Convention Archives

2018 Convention Documents

Native Sons/Daughters and Immigrants in the Black Metropolis

The 78th Annual CLA Convention is April 4-7, 2018 and will be hosted by DePaul University. The Convention Hotel is the Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza River North, 350 W. Mart Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60654. The CLA Convention Rate is $149/night through March 15, 2018, and you may book online (Convention Group Code: A8L) or by calling 312-836-5000. Register for the Convention and Reserve your hotel room TODAY!

2018 CLA Convention Program

CLA President’s 2018 Winter Mailing

Online 2018 Renewal and Convention Purchase

Paper 2018 Renewal and Convention Purchase

Interested in Being a Vendor at the 2018 CLA Convention? There are a limited number of COMPLIMENTARY Vendor Tables. Please read, complete, and submit our CLA VENDOR REGISTRATION FORM 2018 to be considered for one of these limited spots. These vendor tables are not for individual/author book sales. A separate opportunity will be provided for CLA Members to sell/display their books.


Online 2018 CLA Convention Submissions are Due October 15, 2017 – Deadline EXTENDED to October 25, 2017.

Submit proposals in the area of English Language/ Literature to and address any questions to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones, English Area Representative, [email protected]

Submit proposals in the area of World Languages/ Literature, to and address any questions to Dr. Matthew Pettway, World Languages Area Representative, [email protected]

Only the Special Sessions, i.e. those from the Standing CLA Committees and the Allied Organizations, will be submitted to with any questions addressed to Dr. Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper, Vice President and Program Chair, [email protected]

If you have technical issues with our new electronic submission form, please contact our new CLA Public Relations Director, Dr. Jervette R. Ward, [email protected] See you in Chicago, April 4-7!!

Convention Summer Mailing

See archives of previous CLA conventions.

2017 Convention Documents

2016 Convention Documents

Winter Posting

Convention at a glance

CLA Convention 2016 Program 

Letter from the editor

President Letter

Vice President letter

Host committee chair letter

Call for AbstractsCall for papers (French)

Call for papers (Spanish)

First time attendee and registration form

Announcement Publication Lab


2015 Convention Documents

2015 Convention at a glance

2015 winter posting

2015 Registration form

2015 Call for Abstracts Poster

2015 Call for Abstracts (French)

2015 Call for Abstracts (Spanish)

2015 President’s Letter

2015 Vice President’s Letter

2015 Host Committee’s Letter

CLAJ’s Editor Note

Call for Papers

Special Issue of CLAJ

Call for Application/Nomination for CLAJ Assistant Editor

Call for Application/Nomination for CLAJ Book Review Editor


2014 Convention Documents

2014 Registration Form

2014 Program

2014 Call for Papers

2014 Program Chair’s Letter

2014 President’s LetterTour: Amistad Research Center

Pre-Conference Information


2013 Convention Documents

2013 Registration Form

2013 Exhibitor Form

2013 Advance Call for Papers

2013 conference program2013 Conference Packet


2012 Convention Documents

Pre-Registration Form

Letter from President

Letter from Vice President

Letter from local host

2012 Call for Papers

2012 Call for Nominations

CLA Members’ Exhibit Information/ Extra tickets / Vegetarian Dinner


2011 Convention Documents


2011 Convention Photos