Call for Papers: Luso/Hispanophone Caucus of the African Literature Association (LHCALA)

Dorothy Odartey-Wellington Discussion

*** DEADLINE EXTENSION: January 7, 2023***


At its 48th Annual Conference (May 24-27, 2023, University of Tennessee-Knoxville), titled Crossings: Africans Moving In/Across Space and Time, the African Literature Association (ALA) proposes to focus on migrations and other forms of movements of Africans and their descendants.

Themes to be addressed include the following: What are the different types of migration? What are their instigators? What do migrations tell us about ourselves and our societies? How are new migration patterns similarto or different from past ones? What do migrants retain from their places of departure and what do they appropriate from or contribute to their spaces of arrival and settlement?  And how do African literary, artistic, musical, and other forms of cultural production engage with this phenomenon?

The Luso/Hispanophone Caucus of the ALA (LHCALA) therefore invites proposals that reflect on how Africans move across space and time in Lusophone or Hispanophone contexts. Papers may explore issues related to being migrant, immigrant, refugee, asylee, exile; Intra-continental African migration; Migration and/as translation; Space and identity.

A comprehensive list of themes and sub-themes can be found at

LHCALA is also pleased to announce that the special guest of the Caucus this year will be Raquel Lima, a poet, performer, and art educator.

Raquel Lima’s talk, ERASURE: Performance, Orature, and Identity, will be preceded by the screening of her film Rasura (São Tomé e Príncipe, 2021)

Papers are welcome in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

Proposals are to be sent to Prof. Dosinda Alvite at ( cc: Prof. Dorothy Odartey-Wellington, by JAN 07, 2023, and should include the following:

• Name,

• Institutional Affiliation,

• Email address,

• Short bio,

• An abstract of up to 250 words,

• Request for A/V equipment if needed