A growing body of recent scholarship argues that the Haitian Revolution is one of the defining events of modernity. But from 1791 until 1804, the fog of war distorted and obscured Western perceptions of Haiti. From independence until official recognition by France in 1825, isolation did likewise. Fear, mythmaking, and bigotry filled the void. In Tropics of Haiti, Marlene Daut states that “[a] great portion of the texts within the transatlantic print culture of the Haitian Revolution reveal themselves, upon closer examination, to be unsure about what they ‘think’ they are: novels or memoirs, histories or dramatizations… [they] blur the lines between history and fiction, biography and memoir, philosophy and science”.
world literatures and indigenous studies
Panel: Race and Versification in Anglophone Poetry
NeMLA Annual Convention: March 21-24, 2019, Washington D.C.
Dostoevsky’s character Ivan Karamozov declares, “Without God, everything is permitted.” This notion is philosophically provocative and existentially potent, particularly in the study of secular literature from the modern era. Having experienced with Hillis Miller calls “the disappearance of God” or Nietzsche’s “death of God”, secular literature shows several attempts to account for humanity’s place, meaning, and immanent values. This panel seeks to explore questions of existential crisis in the secular age that perforate throughout modern literature and theory. How does one ascribe meaning or purpose to a world of violence, trauma, and suffering? How does modern fiction tease out social problems and what insight to they provide for them?
This panel will present at NEMLA 2019
March 21-24 in Washington DC
Climate change represents a profound conceptual problem. It is both locally and global manifested. It is both knowable by science as well as created by the technologies science has enabled. How do contemporary Anglophone novelists represent these realities? From Margaret Atwood to Nnedi Okorafor to Hanya Yanagihara many contemporary novelists see their novels as both locally specific as well as globally relevant.
SAMLA 90: Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies
November 2–4, 2018 ◆ Sheraton Birmingham ◆ Birmingham, Alabama
SAMLA is again pleased to offer prospective participants the opportunity to submit abstracts to a General Call for Papers. The General Call for Papers will be used to build programming from accepted abstracts that did not resonate with any of our currently published CFPs.
Papers will be presented as part of a panel at the 2019 Northeast MLA convention in Washington D.C., which will take place from March 21-24, 2019.
Proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2018. For enquiries, contact Gayatri Devi at email@example.com.
As threat, as abject, as subject, and as a combination of all three, the figure of the migrant and the figure of the refugee loom large in the ethical imagination. The recent surge in desperate efforts of people to leave their homelands for other places, the Syrian refugee crisis, the mass displacement of the Rohingya, the “caravan” of Central American migrants seeking to cross the US-Mexico border, and of course the surge in anti-immigrant, and anti-migrant discourses all speak to the moral urgency of collective responses to these figures. It is one of the most pressing concerns of our current moment.
This year’s NEMLA conference includes focus on transnational spaces and “the complex processes of transculturation.” Since waterways such as oceans and rivers have historically been both media for and a contested sites of such processes, we invite panelists for a proposed session that will explore water and/as transcultural and transnational space. While we are particularly interested in exploring the cultural, political, and imaginative impulses that can work to turn waterways into transcultural spaces, we are equally interested in explorations of the forces that resist processes of transculturation.
While young people have always occupied an important place in world literature, such characters, because they embody both transition and awakening, can offer a helpful angle from which to examine francophone colonial and postcolonial literatures.
This panel will examine what it means to re-imagine a region of the world that continues to occupy the imaginations of, among others, artists and scholars, vacation goers and/or environmentalists. The islands of the Pacific, for instance, were regarded by colonial explorers from Europe as utopias untouched by humankind. Beginning in the twentieth century, some islands were used as military testing sites by the United States and Europe with no regard for the Indigenous people of these locations. And most recently, as literary theorist Aimee Bhang explains, the Pacific “is laden with speculation, mostly of two kinds: one that anticipates the economic potential of the ‘Asian century,’ and another that projects its ecological devastation” (663).