Imagining the Nation through the Other: Anglophone/Postcolonial Relations (NeMLA 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Arpita Mandal/ NeMLA 2020
contact email: 


51st Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, March 5-8, 2020 , Boston, MA


Our panel investigates cross-cultural interactions in Anglophone literature during the colonial/postcolonial period. Often, colonial and postcolonial literatures are discussed as discrete disciplinary areas. This panel proposes bringing these two perspectives into the same space in order to map the co-evolution of identity formation. The session seeks to interrogate the many facets of cultural encounters, both positive and negative. We invite papers that examine how the nation is imagined via political, cultural, linguistic, and sexual tensions. Inquiries may include but are not limited to explorations of: possibilities of English/colonial cultural amity/animosity, civil disobedience, Indian Partition and its subsequent communal tensions, race relations, or the ways [women’s] bodies become grounds for determining national and cultural relationships with the other. Papers focusing on gendered and sexualized bodies as sites of mapping the nation and defining the other via sexual violence are especially welcome. How do colonial/postcolonial literatures negotiate national identity or illustrate possibilities of cross-cultural relationships? How does the other function in the development of a national/colonial identity? What are some factions/divisions that emerge within cultures in the postcolonial period? How do both colonial and postcolonial literatures participate in the shaping of a shared identity?

We invite papers that employ a wide range of theoretical lenses such as queer, gender studies, feminist, critical race studies, and theories of recognition.

Please submit a 150-200 word abstract and short bio before September 30th to the NeMLA submission page:

For further questions or inquiries on this panel, please contact Arpita Mandal (chair) at 

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