Decolonization and globalization have made us conscious of the fact that not only is literature no longer national and autonomous, but it never was. Indeed one can only understand any national literature by comparing it with others…or by comparing it with a non-national or a transnational literature. For these reasons the field of comparative literature is more urgent than it ever was.
ethnicity and national identity
Sponsored Panel by the David Henry Hwang Society
Comparative Drama Conference
April 5-7, 2018
In light of the Broadway revival of M. Butterfly (opening in October 2017) we are particularly interested in receiving abstracts that address this production (some possible topics: Taymor’s vision of the play, Hwang’s changes to the play, the timeliness of M. Butterfly, the casting of Clive Owen as Gallimard, or a comparison with the original production). Recognizing that not everyone will get a chance to see the play before abstracts are due, we also seek abstracts on the play in general.
Call for Papers
Rap and Hip Hop Culture
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 22, 2017
This seminar seeks to examine diasporic literature in a comparative context. Taking as our literary frame Southeast Asian literature in the diaspora, we invite proposals that address the diaspora as the “dispersion” into many and multiple places. Whereas U.S. and French mainstream cultural productions have relegated the past to the Others (Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large 1996: 31), Southeast Asian diasporic cultural productions often work creatively against the dominant cultures in which they operate. Southeast Asian diasporic formations, while multiple in their origins, can be deterritorialized sites of robust critical thought about the legacy of the devastating Asian Pacific theater of the global Cold War.
CFP: Racial Passing and Colorism in Literature Panel
Society for the Study of Southern Literature
15-18 February 2018
Racial passing has been a common theme in literature, especially in texts dealing with escaping to freedom during the antebellum period. The Nadir period also witnessed a spike in racial passing and colorism themes as racial tensions heightened anti-black violence throughout the United States. This panel seeks papers that examine texts dealing with racial passing and colorism. Questions for consideration might include:
CALL FOR PAPERS:
April 12-15, 2018
The 49th Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
Abstracts due Sept. 30, 2017
Performing Francophonie: Music and Text in Modern North American Franco Identities
Now in its tenth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 9-10 February 2018. Topics may include but are not limited to:
INFO about the conference
ACLA Annual Meeting 2018: https://www.acla.org/annual-meeting
Deadline: September 21, at 9 a.m. EST
The American Comparative Literature Association's 2018 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California between March 29th and April 1st, 2018.
interested individuals may submit a paper proposal directly on the ACLA website <https://www.acla.org/node/add/seminar> before September 21, at 9 a.m. EST
PANEL: Migrants in Transnational Cities
Call for papers — Edited Collection of Essays
Malaysian Ecocriticism: Contested Environments, Identities and the Politics of Nature
With the landmark establishment of the Southeast Asian chapter of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in August 2016, it is both timely and crucial for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to assess their literary and cultural artifacts from an ecocritical perspective.
Resistances in the Poetrics of the Americas
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Meeting
Los Angeles | March 29-April 1, 2018