Ethics, Still: Levinas in the 21st Century

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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This call is for an accepted roundtable session at the 50th Northeast Modern Language Association convention in Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2019. Please submit abstract (300 word limit) through the NeMLA system: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17239

This session will explore engagements with the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas across literary and cultural studies of our contemporary moment. How do we understand an ethics of alterity in relationship to contemporary literary and cultural representation, and how might we expand on or intervene in Levinas’s philosophy in order to suggest new approaches to scholarship, literature, or the act of reading itself? Papers that combine theoretical approaches influenced by Levinas or his interlocutors with readings of 21st-century literary and cultural works are especially welcome.

Decisions will be sent out by October 15. More info can be found on the NeMLA website: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html