Migrant Literature from the Arabian Gulf (Khaleej)

deadline for submissions: 
June 11, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA 2018 Conference-Sheraton Birmingham-Birmingham, Alabama
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Contemporary migrant literature/s from the Arabian Gulf implore us to examine and reinterpret the ethico-political practices of a land that is paradoxically inhabited primarily by people from elsewhere. Non-citizens are a significant part of Gulf’s population. Benyamin’s Goat Days, Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People, Saud Al Sanousi’s The Bamboo Stalk, and Mia Alvar’s In the Country are some of the texts that make visible the particular anxieties of modern Arabian Gulf migratory politics through fiction. Similarly, Neha Vora’s Impossible Citizens, Andrew Gardner’s City of Strangers, and Prema Kurien’s Kaleidoscopic Ethnicity are also examples of work that provide sociological and ethnographic perspectives on modern day Gulf migration.  This panel welcomes papers that explore various (for e.g., ethical, historical, socio-political, cultural, literary etc.) dimensions of migration to the Arabian Gulf. Generally referred as the Khaleej, these countries include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.  Some of the potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • human rights in the Gulf,
  • politics of migration and citizenship in the Gulf,
  • notions of home, hyphenation and hybridity in Gulf emigration,
  • complexities of first/second/ third generation Gulf-diaspora (Pravasi),
  • ‘Global’ Universities in the Gulf,
  • Kafala system and Nitaqat Law,
  • 'structural violence' related to Gulf migration,
  • representations of Gulf diaspora in literature and migrant Gulf literature as activism.


By June 11, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Priya Menon, Troy University at pmenon@troy.edu