Calls for Papers, Panels, & Publications

Continuum seeks book reviews about any aspect of Black theater, theory, historiography, and practice. Reviews will be between 1000-1500 words. Continuum rarely seeks reviews of published plays or anthologies. Book Review inquiries can be directed to Sharrell Luckett, book review editor at

Performance reviews: Continuum is seeking writers to review professional theatre productions for the 2019-2020 season. Reviews should be between 1000-1500 words. Interested writers should contact Melda Beaty, performance review editor (

CONTINUUM: The Peer Reviewed Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance


Kinship, Community, and Activism in the Cultural Production of the Black Diaspora

The Howard University Graduate English Student Association invites submissions for our fourth annual conference, “Kinship, Community, and Activism in the Cultural Production of the Black Diaspora,” to be held at Howard University on March 28-29, 2019. Presentations may examine one

or more of the interrelated themes suggested by our title and can address representations within or across texts, genres, and media. We seek paper abstracts with innovative perspectives and methods of analysis, and we welcome pieces that focus upon interpretation of any aspect of the cultural production of the Black Diaspora, especially drama.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

•Setting the Precedent: Communities in Black Drama/Black Dramatists’ Communities

•(Re)Creations of Kinship or Community in the Works of Individual Authors or Eras

•(Re)Imagining Community: Globalization, Technology, and the Black Diaspora

• Unified Voices: The Cultural and Ideological Work of Specific Texts or Collectives

• Virtual Worlds: Digital Spaces of Literary Activism and Communal Consciousness

• Call and Response: Echoes of Communal Uproar and Unrest in Music, Film, Literature, History,

Drama, or Popular Culture

• Conceiving Community: Black Diasporic Collectives and Literary (or Other) Activism

• Comparative Readings of Diasporic (and Other) Texts

• Women's Collectives and Collectives of Women: Bonding as Resistance in African American and

Drama and Black Diasporic Cultural Production

• Imagining the Black Body Politic in Diasporic Cultural Production: Lemonade, Dirty Computer,

Get Out, The Black Panther, or Other Popular Culture

• Ancestral Figures and Identity: Rooting the Diasporic Community and Rerouting It

• The Case for Continuity, the Relevance of Rupture: Community, Collectives, and Activism in

Black Drama or the Works of Other Diasporic Authors and Artists

• (Re)Constructing Kinship: Identity and Activism in Diasporic Cultural Production

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 18, 2019

Please email 250 word abstracts to

Also include a brief biographical note, affiliations, and contact information

(email, phone number).


The Howard University Graduate English Student Association (GESA)

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