MLA 2021 'The City and its Margins: New Perspectives on the Urban'

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association
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This panel invites papers seeking to address the interrelation between city centers and developing peripheral areas of cities within cinematic urbanisms. In doing so, we aim to explore the persistent--and often conflicting--binary notions of center and margin as well as urban and non-urban and investigate the complex web of structures that produce urban marginality on the various scales. 

Some of the questions we are interested in include but are not limited to the following:
How we might reimagine definitions for categories like urban and the non-urban?
How do the center and periphery influence each other?
Can we--and if so, how--demarcate between these categories from one another?
How do we engage with the theoretical question of what is urban marginality? 
What does marginality mean in urban society and space? 
How does the film form offer stability to precarious categories like the center and the margin? 

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Rudrani Gangopadhyay ( and Chiara Degli Esposti ( by 15 March 2020.