In 2015, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán justified building a border fence to prevent migrants from Asia and Africa from entering Hungary as necessary to preserve Europe “for Europeans.” East and Central European countries in general have become associated with extreme xenophobia and anti-immigrant policies following their acceptance into the European Union. Erased in current debates over these formerly communist countries’ “Europeanness” is a different history of geopolitical positioning, one where they ideologically aligned themselves not with Western Europe, but with anticolonial movements in Asia, Africa and Central and South America during the Cold War.
We are organizing a panel to propose at the MLA International Symposium that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 23-25 July, 2019. See below for panel proposal and instructions for submissions. Note that the deadline for submissions is 19 September 2018.
Faceless No Longer: The Migrant, the Citizen, and the Return of Postcolonial Critique
Humanitarian Violence: Literary Humanitarianism and the Ethics of Witnessing Revisited (ACLA Panel, March 2019)
This session takes the image of the “palimpsest” as its semantic inspiration to problematize the layerings of power that simultaneously obscure, erase, and recode the experiences of postcolonial queer bodies. As Judith Butler demonstrates in her engagement with Levinasian ethics, the structure of address between the “I” and the Other is an interruption of narratives that behooves the I’s need to be recognized by an interlocutor.
Co-organizers, Sreya Chatterjee and Octavio Gonzalez
The American Comparative Literature Association's annual conference will be held at Georgetown University, Washington DC, from the 7th-10th of March 2019.
Call for papers: 50th NeMLA Anniversary Convention (March 21-24 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort Center, Washington DC).
**Human/Animal Voices: Language as a Tool for Humanizing the Transcultural Experience**
In the current context of the unprecedented influx of migrants and the rise of xenophobia, this panel seeks to reflect on the dehumanization and inhumane treatment of the Other while examining the importance of empathy and coexistence.
This session deals with film and history in Latin America. The films in discussion should reflect the major historical moments in the region beginning with the age of “discovery” and conquest, colonial rule and independent times.
Under this historical umbrella, the films in this session should address issues of civilización y barbarie, race, slavery, political persecution, misogyny, homophobia and revolution (among others). Participants should be cognizant that visual narratives dealing with race, class, gender, sexuality, language, nation, and identity reflect philosophical tenets prevalent in particular historical moments.
In this seminar we seek to explore stories and representations of injustice and violence that probe audiences’ ethical responsibilities and complicities. What representational strategies have writers and artists used to challenge discursive frameworks that underpin erasures and exclusions and to invite readers and viewers to assess their implication in systematic injustices? What historical and contemporary responsibilities are excluded by current political discourses on violence and reconciliation? For example, how do the frameworks of mainstream western news and political discourses exclude discussion of North American and European roles in the conditions that precipitate current refugee movements?
Please email paper proposals to Magda Yuksel (email@example.com) by August 25, 2018. Proposals should include a tentative title, an abstract no longer than 300 words, 3-5 bibliographic sources, and a short bio (50 words).
Template for Special Topic CFP
Call for Papers, Post-Colonial Literature at CEA 2019
March 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana
Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 | Phone: (504) 962-0500
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on [special topic title] for our 50th annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org