Transcultural Encounters: Iranian Diasporic Literature and Film

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
contact email: 

ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English) CONFERENCE – CFP

 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Ryerson University, May 27-30, 2017


Member-Organized Panel

Veronica Thompson and Manijeh Mannani, Athabasca University;


Transcultural Encounters: Iranian Diasporic Literature and Film


Given the fast growing Iranian demographic in North America, including in urban centres in Canada, the current retrenchment to nationalist rhetoric in the West, and the prolific output of Iranian artists, continued deep engagement with works of fiction, life-writing, poetry, drama, and film by Iranian diasporic writers and artists, in particular Iranian-Canadians, is warranted.  This panel seeks proposals on works that tackle trans-cultural encounters and exchanges between Iran and the West.  These works of art may engage with dialectics of identity and challenges of cultural and linguistic diversity, displacement, and diaspora and exile. Papers that explore in new ways whether and how the tension between tradition and modernity that has been pervasive in Iranian literature manifests in contemporary Iranian diasporic works are encouraged.  Also encouraged are papers that critically reflect on representations of gender identity and sexuality within Iranian diaspora.  Ideally the works will have been written in or translated into English, and be published or produced in the last two decades. 


Please send a file containing a 300 to 500-word paper proposal, without personal identifying marks; a file containing a 100 word abstract; and a 50 word biographical statement to Veronica Thompson ( and Manijeh Mannani ( by November 1, 2016.


The 2017 Proposal Info Sheet is available on the ACCUTE website: