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Culture, Ethnicities, and the Diaspora in the 21st Century
East Lansing, MI, March 2001


Call For Papers
Graduate Student Humanities Conference
CULTURE, ETHNICITIES, AND THE DIASPORA in the 21st Century: An
Investigation of Art, Music, Literature, Language, and Film
MARCH 23-24
East Lansing, Michigan


Angela Davis once stated that "progressive art can assist people to learn
not only about the objective forces at work in the society which they
live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior
lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation".  We
are interested in papers and panels that will explore how such a statement
will continue to be true in the new century.  We welcome papers that
examine the role of culture in the lives and Diasporic heritage of Native
Americans, Mexican/Chicano/a/Hispanic Americans, African Americans,
Jewish-Americans, Asian Americans, and other racial and ethnic
communities.
 
Topics might examine but are not restricted to:
--Cultural aesthetics of communities in the 21st century
--The role of language in communities of diasporic culture
--Representation of ethnicity in films, literature, art, music
--notions of bi-racial or racially hybrid culture in literature, film,
  music, art 
--Film or literature of the immigrant  
--Film or literature concerning political or geographical borders
  (Canada, Mexico, etc.)
--Gender & Class- complicities between class, race, sex, and androgyny 
--The Comprador & Coolie - relations between the powerful & the powerless 
--Borders, Limits, & Liminal Space - landscapes, geographical spaces,
  interstices 
--Representation of sexuality in literature, film, art, music  
--Film or literature concerning philosophical, moral, temporal,
  psychological, ethnic, or racial conflicts 
--Musical genres, styles, or cross-over appeal and ideals in racialized
  diasporic music culture

We invite papers from a variety of fields.  Presentations should be no
longer than 15 minutes.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2000. Please
include your name, home address, academic affiliation, and email address.  
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Submit panel proposal or paper
abstracts to:

Phyllis Burns or Tammy Schneider
Michigan State University
201 Morrill Hall
Department of English
East Lansing, MI 48824
USA

Or via electronic transmission to burnsphy@pilot.msu.edu or
schne120@pilot.msu.edu