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Barbarians Within: Constructing the Barbaric Other in Speculative Fiction (NeMLA)

Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, British, Popular Culture, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, 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: 2020-03-05 to 2020-03-08 Abstract Due: 2019-09-30

For the past two years, NeMLA’s keynote speakers have evoked the image of barbarians at the gates, and they are not alone in their use of this powerful image. Barbarians evoke a particular kind of wildness and danger that continues to resonate in popular culture, from the Dothraki and Wildlings in Game of Thrones, to the raiders in Parable of the Sower. In response to NeMLA 2020’s theme, “Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures,” we invite presentations that interrogate the idea of barbarism in speculative fiction. How is the barbaric defined and located? Can the racist and colonialist implications of the term ever be shed or inverted? Can barbarity be located on the “inside,” such as the hyper-civilized but bloodthirsty residents of the Capital in The Hunger Games? What relationship does barbarism have with categories of monstrosity, otherness, and race? We particularly wish to cultivate a panel with diverse disciplinary approaches, and which includes scholars from a range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. To this end, we invite a brief bio with the abstract.

Please submit abstracts here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17897  and feel free to email me at misha.grifka@gmail.com with any questions.



Misha Grifka