[Update] Bullying and Self-expression panel for MLA 2013

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Edward Chamberlain
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CFP - Bullying and Self-expression (deadline extended)
CONFERENCE - Modern Language Association Convention 2013
LOCATION - Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A.
DATES - January 3rd to 6th 2013
ABSTRACTS DUE - March 17th 2012

Session description –

In recent years, myriad people have urged communities and politicians to confront the bullying of people in schools, neighborhoods and other locales. Understandably, there exists a common desire to prevent bullying because investigations have shown that bullying causes a range of disturbing effects, including feelings of powerlessness, low self-esteem, marginalization and in some cases suicide. As such, bullying often inhibits individuality and self-expression, yet in some cases bullying can actually drive people to create new forms of self-expression that comment on the bully's acts of intimidation, insult and violence. Self-expression can offer a empowering and positive means to respond to a bully and those who are complicit in the bully's acts. To foster a critical discussion of these phenomena, I am proposing a special session about bullying for the 2013 MLA convention. This panel will examine how people have responded to the problem of bullying by way of media, performance, writing and other forms of expression.

Further, this session may consider diverse forms of bullying, including the ways that class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion and sexuality play a role in acts of bullying. Interdisciplinary and innovative approaches are welcome. All projects should make use of critical perspectives or theory. If you would like to participate, send abstracts of 250-500 words by March 17th 2012 to Edward Chamberlain - edachamb@indiana.edu. Please send abstracts as Word document attachments. In your submissions, please include your contact information and affiliation. Additionally, this panel seeks a knowledgeable scholar for the role of panel respondent. Please be aware that this panel must go through the MLA review process. Thank you.


Edward Chamberlain
Department of Comparative Literature
American Studies Program
Indiana University