RMMLA 2019 Asian Comparative Literature and Film

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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Abstract submission deadline extended to April 1, 2019



Call for Papers: Asian Comparative Literature and Film

2019 RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association) Annual Convention

Hotel Paso del Norte, El Paso, Texas

October 10-12, 2019 

We welcome paper proposals exploring the broad theme of “Memory, Margins, and Motion.” Papers might, for example, consider how works of literature and/or film address historical, cultural, or personal memory. Alternatively, papers might examine movement across or between national and/or cultural borders as well as genres. We encourage contributions from a wide variety of fields on topics that may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Transculturation, reconstruction, and/or preservation of history and memory
  • Intra-Asian or East-West intercultural communication, conflict, encounters, translation, and/or adaptation
  • Interdisciplinary connections between literature, film, performance, and/or related genres
  • Social, personal, or collective memory related to activism (for example, climate change)
  • Memory and trauma
  • Intertextuality within and beyond Asia
  • Border studies, esp. cultural collaborations investigating or traversingnational boundaries
  • Power dynamics between Asian texts and global cultural discourses, including regionalism, pluralism, and globalism
  • Political and familial memory and/or migration
  • Language, dialect, and accent
  • Digital humanities, media, and technology
  • Critical analysis of postcolonial and diasporic identity, race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and/or ecocriticism

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a short biography to both xiaoxue@ucsb.edu and blint@mansfield.edu by April 1, 2019. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent out in April.



Wendy Sun, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California Santa Barbara


Brad Lint, Department of English and World Languages, Mansfield University