Violent Migrations: M/MLA conference, Nov. 12 - 15, 2009 (deadline 4/15/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Trisha Brady, Dept. of English, SUNY at Buffalo
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M/MLA conference, Nov. 12 - 15, 2009
Title: Violent Migrations
Chair/Organizer: Trisha Brady
Affiliation: S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, Dept. of English

This panel calls for interdisciplinary investigations of violent, global migrations and their consequences. This panel considers the violence of displacement and dispossession due to social conflicts, climate change, natural disasters, civil wars, ethnic clashes, or economic needs that are accompanied by the processes of acculturation and experiences of identity loss, marginalization, disempowerment, and discrimination. Traumatic events and forced uprootedness leave marks on migrant bodies and undoubtedly effect the health (mental and physical) of the migrant population. This panel will examine both fictive and non-fictive representations of violent migrations. How should we approach and teach representations of traumatic migration? How do violent migrations mark the bodies and psyches of migrants? How do migrant narratives attempt to work through catastrophic loss and dispossession? The panel welcomes presentations dealing with literary texts, case-studies, and particular ethnic groups, as well as broader theoretical, social, and historical engagements.

Please send a 500 word abstract and a short C.V. (MSWord and PDF files only) to by 4/15/2009.