CFP: [Postcolonial] Migration, Border, and the Nation-State (4/9-4/11/09)

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CFP: Migration, Border, and the Nation-State (4/9-4/11/09)

The 2009 Joint Conference on “Migration, Border, and the Nation-State” co-
hosted by the United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and
Language Studies and Texas Tech University Comparative Literature

April 9-11, 2009 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, U. S. A.
Texas Tech University houses the internationally known Southwest
Collections and the Vietnam Archives. Spring in Lubbock is mild and sunny.
Keynote Speakers:
Ramon Saldívar, Departments of English and Comparative Literature,
Saskia Sassen, Department of Sociology and the Committee on Global
Columbia University and the London School of Economics

Plenary Speakers:
Alicia Schmidt Camacho, American Studies Program, Yale University
R. Radhakrishnan, Departments of Asian American Studies and Comparative
University of California at Irvine
Xiao-huang Yin, Global Studies Program, Michigan State University

Creative Writer and Visual Artist:
Ana Castillo, author of So Far From God, The Guardians, and Massacre of
Dreamers among other novels, poem and essay collections
David Taylor, Art Department, New Mexico State University at Las

A Featured Round-Table Session on “the Postcolonial and the Global”
John Hawley, Department of English, Santa Clara University
Revathi Krishnaswamy, Department of English and Comparative Literature,
San Jose
State University

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 19, 2009

As our age of globalization continues to be defined by endless war and
persistent economic crises, migration and border crossing have
increasingly become tropes of cultural imagination and sites of critical
intervention. Not only has the traditional singular pattern of human
migration from the “periphery” to the “core” nation-states been
diversified and supplemented by two-way and circular movements of human
populations around the planet, but new border economies, hybrid identity
formations, growing planetary consciousness, and transnational cultural
productions have also flourished in challenge to the nation-state and the
capitalist world-system. How have these defining moments been captured,
negotiated, and represented in literary and cultural productions? How
have creative writers, visual and performance artists, as well as
cultural theorists intervened in the process of globalization and
articulated their new cultural visions, artistic sensibilities, and
political agencies?

The joint conference looks for presentations that investigate new
meanings, assumptions, and implications of migration, border crossing,
and nation building as well as papers that explore the representations of
emigration, borderlands, and nation-states in different cultural forms,
literary genres, and technological media. We welcome both proposals that
examine the interrelations among migration, border, and the nation-state
in political and historical terms and projects that offer innovative
interpretations of cultural productions that foreground the new dynamics
in relation to our everyday life, social practice, and planetary

Possible topics may include but are not restricted to the following:

-- Migration, border crossing, and changing family structure
-- Migration, gender, and social justice
-- Homeland security and the militarization of the Mexico-U.S. border
-- Borderland and mestizo consciousness
-- Borderland, natural environment, and planetary consciousness
-- Border crossing and critical cosmopolitanism
-- Border literature, Chicano/a theory, and hemispheric studies
-- The fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Soviet Communism, and the
of the Cold War
-- Post-socialism in China, Russia, and Eastern European countries
-- The Trans-Pacific movement of Chinese in diaspora
-- Wall Street and the future of “market democracy”
-- Westward movement and American Southwestern literature
-- Globalization and transnational American studies
-- Human rights and human abuse in an age of endless war
-- Postcolonial literatures from South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and
the Caribbean
-- Colonialism and neocolonialism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
-- Casualties of war: displacement, migration, and expulsion
-- Vietnamese in diaspora and the global memory of the American War in
-- Transnational feminist and queer studies
-- Postcolonial studies and beyond

Please send your one-page proposal and one-page C.V. by January 19, 2009:
Dr. Yuan Shu
Department of English
P.O. Box 43091
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091
You may email your inquiry, proposal, and C.V. to Dr. Yuan Shu at
( The symposium information will be available on our
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