CFP: [International] Women, Displacement, and Cultural Identity

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Hyungji Park
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Call for Papers:
Women, Displacement, and Cultural Identity
The Korean Association for Feminist Studies in English Literature
International Conference
June 12-13, 2009
Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

Displacement is a central reality and trope for many women/writers in the
modern world. Forced or chosen, the experience of being uprooted from
home and transported to a culturally alien new territory results in a
sense of self that is split and double, both here and there, neither here
nor there.
Women have been most vulnerable to the experience of diaspora. From sex
work to nursing to child care, migrant women’s labor has enabled the
global economy. Women have also often been adept at negotiating with
alien territory, giving birth to new cultures and hybrid identities. We
would like to focus on the cultural, discursive, economic, and political
grounds lived, written, and transformed by women who occupy very
different kinds of displacementsâ€"migration, exile, or return. In the
landscape of these newly juxtaposed identities, there is often no clear-
cut distinction between us and them, foreign and native, but rather a
cross-breeding that traverses boundaries of class, race, culture, and
        We welcome papers on any aspects of the topic of women,
displacement and cultural identity. Papers can be on fictional or non-
fictional narratives of displacement as lived experience, or works that
deal with the fissured and newly compounded cultural identities that are
transforming our sense of a transnational global culture. Papers can also
consider displacement within the same physical region but across
boundaries of race, class, and gender. We also invite papers that deal
with displacement as strategy or promise.
        Papers can engage with, but are not limited to, the following
topics: diaspora and women’s writing; cultural displacement; language and
citizenship; adoption, identity, and motherhood; transnationalism and
labor; post-feminist culture; minority writing; the politics/economics of
displacement; immigrant identities; women and migration.

Please send a 250-word abstract and one-page CV to Hyungji Park
(Department of English, Yonsei University, by
December 31, 2008. Accepted papers will be announced by January 31, 2009.
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