CFP: " “A Language to Dwell In”: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Vision"

International Conference: “A Language to Dwell In”: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions
At The American University of Paris
26-28 May 2016

Call for Papers

The American University of Paris announces a call for papers for the International James Baldwin Conference to be held 26-28 May 2016 at the American University of Paris. Other Paris venues crucial to Baldwin’s experience of the city will be used as additional settings, thus taking conference participants into “Baldwin’s Paris.”
The Conference encourages broad international and interdisciplinary exploration of Baldwin’s life and writing, with emphasis on the Paris he inhabited (intermittently from 1948 onwards), both for what it was and for what it is today as a result of the marks he left behind. An emphasis on his versatility in terms of style, genre and socio-political concerns is also of primary concern. Stressing the importance of Baldwin’s life, work and literary relations, the conference will be an intersection for all those interested in Baldwin’s work: from literary and cultural critics, to scholars of gender and queer theory, to political activists, poets, filmmakers, historians and musicians as well. We seek a wide range of academic and public discussions which can engage with Baldwin’s work.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
° Baldwin and Expatriate Paris: Friends and Enemies
° Baldwin as a Global Explorer: The Fire Yet Again?
° Global Influence: Baldwin’s Work in Non-U.S. Settings
° Baldwin in a Post-Racial Imaginary
° Baldwin and Genre
° Baldwin and Literary Journalism
° Baldwin and the Civil Rights Movement
° Teaching Baldwin Today
° Baldwin and the Other Arts

Proposal for papers should include
1. A brief (250-300 word) abstract
2. A one to two page vita.
Submissions to acraven@aup.edu and wdow@aup.edu
Deadline for Submissions December 1 2015.