Calls for Papers, Panels, & Publications

The August Wilson Society 2020 Biennial Colloquium: August Wilson on the Margins—Understudied and Underrepresented; August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222; March 12 – 15, 2020.

Since its founding in Spring 2006, the August Wilson Society (AWS) has steadily pushed to increase awareness of August Wilson and to expand the conversation surrounding his important contributions to both the African-American literary tradition and cultural discourse at large.  Arguably, Wilson lived his own life on the margins and formulated an aesthetic of resistance that pushes back against stereotypes and that valorizes once victimized depictions of African Americans. 

… And yet, despite impressive advances in August Wilson Studies, so much of Wilson’s life, work, and legacy remain on the margins—understudied and underrepresented.  Organizers of the August Wilson Society’s 2020 Colloquium, August Wilson on the Margins—Understudied and Underrepresented, seek to remedy this and, in the processpush August Wilson Studies into unchartered areas that, thus far, have been either treated tangentially or completely neglected. AWS invites proposals for panels, roundtables, individual papers, workshops, and other presentations that focus upon topics currently considered to be “on the margins.”

August Wilson on the Margins—Understudied and Underrepresented will build upon previous AWS national gatherings and explore an even wider range of voices and topics from artists, grade school educators, high school students, community leaders, activists, and academics. Directors, actors, dramaturgs, historians, educators, scholars, politicians, and poets are especially welcomed!

Interested participants might consider the following suggested list of topics—or some modification thereof: Wilson  as (Political) Activist; Wilson on Religion; Wilson and the Blues; Dramaturgs, Dramaturgy, and Dramaturging Wilson’s Drama; Designing and Tech(ing) Wilson: Lighting, Scenic, Costume, Projections, Etc. ; Wilson around the World: Diaspora, Transnationalism, and Globalization; Wilson and Feminism/Womanism; Queer, Quare, and Querying Wilson’s Oeuvre; Integrating Wilson into High School Curricula; Wilson and/as Critical Black Pedagogy; Wilson’s Cross-Cultural and Intercultural Relationships; Wilson and (African-American) Foodways; Young Actors and Wilson; Wilson’s Relationship to Visual/Fine Arts; Wilson and His Insights into Cultures across Geographic Spaces; Wilson as Literary Forebear; How I Learned What I Learned: August Wilson and the Power of Art. Explorations outside of these topics are also welcomed.

Potential participants must submit a 250- to 500-word proposal detailing how the planned project engages with the colloquium theme, as well as a brief biographical statement (no more than three sentences in length) for each participant. 

Proposals should be sent to under the heading “colloquium submission” 

Inquiries should be address to Khalid Y. Long, AWS Vice President and Colloquium Chair. 

Deadline for Proposals:September 16, 2019 

Notifications for Accepted Proposals:No later than October 29, 2019

August Wilson Society 2020 Biennial Colloquium


Call for Papers: “Black Theatre Today.” Volume 5, Issue 2, Deadline, November, 15, 2019

The editors of Continuum seek critical and theoretical essays that explore new developments in twenty-first century black theatre. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

*Twenty-First Century Black Theatre and Black Feminism

*What is Hip Hop Theatre?

*New Voices of African Diaspora Theatre

*Staging Blackness in the Twenty-First Century 

* Theatre and the Black Lives Matter Movement

*African Women Playwrights Today

Continuum also 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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