Mississipi State University Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures Symposium, September 30-October 1, 2016
In its most literal sense, "displacement" refers to the act of moving or being put out of the usual or original place. As such, displacement may be perceived as voluntary or involuntary and can take many forms, depending on the contextual circumstances in which it happens. Migration, desertion, exile, diaspora, exodus, eviction, banishment, travel, discovery, imprisonment, escape, among others, are all different forms of "displacement" and, as such, these conditions might share many traits. Displacement frequently forces subjects to confront a sense of loss, alienation, and disorientation, but it may also lead displaced subjects to experiment a taste of newly gained power and freedom. In any case, the displaced undergo a process of transformation and renewal that involves a (collected or distraught) re-fashioning of identity. As a metaphor, displacement can also describe a wide range of phenomena, from social mobility to imperialistic conquest, intellectual retreat, marginalization, and gender crossing.
The 2016 Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures Symposium focuses on the topic of displacement, in all of its potential manifestations. We welcome submissions (in English and in Spanish) that explore displacement from various disciplinary or interdisciplinary angles. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
- Representation in literature/art of different forms of displacement
- Gendered- or queer-focused studies of displacement
- Exile and national identity
- Marginalized communities
- Minority languages and language populations
- Emergence of new dialects or linguistic variations rooted in displacement
- Memory and displacement
- Film, music, literature, and the plastic arts by displaced subjects
- Marginalization or displacement in academia
To submit an Individual Proposal, please fill the form at https://www.cmll.msstate.edu/symposium/index.php. All proposal are due on March 15, 2016. Candidates will be required to provide:
- Paper title
- Name, institutional affiliation, position or title and contact information of the presenter including e-mail address and phone number.
- Abstract for an individual paper or panel: up to 300 words for a single paper
- Brief (2-4 sentence) scholarly or professional biography of the presenter.
- Indication of any audiovisual needs or special accommodations.
To submit a Panel Proposal, fill the form at https://www.cmll.msstate.edu/symposium/index.php. All proposal are due on March 15, 2016. Panel organizers will be required to provide:
- Session title
- Individual presentation titles (3 per panel)
- Abstract (up to 600 words, providing specifics about each member's contribution)
- Name, institutional affiliation, position or title and contact information (including e-mail address and phone number) of the organizer first, then the presenters.
- Brief (2-4 sentence) scholarly or professional biography of each presenter.
- Describe the format of the session and give indication of any audiovisual needs or special accommodations.