The CLCS Global Arab and Arab American forum is interested in works of the Arab diaspora, including the cultural production of Arab American and global Arab writers. The category “Global Arab” allows for a broad conceptualization of diasporic and multilingual work situated within the various national, ethnic, religious, and cultural contexts of the Arab world and the Middle East. The designation “Arab American” is linked to the category “Global Arab” yet deserves special attention as a distinct subfield within American literature that engages with the discourses of race and ethnicity in the United States as well as with the history of Arab and Middle Eastern migrations to the Americas.
The MLA Global Arab & Arab American Forum seeks nominees to the Executive Committee, with a term to begin after the 2025 MLA Convention and run through Jan 2030.
- Only current MLA members are eligible for appointment.
- Seven convention years must elapse before an individual can serve another term on the same executive committee.
- No member may…
This short story, written by Dr. Ramzi Salti, was published as part of his book titled “The Native Informant and Other Stories: Six Tales of Defiance from the Arab World”. It has been turned into a short film titled “The 40th Day’–available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/fspvJSiSQkc. Complete E-Book now available on Google Play and Kindle.
In his writing, Cultural theorist Stuart Hall has often argued that an image or a set of images has the capability of condensing a number of attributes into a single picture, producing a misleading representation of what other people and cultures are like. As a result, multiple stories evolve into the one story that is told repeatedly and usually…[Read more]
Amel Abbady deposited “The past goes to sleep, and wakes up inside you”: Identity Crisis in Hassan Blasimʼs “The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes” in the group CLCS Global Arab and Arab American on MLA Commons 10 months, 3 weeks ago
This article examines “The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes,” the last of the fourteen stories that comprise Iraqi writer Hassan Blasimʼs collection The Corpse Exhibition. In “The Nightmares” Blasim is not concerned at all about depicting the reception of refugees in Europe. As evident in the title itself, what is central to the story is the psycholo…[Read more]
Abstract of my book chapter, published in Memory, Voice, and Identity
Muslim Women’s Writing from across the Middle East
Edited By Feroza Jussawalla, Doaa Omran
Hania A.M. Nashef deposited Journeys across fragmented lands: Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K and Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail in the group CLCS Global Arab and Arab American on MLA Commons 11 months ago
Solidarity between South Africa and Palestine has a long history, and often times, a comparison is drawn between the apartheid system in South Africa and the Israeli occupation and settler-colonial project in Palestine. In 1997, the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, said, “We know all too well that our freedom is incomplete without t…[Read more]
Although the systematic eviction of Palestinians from their homeland has been recorded at length since the establishment of the state of Israel in 948, the documentation has namely concerned itself with urban centers or villages. Expulsion and removal of marginalized communities, namely the Bedouins’, from their ancestral encampments or homes h…[Read more]
Anna Ziajka Stanton started the topic Seeking Nominees for Executive Committee + Delegate Assembly Rep (CLCS GAAM) in the discussion CLCS Global Arab and Arab American on MLA Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
We are seeking nominations for the Executive Committee of the CLCS Global Arab and Arab American Forum at the MLA. We are also seeking nominations for a representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly on behalf of the CLCS Global Arab and Arab American Forum. Both appointments would begin after the MLA Convention in 2024. Please email all nominations…[Read more]
Thomas Oliver Beebee started the topic MLA 2023 CFP Adapting Digital Resources for Global and Comparative Studies in the discussion CLCS Global Arab and Arab American on MLA Commons 1 year, 11 months ago
The Association of Departments and Programs of Comparative Literature invites submissions for its guaranteed MLA 2023 session: “Adapting Digital Resources for Global and Comparative Studies”
The COVID-19 pandemic forced professors to rely on technology to teach online. This session aims to share innovative methodologies used for teaching grad…[Read more]
MLA 2023- San Francisco, CA – CLCS Global Arab and Arab American: Calls for Papers
Writing and Cultural Production as Oppositional Work
Oppositional work of writing and cultural production in the Arab region and global Arab diaspora, including protest and dissident literature/art/activism that resists surveillance and discursive/cultural…[Read more]
Hania A.M. Nashef deposited Suppressed Nakba Memories in Palestinian female narratives Susan Abulhawa’s The Blue Between Sky and Water and Radwa Ashour’s The Woman from Tantoura in the group CLCS Global Arab and Arab American on MLA Commons 2 years, 10 months ago
Israeli officials have long denied that rape was used as an instrument of war against Palestinians. Most of the files relating to the expulsion of Palestinians during the Nakba in 1948 and its aftermath remain sealed in Israeli archives and have been reclassified as top secret. Palestinian oral narratives have long been considered a poor…[Read more]
Please, see attachment for information of a reading by Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail.
Hania A.M. Nashef deposited Against a reading of a sacred landscape: Raja Shehadeh rewrites the Palestinian presence in Palestinian Walks in the group CLCS Global Arab and Arab American on MLA Commons 3 years, 3 months ago
In his introduction to Palestinian Walks, Raja Shehadeh remarks that in spite of the great number of travelers to Palestine, travel literature, for the most part, willfully ignored the living experience and existence of the land’s inhabitants. Often, Palestine was the imaginary place that was continuously invented to confirm r…[Read more]
The theme of waiting permeates two poems by the late Syrian poet Nizār Qabbānī. The verse in both poems ‘Waiting for Godot’, and ‘A television interview with an Arab Godot’, describes an arduous wait, at once distressing and unpredictable. In the first poem, the poet urges Godot to arrive, as the savior who will appear in the form of the Messia…[Read more]
In his seminal study, Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation, Eyal Weizman argues how the Israeli occupation has forced a new imagined space to emerge, which is at once confining to the Palestinians and increases their sense of marginalization and loss. Changing the landscape through imposing architecture construction is a way to…[Read more]
Considers theoretical and political questions raised by the model of “trans-indigeneity” paying attention to indigenous mythologies, histories of settler colonialism, and questions of comparison, translation, resistance, language, and appropriation. 300-word abstract and short bio.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, 20 Mar…[Read more]
Karim Mattar started the topic CLCS Global Arab and Arab American Panels at MLA 2020 in the discussion CLCS Global Arab and Arab American on MLA Commons 5 years ago
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…
The Nakba not only resulted in the loss of the homeland, but also caused the dispersal and ruin of entire Palestinian communities. Even though the term Nakba refers to a singular historic event, the consequence of 1948 has symptomatically become part of Palestinian identity, and the element that demarcates who the Palestinian is. Palestinian exile…[Read more]
Ghenwa Hayek started the topic ACLA CfP: Palestine/Israel: The Vocabulary of the Conflict and its Circulation in the discussion Global Arab and Arab American on MLA Commons 5 years, 5 months ago
We invite submissions of proposals to participate in our ACLA seminar titled “Palestine/Israel: The Vocabulary of the Conflict and its Circulation.” A detailed description of the seminar here and at the end of this email. Feel free to contact us for more information. The deadline for submission through the ACLA website is Sept. 20.
Many thanks an…[Read more]
If anyone is doing work in theater or performance studies, please submit to our working group at ASTR for the fall. We would be delighted to have you. Info. below:
Arab Arousal: Embodying Arab Identity in Performance
Hala Baki, University of California, Santa Barbara, email@example.com
George Potter, Valparaiso University,…[Read more]
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