Call for papers---The Contested Space of Arab Spring (NeMLA 2018)
Deadline for submission: September 30, 2017
Northeast Modern Language Association: University of Pittsburg, PA, April 12-15, 2018
Chair: Joan Listernick
Protesting against corruption and dictatorship in favor of democracy, men and women poured onto the streets during the brief, but historically critical period of the Arab Spring. This potential watershed has produced a literary tide reflecting on its significance, a tide itself waiting to be explored. This panel will examine how contemporary literature has viewed the emancipatory possibility of the Arab Spring-- as a moment of historic exceptionalism or a slumbering ember.