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MLA 2018: Special-Session Hacking (In)security: Rewiring Systems through Genre

  • 09 Mar 2017 4:58 PM
    Message # 4657047
    We hope SFRA members will propose work that would benefit the special-session:

    Hacking (In)security: Rewiring Systems through Genre

    How does contemporary global genre fiction re-imagine political / personal insecurities? How can it subvert oppressive systems?

    Texts from 1950's - present. Please submit 350 word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2017 to Jessica L. FitzPatrick (JLF115@pitt.edu) and Sagnika Chanda (SAC204@pitt.edu).

    We particularly encourage abstracts that do one or more of the following:
    • focus on postcolonial SF
    • use the "(in)security" conference theme to contend with intersectional modes of resistance   
    •  illuminate atypical textual mediums
    • contend with the potential of alternative imaginative modes
    • explore works that challenge traditional genre orientations and borders
    • consider imaginative ways to not only challenge and reform but also defy and elude systemic modes of oppression
    • deliberate porous citizenship and spatial boundaries
    • challenge the dialectic connotations of security/insecurity at personal/political levels
    Accepted participants will then move forward as a special-session proposal for the 2018 MLA Annual Convention, held in New York City from 4 to 7 January. All participants will need to be members of the MLA. The presidential theme for the convention is #States of Insecurity. For more details about the conference see https://www.mla.org/Convention/MLA-2018 ; for details about special sessions see https://www.mla.org/Convention/Planning-a-Convention-Session/Special-Session-FAQs.  Please contact Jessica FitzPatrick and Sagnika Chanda with any questions.
    Last modified: 09 Mar 2017 5:02 PM | Jessica FitzPatrick


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