"Island Stories," American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, April 8-11, 2021 (virtual)

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Call for Papers
October 31, 2020
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Humanities, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Literature, Maritime History / Studies

Papers are invited for the 3-day seminar "Island Stories" at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, to be held virtually, April 8-11, 2021.

Please submit abstracts at: https://www.acla.org/annual-meeting  by October 31, 2020

"Island Stories"

Seminar Organizer: Nicoletta Pireddu, Georgetown University

Edenic getaways and utopian elsewheres, or dystopian spaces of exile and segregation; marginalized, exploited, self-referential appendages of nations, but also fertile spaces of multicultural exchanges, and microcosms of pluralism; real destinations or existential metaphors. Islands evoke topoi, conditions, and ideologies abundantly depicted and problematized by literature, cinema, and the visual arts. Theory has developed concepts and methodologies to examine islands as specific areas of intellectual inquiry from literary, cultural, and geopolitical perspectives, starting from Grant McCall's notion of “nissology.”

This seminar contributes to the expanding field of island studies, bringing together voices and approaches that engage with the richness of “islandness.” How does the aesthetic production of islands in their own terms relate to representation about them? How has discourse used islands as geographic spaces and tropes?

Comparative theoretical investigations and applied readings will explore islands as critical, ex-centric vantage points from which to tackle issues of globalism vs localism; minor and ultra-minor status; liquidity and border studies; the global South; colonialism and post-colonialism; primitivism and exoticism; subalternity vs micro-nationalism;  environmental studies and cli-fi; utopia studies; space and place; autochtony vs. cosmopolitanism; odoeporics and tourism; ethnography; literature of port-cities; migration, Mediterranean and oceanic studies.

For questions please contact Nicoletta Pireddu at pireddun@georgetown.edu


Contact Info: 

Nicoletta Pireddu, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature; Inaugural Director, Georgetown Humanities Initiative, Georgetown University

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