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Texas Tech Annual Comparative Literature Symposium on Gendering Globalization (April 12-13, 2013)
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Texas Tech University
Comparative Literature Symposium Call for Papers
Shu-mei Shih, Professor of at the Department of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies, UCLA
Ketu Katrak, Professor of Drama at University of California, Irvine
Ileana Rodríguez, Distinguished Humanities Professor of Spanish, Ohio State University
Neville Hoad, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin
Texas Tech University's Interdisciplinary Comparative Literature Program invites papers for a two day symposium on the topic "Gendering Globalization." Taking its cue from Arjun Appadurai's famous challenge that the "complexity of the current global economy has to do with certain fundamental disjunctures between economy, culture, and politics that we have barely begun to theorize," the symposium examines such disjunctures through the lens of gender. Underpinning the gender dynamics of globalization are accounts of transnational feminist studies including utopian visions of feminism without borders. These studies examine flexible citizenship among diasporic populations and formulate paradigms such as that of the ‘global city’ that encompasses the situation of migrants and women, and women as migrants. Among the more situated analyses examining globalization through the lens of gender are those of sex work, prostitution, and human trafficking and the growth of new forms of labor in service sector economies such as call centers. These analyses also recognize the global dimensions of women’s, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual identity-based activism.
The Texas Tech 2013 Comparative Literature Symposium examines these global issues in dialogue with literary and cultural practices such as the memoir of the Nobel Prize winning Kenyan ecological activist Wangari Mathai, the films and writings of the second generation Afghanistani Saira Shah, the fiction and essays of the British-Jamaican writer Zadie Smith, and the work of Indian postcolonial theorist Gayatri Spivak.
We invite 300-500 word abstracts on the conference topic. Papers can address (but are not limited to) some of the topics below:
How are the specific intersection of globalization and gender discourses reflected in literary and cultural practices (art, music, film, performance)?
Please send 300-500 word abstract with subject line “Gendering Globalization” to Kanika Batra at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 30, 2013.