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Expected Resilience: Explorations of the Conditions and Causes of Precarity (NeMLA)

Niagara Falls Convention Center
Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Literary Theory, 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: 2023-03-23 to 2023-03-26 Abstract Due: 2022-09-30

Resilience has become a buzzword that informs the lives of many; people in precarious situations are applauded for being resilient and enduring adversity after adversity. However, what is the cost of resilience when there is no solution to its cause? This panel considers the dangers of expected resilience, especially from people and communities who are expected to endure continuous hardships of slow and active violence. Some questions that this panel considers are as follows:

How is resilience understood in relation to neoliberalism and globalization?

What happens when resilience is used as a scapegoat or an excuse for neglect and abandonment?

What are the dangers of fetishizing and glamorizing resilience, of focusing on the victim who must constantly cope with ongoing trauma instead of focusing on what is causing them harm?

Does violence beget resilience, and resilience beget compounding traumas?

This panel invites cross-disciplinary proposals from researchers in trauma studies, cosmopolitanism, postcolonialism, transnational and world literature on, but not limited to the following topics: vulnerable resilience, slow violence, survival vs. resistance, neoliberal globalization in literature, nation-states and contemporary postcoloniality, trauma(s) of forced migration in literature, modernity’s counter-history in literature, and the conditions of refugeehood and humanitarian aid.

All proposals must be submitted through NeMLA's online portal. Submissions accepted between June 15 and September 30th. 

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lara.el.mekkawi@uwaterloo.ca

Lara El Mekkawi, Kelly Baron