CFP : Representing Racial Science (Due Sept. 30 for NeMLA March 15-18)

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NEMLA 2012 (March 15-18, Rochester, NY)
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Representing Racial Science

2012 NeMLA Convention Panel
March 15-18 -- Rochester, NY

How have 20th and 21st century novelists, poets, dramatists, and film makers represented the practices and consequences of ethnology and other forms of scientific racialism from the advent of genetics to the era of the posthuman? This panel examines recent literary and cinematic representations of racial science. Papers will examine how artists have imagined the implications and/or errors of biological race distinctions through dramatic, parodic, and fantastic plots. These narratives may be explicitly about scientific racialism or they may be works of art implicitly predicated on notions of biological race. Texts may be read as undermining or reinforcing racial biology. While representations of 18th and 19th century ethnology are invited, "racial science" will be broadly conceived including Enlightenment-era taxonomy; Darwinian science; race, genetics, and the human genome project; race and IQ testing; post-genetic plots of racial "mixture"; and racial science's implications for the posthuman.

Please send 300-500 word abstract and brief bio as e-mail attachments to Shawn Salvant, University of Connecticut ( by September 30, 2011.