PAMLA 2021- Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies Panel

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Nancy H. Carranza, UC Riverside
contact email: 

Asian American Literary & Cultural Studies

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Thurday November 11 to Sunday November 14, 2021, at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Conference Theme: "City of God, City of Destruction" 

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Panel Abstract:

We invite proposals for individual papers exploring any aspect of Asian American literary or cultural studies. We have a particular interest in presentations that: engage across disciplinary boundaries (critical race theory, postcolonial studies, feminist and queer studies, etc.); make connections to issues in the field at large (transnationalism, biopolitics, aesthetics, memory, etc.); focus on texts not often discussed; or attend to genres not often represented in Asian American literary and cultural studies. “Texts” here is defined broadly to include visual, performing and digital arts, film, new media, disciplinary landscapes, geographic terrain, the politicized body (and more).

We also invite proposals in conversation with this year’s theme, “City of God, City of Destruction.” In “Cities of Others: Reimagining Urban Spaces in Asian American Literature,” Xiaojing Zhou describes the American city as “at once an exclusionary nation-space, a segregated space, and a site of encounters and resistance, as well as a space of multiplicity and becomings” (292). In addition to looking at the role of cities and urban spaces, proposals can also consider other aspects of this year’s theme: postmodernism and post-secularism, exiles and pilgrims, post-apocalyptic and haunted cities, etc. Close readings of specific works are welcome as are broader theoretical and thematic discussions of the subject. Ultimately we hope to address and encourage emergent issues and robust conversations in the fields of Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies.