International James Baldwin Conference

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2016
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Literature


International James Baldwin Conference

04-05 May 2017

Ankara, Turkey

The Department of American Culture and Literature, Başkent University, Ankara, is pleased to announce its International James Baldwin Conference, the third in a series of international biennial conferences organized by the Department on American writers. As a novelist, short fiction writer, essayist, playwright, poet, social/literary critic, and political activist, Baldwin continues to inspire many readers, critics, and artists today. Having lived as an expatriate in several countries, including Turkey, Baldwin left a literary, cultural, and intellectual legacy that extends well beyond the United States. It is hoped that during the conference Baldwin will be discussed through multiple, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary approaches. Suggested topics for papers include but are not limited to:


Baldwin the American

Baldwin the Expatriate

Baldwin and Identity

Baldwin and Race

Baldwin and the Civil Rights Movement

Baldwin and African American Culture

Baldwin on Stage and Screen

Baldwin and Sexuality

Baldwin and Literary Criticism

Baldwin and Literary Journalism

Baldwin and His Contemporaries

Baldwin and Music

Baldwin and the Arts

Baldwin and Religion

Baldwin: Sources and Influences

International Reception of Baldwin

Baldwin in Translation


Please visit the conference website <> to submit an abstract of maximum 250 words for a twenty-minute oral presentation, and also a short biographical note of maximum 100 words.  The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 01 November 2016. You will be notified by 15 December 2016 whether or not your paper has been accepted for presentation at the Conference. Further information concerning plenary speakers, travel, accommodation, conference program and other details will be available on the conference website in due course. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Contact Info: 

Gordon John Ross MARSHALL or Gozde KILIÇ, Conference Secretaries

International James Baldwin Conference

Department of American Culture and Literature

Baskent University

Bağlıca Kampüsü Eskişehir Yolu 20. km Bağlıca

06810 Ankara TURKEY