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>From: jennifer hosek <[log in to unmask]>
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>Call for Papers for a "Special Session" Panel at the
>Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention
>San Francisco, California -- December 27-30 2008
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>New Urban Island Networks: Representing Berlin and Havana Post-1990
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>During the Cold War, West Berlin, East Berlin and Havana each held 
>positions of prominence disproportionate to their size and 
>proportionate to their political significance. Each was shored up 
>economically and militarily by powerful allies and made concessions 
>for and reaped the benefits of these securities. In many ways, this 
>protective insularity of forced co-existence with partners and 
>enemies created perceptions of urban identity that were shaped 
>through fantasies of particular urban others: West Berlin and East 
>Berlin competed in many arenas; Havana and Miami's Little Havana 
>each found themselves through a glass darkly. There were also 
>cross-cultural connections, as far-away Havana variously captured 
>the imaginations of West and East Berliners and exchanges such as 
>the respective visits of Fidel Castro to East Berlin and Erich 
>Honecker to Havana shaped official and personal attitudes of 
>metropolitan inhabitants.
>1990 brought radical global changes and Berlin and Havana are 
>engaging variously in the art of survival in an altered geopolitical 
>landscape. Governmental, corporate, and private initiatives include 
>major urban revitalization projects to encourage capital investment 
>and tourism; funding for arts and culture meant to articulate and 
>promote urban and national identity; and the development of new 
>relationships with state and non-state actors that extend far beyond 
>national borders.
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>Literature and film on and of these cities exposes and engages with 
>the resultant shifts and tensions. This panel invites explorations 
>of such cultural artifacts, particularly those that attend to 
>refashionings of urban landscapes and identities.
>Moreover, this panel seeks to account for temporal sedimentations 
>that remain visible within the contemporary urban fabrics of Berlin 
>and Havana. Thus, it also encourages analyses that consider the 
>layerings of trans/national histories, presents, and possible 
>futures in these cultural narratives.
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>Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words and a short 
>narrative biography by March 10 to:
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>Professor Jennifer Ruth Hosek, Queen's University, Ontario -- 
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>Note: The 2008 "Special Sessions" are competitively selected in April.
>Note: Speakers must normally become members of the MLA and pay their 
>own expenses.
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>Herzlich
>Dr. J
>Jennifer Ruth Hosek / Asst. Professor / Department of German / 
>Queen's University / Kingston, ON / Canada K7L 3N6 / (*1) (613) 
>533-2077 / skype: jhosek111 / 
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