Midwest MLA (Milwaukee WI) CFP

(Dis)Identification: Migration, Metropoles and the Maghreb

This panel examines movement between the Maghreb and metropoles as well as the ways in which theses migrations change our ways of thinking about identity in contemporary French and Francophone literature. We welcome papers that explore the multidirectional movement of migration between metropoles (whether they be Maghrebian, European or other). The notion of (dis)identification with these spaces (i.e., geographical, urban, home, nation-state, etc.) engages the
tensions between alignment and resistance as subjects position themselves (or are positioned). This focus on positioning foregrounds the questions of (in)visibility, belonging and power that are present
in these texts, thereby challenging dominant cultural narratives within a transnational frame.
Please send 250-word abstracts in English, with contact information by June 14th to Kristina Kosnick at kosnick@wisc.edu and Ryan Schroth at schroth@wisc.edu Chairs: Kristina Kosnick and Ryan Schroth, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Postcolonial Subject in Transit: Migration, Borders and Hybidity

Recent postcolonial writings across different cultural locations address the concept of "belonging or not belonging" in metropolitan spaces. Writers capture the complex ways in which subjects rooted from their homelands must search for place and space in disputed borders and locations in the metropolis. Such travel across different geographical, social, national, cultural, class, racial, and
language boundaries reveal how subjects must navigate disputed spaces as they struggle to reconstruct their subjectivities in fluid and multiple terms. This panel calls for papers from previously colonized non-western regions that address issues of loss and belonging, fragmented and fluid identities, transatlantic subjectivities, and border crisscrossing .These concepts are not limited to the
construction of identity in literature, but also the crafting of multi-genres texts that capture the different levels of multiplicity that define diasporic writing.
Please send 250-word abstracts by June 14th to Delphine Fongang, fongangd@uww.edu
Chair: Delphine Fongang, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Festival of Language

Topic: The Art of Hybridity
Hybridity negotiates boundaries between artistic and academic, between poetry and prose, between theory and practice, between sides that traditionally do not converge, working to renegotiate understandings of genre and expectation, of what is (not) considered artistic, working to move the act of writing forward. Hybrid works challenge audiences in ways that ask them to step outside their
comfort zones and (re)consider limitations of traditional boundaries.Proposals of 500 words or less should explain why the work you wish to present is hybrid and how it challenges genre/expectation (samples may be included). Works that are imaginative and/or presentations that move outside the ordinary will be given preference. Presentations can be mashups of critical and creative work, of various genres of art (painting plus writing, poetry plus narrative,song plus literature, etc.), or traditional “academic writing” and any form of art, etc. There is no limit on the ways in which presenters can blend/distort/reconfigure ideas of what a traditional paper or presentation might include.
Send proposals to festivaloflanguage@gmail.com with MMLA 2013 in the subject line by midnight on May 31, 2013.
Organizer: Jane L. Carman, Illinois State University

CFP: Globalization (Conference, Qatar, Jan 2014)

(Re)thinking Global Connectedness: Critical Perspectives on Globalization

26-28 January 2014
Location: Doha, Qatar

The Liberal Arts Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for its Second Annual Liberal Arts International Conference. This second annual conference will explore the impacts of globalization from a variety of disciplinary lenses.

How has globalization transformed us individually and collectively? How is globalization shaping notions of ethics? Is globalization merely a shrinking of the world or is it transforming human experience? What challenges does globalization pose to understandings of the self and the other? How do we sustain a globalized world in terms of food, energy, and education? Are we already living in a post-globalized world?
We welcome submissions from across the spectrum of academic fields, including politics, history, linguistics, technology, language studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, philosophy, ethics, law, religion, and cultural studies. We especially encourage contributions
from PhD students and scholars working in non-western and/or underrepresented regions.

Possible Conference Panels and Discussions:Conceptualizing Globalization


Globalization and Technology
(Re)Thinking Ethics in a Globalized World
Linguistic Perspectives on Globalization
Education in a Globalized World
Historical Perspectives on Globalization
Globalization: Comparative East-West Perspectives
Global Movements: Environment, Peace, Violence
Legal Concerns of a Bordered/Borderless World
Gendering Globalization

Submission of individual papers and complete panel proposals on these or other related themes are welcome. The conference can provide substantial travel bursaries for international participants who need funding. Select papers will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed volume or a special issue of an international journal.

In order to be considered, please submit a panel proposal or individual paper proposal to include author(s) names, institution affiliation, email address, and an abstract of 250 words with 5 keywords by September 15, 2013 to LAIC2014@qatar.tamu.edu