Call For Papers: OEB Third Biennial Conference September 11-13, 2020

The Confluence: Octavia E. Butler at the Intersection of Cultural Critique and Climate Collapse 

September 11-13, 2020 (St. catherine university) 

A confluence is the place where two rivers meet. It is a place of not only great energy but great power and creativity. Located at one of the great confluences,  the Twin Cities occupy this place called Bdote – “where two waters come together” – that is sacred to the Dakota people. The Octavia E. Butler Literary Society invites you to join us at this sacred place of power and creativity for the third biennial conference where we will feature work honoring Butler. Our host is St. Catherine University in St. Paul MN.

Octavia E. Butler’s work continues to be a catalyst for scholars, artists, and activists to engage contemporary issues that are shaped by our nation’s legacies of colonialism and capitalism. Offering visions of apocalypse shepherded by diverse characterizations of leadership, much of Butler’s work urges aspirational engagement with the myriad dimensions of our current cultural polarization and the devastating consequences of climate collapse. Her critical representations of the environment, sexuality, race, gender, politics, and many other topics have established her as a revolutionary thinker, and her influence cannot be contained by the traditional categories and boundaries in which knowledge is typically organized. Her work is too vital to be put into any kind of box and, like the rivers, is energized when scholars, artists, organizers, activists, educators and lovers of speculative fiction come together in creative confluence.

Join us at St. Catherine University from September 11-13, 2020 to honor the life and legacy of Octavia E. Butler. We encourage proposals for both individual scholarly papers and workshops, pedagogical discussions, roundtables, art work, dance performances, and other presentations. 

Abstracts of no more 200 words will be accepted for  papers, panels and presentations or summaries of art and performance pieces and are due by April 1st. Presenters will be notified by May 1st.  Please send abstracts to: oebliterarysociety@gmail.com 

Investigations of Butler’s works might include but are not limited to the following themes: 

Afrofuturism 

Antiracist pedagogies

Apocalypse and eschatology

Climate Collapse

Community organizing as a result of Butler’s influence 

Cyborgs and the Posthuman

Disability studies

Ecocriticism 

Indigenous sovereignty 

Institutional transformation

LGBTQIA+ studies

Mapping and cartography

Migration 

Pleasure activism 

Speculative Fiction and Science Fiction

Utopia/dystopia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler

The OEB Literary Society would like to congratulate Dr. Tarshia L. Stanley and the incredible contributors who have crafted a collection of essays on teaching Butler in various disciplines. Available from Modern Language Association Press.

From the MLA website:

Octavia E. Butler’s works of science fiction invite readers to consider the structures of power in society and to ask what it means to be human. Butler addresses social justice issues such as poverty, racism, and violence against women and connects the history of slavery in the United States with speculation on a biologically altered future world.

The first section of this volume, “Materials,” lists secondary sources and interviews with Butler and suggests texts that instructors might pair with her works. Essays in the second section, “Approaches,” situate Butler in science fiction, modernism, and Afrofuturism and provide interdisciplinary approaches from political science, philosophy, art, and digital humanities. The contributors present strategies for teaching Butler in literature courses as well as courses designed for adult learners, preservice teachers, and students at historically black colleges and universities.

https://www.mla.org

 

 

 

 

American Literature Association Bloodchild and Other Stories CFP

Octavia E. Butler Literary Society

American Literature Association Annual Conference

Boston

May 2019
The OEB Literary Society invites prospective participants to submit proposals relating to any aspect of Butler’s life and work. We especially encourage papers/panels addressing Butler’s short story collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories, and would like to devote at least one of the panels to this topic. We are open to the submission of both full panels and individual papers. Please email full panel proposals and/or individual abstracts of 300 words to Matthew Mullins at oebliterarysociety@gmail.com Abstracts are due no later than January 15, 2019 and should include a brief biographical note.

American Literature Association’s 30th Annual Conference

The American Literature Association’s 30th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 23-26, 2019 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).  The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2019. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or for specific questions, contact the conference director and Executive Coordinator of the ALA, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield, at carr@georgiasouthern.edu or the Executive Director of the ALA, Professor Alfred Bendixen at ab23@princeton.edu.

 

Call for Papers OEB Society is hosting a panel at ALA 

American Literature Association
29th Annual Conference

May 24-27, 2018

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

The OEB Literary Society invites prospective participants to submit proposals relating to any aspect of Butler’s life and work. We especially encourage papers/panels addressing Butler’s influence in the work of contemporary artists across genres, and would like to devote one of the panels to this topic. Please email abstracts of 300 words to Matthew Mullins at oebliterarysociety@gmail.com Abstracts are due no later than January 15, 2018 and should include a brief biographical note.

2nd Biennial Butler Conference February 2018

Octavia E. Butler:

Uniting the Academy and the Community

 

The fiction of Octavia E. Butler has fired the imaginations of academics and activists alike. Quite often, however, these communities are walled off from one another. Butler’s explorations of the environment, sexuality, race, politics, and many other topics have established her legacy as a revolutionary, and her influence cannot be contained by the traditional categories and boundaries in which knowledge is typically organized. Her work is too vital to be put into any kind of box. For our second biennial conference, the Octavia E. Butler Literary Society invites scholars, organizers, activists, and educators to come together at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia from February 23-25, 2018 to share their insights on the works of one of the most important writers of our time. We encourage scholarly proposals but also call for workshops, pedagogical discussions, roundtables, and other presentations.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

Climate change

Community organizing

Ecocriticism

Education

Fascism

Gender

Race

Religion

Sexuality

Teaching Butler

 

Please submit proposals to oebliterarysociety@gmail.com by Monday, October 2, 2017, and include “OEB Conference” in the subject line.