2019 CLA Convention CFP – Abstracts Due Oct. 10

CLA 2019 Convention

April 11-13, 2019

Hosted by North Carolina Central University

1619 < Expanding Narratives > 2019

Call for Papers

A dominant historical narrative cites 1619 as the year when the first group of nineteen Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, as indentured servants, thereby beginning an interaction between African people and the Europeans who had begun to colonize the land already occupied by the indigenous people of this continent.  However, other narratives focus on other places in what is now the United States, providing other dates of “arrival” and other legacies of interaction. Still other narratives examine other locations where African people arrived and impacted history and culture. The 2019 CLA convention invites you to expand the narratives and to testify about the ways our narratives shape our histories, our perspectives, and our relationships.

This theme should invite a variety of proposals, considering (but not limited to):

  • Historical fiction—examining expanding narratives about the arrival and experiences of African people throughout the diaspora, examining representations of urban unrest, including the infamous Red Summer of 1919, etc.
  • Explorations of emerging voices, such as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements
  • Digital humanities—using new material and making existing sources available in new ways
  • Pedagogical changes—using social media and electronic devices to help students improve their rhetorical skills and expand the ways they represent their ideas
  • Literary testimonials of the encounters between colonizers and those compelled to subject—until they resisted
  • Explorations of the consequences of competing narratives, including colorism, naming historical sites, narratives of colonialism(s) in the modern world, reconstructing the forgotten/silenced.
  • Representations of race, colonialism, and resistance in world literatures
  • Speculative fiction, including but not limited to the impact of Wakanda

Abstracts are due October 10, 2018.


How to Submit Abstracts

Only send your abstract to ONE of the following:

Send individual abstracts and proposals for panels focused on English Language and Literature to:


Address questions to:

Dr. Jervette R. Ward, English Area Representative

[email protected]


Send individual abstracts and proposals for panels focused on World Languages and Literature topics to:


Address questions to:

Dr. Rhonda Collier, World Languages Area Representative

[email protected]


ONLY Allied Organizations and CLA Standing Committees should send panel proposals to:


Address questions to:

Dr. Yvonne McIntosh, CLA Vice President

[email protected]


If you have technical issues with our electronic submission form, please contact our CLA Public Relations Director, Dr. Tyechia L. Thompson, [email protected]


Convention Location

Hilton North Raleigh Midtown

3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC, 27609

Room rate:  $149/night

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