Redefining Latina/o Gender and Sexuality (MLA 2012, Abstracts due: 3/12/2011)

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Ed Chamberlain, Indiana University
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Conference: 127th Annual Modern Language Association Convention
Dates: January 5th to 8th 2012
Location: Seattle, Washington U.S.A.

Call for Papers: For MLA 2012, I am seeking panelists for a special session that will examine original, radical, and unconventional representations of Latina/o gender and sexuality. This session builds on the research of scholars such as Marivel T. Danielson and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, which has expanded the discussions of literary studies by exploring the roles that gender and sexuality play in Latina/o representation. Their work informs us that artistic expressions about Latina/o life are both shaped by and reshaping discourses of gender and sexuality. These critics encourage us to ponder how texts can be read as commenting on the definitions, knowledges and norms that are associated with Latina/o gender and sexuality. This panel adds to the new rich intersections of ethnic and gender studies by analyzing narratives that challenge the dominant ideas of gender and sexuality. It also reflects on what it means for Latina/o people to claim (or not to claim) particular identities, such as gay, genderqueer, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and others. This session may also explore how writers narrate dynamics of class, language, nation, race and religion in their portrayals. For instance, we may discuss how ideas of place relate to representations of gender and sexuality. In other words, this panel will contemplate the great diversity of Latina/o experience. If you would like to participate in the session, send an abstract of your project to Ed Chamberlain at: Please limit your abstracts to 2 pages in length, and include a copy of your CV. All projects should make use of critical perspectives or theory. The deadline for submitting abstracts to this panel is Saturday, March 12, 2011. Please know that this session is subject to the MLA proposal process. If you have questions, please feel free to send inquiries. All questions and submissions will receive a response.

Ed Chamberlain
Department of Comparative Literature
American Studies Program
Indiana University Bloomington