Special Call for Papers

To address topical gaps in the program as it is unfolding so far, the conference organizers are soliciting papers on the following subjects:

  • Baldwin in Africa

  • Baldwin and gender non-conformity

  • Baldwin and queer identities

  • Baldwin and the environment


We have made room in the very full conference schedule for one panel of 3 to 4 presenters on each of these subjects. Individual presentations as well as full panel proposals will be considered.


Please see the Call for Presentations below information on how to apply.

The deadline for this special call for papers is November 15, 2019

Call for Panels, Craft Talks and Performances (closed)

Seventh in a series, this conference follows others hosted by Howard University (2000), Queen Mary University of London (2007), Suffolk University (2009), New York University (2011), Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier (2014), and the American University in Paris (2016).

In addition to the conference’s ongoing scholarly exploration of all things Baldwin, this year’s gathering will expand to engage community activists, writers, performing artists and other change agents for a multidisciplinary conversation on James Baldwin and social justice.


Creative track attendees in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and playwriting will participate in a rigorous daily writing workshop and will attend craft sessions focused on close readings of James Baldwin and the study of his writings on writing.

Conference Theme:  James Baldwin, 1970 to 1987


Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2019 (CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS)


Prospective panel facilitators are asked to propose an academic, activist or craft session with a minimum of two and a maximum of four presenters. Individual scholars, writers or activists are asked to propose a 15-minute presentation. Musicians, theater artists and dancers are asked to propose a 10-minute performance for the opening or closing plenary sessions.

Proposals viewed in a favorable light will be those which 1) focus on the conference theme; 2) privilege a creative approach; and 3) present a diversity of perspectives. Academic sessions should be both intellectually rigorous and accessible to non-academic audiences; craft sessions should be genre-fluid and also useful for both readers and writers. Activist sessions should resonate with James Baldwin's international and/or US political engagement and his relevance to organizers today.

Creative writing craft sessions will be open to academic-activist track participants, just as academic-activist sessions will be open to creative track participants.

Audiovisual equipment in this small village is largely unavailable and wifi is unreliable, so please keep it low-tech or bring your own gear.

To apply 

Presenters should send a brief CV and 300-word abstract of the proposed panel, talk or craft session topic.  Proposals for panels are especially encouraged; one facilitator should submit on behalf of the panel and include a 100-word bio for each presenter. Individual talks must be limited to 15 minutes and if selected will be assigned a panel by the program committee.


Two performing acts will be selected. Performers should send their website URL or digital portfolio along with bios and performance fees. Please take our very tight budget into consideration.  


Panels and performances will be selected by the conference committee. Panelists and presenters will need to register at the normal conference rate. The registration fee will be refunded until November 1 (minus a 25% admin fee) for those whose proposals are not chosen. 

Submit proposals to info@lamaisonbaldwin.fr with the subject line Conference Proposal no later than 5pm CET on October 1, 2019.

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