Displacement, Dispossession, and Uprootedness (NeMLA Montreal 2010 - 9/30/2009)

full name / name of organization: 
Trisha Brady, SUNY at Buffalo, Dept of English
contact email: 
tmbrady@buffalo.edu

Session ID: 10296
Displacement, Dispossession, and Uprootedness

This panel calls for interdisciplinary investigations of forced displacements and their consequences. In particular, this panel will consider fictional and non-fictional representations of the violence of displacement and dispossession due to social upheavals, climate change and natural disasters, civil wars, ethnic clashes, or economic needs that are accompanied by the violence of acculturation and experiences of identity loss, marginalization, disempowerment, and discrimination. Traumatic events and forced uprootedness leave marks upon migrant and exiled bodies and effect the health (mental and physical) of the uprooted population. How do we approach and teach traumatic representations of displacement, dispossession, and uprootedness? How do forced displacements and violent migrations mark bodies and psyches? How do literary narratives attempt to work through catastrophic loss and dispossession? This panel welcomes presentations dealing with literary texts, case-studies, and particular ethnic groups, as well as broader theoretical, social, and historical engagements. Please send a 500 word abstract and a C.V. (MSWord or PDF files preferred) to Trisha Brady, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, Dept. of English, tmbrady@buffalo.edu, by 9/30/2009.

Description: How do we approach and teach traumatic representations of displacement, dispossession, and uprootedness? How do forced displacements and violent migrations mark bodies and psyches? How do literary narratives attempt to work through catastrophic loss and dispossession? This panel welcomes presentations dealing with literary texts, case-studies, and particular ethnic groups, as well as broader theoretical, social, and historical engagements. Please submit a 500 word abstract by email (please use MSWord) to Trisha Brady, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, Dept. of English, tmbrady@buffalo.edu, by 9/30/2009.

PanelArea1: comp. literature
PanelArea2: theory
PanelType: seminar

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For more information on the 2010 NeMLA Convention in Montreal, April 7-11, 2010, visit http://www.nemla.org.

Since Montreal is a later convention, the deadline for abstracts has been extended to Sept. 30, 2009.

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
international_conferences
postcolonial
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond