CfP: Eastern European and Eurasian Transitions and Global (Re)positioning in Post-Socialism
CALL FOR PAPERS: “Eastern European and Eurasian Transitions and Global (Re)positioning in Post-Socialism”
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA); Toronto, Canada, April 4-7, 2012 (Deadline: November 15, 2012).

American Comparative Literature Association
Annual Meeting 2013 in Toronto, April 4 - 7
Deadline for submissions: November 15

Recalculating Route…Please Wait: Eastern European and Eurasian Transitions and Global (Re)positioning in Post-Socialism Seminar Organizer(s): Marina Antic

Eastern European and Eurasian literatures and cultures have undergone major changes in the last 20 years, since the “transition” away from socialism and towards a united Europe. Not coincidentally, 20 years ago as well, the scholarship of Edward Said entered cultural and literary analyses of the region. Commemorating Edward Said’s death 10 years later, this seminar continues the discussion from previous seminars devoted to interdisciplinary and postcolonial approaches to literatures and cultures of the region.

The “transition” project remains unfinished to this day and could be permanently stalled on account of the redrawing of center/periphery lines in contemporary Europe to exclude the PIGS countries. How are these unfinished transitions and re-mapping of “Europe” proper reflected in the regions’ literatures and cultures?

We invite you to consider Global Positioning Systems as a metaphor of space, time, and culture in Eastern Europe and Eurasia today. Taking into account the last 20 years of postcolonial scholarship in the region and literature and culture’s general capacity for world (re)making, some suggested topics are: ‘recalculating’ and contested cartography; (re)mapping concepts across boundaries; collapse, survival, and memory of outdated and obsolete maps and global positioning; technology, especially the digital remaking of space (and time); cartography of in-between spaces and times (transitions); mapping literature and culture; text and culture as (global) position-takings; etc. Papers addressing Said’s legacy or any of the annual meeting’s themes in Eastern Europe and Eurasia are also welcome.
SEMINAR KEYWORDS: Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Said, post-socialism, transition, center/periphery, re-mapping, hybridity, postcolonial, interdisciplinary, contested, Cold War

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Date: 2012-10-25