CFP: [Gender Studies] Women of Color and AIDS

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Chris Bell
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Interrogating the Absence of “Fame” and “Recognition” in Representations
of Women of Color Impacted by AIDS
Midwest Modern Language Association
Minneapolis, Minnesota
13-16 November 2008

As the AIDS pandemic moves closer to its third decade, scholars,
activists, and NGOs are (re)evaluating the ways that individuals and
communities are affected by the disease. Women of color are now posited
as one of the groups most at risk for contracting HIV, yet cultural
representations of this population are rare and rarely heralded. This
session seeks to interrogate why there is such a dearth of representation
of AIDS as it impacts women of color across the world. Given the
conference’s theme of “fame/infamy,” can this lack of representation be
read through this lens, or is it more in line with silencing and
marginalization? Participants may speak to literary and/or filmic
treatments, media representations, stage plays, oral histories, etc.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words to Chris Bell,
Inquiries welcomed.

All presenters must be members of the Midwest MLA and remit registration
fees by 1 June 2008. For more information, visit

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