World Literature/Global Empathy (NeMLA March 15-18, 2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Benjamin D. Carson / Bridgewater State University
contact email: 
benjamin.carson@gmail.com

Call for Papers

World Literature/Global Empathy

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

This panel invites papers that seek to understand the ways in which imaginative literature, in Jeremy Rifkin’s words, “allows empathic consciousness to grow and develop.” If literature is a vehicle for extending empathy and expanding human consciousness, how does reading literature from around the globe contribute to a “biosphere consciousness” (Rifkin), the belief that “each human being has responsibilities to every other” (Appiah)? In what ways, too, might empathy be problematized? How, if at all, can it avoid a colonizing impulse? How does it construct—or assume—a universal “human” subject with universal emotions? What are the dangers of “false empathy”? Papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines—sociology, anthropology, biology, law, political science, etc.—are welcome. Benjamin Carson

Deadline: September 30, 2011
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The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”. Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
postcolonial
religion
science_and_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian