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September 05, 2013

FP ACLA 2014 Seminar: Gendered Circulations: Travel and Migration in Asia's Long 20th Century

FP ACLA 2014 Seminar: Gendered Circulations: Travel and Migration in Asia's Long 20th CenturyNew York, March 20-23, 2014,
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From: Clara Iwasaki


CFP for ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) meeting, New York, March 20-23, 2014
Call for Papers
Seminar: Gendered Circulations: Travel and Migration in Asia's Long 20th Century

The long 20th century with its industrial global promises facilitated new and unprecedented forms of travel from labor migration to the increasing wide-ranging circulation of texts and capital. In such contexts, gender often emerges as a problem of power, class, voice and validation. This panel seeks to place manifestations of gender-influenced mobility within the regional context of Asia-Pacific with a particular focus on its unfolding in literature dating from late 19th century to contemporary times. The region has seen a number of crucial shifts all pertaining to matters of mobility and migration, whether voluntary or forced, transnational or inter-regional: from circulation and translation of Western texts at the turn of the century, refugee upheavals of World War II, the collection and appropriation of Asian tropes and literatures in Cold War America, to contemporary models of mobility such as Aihwa Ong’s “flexible citizenship” or the “goose fathers” phenomenon. We invite papers
dealing with migrant authors or texts which interrogate the ways in which gender informs or challenges these instances, particularly cross-regional submissions focusing on Asian-Pacific literature that situate the historical and/or aesthetic development of engendered voices and writings.

Topics may include but are not limited to transnational itineraries of
writers such as Hayashi Fumiko and Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang), literary representations of female drifters or split families as evoked by the works of Xu Dishan, Ahn Jungyo, and others, as well as contemporary writing, by female labor migrants in Asian metropoles such as Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore.

To apply to the seminar, please visit the ACLA 2014 conference website
http://acla.org/acla2014/. For any questions, contact seminar organizer Clara Iwasaki cciwasaki@ucla.edu

Posted by katemw at September 5, 2013 08:34 AM

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