Bodies in Motion: Corporeality & the Representation of Immigrants, Refugees & Other Diasporic Subjects (ACLA 11/13/09; 4/1-4/10)

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This seminar seeks to explore connections and tensions between discourses of the body and discourses of diaspora, migration, exile, and transnationality. How do processes of migration challenge or expand our understandings of corporeality? How do the conditions of corporeality challenge or expand our understandings of migration? How is the body shaped or defined by experiences of border-crossing? How is the nation or community shaped or defined by the bodies that enter or leave it, bidden and unbidden? How do migration and diaspora intersect with gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability? All temporal and geographical foci welcome.

This is a seminar (a panel that meets for approximately 2 hours on two to three consecutive days) at the American Comparative Literature Association 2010 Meeting in New Orleans, April 1-4, 2009. The 2010 theme is "Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms." It is not necessary to be a member of the ACLA to submit a proposal, but all accepted presenters must become members to participate in the conference.

250-word proposals due November 13, 2009. All proposals must be submitted through the conference website at