Octavia Butler #CFP

Via ReligionCFP:

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.

Of related interest, see the article in the New Yorker about Butler’s prediction of a president whose motto would be “Make America Great Again.”


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