CFP: Narratives of 9/11: The Arab World and its Diasporas (3/18/07; MLA '07)

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Nouri Gana
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CFPS: Narratives of 9/11: The Arab World and its Diasporas (18 March;
MLA 2007)

Narratives of 9/11: The Arab World and its Diasporas

Beyond the widely circulated pictures of jubilant kids dancing to the
"terrible beauty" (to use a terribly memorable phrase from W.B. Yeats'
"Easter, 1916") of commercial planes diving into the Twin Towers, what
do we know about the Arab peoples' reactions to 9/11? How have Arab
public intellectuals, (diasporic) writers, artists, filmmakers, media
and iconic cultural figures responded to 9/11 and to the ongoing war on
terror? Has there been a coherent Arab intellectual response to 9/11 and
its repercussions? Has that response been heard and reckoned with by
audiences across the globe? More specifically, what are the broad
strokes of such a response, if there is one, and what are its particular
impulses and nuanced engagements?

Paper proposals that explore any of the above questions as well as any
other aspect of the still unfolding artistic and creative responses to
9/11 by Arab litterateurs and aesthetes (and others under other
capacities) across the world are invited. Selected proposals will be
submitted as part of a proposal for a Special Session at the MLA's 123rd
Annual Convention (Chicago, 27-30 Dec. 2007).

Please send a 500-word abstract, a short bio and an updated CV by March
18 to Nouri Gana (


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