CFP: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the US: Crosscurrents (11/18/05; MELUS, 4/27/06-4/30/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Elena Machado
contact email: 

MELUS, The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the
United States, announces its 20th Annual Conference,
from April 27-30, 2006.

Call for Papers and Panels

Conference Theme
Crosscurrents: Navigating the Mainland and the Margins in U.S. Ethnic

Host: Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letter, Florida Atlantic
University, Boca Raton, FL

Conference Committee: Sika Dagbovie, Andrew Furman, Cleavis Headley,
Elena Machado Sáez, Johnnie Stover, Anthony Tamburri, Derrick White,
Wenying Xu

We invite paper abstracts and complete panel, workshop, and roundtable
proposals on all aspects of multiethnic literatures of the United
States. We especially encourage those that engage the conference theme
to discuss issues of race, gender, class and sexuality. Crosscurrents
celebrates the 20th anniversary of the MELUS conference by emphasizing
the theoretical ebbs and flows that emerge from placing U.S. Ethnic
literatures into conversation with each other. This anniversary
provides us with the opportunity to reflect upon the history of
comparative work within U.S. Ethnic literatures in addition to
examining how the center and the margins are being redefined within
U.S. literatures as a whole. We offer the following as suggestions:

➢ routes and shipwrecks of transnational politics
➢ diasporas of violence, ethnic cleansing and refugee communities
➢ body trafficking, displaced and misplaced bodies
➢ assimilationist and oppositional movements
➢ marginal voices within cultural exchanges
➢ circulations of cultural production (music, film, literature, visual
➢ narratives of resistance and re-imagi(nation)
➢ pedagogical meditations on teaching the crosscurrents

All abstracts and proposals (250 words) should be submitted in
duplicate. We ask that submissions detail requests for specific
audiovisual equipment. We also strongly encourage proposals of compete
panels, roundtables, and workshops that should include a brief
description and abstracts for individual speakers. Please mail
abstracts postmarked by _November 18th_ to Professors Sika Dagbovie and
Elena Machado Sáez, Department of English, Florida Atlantic University,
777 Glades Road, PO Box 3091, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Submissions
by email should be forwarded to Heather Schriefer at
Fax for international submissions only: (561) 297-3807.

All presenters must be members of MELUS. For information about
membership and renewal visit the MELUS website

              From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List
                         Full Information at
         or write Jennifer Higginbotham:
Received on Fri Sep 30 2005 - 12:33:00 EDT