CALL FOR PAPERS: “Eastern European and
Eurasian Transitions and Global (Re)positioning in Post-Socialism”
Comparative Literature Association (ACLA); Toronto, Canada, April 4-7, 2012
(Deadline: November 15, 2012).
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boundaries; collapse, survival, and memory of outdated and obsolete maps and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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