Connecting Sexuality Studies and Comparative Literature; ACLA 3/31/11--4/3/11

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Ed Chamberlain
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CONFERENCE: American Comparative Literature Association

LOCATION: Vancouver, Canada; Simon Fraser University

DATES: March 31 2011--April 3 2011

DESCRIPTION: In the past decade, numerous researchers of human sexuality have expanded the discussion of desire, embodiment and eroticism by thinking beyond the borders of nations. Critics are now considering the cross-cultural, transnational and hybrid dimensions of sexuality by examining how texts reflect the dynamic cultural experiences of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, queers, straights and transgender people. The proposed seminar will both assess and build on the past decade's developments by examining how written forms represent sexualities. This session may also consider the implications and challenges of connecting the fields of sexuality studies with comparative literature. In light of the convention's focus, the projects for this seminar should be comparative in their approach and must make use of relevant critical theory. Interdisciplinary projects are also welcome. Please send a 1 page abstract of your project and CV to Ed Chamberlain by Monday August 30th 2010. Please submit your materials in Word documents and send them to – edachamb@indiana.edu. Thank you.