Welcome to the LLC Arabic forum! Members of the forum define “Arabic,” in the broadest sense, as both a multi-ethnic language and a multilingual ethnic formation. Therefore, we are interested in works written in Arabic as well as in Arab writing in other languages. We are interested in Arabic literature from the classical to the contemporary period, and we welcome comparative approaches that encompass other languages and cultures of the Middle East as well as those of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Australia.

Although our forum is young, approved by the MLA in 2009-2010, we have grown by leaps and bounds. Every year eight to twelve panels that pertain to Arabic literature and culture are approved by the MLA.

Please feel free to post pertinent announcements, call for papers, panels updates, and your suggestions. We look forward to hearing from all members.


The Executive Committee of the LLC Arabic forum.

CLCS Global Arab and Arab American Panels at MLA 2020

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    Karim Mattar

    Dear Friends,

    We write to invite submissions for one or both of the CLCS Global Arab and Arab American Panels at MLA 2020:

    • Poetics and Politics of Defeat: Reconfiguring the Human after the Arab Spring. This panel reconsiders representations of the human / inhuman / posthuman in relation to the Arab Spring and its aftermath. Papers welcome on Arab literary and cultural responses to defeat.  Please send a 200 word abstract and CV to Ala A. Alryyes (alryyes@alum.mit.edu) and Rasha Chatta (rc49@soas.ac.uk) by 3/29/2019.
    • Orientalism, Philology, World Literature.  This panel explores the origins of “World Literature” in colonial history, and develops new, decolonizing critical methodologies for a worlded literary studies. Papers welcome on any author, genre, period, field, region, tradition, etc.  Please send a 200 word abstract and CV to Karim Mattar (karim.mattar@colorado.edu) and Ahmed Idrissi Alami (aidrissi@purdue.edu) by 3/29/2019.

    We look forward to seeing many of you in Seattle!

    Executive Committee

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