Queen, Mary, University of London is hosting a 2 day international conference--June 29-30, 2007--to mark the 20th anniverisary of James Baldwin's death. The conference will revisit Baldwin's extraordinary career as a novelist, essayist and playwright, and explore his thinking about national, sexual and racial identity and difference, and his analysis of politics and culture. We welcome papers on every aspect of Baldwin's life and work, and would be especially interested in his influence on writers and writing, the theatre, art practices, on the politics and theory of race andof sexuality, on American identity, on his years in Europe, and his time in Turkey and Africa.
Confirmed plenary speakers include: Caryl Phillips, Colm Toibin, Cheryl Wall, Stuart Hall, Dwight McBride.
Abstracts of up to 500 words to the organizers by 15 October 2006.
Cora Kaplan/Bill Schwarz
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary, University of London
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