"Challenging the seat of power; When antagonists threaten to take over a story, what then?"

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Jody Lisberger/Northeast Modern Language Association NEMLA (University of Rhode Island)
contact email: 

Literary Fiction Writers--SUBMIT for this NEMLA creative writing panel in DC, March 21-24, 2019 (I hope panel will be March 22-24): "Challenging the seat of power: When antagonists threaten to take over a story, what then?"
This panel of fiction writers will read from and discuss moments in their writing when antagonists threaten(ed) to take over a story and writers had to figure out how to take advantage of yet overcome that power so as to give a protagonist their rightful voice and ownership. This panel will illuminate craft moves that writers can and must use to challenge master narratives that risk depriving their protagonists of identity and territory, and will reflect on why such moves can be revolutionary in showing how to resist the power of usurpers. https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html

Submit abstract DUE Sept. 30 at

The theme of the Northeastern Modern Language Association's (NEMLA) 2019 convention is "Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples." It aims to challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity and to recognize the complex processes of trans-culturation that have characterized modernity. As the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, plays an important role in shaping both national and global history. It is vital that NeMLA bring its convention to this seat of power in order to address the ongoing challenges we face in producing a world that values diversity, honesty, scholarship, and justice.