2017 ELLAK International Conference

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
The English Language and Literature Association of Korea
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The 2017 ELLAK International Conference

Seoul National University, South Korea

December 13th–15th, 2017

 “Narrating Rights: Literary Texts and Human, Nonhuman, and Inhuman Demands”

Unpacking and dispersing rights of various kinds formerly enjoyed by a selected few has been the constant motivation behind the democratization and modernization of human society. Human rights and later civil rights have continuously been constituted and reconstituted in response to the demands of the laboring class, slaves, women, subalterns, animals, and things, expanding beyond the boundaries of class, race, nation, sexuality, gender, species and organism. Calling attention to the ways in which literary texts have narrated rights so as to inscribe these human, nonhuman, and inhuman demands, “Narrating Rights” offers opportunities to interrogate literature’s lasting contributions to questioning, reforming and practicing rights.

The interrogation is particularly pertinent in this age in which revised and dispersed rights are creating new conflicts, requiring them to be narrated differently and imaginatively so as to allow all the parties in conflict to participate in working out the conflicts. “Narrating Rights” is a double-edged task that, on one hand, reflects the singular life conditions or contexts of a human, inhuman or nonhuman being and, on the other hand, aspires to the perpetual process of rights’ universal application. In order to open a forum for literary scholars to discuss how this task has been and will be performed, and thus aims to renew the close, interactive relationship between literature and rights, ELLAK (English Language and Literature Association of Korea) invites submissions to its 2017 International Conference, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea, December 13th – 15th.  

Topics may include the following subjects but are not limited to them:

  1. Rights discourse and narrative/ counter-narrative
  2. Animal rights and Biopolitics/ bioethics
  3. Natural rights/civil rights
  4. Gender, sexuality and rights
  5. Cultural rights and identity
  6. Rhetoric and narratology of rights
  7. Rights, (in)justice, and sovereignty
  8. Rights and mobility
  9. Border crisis and refugee rights
  10. Ecological/Posthuman rights
  11. Rights and (post)colonialism/cosmopolitanism
  12. Racial discourses and rights
  13. Rights and generational differences
  14. Rights and community
  15. Rights in cyberspace
  16. Rights and education
  17. Censorship and freedom of speech/writing

 Please submit your proposal (250 words) and brief CV to Dongshin Yi at ellak2017@gmail.com by May 31, 2017.