[deadline extended] 2017 ELLAK International Conference [Updated]

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
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:

Rights discourse and narrative/ counter-narrative

Animal rights and Biopolitics/ bioethics

Natural rights/civil rights

Gender, sexuality and rights

Cultural rights and identity

Rhetoric and narratology of rights

Rights, (in)justice, and sovereignty

Rights and mobility

Border crisis and refugee rights

Ecological/Posthuman rights

Rights and (post)colonialism/cosmopolitanism

Racial discourses and rights

Rights and generational differences

Rights and community

Rights in cyberspace

Rights and education

Censorship and freedom of speech/writing


We would be very happy and proud to welcome you at the 2017 ELLAK International Conference in Seoul this December. The following is the list of our keynote speakers and invited speakers from various countries.

Keynote Speakers: Rodolphe Gasché (SUNY Buffalo)

                      James Hye Suk Yoon (University of Illinois)

                      Jongsook Lee (Seoul National University)

Invited Speakers:

  1. Alan Durant (Hong Kong University, Hong Kong)
  2. Oishi Kaz (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  3. Mary Nyquist (University of Toronto, Canada)
  4. Peter Marks (University of Sydney, Australia)
  5. Chun-yen Chen (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  6. Lynn Festa (Rutgers University, USA)
  7. Ruth Barton (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  8. Crystal Parikh (New York University, USA)
  9. Joseph Campana (Rice University, USA),
  10. Jennifer Rust (Saint Louis University, USA)
  11. Jeannine DeLombard (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)


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