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Engaging Art: Langston Hughes and Artistic Activism (College Language Association Convention (CLA Convention))

Raleigh, North Carolina
Organization: Langston Hughes Society
Event: College Language Association Convention (CLA Convention)
Categories: African-American, 20th & 21st Century
Event Date: 2019-04-11 to 2019-04-13 Abstract Due: 2018-10-26

Langston Hughes’s work reveals a writer who believed that art and artists should take an active role in cultural and political issues of the day. From the New Negro Movement to the Black Arts Movement, Hughes’s work engaged with racist oppression, economic inequality, and political injustice. Hughes expanded the narrative beyond national boundaries, exploring the global implications of colonial exploitation and seeking connections with writers and other artists throughout the world, including during his extended tour of the Soviet Central Asian Republics and his involvement with the Spanish Civil War. Importantly, Hughes did not separate oppressive practices but rather recognized and explored the intersections between issues such as race, gender, and class both within and without the black community. In addition to work in his lifetime, Hughes’s legacy of artistic activist commitment can be seen in contemporary movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo.

In light of Langston Hughes’s longstanding commitment to justice, the Langston Hughes Society invites paper proposals for a panel at the 2019 College Language Association Convention to be held April 11-13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, exploring the connection between Langston Hughes and artistic activism. We welcome proposals that address Hughes’s own activist work as well as how Hughes relates to other artists who have engaged their work with contemporary movements for justice, equality, and community.

The deadline for proposals this year will be October 26, 2018. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV (no more than two pages) that includes rank/status (e.g. ABD, Associate Professor, etc.), as well as institutional affiliation (independent scholars are encouraged to submit proposals as well). Proposals should be submitted to the Langston Hughes Society Secretary, Dr. Richard Hancuff, at lhsociety.secretary@gmail.com and note “LHS at CLA Panel Proposal” in the E-mail subject line. All proposals should be included as an attachment, preferably as a single PDF file. Confirmation of receipt will be sent within two business days of submission.

While interested participants do not need to be members of the Langston Hughes Society to submit a proposal for the aforementioned roundtable, all presenters must be members of the LHS and the College Language Association by February 1, 2019 in order to participate in this panel. Note that participants selected for this panel are also eligible to participate in a traditional panel (either as chair or presenter) at CLA. For more information about the LHS or CLA, please visit langstonhughessociety.org or clascholars.org respectively.


Richard Hancuff