ACLA 2011 (http://www.acla.org/acla2011/)
American Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Meeting
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
March 31st – April 3rd, 2011
“World Literature / Comparative Literature”
Call for Paper Proposals (Deadline: November 12, 2010)
Seminar: Histories Set in Motion
Seminar Organizers: Anna E. Zimmer and Tessa V. Wegener, Georgetown University
While some theorists celebrate our global culture as cosmopolitan and many of its inhabitants as ‘on the move’, the mobility of people must be qualified by the greatly varying circumstances and causes of movement; there are those who move freely and with a certain privilege, while others are forced to migrate in order to survive. The individuals set in motion by these global flows carry narratives of collective and personal pasts with them. In turn, histories are often refracted through cross-cultural encounters with people of different historical and national backgrounds. Thus, dynamic shifts in our relationship to space have forced us to reconsider our relationships to the past.
This seminar proposes to explore literary and filmic narratives that present unique relationships to national pasts as a result of transnational encounters. We invite papers that explore such questions as: How is one’s understanding of a national past (legends, myths, memorializations, etc.) transformed by the transnational present? What formal characteristics and narrative techniques depict this transformation? How do recent narratives re-appropriate, debunk, or reinforce the grand master narratives of history? Does the spatial turn’s questioning of the linear progression of time and insistence on the significance of space lead us to read (historical) literary texts differently? In what ways does the narration of the recent past—including events such as 9/11, genocide in the Balkans, or the war in Afghanistan—influence or become influenced by the narration of events in the more distant past?
Please submit 250-word abstracts by November 12, 2010 directly to the ACLA conference website via the following link:http://www.acla.org/acla2011/?page_id=33
For more information, please contact seminar organizers: Anna E. Zimmer ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) and Tessa V. Wegener ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).
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