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[DEADLINE EXTENDED] The Nation and Its Discontents
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South Asian Literary Association
The Nation and its Discontents
2013 sees twenty years since the publication of Partha Chatterjee’s influential book *The Nation and its Fragments*. Keeping an askance eye on this anniversary, the South Asian Literary Association’s 2014 annual conference will be centering the theme “The Nation and its
In our conference, we will investigate the cultural longevity of South Asian nation-states in a time of increased trans- and post-national creativity, and ask how they continue to speak for or against; accept the citizenship of or deny citizenship to; and embrace, coopt,or abandon the above mentioned and other fragments or marginalized communities in order to sustain their own legitimacy. We solicit papers that include, but are not limited to, responses to the following questions regarding South Asian (national, transnational, diasporic, and postnational) cultural productions such as fiction, poetry, drama, music, theater and film:
● What communities continue to be ignored by the nationstate, and how do the cultural productions of and about these communities affect our understanding of the nation?
● How does the gendering of citizenship and nationhood as well as the tensions between such gendering and the universalist ideals of gender equality and human rights affect the modernizing project in South Asia? What new ways of thinking about gender and gender
● How have South Asian cultural products dealt with the role of religion in building and
● How has culture participated in human rights discourse’s challenge to state sovereignty, patriarchal structures, and ethnic discrimination in South Asia?
● How do cultural artifacts from South Asian diasporas destabilize or sustain nationhood? How has the politics of citizenship in South Asia affected the diaspora, particularly in terms of cultural exchange?
● How do postnational texts derive and establish their legitimacy in the face of nationstatist publication paradigms?
● In what ways do certain South Asian nations express their own marginalization from dominant nations in the area?
Please upload a 250-300 word abstract of your paper to our new online submission form at http://www.southasianliteraryassociation.org/annualconference/
In addition to your abstract, please expect to provide your name, contact information, and a short biographical note (no more than 100 words) during the submission process, as well as to declare your audiovisual requirements.
Note that all accepted participants will be expected to become members of South Asian Literary Association by October 15, 2013.