, and Albert 2011; Colby and Ortman 2015).

The figures – attributable to Latin@ population growth and immigration from the Spanish-speaking Americas – were paralleled by sizeable migrant intakes from other parts of the hemisphere, Asia and Africa. Numerous commentators interpret these demographic patterns as heralding two interrelated phenomena. First, they may be signaling the United States’ evolution into a postracial age, exemplified by the election of the biracial President Barack Obama in 2008. Second, they may be signposting the irreversible “unwhitening” of the United States due to transnational migration patterns – which are also transforming immigrant receiver states across the “developed” world – and attendant ethno-racial transformations. In turn, these phenomena are often read by demographers, and institutions like the U.S. Census Bureau, as evidence of a twenty-first century in which the United States will have a Latin@ majority. Such speculations, moreover, are haunted by the epoch-changing temporal shift in global power and influence posed to the United States by the so-called “Asian century” and the emergence of powerhouse states across the “developing” world.
Albeit a blunt summation, these scenarios indicate why fundamental processes of transnational and transcultural change underwrite the remit of this chapter. Numerous literary and cultural critics have also argued that the United States’ changing demographic contours – which coincide with an increasingly penetrative digitized communication age – modulate how Latin@ literary texts are being conceived, produced, received, and critiqued in the United States and across the world. In this chapter, accordingly, I focus on the literary consolidation and/or publishing debut in the early twenty-first century of selected Latin@ writers who appear to be responding to and/or emerging from such globally relevant changes.

Their ranks, to select a few authors from many, include Maya Chinchilla, Roberto José Tejada, Rodrigo Toscano, José Rivera, Edwin Torres, Justin Torres, Salvador Plascencia, Giannina Braschi, Oscar Casares, Nina Marie Martínez, and Susana Chávez-Silverman. Despite the continuing importance of literary production under Chican@, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, and other specific Latin@ rubrics, it is arguable that the aesthetic strategies of many twenty-first-century writers are generating new post-identitarian and transnational, often globally referential and informed, narratives.

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Edwidge Danticat, Keynote, Postcolonial Studies 2016 Conference

25th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference – February 26-27, 2016 – Savannah GA

The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, inaugurated in 1992, is the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the United States. It encompasses colonial and postcolonial histories, literatures, creative and performing arts, politics, economics, and all other aspects of the countries formerly colonized by Britain and other European powers.

We welcome a variety of approaches and viewpoints, and the generation of wide-ranging, productive debates. Thus we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural panel proposals.

We offer scholars, researchers, teachers, and students the opportunity to disseminate and discuss their knowledge and understanding of the dynamic field of postcolonial studies.

We invite proposals in both thematic (migration, diaspora studies, etc.) and geographic (Eurabia, South Asia, etc.) areas, such as:

  • Postcolonial Studies: Where Were We? Where Are We? Where To Now?
  • Perspectives and Current Practices in Postcolonial Pedagogy
  • Bioethics, Ecology, Ecocriticism, Health, and Wellness
  • Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
  • Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
  • History and Historiography
  • War and Terrorism
  • Race, Racism, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
  • Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
  • Intersections of Francophone and Anglophone Literatures
  • Postcolonial, Liberation, or Transnational Literatures, Arts, and the Media

Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers.

SUBMISSIONS Proposals are accepted electronically at our site: <>.

DEADLINES Deadline for proposal submissions: October 1, 2015. Notification of acceptance: completed by November 1, 2015.


  • Abstracts of 300 words maximum are required via the online submission form.
  • A biographical statement for each presenter is required, including the presenter’s academic affiliation<
  • Panels should be designed for 75 minutes; individual papers for 15-minute delivery — maximum.
  • Proposals for panels should include an abstract for each paper with complete information on each presenter.


  • Regular Registration (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $150.00
  • Graduate Student / Retiree (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $120.00
  • One-day / Guest: contact for details

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: EDWIDGE DANTICAT Ms. Danticat is the award-winning author of Claire of the Sea Light (New York Times notable book); Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak! (National Book Award finalist); The Farming of Bones (American Book Award winner); and The Dew Breaker (PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, winner of the inaugural Story Prize).

