Ameen Rihani's Arab-American Legacy: From Romanticism to Postmodernism. 28 - 29 April 2011. Abstracts due: 30 Sept. 2010

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Notre Dame University – Lebanon

To celebrate the centennial of Ameen Rihani's Book of Khalid, the Department of English, Translation and Education at Notre Dame University – Lebanon, invites scholars to the Second International Conference on Lebanese-American Literary Figures, titled "Ameen Rihani's Arab-American Legacy: From Romanticism to Postmodernism."

Rihani's travelogues, correspondence, poetic, and prose works, especially The Book of Khalid, testify to his deep sense of Romanticism and Modernism. His eagerness to launch a cultural, political, economic, social, and spiritual revolution, one which would question Western and Eastern traditional norms and propose new systems of thought, is an expression of his universality.

Suitable topics for twenty-minute presentations related to Ameen Rihani's poetic and prose works, which exhibit Rihani's originality as a Romantic, Modernist and Postmodernist precursor, may include but are not limited to the following themes:

The Romantic Dimensions of Rihani's Works:
- Rihani's Romantic concepts of Self and Other
- Rihani's Romantic concepts of God, Nature, and the Human
- Rihani's concept of Universal Love and the Universal Great City
- Rihani's Khalid and Baha'ism, Sufism, and Romanticism
- Rihani's Romantic utopian and cosmic visions
- Rihani's Romantic Quest
- Rihani's questioning of prevailing traditional cultural, political, economic, and social norms
- Rihani and British and American Romantic figures

The Modernist / Postmodernist Dimensions of Rihani's Works:
- Rihani and Modernism
- Rihani and Colonialism/Post-Colonialism
- Rihani's gender issues
- Rihani and ethnicity
- Rihani and Postmodernism
- Post-Structuralist elements in Rihani's works
- Rihani's relevance to Arab-American politics/Pan-Arabism
- Rihani and the secular tradition
- Rihani's influence on modern and contemporary Arab/Arab-American writers

The Transnational / Transcultural Dimensions of Rihani's Works:
- The local, cosmopolitan and global in Rihani
- Rihani as "a citizen of two worlds"
- Rihani and the de-territorialization of language
- The Orientalist / Occidentalist Rihani
- Rihani and the Anglo-Arab Diaspora

Conference Proceedings Volume
After the conference, participants will be invited to submit their manuscripts for possible inclusion (deadlines to be determined later) in a proceedings volume. Papers will be reviewed and selected by the Editorial Board.

Presentation and panel proposal abstracts (200-300 words), along with a brief CV and institutional details, should be submitted by 30 September 2010, to Naji Oueijan (Conference Chair): Email:, and Colette Guldimann (Conference Secretary): Email: (lb is lower case for LB).