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Offer: Gender in a Postnational Context (panel)* Call for Papers

*NeMLA 2012 CFP - Gender in a Postnational Context (panel)* Call for Papers

Gender in a Postnational Context (Women's and Gender Studies Caucus
Sponsored Panel)

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March
15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the
Goon Squad

*GENDER IN A **POSTNATIONAL CONTEXT:* This panel aims to discuss how
contemporary authors figure gender in a postnational context. Recent
discussions across scholarly disciplines have begun to question the
suitability of national affiliation in the wake of globalization, mass
migration and transnational networking that have led to alternative
definitions and strategies of community formation, international advocacy,
and global feminisms. This panel investigates the ways in which writers are
able to negotiate and construct gendered identities in this
postnationalera, as well as how these texts might work to undermine or
redefine the
national space through the lens of gender. Papers might consider the global
activism by writers such as Eve Ensler and Lynn Nottage or the postcolonial
feminisms of Ama Ata Aidoo, Esmerelda Santiago and others. Papers on other
writers or genres are most welcome. Send abstracts to Johanna Rossi Wagner
at * *

Deadline: *September 30, 2011*
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient
air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher
College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area
institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various
activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association
continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide
array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet
diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the
site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick
Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous
periodical, and delivered the speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of
July?”. Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and
reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing
photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees
will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for
its local wineries.

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.

Johanna Rossi Wagner
The Pennsylvania State University

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