NemLA 2019: Human/Animal Voices: Language as a Tool for Humanizing the Transcultural Experience

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
North-East Modern Language Association
contact email: 

Call for papers: 50th NeMLA Anniversary Convention (March 21-24 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort Center, Washington DC).


**Human/Animal Voices: Language as a Tool for Humanizing the Transcultural Experience**

In the current context of the unprecedented influx of migrants and the rise of xenophobia, this panel seeks to reflect on the dehumanization and inhumane treatment of the Other while examining the importance of empathy and coexistence.

In this respect, this panel focuses on human and animal voices as a tool for representing the transcultural experience. We are looking for studies that address the pursuit of common values and understanding of the Other through the lens of the human/animal relationship in French and Francophone literature, theatre and media.

We are particularly interested in submissions on:

  • the use of language and silence,
  • the human/animal dichotomy or sameness,
  • violence and ethics,
  • identity and otherness,
  • transcultural communication,
  • contact zones (literal and metaphorical),
  • challenging intercultural delimitation.


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