CFP: The Politics and Aesthetics of Global Waste (ASLE, June 21-26 2011)

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Panel Proposal | Ninth ASLE Biennial Conference
June 21-26, 2011 | Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Abstract Deadline: October 22nd, 2010

Despite pressing concerns about diminishing resources, garbage continues to accumulate in landfills, oceans, and toxic sites. Although the international waste trade is booming, those peripheral to the world economy—slumdwellers, rural poor, refugees—find themselves reduced to the status of the detritus in which they often live and work.

This panel will explore the politics and aesthetics of global waste, as represented in literature from a variety of periods, places and genres. From "excremental postcolonialism" (Esty) to the postmodern "apotheosis of trash" (Yaeger), what is the form of literary waste? How does literature engage with discarded things, degraded species and devalued spaces? How do writers revalue both local and global 'waste'?

Please send 600-word abstracts to Sarah Harrison at no later than October 22nd 2010. Proposals from all disciplines and perspectives are welcome. Depending on the level of response, roundtable or paper jam formats may also be considered.

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