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.

"Global Arab Literature in the 21st Century" Seminar Panel, NeMLA, March 23-26)

0 replies, 1 voice Last updated by  S K 3 years, 11 months ago
Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)
  • Author
  • #11992

    S K

    CFP: “Global Arab Literature in the 21st Century: Transformations, Shifts, and Changes” (Seminar Panel)

    48th Annual NeMLA Convention
    Baltimore, Maryland
    March 23 – 26th, 2017

    Deadline to submit abstract: 10/07/2016
    Categories: World Lit.
    Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
    Institutional host: Johns Hopkins University

    Seminar Panel on “Global Arab Literature in the 21st Century: Transformations, Shifts, and Changes”

    The first seventeen years of the twenty-first century has been turbulent and traumatic for authors who identify themselves as Arabs and who write in Arabic, English, French, Dutch and German, and other languages. From 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, and the Arab uprisings to sectarianism, civil wars, and the rise of religious radicalism, all these cataclysmic events have left their marks on global Arab literature. The papers selected for this seminar will examine the new techniques Arab authors have employed to depict those events, the rise of new literary genres, and the subsequent transformation of global Arab literature. Have current authors and writers forged new literary paths? Has the literature moved beyond identity politics and diasporic entanglements? What innovative modes of writing have Arab authors adopted, or came up with, to signal their responses regarding the fallout of the Arab uprisings, the rise of sectarianism and religious fundamentalism, and terrorism in Europe and e lsewhere? Have those crises given way to new literary themes, genres, and stylistic strategies? If so, what are they? Suggested themes can be: new modes of writing about 9/11, terrorism and (post) Arab Uprisings; 2008-financial crisis, globalization and capitalism; minorities (linguistic, ethnic, religious, gendered, and sexual); rise of new genres (thrillers, sci fi, and speculative fiction); postmodernism; religion and literature; sectarianism and civil wars; the refugees’ crisis; and online literature and the role of social media. Preference will be given to abstracts that examine recently published (or posted) works (i.e. post-2011). Interested participants are encouraged to submit 300-350 word proposals.

    NeMLA formatting standards: Paper Title: 100 characters (including spaces); paper Abstract: 300 words

    Starting June 15th, please submit abstracts for this panel here:

    Important: all abstracts must be submitted through the above link. Please note that this is a “seminar” panel, therefore participating panelists will circulate a draft of their papers (10-12 pages) by Jan. 15, 2017. They will also read and provide feedback to 2-3 papers.

    Seminar panels are traditionally scheduled at NeMLA either on Thursdays or Sundays.

    Deadline for submissions: Friday October 7, 2016

    Decision e-mails will be sent by October 15th.

    Please note that NEMLA asks that accepted and confirmed panelists pay their membership/registration fees no later than December 1, 2016 in order to present at the 2017 convention. Current registration and membership fees for full-time faculty members are $170; contingent/two-year faculty: $140; and graduate students/independent scholars: $110.

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)

Only members can participate in this group's discussions.