Being Undocumented and Belonging in US Ethnic Literature

deadline for submissions: 
January 14, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Sherry Johnson/Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
contact email: 

Understandings of what it means to be undocumented remain a part of critical discussions in the US -- whether about immigration status or a citizen’s sex designation or voter eligibility on official documents, for example. MELUS invites individual paper proposals that explore what it means to be undocumented -- legally, culturally or otherwise -- in fiction, memoir, or poetry by ethnic American writers. Specifically, we are interested in papers that consider how authors (re)imagine what it means to be undocumented -- and how intersections of identities of historically excluded populations function to further understanding of being undocumented in such works. Please send abstracts of 250 words, a CV, and a short bio to Sherry Johnson at by January 14, 2022. Presenters must be members of MELUS by the time of the conference. To join or renew, click here: