[UPDATE] New Narratives of Disaster and Crisis: Reflecting on 9/11in the Obama Era -- Proposals Due 5/31/2013

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SAMLA Chairpersons
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newessayson911@gmail.com

Chairpersons of the 2012-2014 SAMLA 9/11 and Literature special sessions seek high quality, previously unpublished submissions to supplement a strong collection of essays emerging from the 2012 and 2013 annual SAMLA conventions, entitled New Narratives of Disaster and Crisis: Reflecting on 9/11in the Obama Era. The aim of this collection is to open discussion on a new wave of cultural response to 9/11 and we invite scholarly essays (6,000-7,000 words) on topics relating to the newer representations and/or interpretations of 9/11, including both visual and literary texts. These representations have moved beyond the commemorative and heroic becoming increasingly reflexive and politicized. This collection’s main intention is to include essays that discuss the ways in some recent accounts of 9/11 move beyond the first reaction stories—what Jeffery Melnick calls “unity scripts”—that were largely nationalistic and heroic in nature to include analyses of the variety of texts that express the real complexity and conflictedness of 9/11 as an event and disaster.

Papers may include (but will not be limited to) those presented at and/or submitted for consideration in the 2012 and 2013 SAMLA 9/11 and Literature special sessions. Proposals should consider these and/or other important considerations in post-9/11 literary and visual representation, including but not limited to:

• Changing ideas of trauma sustained as a result of the attack
• Post 9/11 otherness
• Representations of terror and terrorists
• Reflections on commemoration culture
• Space/boundaries
• New American exceptionalism in a post-9/11 world
• The problems/uses of theory in relation to post-9/11 culture
• 9/11 and The War on Terror
• 9/11 and the Wars in Afghanistan / Iraq
• 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Disaster capitalism

Please submit a 500-word proposal to newessayson911@gmail.com by May 31, 2013. Final drafts of essays are due by September 1, 2013.

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