CFP (conference) Sixth Annual Seminar on African Language Literature, ACLA, March 5-7, 2019, Georgetown, Washington, DC

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I am hosting an American Comparative Literature Association seminar on African language literature at their conference at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, on March 5-7, 2019. Paper submissions will open August 30 and close September 20. If you are interested in presenting a paper on African language literature, interpreted broadly, submit a title and brief abstract at the website.

The ACLA's annual conferences have a distinctive structure in which papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for three days of the conference to foster extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller) seminars meet just the first two days of the conference. This structure allows each participant to be a full member of one seminar, and to sample other seminars during the remaining time blocks.

Sixth Annual Seminar on African Language Literature

While African literature in colonial languages remains the subject of most Africanist scholarship in the United States and Europe, the vast majority of African texts are in African languages. Indeed, Africa is home to vibrant literary practices in indigenous languages that go almost entirely unstudied. Therefore, the annual ACLA seminar on African language literature provides a forum for scholarship on such texts from any period, and in forms traditional and popular, including film, television, music, art, online sites, genre novels like romances or thrillers, oral poetry, epic, and so on. Papers may introduce relatively unknown texts or suggest new theoretical approaches to the study of vernacular African literatures, which include, but are not limited to, literatures in Arabic, Berber, Coptic, Meroitic, Ge’ez, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Kiswahili, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya, Somali, Malagasy, Shona, Zulu, and Xhosa, as well as Sheng, Nigerian Pidgin, and other creolized African languages.

To propose a paper, go to You must select my seminar “Sixth Annual Seminar on African Language Literature” at the end of the form or your proposal won’t come to me.