Listening to Refugees (1 July 2017)

Issue 5.1: Listening to Refugees

albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of literature by and concerning refugees.

Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
Fictional accounts of exile
The Jewish diaspora
Literature of political disillusionment
The role of nostalgia in displaced writers
Being “at home” in America
Trauma and/as emigration
Representations of exile in comics and graphic novels

Please email 250-word abstracts or complete articles, along with a brief biographical statement,to by July 1. Complete articles will be due by November 1.

albeit may be found at and is a internet literary journal focusing on the intersection between traditional scholarship and teaching documents. We seek to bring the scholarship to the students, and offer professors and teachers documents easily fitted into existing syllabuses. Each issue of albeit will feature articles, lesson plans, book reviews, and like documents.

Auto|biography across the americas, the inaugural meeting

Life writing scholars Gillian Whitlock, Cynthia Huff, Donna Hope, Kari Winters, and Leigh Gilmore take questions after a panel at AAA.

“Auto/Biography across the Americas: Reading beyond Geographic and Cultural Divides” was the scholarly summit that started it all.

The Autobiography Society and its academic journal, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies convened this conference in 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

We hosted thirty autobiography studies scholars from all over the Americas—Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America—who spent four days discussing themes, genres, and methodologies from their diverse geographic and cultural perspectives and forged international, cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

This meeting produced huge rewards: a special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, an edited scholarly book (forthcoming from Routledge), and  the International Auto/Biography Studies Association—Chapter of the Americas, which met for the second time in June 2015 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, USA (hosted by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson).