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PAMLA 2024 Standing Panel: East-West Literary Relations (PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) 2024)

Palm Springs, California
Organization: PAMLA
Event: PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) 2024
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, Rhetoric & Composition, World Literatures, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, 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: 2024-11-07 to 2024-11-10 Abstract Due: 2024-04-30

The "East-West Literary Relations" session seeks to foster a discussion that crosses various disciplines and methodologies, including but not limited to literature, history, science, anthropology, religion, philosophy, film, art, and music. We welcome papers highlighting the cross-cultural exchanges and encounters between “East” and “West,” or challenging binaries and dominant discourses, or further deploying alternative geocultural frameworks from any historical period. We are also interested in studies that provide critical perspectives on canonical literature, cinema, and art, or studies on lesser-known works that spotlight marginalized voices and narratives. Particular consideration will be given to papers that engage with the conference theme of “Translation in Action.”

The distinction between East and West once held significant influence in knowledge production, ranging from voluminous travelogues from Western authors to the prosperity of Oriental Studies in the academia of the 18th and 19th centuries. Postcolonial scholarship since the 1970s, including Said’s Orientalism and Spivak’s subaltern studies, sheds new light on the East/West distinction as a dynamic relationship, instead of two settled categories. As globalization significantly boosts the movement of humans, material goods, cultural products, and texts, it gives rise to a wide range of imaginations, potentials, and intellectual tools, but meanwhile crises, conflicts, and unequal distribution of power in the constantly changing geo-political landscapes.

Highlighted topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

? (Colonial) modernity and modernism; Postcolonial critique

? Translation studies/Violence of translation and untranslatability

? World Literature(s)/National Literature; Language and grammatology

? Critiques of institutionalized knowledge and academic epistemology (area studies; global south studies)

? Writings of the Other; Writing as/against violence

? Narratives of trauma and violence

? Imperialism/De-imperialization

? Literature, cinema, and art about diaspora, migration, displacement

? Transpacific studies; oceanic etymologies

? Utopian/Dystopian views on relationality/connectivity

? (Techno) Orientalism/Occidentalism

? Global media and mass culture

? Discussions on nature-culture relations; ecological studies; science and technology studies

? Metropolitan cities and cosmopolitanism

? Alternative world-making strategies

If you are interested, please create a PAMLA user account and submit the abstract through PAMLA online system (Please find "East-West Literary Relations" under the category of "World Literatures and Comparative Studies," and click the "Submit an Abstract" button on the upper right corner of the webpage). 



Yuchen Yan; Huiqi Zhang