CFP: African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture

Some of our members and other followers or researchers may be interested in the following Call for Papers for the “African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture” conference happening at the University of Wisconsin, Madison next September. Proposals for panels, roundtables, and papers are due by January 24, 2014. More details, including who to contact with more information, in the full call that follows. (Hat tip: Kristin Eschenfelder)

Call For Papers: African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture

Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture
University of Wisconsin, Madison
September 19-21, 2014
Madison, WI

We imagine topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, explorations of African American print and digital cultures and:

  • Book history, media studies
  • Reproduction, originality, imitation
  • Periodization, “Earliness,” “first-ness,” “post-ness”
  • Archives (actual and metaphorical)
  • Institutions, libraries, museums, collectors, programs
  • Sonic, visual, oral, and performance cultures
  • Anthologization and “recovery”
  • Periodicals and serialization
  • Publishers, readers, networks, platforms
  • Race, intellectual property, and the law
  • Digital media and social networks (e.g., ‪#‎blacktwitter‬)
  • African American publics and counterpublics
  • The African diaspora, transnationalisms, hemispheric orientations

Proposals for complete panels (three 20-minute or four 15-minute papers), complete panels of roundtable discussants, or individual papers should include a 250-word abstract per paper and a one-page cv for each presenter. Proposals for innovative forms of presentation are welcome in consultation with the organizing committee. Submissions should be made via email to The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be made in April 2014.

For information contact:
Jonathan Senchyne, Associate Director,
Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture


Anna Palmer, Coordinator,
Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture

Conference committee: Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Ethelene Whitmire, Brigitte Fielder, Jonathan Senchyne

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