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Invitation to the sessions of the Forum on Global Arab/ Arab American Literature

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    Hatem Akil

    Hello everyone,

    We hope you will join us for the following panels organized for the 2017 MLA by the Global Arab and Arab American Literature Forum. They are as follows (sorry for cross-posting)

    Session 200: States of In/Security: Global Palestine in Literature, Culture, Art, and Activism
    Friday, 6 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 104B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

    Program arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American Forum

    Presiding: Karim Mattar, University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Speakers: Salah Hassan, Michigan State University; Helga Tawil-Souri, NYU Steinhardt; Dana Olwan, Syracuse University; Olivia Harrison, University of Southern California

    Session Description: This roundtable gathers scholars, writers, artists, and activists to discuss how the question of Palestine has shaped literary, artistic, and cultural representations of in/security in Israel/Palestine and around the world; the politics of global solidarity and activism in response to the security state; and the insecurity of lives subject to various technologies and discourses of state control.

    Session 473. Beyond Bounds: The Refugee in Global Arab Literary Studies
    Saturday, 7 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., 406, Philadelphia Marriott

    Session arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American Forum

    Session Description: This panel explores concepts of forced migration, exile, and globality as shaped by literary discussions of the Arab refugee across textual, epistemic, disciplinary, and geographical boundaries.

    Presiding: Carol N. Fadda, Syracuse University


    Charlotta Salmi, Univ. of Birmingham, “At the Border/In the Gutter: the Graphic Refugee

    Narrative and the Limits of Global Anglophone Studies.”

    Anna Ziajka Stanton, The University of Texas at Austin, “Precarious Bodies: Translating Iraq in America,”

    Danielle Haque, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato, “Humans and Citizens: Resisting Humanism in Refugee Narratives”

    Session 735. Writing Migrant Selves in Transnational Arab Contexts
    Sunday, 8 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Franklin 6, Philadelphia Marriott

    Collaborative Session arranged by the Global Arab and Arab American and Life Writing Forums

    Presidential Theme panel. This panel has been approved by the MLA current president, Kwame Anthony Appiah for inclusion as one of the sessions that will be listed under the 2017 MLA presidential theme “Boundary Conditions.”

    Session Description: This panel examines Arab constructions of selfhood in terms of nation, religion, sexuality, and migration. It aims to expand our thinking about both Arab migrant literatures and the genre of autobiography by exploring how narrative constructions of different kinds of Arab migrant selves—queer, feminist, religious, oppositional—intervene in both Arab and Euro-American traditions of life writing.

    Presiding: Georgia Kathryn Johnston, Saint Louis University and Pauline Homsi Vinson, Diablo Valley College


    Susan Stanford Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and Violence in Contemporary Arab Women’s Diasporic Writing”

    Mootacem Bellah Mhiri, Vassar College, “Transnational Constructions of Muslim Feminist Selfhood in Mernissi’s Scheherazade Goes West”

    Carolyn Ownbey, McGill University, “(Non)Citizenship and Narration: Anton Shammas’ Arabesques”

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