CFPs: MLA proposed panels that deal with Arab/Arabic literature & culture (Vancouver, 8-11 Jan. 2015)

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MLA (Modern Language Association) Division for Arabic Lit. and Culture
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Dear colleagues,

Please find below a list of proposed MLA panels that deal with Arab/Arabic literature and culture for the 30th annual convention scheduled to be held in Vancouver, 8-11 Jan. 2015.

Please feel free to circulate this CFP as widely as you can among your colleagues and students.

Please note the deadline for each panel; panels have different deadlines.


Suha Kudsieh
On behalf of the Executive Committee for the MLA Division for Arabic Literature and Culture

1) Panel s Proposed by the MLA Division for Arabic Literature and Culture:

• Untiming the Medieval (Guaranteed Panel)
Significance of the medieval period to modern times; the problematic construction of medieval in Arabic literature and culture in pre-modern, Nahda, and modern times. 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (

• Adaptation and Appropriation in Palestinian Literature and Culture (Guaranteed Panel)
Appropriation of conventional genres; transformation of traditional or pre-modern motifs; forging new forms and cultural politics. 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (

• Twenty-First Century Turns in Arabic Literature and Culture (Cosponsored with Prose Fiction)
Papers that examine experimental works and novels, new genres and trajectories, and stylistic shifts are welcome. 300-400 word abstracts by 5 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (

• Memory, Trauma and Violence in Arabic Literature and Culture
How have acts of trauma and violence been remembered, invoked and commemorated (e.g. in Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere)? 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (

2) Panels Proposed by MLA Allied Organizations, other MLA Divisions, and Discussion Groups:

• Autobiography, Biography and Life Writing
Life in Occupied Palestine
A round-table about life narratives' importance in documenting the impact on Palestinians of occupation, and the power of life narratives to resist occupation. 200 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Cynthia Franklin (

• Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature:
Whose Border? Whose Memory? Ethnic Studies and Palestine/Israel
On the intellectual, political, and professional stakes of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. 300-word abstract and short c.v. by 15 March 2014; Cheryl A. Higashida ( and Stephen Knadler (

• Postcolonial Studies in Literature and Culture:
Palestine/South Africa: Sites of Memory, Acts of Amnesia
Comparative engagements with literary, cultural and political histories of Palestine and South Africa. Special interest in resurrecting forgotten connections; elaborating possible/parallel futures. 300-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Nouri Gana (

• Sociological Approaches to Literature
Settler Colonialism, Contested Memories, and Historical Claim
Exploring the narrative and political life of Palestine/indigenous nations/sovereignty. When does history begin and end? What subjectivity authors these accounts? 1 pg. abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2014; Gina Dent (

• West Asian Languages and Literatures:
Communism and Translation: West Asian Contexts
Panel on translation of communist concepts and practices across West Asia(s); possible topics: Soviet Orientalisms, Muslim communisms, language politics of the Comintern. 300-word abstract by 3 March 2014; Nergis Ertürk (

• Jewish Cultural Studies:
Co-territorialism and Historical Memory
Jews and other histories: analysis of multiply-occupied spaces and temporalities; same places, different identities, different memories. Possible topics include Palestine, Cities, Homelands, etc. Abstracts to Ben Schreier ( by 15 March 2014; Benjamin Schreier (

• Conseil International d'Études Francophones:
Sexe, Genre et Société dans la littérature et le cinéma francophones : Représentations troublées
Identités, constructions genrées, transgressions, etc. dans les littératures et cinémas francophones. Abstract 150-200 words in French by 20 February 2014; Jimia Boutouba (

• Francophone Literatures and Cultures :
"Francophone cinemas": Global or Indigenous?
Have "Francophone" films been globalized? What role do indigenous languages play, and what are the implications for the "Francophone Film" discipline in general? 300 word abstract by 14 March 2014; Valérie K. Orlando (

• Women in French:
Female-Authored Life Writing and Scandal
This panel will examine the scandals that texts of life-writing engender and the effect of scandals on French and Francophone writers and their publishers. 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Natalie Edwards ( and Mary Anne Garnett (

• Women in French:
Women in Films of the Francophone World
How do women's experiences, both behind and in front of the lens, affect plot, character development, screen time or a film's critical reception? 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Bendi Schrambach ( and milena santoro (

• Association des Amis d'André Gide:
Gide: A man of (many) influence(s)
This session will look at influences on Gide and/or Gide's influence on others. Papers in French or in English. Abstracts of 250-300 words by 17 March 2014; Christine Latrouitte Armstrong (

3) Special Panels Proposed by MLA Members:

• Arab-Latin American Literary Encounters
Arab-Latin American literary relations, including Arab diaspora, networks of mutual influence, translation, adaptation, representation in literature and popular culture. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Tahia Abdel Nasser ( and Waïl S. Hassan (

• Narrating "Arab Americans"
Reflections on the term and its intersections with history, memory, geography, religion, race, gender, and sexuality in narratives by and about Arab Americans. 250-300 word abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Pauline Homsi Vinson ( and Dalia Gomaa (

• Palestine and (Post)Colonial Epistemology
Palestine' as prospect for new knowledge, expanding discourse parameters (subaltern, ancient history, other studies); creative/theoretical/textual approaches analyzing variants of colonial, resistant, legal, architectural, technological, historical practices. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Basem L. Ra'ad (

• Sites of Memory in Israel/Palestine
Panel will bring together work theorizing the relation between space and cultural/national identities, treating literature and other discursive forms such as urban topography, landscape, museums, ruins. Abstract by 14 March 2014; Barbara Mann (

• Outsiders Inside North Africa: LGBT Rights
This workshop offers to analyze how North African Literature and Cinema portray LGBT rights; focus on Gender, Sexuality, Religion, and Society. CV, 300-word abstract by 03/15/14 by 15 March 2014; Mireille Le Breton (

• Algerian Dissident Writers of French Expression
This panel examines Algerian writers of French expression living in the country during and after "Les années noires" (Algeria's civil war, approximately 1988-2003). 300 word abstract. by 14 March 2014; Valérie K. Orlando (

• Orientalism in the Orient
Panel explores Said's Orientalism, and postcolonial studies in general, from a non-US/European perspective. Text/Film/theory from any timeperiod welcome. Vernacularism, authenticity, nontraditional scholarship,esp. welcome. short cv and ~300word abstract by 11 March 2014; Michael Lundell (

• Muslim Women's Memoirs and Everyday Life
We intend to explore the conceptualization of everyday life in Muslim women's memoir; the public and private; tropes of domesticity and flaneur. 250-word abstract and bio. by 20 March 2014; Mosarrap Khan ( and Melanie Heydari (

• Narratives of the French Banlieues, 2005-2015
Investigations of cultural narratives (literary, cinematic, artistic, musical) that negotiate banlieue and banlieusard identity in the decade following the 2005 riots. 300-word abstract and a CV by 14 March 2014; Zachary R. Hagins (

• Spectral Logic in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
Haunted narratives, ghostly figures, disruption of time and space, specter as organizing element, alternate realities. 250-word abstacts by 3 March 2014; Sonja Stojanovic (