[UPDATE] Literary Texts of African and Asian Diaspora(s) (ALA May 27-30, 2010 San Francisco)

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The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) / American Literature Association (ALA)
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DEADLINE EXTENSION: "Dialogues of Displacement: Intersections Between the Literary Texts of African and Asian Diaspora(s)"

The proposal deadline has been extended to January 10th. Please see the CFP below, and forward to any interested parties. Thank you!

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) invites papers that explore the literary connections between African and Asian diasporic communities. What might we learn by looking at the texts of African and Asian migrants comparatively?

We welcome papers that particularly compare and/or contrast ways in which the experiences of both African and Asian diasporic peoples open new textual possibilities. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

* Transnational modes of literary production and circulation
* Fictive depictions of the African and Asian homelands
* New technologies as a literary medium of expression and communication for migrants
* Diasporic science fictions, literary utopias/dystopias, or alternative worlds
* John Ogbu's distinction between "immigrant minorities" and "involuntary minorities"
* Cosmopolitanism in Asian and African diasporic literature
* Relations between immigrants and host communities
* Intersecting racial political movements of Asian and African migrants and/or settlers
* Literary criticism, canonization, and global literature
* The various re/incarnations of hip-hop in diasporic communities
* Literary depictions of conflicts among migrant peoples
* Intersecting strands of magical realism in diasporic literature

Please send a 1-page abstract to Trevor Lee via email: tjlee101@gmail.com. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract.

Also, note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/