Call for papers – 2018 African Literature Association conference

The Graduate Student Caucus of the African Literature Association (GSCALA) invites graduate students to submit an abstract for the upcoming 44th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association, to be held May 2326, 2018 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC, USA.
This year’s conference theme is “The Environments of African Literature.” The theme invites participants to address the multiple environments – physical, institutional, ideological, symbolic, discursive, cultural, and technological (among others) – that affect the production, dissemination and reception of African literature. We also invite papers which address the ways in which African literary texts reflect on such environments and the challenges and promises they present. However, papers on all other aspects of African and diasporic literature, art, and film are also welcome. For more information on the upcoming conference, please see
GSCALA is a group of graduate students from around the world that organizes graduate student-oriented events and panels at the annual ALA conference. For the conference in Washington, DC, we are organizing a panel of scholars to speak on interdisciplinarity in the study of African Literature. 

We encourage all graduate students who present in Washington, DC to submit their papers for the annual Graduate Student Best Essay Award (to be submitted August 2018). 

Please submit your abstract of up to 2000 characters (spaces included) for individual papers and/or panels by February 16, 2018 at
For more information on the Graduate Student Caucus, please visit our page at And more on the African Literature Association can be found at
Molly Slavin
PhD Student, Emory University Department of English
Graduate Editorial Assistant, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

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