MLA 2014 (Chicago, 9-12 January 2014) Special Session: "Situating the Self: Immigrant Auto/biography"

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11sg28@queensu.ca, 7af15@queensu.ca

MLA 2014 (Chicago, 9-12 January 2014)
Special Session: "Situating the Self: Immigrant Auto/biography"

This panel seeks papers which investigate the various ways auto/biography might allow the immigrant subject to negotiate the gendered and religious contexts which shift – often dramatically – with movement from one national and social space to another. How does the immigrant auto/biographer use narrative to situate him or herself in such fluid settings? How is narrativization of a life story a useful tool for adapting to new environments?

We welcome approaches from various disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary approaches which combine methodologies from two or more disciplines to open innovative and creative pathways of analysis.

Please send a 250-word abstract and 50-word bio to: 7af15@queensu.ca and 11sg28@queensu.ca by 15 March 2013.

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american
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ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
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