Her non-fiction includes After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti; Brother, I’m Dying (National Book Critics Circle Award winner, National Book Award finalist); Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work; and “In Flesh and Bone,” on the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and her work has appeared in various venues, including The New Yorker and The New York Times.

NICHOLS AWARD In commemoration of our silver anniversary, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Nichols Graduate Award. Please see <> for further details.

CONFERENCE SITE For further information, please see the conference site: <>.


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Call for Papers: Women Writers Conference

SSAWW Triennial Conference November 4-8, 2015

Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA

Call for Proposals

Due Date: Friday, February 13, 2015 for all proposals.

For the 2015 Triennial Conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, the

conference organizers welcome proposals on any topic related to the study of American

women writers, broadly conceived. The strength of the society is rooted in the dynamic ideas

and research accomplishments of its members, which the 2015 conference continues to facilitate

and honor. As in the past, however, we would also like to take the opportunity that the

conference affords to create discussions and conversations around a shared theme, which we

have designated as Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives.

The terms liminality and hybridity are most familiar in post-colonial contexts; however, they

suggest critical concepts that draw on multiple disciplines and privilege inclusion. Often

informed by notions of crossing, intersectionality, transition, and transformation, these terms

contest exclusionary practices involving class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sex, among

other variables. The word “limen,” from which liminality derives, designates threshold. The

threshold functions simultaneously as both an obstructive barrier and an enticing opening for the

entry into unknown, perhaps unknowable states that invite exploration. Both spatial and

temporal, the liminal is a site of in-betweenness enabling non-normative perspectives. It is a site

where difference becomes encounter as well as a location that resists assimilation while

simultaneously allowing for the dynamic possibilities of fusion that hybridity embraces and


With the theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” the 2015 Triennial SSAWW Conference

aims to celebrate the multiplicity of American women’s writing across a longstanding literary

tradition that continues to be dynamic in contemporary times. The conference theme of liminality

and hybridity, and the wide range of implications and meanings that these expansive concepts

imply, will facilitate a process of encounters, engagements, and conversations within, between,

among, and across the rich polyphony that constitutes the creative acts of American women.

Thus, through a focus on liminality and hybridity, the 2015 SSAWW conference hopes to

present the varied ways in which women, as critics, dramatists, educators, essayists, journalists,

oral storytellers, poets, novelists, short story writers, and practitioners of both older and

emerging forms, invent and reinvent the American literary and cultural landscape.

Possible topics involving the conference themes may include but are not limited to such

keywords and ideas as:

Alienation and/or disillusionment as states of in-betweenness

Borders and peripheries

Boundaries between/within the built environment and/or the natural environment

Child, adult and blurring boundaries



Cross-species encounters: human and animal relationships

Horizontal and/or vertical paradigms of social constructs

The hyphen In between public and private or the semi-private, the semi-public In between resilience and vulnerability

Historical constructions of space, place, home

Liminal spaces in the home

Immigration and/or citizenship

Inside and outside—the academy, the canon, etc.

Leadership from, on, within the margins

The mainstream and/or the subversive

The margin and/or the center


Obscurity and celebrity



Pressures of normalization

Technology and the human





The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete session submissions as well as

individual paper abstract submissions. The cfp for complete panel submissions can be posted on

the SSAWW website in addition to other venues of your choice. For posting on the SSAWW

website, please send cfp to:

Please direct questions about the conference to:

Submissions are electronic:

Please see full submission guidelines and panel cfps on the SSAWW website:

We look to the 2015 conference to carry forward past achievements, and to create present and

future opportunities for the growth of the Society and all its members with the understanding that

inclusivity, in all its forms, intellectual rigor, and supportive outlooks are the responsibility of the

entire membership. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your submissions.

Conference Organizers:

Rita Bode (, VP of Organizational Matters and Conference Director

Dick Ellis (, President

Beth L. Lueck (, Associate Conference Director

Miranda Green-Barteet (, Conference Program Coordinator

Leslie Allison (, Conference Grad Assistant

Rickie-Ann Legleitner (, Conference Grad Assistant

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