Thinkings In and Out of Place

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association

Some texts resist the place(s) of genre classifications and are nevertheless—in spite of the resistances they perform—constituted as within these boundaries: Plato, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, for example, tend to be held within disciplinary bounds of philosophy. In this panel, a focus will be on texts that seem to strive for displacement, for other places or, more radically, for a continual re-placement or release from place(s) of genre.

Similarly, some texts composed in and from various historical conditions of displacement—literatures of refugee, diaspora, exile, or marginalization—may be read as commenting on and|or performing such genre-displacement. Bhanu Kapil's Schizophrene and Jai Arun Ravine's แล้วand then entwine might offer contemporary images of this struggle of|in|between place(s) and displacements.

How do disciplinary emplacements of such texts determine the modes and limits of interpretation? What are the possibilities for interpreting outside the ordinary limits of genre? What limits then replace those which have been transgressed? Papers that open new and boundary-crossing interpretations of texts from any period and language group are warmly invited. Please send queries to and upload abstracts using the NeMLA online portal by the deadline of 30 September, 2017.


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