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>From: Tuomas Huttunen <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Diasporic Narrative and the Ethics of Representation 
>(Finland) (5/31/05; 9/30/05-10/1/05)
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>Call for Papers
>
>Diasporic Narrative and the Ethics of Representation
>
>Conference at the University of Turku, Finland
>September 30 - October 1, 2005
>
>Keynote Speakers:
>- Alison Donnell, Nottingham Trent University, UK
>- Tabish Khair, University of Aarhus, Denmark
>- Maria Olaussen, V”xj– University, Sweden
>- Justine Tally, University of La Laguna, Spain
>
>The term ëdiasporaí has been used to refer to the Jewish diaspora (both
>the earlier dispersal and the more recent displacement in the context of
>the Holocaust) and the movements of people launched by the era of
>post/colonialism and globalization. In recent theoretical debates,
>diaspora has been connected with the constructed and transnational
>nature of identity formation. It has also been related to concepts like
>mestizaje, creolisation and hybridisation. Essentially, the concept of
>diaspora refers to the voluntary and involuntary migrations and
>movements resulting from shifting power structures. Contemporary ethical
>criticism, here brought into contact with issues of diaspora, is closely
>linked with discussions of otherness. It examines the questions of how
>to represent otherness in a text, how to respond to the other and how to
>bring the concept of otherness to bear on the experience of reading.
>Narrative representations of diasporic communities are fertile ground
>for ethically informed analysis. The mixing of different cultures brings
>to the fore various ways of responding to encounters with people from
>various cultural backgrounds and of constructing narrative strategies
>that dismantle such binaries as ethical-political or local-global.
>
>How are power structures represented in diasporic narratives? Can there
>be an ethical way of representing these structures? How are scattered
>nations and identities represented in diaspora literature? How are
>issues of subject formation and agency represented within this field and
>what are the ethical approaches to them? Furthermore, how are issues
>like belonging, home, community and locality addressed in diasporic
>representations? The conference will explore the above questions in
>narratives of displacement or belonging, nationalist narratives of
>exclusion and borderline narratives. We invite proposals that examine
>literary and cultural representations of diasporic experience.
>
>Papers addressing questions of diaspora in the contexts of the following
>issues are particularly welcome:
>
>-Creolization	-Gender and transnational feminism
>-Diasporic subject formations	-Migration and migrant bodies
>-Ethics and encounters	-Postcolonialism
>-Ethnicity and hybridity	-Queer and the borderlines of sexuality
>
>The language of the conference is English. Please submit an abstract
>(max. 250 words) by May 31st, 2005.
>
>Abstracts are to be sent to Outi Hakola ([log in to unmask])
>For further information, please contact: Tuomas Huttunen ([log in to unmask])
>Links to local hotels and other additional information will appear on
>www-pages bearing the conference title soon.
>
>The conference is organized by the following research projects funded by
>the Academy of Finland:
>-Disturbing Differences. Feminist Readings of Identity, Location and
>Power, University of Turku
>-Fictional Constructions of Cultural Identity, University of Turku
>-Fragments of the Past: History, Fiction and Identity in the New English
>Literatures, University of Turku
>-Reconstructing 'America': Racial, Gendered and Diasporic Identities,
>University of Joensuu
>
>

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