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>From: Marike Janzen <[log in to unmask]>
>>
>>
>>Call for Papers for the Seminar:
>>"Writing Common Ground: Cultural Practices and Theories of Affinity"
>>at the conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
>>Puebla, Mexico, April 19-22, 2007
>>deadline for abstracts, Nov. 1, 2006
>>
>>Writing Common Ground: Cultural Practices and Theories of Affinity
>>
>>Cultural theory that has emerged in the wake of modern emancipatory 
>>social movements often employs notions of identity grounded in 
>>difference. This raises the question of how to theorize actual, 
>>historical practices of political affiliation and collaboration 
>>across boundaries of North and South. In light of interrogations of 
>>colonial discourse and a privileging of the situated subject, what 
>>happens to the potential of transnational solidarity as a method of 
>>political change? How can differently situated cultural subjects 
>>effect a collaboration? This line of questioning intervenes in the 
>>following paradox: in grassroots politics, people have and do 
>>practice solidarity. Yet theorists often assume the impossibility 
>>of authentic connections across precisely those uneven social power 
>>structures that are being challenged.
>>This panel seeks to explore what remains of the potential for 
>>creating change through parallels and similarity; through speaking 
>>very close to and listening to the ones deemed one's neighbors. We 
>>particularly invite papers that explore theoretical debates about 
>>the possibilities for global elective affinities by mapping 
>>concrete instances of these cultural practices. Topics could 
>>include (but are not limited to) explorations of transnational 
>>alliances based on commonalities, investigations that question 
>>bases for alterity, or reinterpretations of common conceptions of 
>>self and other.
>>
>>By Nov.1, 2006, please post abstracts of 200-300 words on the ACLA 
>>website for individual paper submissions to the conference (to be 
>>considered for the seminar, be sure to enter the correct title, 
>>"Writing Common Ground: Cultural Practices and Theories of 
>>Affinity):
>>http://dev.cdh.ucla.edu/acla2007/?page_id=18
>>
>>Please also forward abstracts to:
>>Marike Janzen, [log in to unmask]
>>and
>>Jennifer Hosek, [log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>>--
>>Marike Janzen, PhD
>>
>>Assistant Professor of German
>>Dept. of Language and Literature
>>Eastern Mennonite University
>>Harrisonburg, VA  22802
>>
>>540-432-4161
>>

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