Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations

ther Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations
MLA International Symposia: Translating the Humanities
Düsseldorf, Germany, 23?25 June 2016

The Modern Language Association of America, the world?s largest
professional organization for scholars of literature and language,
announces its first conference outside the United States and Canada,
organized in collaboration with the Heinrich Heine University in

Europe remains a conspicuous part of the global public imagination and
a haunting presence in literary and cultural studies across the globe,
even as claims for its centrality continue to be challenged from a
variety of political and theoretical perspectives. This conference
brings together an international group of scholars and engages the
paradigms in and through which they work. It seeks to develop ways of
thinking that emerge from and address Europe?s evolving political,
economic, historical, and philosophical role in a world of
ever-shifting migrations, translations, and transformations.

We invite proposals across a broad range of historical periods and
disciplines that engage with literary and cultural texts and practices
as they interact with or resist political, economic, scientific, or
philosophical models of thought.

Papers might be grouped under the following rubrics:

Marking time: dynasties, empires, revolutions, republics,
regimes; pasts, presents, futures, aftermaths; trauma and memory,
ghosts and hauntings; generations; ?senses? of history; literary times
and periods
European maps: East, West, North, South; city, country, banlieue;
center, margin, periphery; borders, boundaries, contact zones; the
?other? within and the ?other? without
European economies and the economies of European cultures
European subjects and identities: religions, genders,
sexualities, ages, affects, bodies
Community, nation, migration, mobility, roots
Precarious lives: citizens, migrants, refugees
Postcoloniality, decoloniality, subalternity, hegemony, sovereignty
Languages of Europe; multilingualism; Latin, French, English as
lingua francas
European cultural politics and institutions: the economies of
European cultures, book fairs, film festivals, prizes, universities,
publication, national cultural organizations such as the
Goethe-Institut, the Alliance Française, and the Instituto Cervantes
Translation, resistance, transmission
Theory transfers
Media and genres, old and new
Transatlantic Europe

The conference will feature several keynote talks and roundtables, as
well as traditional sessions with three or four fifteen-minute papers,
workshops with precirculated papers, and roundtable conversations
based on five-minute presentations. We invite proposals for any of the
above formats.

The conference languages will be English, German, French, and Spanish,
but papers can be delivered in any language if speakers arrange for
written or oral translation within the time frame of the session.

Paper proposals should include the paper title, a 300-word abstract,
the speaker?s institutional affiliation (if any), and a 1-page
biography or CV.

Proposals for panels, workshops, and roundtables should contain the
above items for each speaker, a brief description of the format
(including an estimate of how many speakers will participate), and a
rationale for the session?s topic(s) and format.

Please send submissions to othereuropes2016@hhu.de. All submissions
must be received by 15 August 2015, and participants will be notified
of the outcome of the selection process by 15 October 2015.

Categories: Conferences, Diaspora, Diversity & Difference


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