PAMLA 2024 CFP "Work in Multi-Ethnic American Literature (co-sponsored by MELUS) "

deadline for submissions: 
June 16, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association 2024 Conference
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This allied session on work in multi-ethnic literature of the United States (co-sponsored by MELUS) invites papers that explore work as a component of identity formation, especially as it intersects with gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and citizenship. In the spirit of Moishe Postone’s antiproductivist Marxism, this panel is particularly interested in papers that present a “critique of labor in capitalism” rather than a “critique of capitalism from the standpoint of labor.” While papers that engage with work broadly from the traditional Marxist position are welcome, we are particularly excited about scholarship that theorizes work itself. Additionally, we are interested in papers that expand the definition of work, such as discussions of writing and artistry as work, or consider understudied types of work like academic or managerial work. Papers related to the conference theme “Translation in Action” are welcome, but direct connection to the theme is not required.

As a panel for MELUS (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), its primary goal is to advance ongoing critical conversations about the theoretical, historical, literary, and cultural contexts of multi-ethnic literature, film, and other kinds of texts. As such, this panel also encourages papers that engage a variety of mediums, including film, television, graphic novels, poetry, drama, painting, etc.

Some suggested topics include:

- Anti-work literature

- The multi-ethnic proletarian novel

- Work in utopia/dystopia/fantasy/speculative fiction

- The artist as worker

- Work and citizenship

- Labor as art

Please note: Abstracts should not be sent to the email listed with this CFP. All abstracts must be submitted through the official PAMLA conference website. Here is a direct link to this session's page: