"Queering Diasporic (Counter) Ecologies: Charting Interplace-Based Webs of Relation"

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Dr. Jessica Best/ Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2016 Conference
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Bridging the fields of queer ecology, transnational feminist theory, diaspora studies, and comparative literature, this panel invites proposals from literary scholars who perform "counter-topographic" readings of diasporic literature pertaining to ecological, interspecies, and interplace-based themes. Some questions might include: What does "queer ecology" mean in the context of diasporic literature? How do diasporic texts engage with issues of ecological consciousness? How are rural/urban imaginaries re-defined through diasporic consciousness? Is it possible to trace rural and urban communities/continuities across nation-states? How are human/interspecies relationships redefined in such diasporic imaginings? We welcome a range of diasporic literatures. However, texts that have helped to inspire this panel include Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night, Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, and Arandhati Roy's The God of Small Things.