Globalization, Ethnicity, and Violence
South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Fourth Annual Meeting, San Diego December 26-27, 2003
We invite you to submit proposals for individual papers for the Fourth Annual Meeting of the South Asian Literary Association (SALA), an allied organization of the MLA.
The meeting, which will be held concurrently with the MLA Annual Convention in San Diego, will take place at a hotel very near the MLA convention hotels in order to facilitate your attendance at both conferences.
We welcome paper proposals on the literatures and cultures of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. SALA 2003 would especially welcome the submission of abstracts on historical and theoretical issues with specific relevance to South Asian languages and literatures other than English (including the challenges of translation between South Asian languages and into English). Paper proposals may be both intra- and interdisciplinary, addressing the interconnected issues of globalization, ethnicity, and violence. We welcome an exploration of comparative contexts with appropriate historical and theoretical grounding.
The following is a list of possible topics for papers:
Biracial identities and South Asian Americanness
Activist and outreach work within and between communities: human rights, human security
Proliferation of life-writing
Youth culture and transnational identities
Neo-imperialism and anti-imperialism
Collaborations between and among the South Asian diaspora
Theorizing the post-colonial in current global contexts
A study of genre and representation through literature, visual arts, and the new media
Theorizing the South: (re)situating South Asians
Religious fundamentalism and identity politics
The role of the nation-state
Women and gender ; "Lakshman Rekha"
Dalits, caste politics, and theories of the border
South Asians, immigration, detention, and the "voluntary interview"
Interrogating the status of the "literary" in the South Asian Literary Association. What is the place of the literary? What constitutes the literary?
Popular culture - films, music
Intersections between transnational sexualities
Possible connections between theories of racial melancholia in Asian American and African American literatures and ideas of honor and shame in South Asian contexts
Redefining assimilation, integration, nationalism
9/11 and the valorization of violence
Please submit 300- to 350-word proposals (by fax, post, or in the body of an e-mail message) to the conference Co-Chairs by July 7, 2003.
SALA also publishes the refereed journal, South Asian Review (SAR). All abstracts accepted for the conference will be published in the special conference number of the SAR.
Nandita Ghosh, Co-Chair, Program Committee, SALA
Farleigh Dickinson University
Dept. of English, Communication, Philosophy
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Christina Sharpe, Co-Chair, Program Committee, SALA
Department of English
210 East Hall
Medford, MA 02155
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