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South Atlantic Modern Language Association- SAMLA
Re-Negotiating Identity and Transnationalism
Azade Seyhan writes, “ ‘Two moves amount to a fire,’ a Turkish saying goes. Multiple migrations end in the loss of our homes, possessions, and memorabilia. When the smoke clears, we are faced with charred pieces of identification, shards of language, burned tongues, and cultural fragments. However, from this site of fire, the phoenix of a transnational, bi- and multilingual literature has arisen.” This panel aims to explore such a transnational identity and transnational phenomena through their representation in literature- poetry, slogans, short stories, novellas and novels.
Literary studies, migration and diaspora studies, transnationalism, translation studies, postcolonialism, cultural studies, and postmodernism begin to ask “the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of how” trans-plantation affects identity and identity formation. The question at stake is how these disciplines mirror and/or re-construct identity in lieu of transnationalism. This panel wants to interrogate and understand better the relationship between identity and transnationalism, and how it manifests itself.
This special session welcomes papers on identity and transnationalism from a variety of disciplines, geographical areas, and scholarly perspectives. Please send your 300-500 word abstract and a brief author bio as email attachments by March 30, 2011 to Sobia A. Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org