Mixed, Multi-, and Bi-racial Identities: Sites of Resilience and Resistance

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2023 Conference
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The mixed race, multi-racial, bi-racial, mulatto, or hapa figure is already one of crossing boundaries and as such transgressive, provocative, resilient in the face of anti-miscegenation and homogeneity. It speaks to embodiment and yet, as Claudine Chiawei O’Hearn notes in Half + Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial + Bicultural, “skin color and place of birth are not accurate signifiers of identity” (xiv). This panel seeks papers that investigate this figure in fiction as a multifaceted site of social interrogation, intersectionality, and personal identity. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

Mixed racial identities, multiculturalism


Passing or dominant culture adjacency

Performance of race, racial appropriation

Identity as socio-political resistance

Anti-miscegenation laws



Abstracts can be submitted here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP