Call for panelists: "New Ways to Conceptualize Diasporic and Migrant Subjectivities: Re-Departing to Re-Arrive"
Proposed Panel for the Annual MELUS Conference 2015 Athens, GA, April 9 – 12, 2015
In When the Moon Waxes Red: Representation, Gender, and Cultural Politics (1991), feminist, post-colonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha presents the identities of diasporic peoples as engaged in a process of re-departure. Revisiting suppressed or denied heritages, she argues, does not necessarily force hyphenated people to choose between singularity and plurality. On the contrary, it offers them an opportunity to "start again with different re-departures, different pauses, different arrivals" (14).