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.

MLA Ballots Close December 15

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    Hatem Akil

    Hello Everyone,

    I wanted to share that the MLA ballots are now open and will close December 15:

    One of the positions open is Delegate Assembly representative on behalf of TC Digital Humanities. I am honored to be nominated and wanted to share my candidate statement:

    \”Issues of equity, access, justice, relevance, and employability continue to suffer from a lack of adequate attention in the academy. If elected to DA, I will actively engage with our members to locate and communicate the most pressing issues of our field. I will defend the role of academics as public intellectuals entrusted with both the right and obligation of speaking truth to power, and in doing so, undertaking a stand in support of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity. For many in our field, the crisis is purely existential: the casualization of academic labor, the flatlining of academic jobs, the precarity of the lives of adjuncts, the income inequality, are only compounded to recent upheavals in public health, racial, social, and political grievances. These are issues that must be voiced, tackled, and resolved. While DH scholars continue to struggle, the world is witnessing an unprecedented boom in Edtech: private companies that create future technologies FOR academics WITHOUT academics. We need to propose innovative solutions that promote graduate curricula and programs that incorporate professional consulting pedagogies so academics can both teach and be sought after as SMEs by the Edtech industry. As founder and former Chair of the Global Arab American Forum, I constantly reached out for collaborations with other forums for solidarity and often co-sponsored and spoke at DA in support of anti-racist resolutions. I am confident that my experience with MLA’s administrative procedures and my coalition-building abilities will help bring action to issues of concern to DH community.\”

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reply or email me at I apologize if any cross-posting.

    All the best,




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