Call for Papers
Title: Revealing the Invisible: Love and Loss in (im)Migration
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Host: Susquehanna University
For children of (im)migrants, there are gains and losses; usually the gains are living in an economic situation that is better than the onese their parents left behind in their homeland and provided with better education possibilities. Losses can include; not being able to speak the mother tongue and never knowing family members. The negative impact that (im)migration has on family and culture, is often ‘invisible’. With increasing globalisation and movement of peoples and intermarriage of different ethnicities, these effects are becoming increasingly visible. They are issues that children of (im)migrants now have the challenge and confidence to write about.
The aim for this panel is to look particularly at the recent immigration of the past 60 years of (im)migrant children of the parents of African, Caribbean and Asian descent to Britain, who moved to the UK under the invitation of the British to help with maintaining their health service and public transportation system; the dreams that they were (often) falsely led to believe, in contradiction with the reality that they found.
This panels seeks session proposals that explore the lives of descendants of (im)migrants to Britain of African, Caribbean and Asian parentage
The literature of Black Britain has been steadily growing, as these descendants have themselves become parents, discovering love and losses as (im)migrant children in their host countries. With the current political the situations that they face continually challenge them to consider their lives, the past and the future for themselves, their parents and their children.
The proposals can take one of the themes suggested, a combination, or a different one entirely, yet should adequately present the situation and the argument offering a concrete image of life in Britain through the eyes of these descendants, offering a variant history, to one that is often not spoken of.
Issues of Race, Loss of Identity, Loss of culture, Language, Land, Poverty
Issues of Education, Diversity, Wealth
(this ‘loss’ and ‘love’ can also be expressed as ‘change’)
The dichotomies and amalgamations in between love and loss; living and loving across boundaries and ethnicities.
We are looking for explorations of these through the creative writings of descendants of (im)migrants in English and in mother tongue (with English translation) and or Creole
We are particularly looking for the invisible, i.e. how it is prevalent for those concerned but not always obvious in the public eye.
Deadline: September 30, 2013
Please include with your abstract (max 300 words):
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)
Please send your abstact to:
Kadija George (Chair of Panel)
Please noet; the 30 Sep deadline is strictly adhered to. I look forward to receiving your submissions.
The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.
The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: “the best book you’ll read this year.” NeMLA’s Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw’s plays at the Players Club in New York City.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.html