Texas Tech Annual Comparative Literature Symposium on Gendering Globalization (April 12-13, 2013)

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Comparative Literature Symposium Call for Papers
Texas Tech University
April 12-13, 2013
Keynote Speakers

Shu-mei Shih, Professor of at the Department of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies, UCLA

Ketu Katrak, Professor of Drama at University of California, Irvine

Ileana Rodríguez, Distinguished Humanities Professor of Spanish, Ohio State University

Neville Hoad, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

Texas Tech University's Interdisciplinary Comparative Literature Program invites papers for a two day symposium on the topic "Gendering Globalization." Taking its cue from Arjun Appadurai's famous challenge that the "complexity of the current global economy has to do with certain fundamental disjunctures between economy, culture, and politics that we have barely begun to theorize," the symposium examines such disjunctures through the lens of gender. Underpinning the gender dynamics of globalization are accounts of transnational feminist studies including utopian visions of feminism without borders. These studies examine flexible citizenship among diasporic populations and formulate paradigms such as that of the 'global city' that encompasses the situation of migrants and women, and women as migrants. Among the more situated analyses examining globalization through the lens of gender are those of sex work, prostitution, and human trafficking and the growth of new forms of labor in service sector economies such as call centers. These analyses also recognize the global dimensions of women's, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual identity-based activism.

The Texas Tech 2013 Comparative Literature Symposium examines these global issues in dialogue with literary and cultural practices such as the memoir of the Nobel Prize winning Kenyan ecological activist Wangari Mathai, the films and writings of the second generation Afghanistani Saira Shah, the fiction and essays of the British-Jamaican writer Zadie Smith, and the work of Indian postcolonial theorist Gayatri Spivak.

We invite 300-500 word abstracts on the conference topic. Papers can address (but are not limited to) some of the topics below:

How are the specific intersection of globalization and gender discourses reflected in literary and cultural practices (art, music, film, performance)?
What is the impact of the global reach of media (via satellite television, radio, and the internet) on these literary and cultural practices?
How can specific disciplinary/inter-disciplinary perspectives (anthropology, history, literary studies, political science, philosophy, gender studies, media and communication studies etc.) contribute to thinking about gender and globalization?
What is the impact of the gender policies of nation-states (promotion of small families, laws regarding divorce and child custody) on reproductive rights, sex education, and expression of sexual identity within a global framework?
How have international coalitions (World Social Forum, United Nations International Conferences, International Lesbian and Gay Association) sustained and influenced women's, gay, lesbian and queer right's movements?
How has gendered activism on issues of land, water, air, and conservation impacted national and international policies?
What new forms of labor have emerged in manufacturing and service sectors in response to neoliberal capitalism and changing gender profile of workers?
What new forms of communication (pamphlets, brochures, publicity blitzes, online petitions, you tube videos) have human-rights, workers' rights, and environmental activist efforts generated?

Please send 300-500 word abstract with subject line "Gendering Globalization" to Kanika Batra at kanikabat@yahoo.com by January 30, 2013.