UPDATE: NEMLA 2017: Embodiment and the Modern Corporation

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Délice Williams-Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: 



As a site of struggle, a target of discursive discipline, the seat of disruptive agency, and the material ground for various voluntary and imposed definitions of identity, the human body has long been the subject of interrogation in literary scholarship. The recent “material turn” in various fields of subfields, including the environmental humanities, has brought the figure renewed critical attention This panel seeks to examine representations of the body in the context of a particular relationship: one with the supposedly disembodied entity of the modern corporation. The panel invites papers that consider how modern authors articulate this relationship in various configurations for different effects and political purposes. Recent works by Richard Powers and Indra Sinha, among others, have presented this relationship as a highly fraught one, and our goal is to investigate the ways that other authors have imagined the same relationship. Possible topics include but are not limited to the body as a victim of corporate violence, body as a site of protest against that same violence, the body as representative of the corporation, the corporation as a means of eliding the body, the body and corporate "personhood," the corporation as a protean or multiform.

We welcome papers from a range of fields, approaches, and theoretical perspectives.


Please submit abstracts (250-300 words) by September 30th  VIA the NeMLA submission page: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16529

For further information contact Délice Williams at diwill (at) Udel.edu or consult http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html