call for papers: “Narrating Memory and History in South Asian Literature” (NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013)

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 21-24, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts

Host Institution: Tufts University

Title of Panel: “Narrating Memory and History in South Asian Literature”

Although Georg Lukcs and Edward Said discussed the interrelationship between literature and history, this connection has not been fully investigated in South Asian literatures. How do South Asian authors narrate the past? What are the socio-political factors that shape their narratives? What is the significance of ghosts, memorization, and amnesia in those narratives? What is the connection between history and nation building; religion and national memory; and inheritance and genealogy. 300-350 word abstracts:(

Areas: British and Anglophone; Transnational Literatures

Deadline: September 30, 2012

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

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A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

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.

Suha Kudsieh
College of Staten Island – CUNY

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