The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (Westin Copley Place, Boston, May 26-29, 2011). We seek paper proposals that reflect current work on this exciting African American writer and her world for consideration for the following panels:
Panel 1: Pedagogy
Many scholars love Pauline Hopkins, yet we do not often see the range of her genius--plays, editorials, articles, novels, and short stories--reflected on syllabi. Why? The PEHS invites paper proposals for its panel that will explore the challenges and benefits of teaching Hopkins’s oeuvre. We invite papers that share effective strategies for studying some of her most popular works. However, the PEHS is also interested in analyzing the unexpected difficulties that come with introducing students to Hopkins’s complex, unique perspectives on activism, race, gender, class, the arts, and the environment. Lastly, this panel could also explore whether the contexts or environments in which we find ourselves--community colleges, Research I institutions, or small liberal arts colleges--influence our pedagogical approaches to Hopkins.
Panel 2: Hopkins's Contemporaries/Unexpected Pairings
We know that as a Boston resident, Pauline Hopkins likely attended lectures and meetings and operated in the same circles as W. E. B. Du Bois, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, and William Monroe Trotter, to name a few. However, documenting Hopkins's interactions with her contemporaries has been a challenge. The PEHS invites paper proposals that discuss Hopkins and other writers/intellectuals of her contemporary era. Papers that examine expected or even unexpected pairings are welcomed. Pairings are not limited to people Hopkins knew or met.
One-page proposals in Microsoft Word or PDF format should be submitted to Tanya Clark, Program Committee Chair, at < clarkt (at) rowan.edu > by 12/15/10. Please include a brief bio (200 words) or one-page CV with your proposal. Panelists should plan for a presentation lasting no more than fifteen minutes. Reference “ALA: Hopkins Panel” in the subject line. Membership in the PEHS is required in order to present a paper' please contact Eric Gardner, Membership Officer, at < gardner (at) svsu.edu > for membership information. More information can also be obtained from the Society website at < http://paulinehopkinssociety.org/ >.
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