PAMLA 2016: "Queering Terror" (Abstract Due 6/10/16; Conference 11/11/16-11/13/16)

deadline for submissions: 
June 10, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 2016

PAMLA 2016, Special Session

Institutional sponsor: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Session Chair: Stephanie Gibbons, Independent Scholar; Aaron DeRosa, Assistant Professor of 20th/21st C. American Literature, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Session Title: Queering Terror

Abstract (50 words): If the post-9/11 moment associated terror with region and religion, how have events—Katrina and Ferguson, the Great Recession and Greek austerity, climate change and uprisings—mutated our understanding of the term? Can terror be a useful model for thinking through racialized and gendered violence, normalized extremism, and neoliberal policies?

Proposal (100-200 words): In Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, Jasbir Puar argues that the image of the terrorist other is not “intersectional” but rather “an assemblage,” “more attuned to interwoven forces that merge and dissipate time, space, and body against linearity, coherency, and permanency” (212). This panel sees Puar’s opening of the category as something outside conventional alliances of religion, nation, and government as an invitation and a provocation. This panel is interested in analyzing the space in which terrorist assemblages are formed, reified, broken, or subverted. Questions addressed might include, but are not limited to: How is terrorism defined and by whom? How is it represented in cultural productions? How might scholarship on terrorism be productively expanded or limited to other types of events and encounters in the contemporary moment? In what ways are identifiers such as race, gender, nationality, class, and sexuality enhanced or complicated by the terrorist assemblage? In what ways might minority subjects live in states of terror that are erased through the codification of terrorism? In what ways is terror enacted against queer bodies whose lack of reproductive futurity is seen as a threat to national health and security? Proposals should focus on contemporary (post-9/11) cultural productions.


Abstracts are due June 10th, 2016 for the 2016 PAMLA Conference to be held in Pasadena, CA for the weekend of November 11th through the 13th.

Please submit all Paper Proposals through the PAMLA Online Submission system here: