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Home, Community, and Culture

Louisiana State University
Organization: Comparative Literature Graduate Association
Categories: Postcolonial, Graduate Conference, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2019-03-29 to 2019-03-30 Abstract Due: 2018-12-15

Home, Community, and Culture
3rd Annual Languages and Literature Conference
Comparative Literature Graduate Association
Louisiana State University
 March 29 - 30, 2019
“Meaning is a shaky edifice we build out of scraps, dogmas, childhood injuries, newspaper articles, chance remarks, old films, small victories, people hated, people loved; perhaps it is because our sense of what is the case is constructed from such inadequate materials that we defend it so fiercely, even to death.”
–      Salman Rushdie,
Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
What is “home”? Is it the physical space where you live or a metaphysical state of mind? What or who do we associate with it? Is it something you run to or is it something you try to leave behind? Positively or negatively, consciously or subconsciously, home, community, and culture shape us: our art, how we think, and – most importantly – how we view and interact with the world.
Searching for, journeying to, escaping from, and/or fighting for home, community, and culture are prevalent themes in literary texts from around the world. This conference invites papers that explore these and other concepts by considering the motivations, representations, and intersections of home, community, and culture in texts that reflect a variety of disciplines, genres, and linguistic traditions.
This conference is open to both Graduate and Undergraduate participants. We encourage submissions that address the conference theme through presentations on literature, film, music, performance, etc.  Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent as a Word Document to clgalsu@gmail.com by December 15, 2018.


Emily O'Dell