Liminality in Contemporary Literature (Intl. Conference on Narrative, March 15-17, 2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Ashley Kunsa, Duquesne University
contact email: 
kunsaa@duq.edu


From post-colonial theory to sociology to anthropology, the concept of liminality has offered a means for understanding instances of cultural, social, and political β€œin-between-ness.” I am looking to organize a panel that examines the nature, use, and/or function of the liminal in contemporary literature for the 2012 International Conference on Narrative, to be held March 15–17 in Las Vegas, NV (http://narrative.georgetown.edu/conferences/2012_Narrative_Flyer.pdf).


Proposals on fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction are welcome. Papers may address any topic related to the liminal and post-1945 literature. Possibilities include (but are not limited to):


-liminal spaces and places (geographic borderlands, the margins of culture, sites of cultural collision, frontiers, etc.)
-liminal times/periods (e.g., adolescence, marriage engagement, pregnancy, dreams)
-liminal figures (e.g., exiles, refugees, bisexuals, ghosts)


Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words, along with a brief bio, to Ashley Kunsa, Duquesne University, at kunsaa@duq.edu.


Abstract deadline: 27 Sept. 2011

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
poetry
postcolonial
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond