Call for Papers -- The Ethics of Racial Identity, PAMLA 2010 Special Session

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PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)
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PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, tags) in researching, analyzing, and writing about literature. Presenters may discuss specific applications, case-studies, or general theories about online collaboration and research.

The Ethics of Racial Identity: PAMLA 2010 Special Session

Barack Obama benefited from the spirit of tolerance that defined Hawaii's racial climate. This special session envisions a mixed-race literature in the age of Obama that forwards not solely theorizations of what mixed race identities are, but ways in which we can rethink -- as critics, scholars, and authors -- mixed race identification in literature. It is designed to re-situate mixedness/interraciality within the field of literary inquiry as a question of the ethical treatment of racialized figures.

Submit proposals online by April 5 at or send abstracts of 500 words or less to

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