CFPs that may be of interest to our readers are listed here.

September 2019

20: American Literacy Narratives
Panel at NEMLA: Boston, March 5-8, 2020

This panel invites papers which explore these and related issues in regard to American literacy narratives. Papers may focus on the experiences of immigrant groups, non-native English readers, differently abled learners, and those from a variety of class and socioeconomic perspectives as well as gender and sexual identities. Papers that also explicitly connect to the experience of the presenter as a professional reader and teacher of the humanities are also welcome. Send 250 word abstracts to Dr. Filiz Turhan (

30: Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future
IABA World Conference 2020: Turku, Finland, June 9-12, 2020

This interdisciplinary conference encourages dialogues across boundaries of theory, methodology, genre, place, and time. The Conference invites not only traditional conference papers and panels, but also unconventional presentation formats, creative sessions, as well as artistic performances. We encourage cross-disciplinary and transnational contributions. We invite both 20 minute individual presentations and 90 minute full panel, roundtable, or workshop sessions (3-4 presenters, including Chair). We encourage proposed full sessions to be interdisciplinary and international. Creative sessions and performances can also be proposed and if you are uncertain about how to submit these, please contact the organizers: All presenters must submit a maximum 300 word abstract and a 150 word bio.

October 2019

1: Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Literature
Edited Collection

Our collection, Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Literature, aims to explore the range of third-generation literary works and films, particularly those written/produced in the past ten years and texts that have received little to no scholarly attention. For the purposes of this volume, literary works refer to poetry, drama, fiction (for adults and children), life writing, graphic narrative, and creative nonfiction. Essays should be 6,000-7,000 words. Contact Alan L. Berger and Lucas Wilson for more information.

1: Contemporary Black British Women’s Writing
Special Issue of
Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature
This special issue aims to appraise the burgeoning field of Black British Women’s Writing in a collection of essays that considers the literary innovations of British women of African and African-Caribbean descent since the 1990s. The issue will highlight the centrality of aesthetic creativity in writing by black British women in order to acknowledge their investments in innovation and their challenges to literary tradition. Initial queries and abstracts are encouraged though final acceptance will be determined by the completed essay. Essays should be 6,000-9,000 words (excluding notes), should conform to the endnote style of the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Please submit essays through email by 1 October 2019 to and

31: Travel in Arab Women’s Writings and/or Arab Women’s Travel Writing
Seeking original scholarly papers, not previously published, about travel writings by Arab women. Will also consider scholarly papers about travel, or the theme of travel in Arab Women’s writings. Contact Dr. Nawar Al-Hassan Golley for more information:

November 2019

15: After(Life) Narratives of #MeToo
A Special Issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
This special issue of Biography explores storytelling practices emerging after the the 2017 celebrity re-launch of Tarana Burke’s hashtag #MeToo in 2006, narratives shaped by constraints, but also hinting at possible new genres and disruptions: the elliptical disclosure; the power of the celebrity story and its erasures around race, class, and disability, and other identity categories; the tensions between queer and heteronormative narratives; and the difference national context makes. Most of all, we are interested in contributions that invite us to think about how the medium interacts with these disruptions and the extent to which medium may transform storytelling practices and ways of thinking about sexual violence. Submit 350-500 word abstracts to guest editors Rebecca Wanzo and Carol Stabile at

December 2019

1: Mapping Black Women’s Lives
Special Issue of
a|b: Auto|Biography Studies
For this special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, we seek papers that employ diverse and/or interdisciplinary methodologies to recover and situate (geographically and theoretically) Black female lives throughout the African diaspora. How do we write with and against archival silences and violences? What role does digitization play in making visible or further marginalizing Black women’s life writing? We are particularly interested in scholarly efforts that redefine, transform, or reform the spaces and places in which Black women’s cultural contributions were recorded (or not). Where and how do we map the lives of Black women? Send original articles of 6000-7000 words (including works cited and notes), including keywords, an abstract, and a brief biographical statement to Kimberly Blockett ( We welcome essays that include images and are able to print in color without author fees. a/b also publishes ancillary digital and multimedia texts on the journal’s Routledge website. Inquiries welcome.

15: Real Lives in Global Perspective
Book series published by Routledge

The purpose of this series is to teach key social, economic, political, and cultural developments in world history to first year university students using parallel biographies as a framework. The books will juxtapose figures facing similar situations in different geographical regions, with one book for each century, each containing four pairs of biographies. The authors should be experts in the appropriate time period willing to research a variety of geographic areas. Contact Rebecca Boone at Lamar University for more information.