Beyond the Label: Arab American Faces, Places, and Traces
(Organized by the Arab American Studies Association)
April 4-6, 2014
The Arab American National Museum
The label “Arab American” is imbued with layered meanings within both academic settings and public arenas. Variously embraced, sometimes contested, often redefined, Arab American identity constructions have been influenced by historical factors, discourses of self-identification, and normative processes of data collection. We invite papers that address Arab American formations or contestations from a variety of disciplines, and we especially welcome works that explore the impact of historical research on interdisciplinary and comparative analyses or methodological approaches to the study of Arab Americans.
At this conference, we aim to explore questions such as: How are Arab Americans constructed differently in various discourses and in different historical periods? How do familial, local, ethnic, transnational, class and/or religious affiliations influence Arab American identity formations? How are such formations shaped through sexual, ideological, or political orientations? Who is excluded and who is included in various spaces and designations, and how do such inclusions or exclusions shape various narratives about Arab American history and identity formations? How has Naff’s work impacted Arab American Studies?
Abstracts of 300 words in length, along with brief bios, should be sent as MS-Word attachments to email@example.com by September 30, 2013.
Papers submitted will be considered for publication after the conference. Final drafts should be ready and submitted by January 15, 2014.
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