MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Transnationalizing the Public Sphere

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Nancy Fraser has written that, from the perspective of critical theory, "it is by no means clear what it means today to speak of 'transnational public spheres." This special session responds to the 2016 presidential theme, and asks what "the public sphere" means for an age of globalization. How does contemporary literature contribute to public sphere theories that overspill the imagined and material borders of the nation-state? What kinds of publics do these texts address and envision? And how do these texts modify the language of deliberative democracy to incorporate multi-state political bodies?

Possible approaches to this question may include:
Readings informed by migration studies
Theories of translation and adaptation
Analyses of transnational book markets
Global new media scholarship

Please send 250 word abstracts and a brief bio to Nathan Jung (najung@uwalumni.com) by March 15, 2015.