(EXTENDED DEADLINE) North American Ethnic Literatures in the 21st Century: Intersectional / Transatlantic Perspectives An International Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
January 25, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Universitat Jaume I - Universitat de Valencia (Spain)
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North American Ethnic Literatures in the 21st Century:

Intersectional / Transatlantic Perspectives

An International Symposium

25-26 de mayo de 2023

Universitat Jaume I - Castellón (Spain)


North American writers of color have transformed canons through the critical dissemination of alternative histories, cultural practices, epistemologies, styles, political preoccupations, and interests concerning the region’s diversity of communities and nations. Even though many of these authors are now solidly positioned in the literary canon, 21st-century ethnic minority writing has gone through a series of shifts that respond to new post-9/11 traumas, racial profiling, heated debates on the so-called colorblind society, the reconfigured white ethnoscape, the interconnections of the environmental and racial justice movements, the sensitivities and demands of a woke generation, and the destabilization of gendered and racialized categories after #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, among other factors.

Despite the new visibility received by ethnic minority authors (who are winning major literary prizes and public recognitions), their literature is still frequently taught and theorized from the margins or as a mere token or a multicultural supplement to a literary center that is still predominantly Anglo, white, masculine, and heteronormative. This happens most especially in European universities where the field of North American literary studies is often reduced to two or three courses in the curriculum. The aim of this international symposium is to augment and amplify ongoing transatlantic conversations in the fields of critical race theory and literary studies that are reconsidering terms such as race, ethnicity, indigeneity, identity, mobility, community, solidarity, and futurity, and to explore 21st-century literary texts through an intersectional lens.

In a series of thematic panels, we will examine these shifting critical, literary, and pedagogical practices paying special attention to the Obama and Trump eras in a local, national, hemispheric, and global context.

The symposium is organized by the research group LENA: North American Ethnic Minority Literatures in a Global Context (Universitat de València-Universitat Jaume I) and sponsored by the Valencian Regional Government (Proyecto I+D+i “Reconfiguraciones de género, raza y clase social en la literatura étnica norteamericana de la era Obama/Trump” - GV/AICO/2021/249) and the Unesco Chair on Slavery and Afrodescendancy at Universitat Jaume I.


Suggested topics may include the following:

21st-Century North American ethnic minority literatures: old and new genres, narrative strategies, and styles

Constructions of race and ethnicity in the 21st century: post-race, transethnicity

Understanding the North American ethnic debate in a global context: transnational/transatlantic perspectives

Ethnic-centered theories and pedagogies

Intersections between the environmental humanities and critical race studies

Race, gender, sexuality, and class as crossroads in narrative construction

New social movements and their connections to ethnic narratives and racial formation

International mobility and mobility justice in literary works

Circulation, markets, and readers across the Atlantic

Cross-cultural, cross-ethnic alliances

Reading North American ethnic minority literatures in translation

The future of BIPOC writing in the publishing world and in university education


Oral Communications: 20-minute papers can be delivered in English, Spanish or Catalan and, following the conference, we will invite participants to submit full articles to be considered for publication in a high ranked journal.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to January 25th 2023.

Submissions should include a title, a 250-300-word summary, a short biographical note, your academic affiliation, and contact information.

Please send abstract proposals to: lenaresearchgroup@gmail.com

Contact emails: ortel@ang.uji.es Anna.M.Brigido@uv.es,Vicent.Cucarella@uv.es

Registration Fee for Participants: 45 euros.

For more information on the venue, presentation formats, keynote speakers, and social activities, please check our website: https://nael.uji.es