The following are some opportunities for academic presentations on black girlhood. Please feel free to suggest conferences and that are not included on this list.

CFP: Childhood And Time – IX Conference Of The Finnish Society For Childhood Studies

  • May 11-13, 2020
  • Tampere University, Finland
  • Online option
  • Abstract info: No more than 350 words by Jan. 15, 2020.

2020 Children’s Literature Association Conference

  • June 18-20, 2020
  • Bellevue, Washington, Hyatt Regency Bellevue
  • Theme – “Sustainability Through Story: Eco-Justice, Children’s Literature, and Childhood”

Alliance for Girls’ 6th Annual Conference:
A Movement for Equity

  • October 3, 2019
  • 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Oakland Scottish Rite Center, CA

Justice for Black Girls National Conference

  • October 12, 2019
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • First Corinthian Baptist Church, New York, NY

CFP — Backdrops No More: Alternative Visions of Black Girlhood in Afrofuturistic Literature

“Potential” by Adaia Washington
  • 2020 College Language Association (CLA) Convention
  • April 1-4, 2020
  • Hotel Memphis

In 1970, Toni Morrison published The Bluest Eye, which prominently features black female children and adolescents, who she considered to be the “most vulnerable, most undescribed, not taken seriously” characters in literature. Since that time, many authors have paid increased attention to black girls in their works; yet, a great deal of these children and adolescents still commonly exist as backstory or props for more centralized adult characters. However, as Afrofuturism offers broadened representations of and opportunities for African Americans in literature, the genre can also extend fundamental freedoms and alternative realities to black girl characters.

Therefore, this panel welcomes papers on black girls’ presence in speculative fiction, particularly how they adapt to, confront, challenge, or resist conventional perceptions of black girlhood. Submissions must address the 2020 CLA Convention theme, “Afrofuturism: Diasporic Visions,” and consider how black girls in Afrofuturistic works claim their histories, stories, and futures, and more broadly, how they contribute to “alternative futures for African-descended peoples in narratives designed or imagined by Black thinkers.” By September 8, 2019, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and any A/V requirements to Sondra Bickham Washington through the “Contact” section of this website. This panel is proposed in conjunction with the Black Girlhood Project effort to connect scholars working in the emerging field of black girlhood studies.

Upcoming: 2019 Childhoods of Color Conference

CFP — 2020 College Language Association (CLA) Convention

  • Theme – “Afrofuturism: Diasporic Visions”
  • April 1-4, 2020
  • Hilton Memphis
  • Abstracts due 9/15/19

“The Convention asks participants to consider how literature and languages confront oppression headfirst (in its different forms), liberating its people while also envisioning alternative futures for African-descended peoples in narratives designed or imagined by Black thinkers. How do literature and languages resist commodification and present their own images of Blackness to the world? How do Black thinkers resist oppression in order to claim our own histories, our own stories, and our own futures?”

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