[UPDATE] CFP: Controversy as Art and Political (In) Correctness in Latin America (NEMLA; April 7-11, 2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Juan G. Ramos
contact email: 
jgramos@complit.umass.edu

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA April 7-11, 2010 Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure)

In a region where queer sexualities, child abuse and pornography, the relation between the Church and the State, historical traumas from dictatorships, legacies of so-called Dirty Wars, animal brutality, machismo, among other topics are both commonplace and yet “taboo,” Latin American writers and artists such as Fernando Vallejo, Pedro Lemebel, Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis, Guillermo “Habacuc” Vargas, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Sabina Berman, Griselda Gambaro, Calle 13, among others have brought such sensitive issues to the public’s attention and garnered a mixture of outcries or acceptance. Generally speaking, Latin America has been a traditional or conservative region in terms of its abidance to conventional social mores, preference for heteronormativity, predilection for historical amnesia rather than confronting its recent traumatic events (e.g. political disappearances or dirty wars) and bringing some sort of closure, as well as its inability to recognize the complex mechanisms of racialization and politics of social stratification that maintain a great disparity among social sectors and endorse implicit segregational practices. As such, this panel invites papers that investigate the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of controversy as an art form in countries where the very notion of political correctness is a contested terrain. In other words, paper proposals examining Latin American artworks, literature, music, films, performance art that either thrive on overtly being controversial or are deemed as controversial because of its content are welcome. Please send 300-word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Juan G. Ramos, jgramos@complit.umass.edu by September 30th, 2009.

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
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The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention are posted at www.nemla.org.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
international_conferences
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond