American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting, Brown University March 29-April 1 2012 (Deadline: November 15, 2011).
“powder keg” of Europe, defenestration, balkanization, virulent
nationalism, revolutions and counterrevolutions, totalitarianism, the
Iron Curtain, Fall of the Berlin Wall, the End of History (or its
repressive Return), the Transition – these are but a few tropes in the
discourse of crisis that has defined Eastern Europe and Eurasia in
seminar continues the discussion from previous ACLA meetings on
postcoloniality and literatures and cultures of the Balkans, Eastern
Europe and the former Soviet Union. Prior sessions have examined “old
world” empires, the question of Soviet domination, the “othering” of and
within Eastern Europe, the postcolonial present and its cultural
products, encounters with internal and external others, as well as
cultural, literary, and physical crossroads and contact.
year we invite papers that address figures and tropes of the language of
crisis, catastrophe, collapse, (or “transition”) that have defined
Eastern Europe and Eurasia for many years. How does the discourse of
crisis (and its famous inversion in “the end of History”) affect the
cultures and literatures of Eastern Europe and Eurasia? How do these
literatures participate in such discourses and how do they escape
redundancy or incommensurateness? Does Eastern European experience with
discourse of catastrophe (of history) have something to teach us about
the current discourse of crisis gripping the Western world? Conversely,
is there a space in Eastern Europe and Eurasia for “revolutions” or the
discourse of progress, a beyond crisis/catastrophe/collapse? Papers on
any aspect of Eastern Europe/Eurasia within the conference theme are
Please use the ACLA's website to submit paper proposals.
Go to http://acla.org/acla2012/
and choose "Propose a paper or seminar" on the menu to the left. When
submitting you will have a chance to choose this seminar as the one your
paper is for.
(Please note ACLA membership requirements for participation.)