Questioning Boundaries: New Applications of Black Transnationalism--NeMLA (April 30-May 3, 2015, Toronto)

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The Northeast Modern Language Association Conference will take place in Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3, 2015. Every year, the convention affords NeMLA's principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange in language and literature. This year's convention will include roundtable and caucus meetings, workshops, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers.

Over the last few decades, many disciplines have begun to embrace the concept of transnationalism as a driving motif. As we move solidly into the twenty-first century, the significance of a global society not bound by national borders becomes more apparent. This interdisciplinary approach has benefitted departments of literature, political science, history, art, anthropology, sociology, and psychology, among others. In addition to these broad implications, the use of transnationalism has greatly informed the study of Pan-Africanism.

As the interdisciplinary field of transnational studies has gained traction in the humanities, it has encouraged a reexamination of many texts via this enlightening perspective. Beginning with the publication of Paul Gilroy's Black Atlantic in 1993, the study of black transnationalism has proven fruitful in exhibiting the extent to which transatlantic and global concepts continue to factor into the black identity. Taking Gilroy's cue, this panel hopes to engender scholarly discourse that will provide critical insight and fresh perspectives on the transnational nature of the Black Diaspora. Paper proposals should utilize the lens of black transnationalism to illuminate and enhance our understanding of literary texts or cultural movements. Panelists are especially encouraged to include non-canonical texts. Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

Identity construction
Gender and sexuality
The Black Diaspora
Urban/rural sites
Concept of home
Life writing and travel writing
Relation to liminality, hybridity, double consciousness, etc.
Migration and alienation
Space and spatiality
National boundaries
Canada and black transnationalism

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014

Please Note: This year, NeMLA has implemented a user-based system to accept and track abstract submissions. No abstracts will be accepted through email. Therefore, in order to submit an abstract, you must do so through the NeMLA website. Using this new system, you can manage your personal information and review and update your abstract following submission. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio here: