[UPDATE] Turkish Literature and Film in a Global Context (deadline extended to 3/17)

full name / name of organization: 
Anthony Alessandrini

This is a call for contributors for a panel being proposed for the 2009 Modern Language Association Convention, to be held in Philadelphia in December 2009; I am also planning to put together an edited collection on the same topic, so any abstracts that are submitted for the MLA panel will also be considered for the proposed volume. I am interested in any proposals that approach the subject, dealing with texts old or new (from Ottoman literature to contemporary work) in any genre. Of particular interest would be topics related to questions such as the global reception of texts and films; audiences inside and outside of Turkey (including Turkish diasporic audiences); translation (and mistranslation) and issues related to the international publishing industry; influences and cross-pollination, not just between Turkey and "the West," but also with other non-western and postcolonial texts; and questions related to who has been left out of this global context: Turkish writers and artists whose work has not been translated and/or disseminated. Please send 500-word abstracts via email by March 17, 2009 to Anthony Alessandrini at tonyalessandrini@yahoo.com. Abstracts will be accepted in English and Turkish, and the hope is to publish the proposed edited collection in both languages.