2015 Call for Papers
Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention
April 30-May 3, 2015
The 46th Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
Transnational Utopian Literature: Influences on the U.S. into the 21st Century
America was viewed in the eighteenth and nineteenth century as a land of opportunity. Thinkers such as Edward Bellamy, Robert Owens, Charles Fourier and others utilized the vast American territory as an experimental testing ground for their proposed theories. What influences do the utopian theorists have on ecology, environmentalism, technology, and/or corporate hegemony in the twenty-first century as depicted in print or on stage?
Chair: Annette M Magid
Oceanic Turns: The Politics of Hemispheric American Studies
This roundtable examines the locations, terminologies, and methodologies that shape the oceanic turn in contemporary American literary studies. Taking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans as our loci, we are seeking papers that address the material conditions, literary constructs, and social imaginaries that function as oceanic spaces in literary and historical discourses. Scholars working on Atlantic, Black Atlantic, transnational, or hemispheric studies are invited to submit abstracts.
Chairs: Laurie Lambert, Bridget McFarland
Questioning Boundaries: New Applications of Black Transnationalism
Beginning with Paul Gilroy’s The 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 black identity. This panel seeks papers that utilize the lens of black transnationalism to illuminate and enhance our understanding of literary texts or cultural movements. Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to: migration and alienation; identity construction; national boundaries; space and spatiality; black Canada.
Chair: Joshua Murray
Changing Forms, Changing Genres
This panel investigates the transmutation of literary genres in twentieth-century British/Anglophone fiction. How does a specific genre or a fictional form reveal its representational limits in colonial, postcolonial, or transnational contexts? How does the transmuted form represent or fail to represent new social relations and the tension between hegemonic and resistant forces? Possible topics include: realist fiction, the Bildungsroman, the romance novel, and the estate novel. Send 300-words abstracts to Minjeong Kim.
Chair: Minjeong Kim
Romantic and Victorian Echoes: A Transatlantic Exchange
This panel applies a transnational approach, which is interested in links between British Romantic and Victorian authors with American writers such as (but not limited to) William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Walt Whitman, Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Wordsworth and Henry David Thoreau, etc. Papers will focus on how British writers influenced the form, content, and sensibility of American writers.
Chair: Dewey Hall
Hip-Hop: Interrogating Identity, Authenticity, and Transnationalism
As hip-hop has become a transnational and multicultural phenomenon, one must stop to ponder the aspect of authenticity within the movement. This panel seeks to examine the ways in which hip-hop has evolved within each of its cultural manifestations, and navigate the politics of authenticity within each (socio)cultural/political realization. This roundtable seeks to discover the cultural, rhetorical, and socio-political realizations of Canadian hip-hop as they relate to its American counterparts in form, style, and modes of dissemination.
Chair: Judah-Micah Lamar
Urban Protest: Global Migrants and the Public Sphere
This panel will examine the rhetorical strategies and esthetics of protest movements that draw attention to the situation of global migrants. What counter-narratives do transnational migrants create against newly mainstreamed discourses of exclusion and invisibility? How do gendered migrant bodies stage their reduction to bare life in ‘willfull’ urban protest actions? (Agamben 1998; Ahmed 2011). How might performance art, film, or fiction act to politicize its spectators (Rancière 2009)?
Chair: Helga Druxes
New Work in Transnational North American Book History: Canada, U. S., Mexico
This panel will take a hemispheric approach to new research in the transnational North American history of the book. Papers are welcome that explore the movements of texts, authors, printers, and publishers across the Canada-United States-Mexico borders and borderlands, and how this movement affects our understanding of the creation, production, distribution, consumption, reading, and reception of material texts and textualities, from the colonial period to the present. Submit 300-word proposals to Jeffrey Makala.
Chair: Jeffrey Makala
|Women’s and Gender Studies||Women’s War Images: Through the Female Gaze This transnational panel will examine women’s visual narratives of the wars of the twentieth century, seeking to uncover how women depicted themselves and their work beyond the public images that shaped women’s traditional wartime roles. How did female artists, women on active service, women in occupied zones, and women who worked at home visually depict the war and their roles in it in artwork, albums, and illustrated texts? Do such depictions contradict or reinforce traditional gender roles? Interdisciplinary Humanities Andrea McKenzie||
Women’s War Images: Through the Female Gaze
This transnational panel will examine women’s visual narratives of the wars of the twentieth century, seeking to uncover how women depicted themselves and their work beyond the public images that shaped women’s traditional wartime roles. How did female artists, women on active service, women in occupied zones, and women who worked at home visually depict the war and their roles in it in artwork, albums, and illustrated texts? Do such depictions contradict or reinforce traditional gender roles?
Chair: Andrea McKenzie
Area: Women’s and Gender Studies