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.

LAST CALL: Arab/ic CFPs for 2018 MLA in NYC — Please apply or share!

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    Arab/ic CFPs for 2018 MLA in NYC — Please apply or share!

    “Palestine, Ethics, and World Literature”

    We invite proposals that examine BDS and the ethical engagement with literature, as well as Palestine and World Literature. We welcome critical engagements with Edward Said’s work, and papers that explore other boycott movements, state and academic institutions, as well as MLA and the production, circulation, and study of world literature. Comparative papers that consider Ara<span class=”text_exposed_show”>bic and other linguistic traditions as well as transnational connections are welcome.
    CV and 250-word abstract by 15 March 2017 to Tahia Abdel Nasser (tgnasser@aucegypt.edu) and Hoda El Shakry (hoda@psu.edu).</span>
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    “Speculative Futures in Arab/ic Literature”

    We invite proposals that explore literary topoi, themes, and imagery of apocalypse, eschatology, science fiction, dystopia, utopia, (non)futurity, or fantasy in Arab/ic literature. We are particularly interested in papers that problematize the genres of magical realist, speculative, fantastical, and science fiction beyond the Euro-Hemispheric canon, to encompass representations of (non)futurity from Arab and Muslim contexts, as well as their diasporas. This panel is not limited to modern writings, and welcomes papers that challenge or expand the periodization of these genres.
    CV and 250 word abstract by March 15 2017 to Hoda El Shakry (hoda@psu.edu).

    “Insecurity and Dissent in Middle Eastern Cinema”

    What are the aesthetics that Middle Eastern filmmakers have deployed to express dissent and challenge the security of the regimes under which they live? What forms do such films employ to represent the insecurities of resistance?
    CV and 250-word abstract by 15 March 2017 to R. Shareah Taleghani (rtaleghani@qc.cuny.edu) and Michael Allan (mallan@uoregon.edu).


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