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(Per)Forming Diasporas: Movements, Mediations and Meanings
Lawrence, KS, April 1999

Call for Papers (Per)Forming Diasporas: Movements, Mediations and Meanings April 2-4, 1999 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
The American Studies Program at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, invites submissions for papers or panel presentations on the above topic. We welcome presentations that consider the topic in material and elastic terms, specifically as the concept of "Diaspora" may relate to "American" experiences. Submissions may explore (but are by no means limited to) the following aspects of (Per)Forming Diasporas: -- "Virtual" and "Real" diasporas -- National (be)longings -- Diasporic identities/spaces/limits -- Cultural dispersions and (dis)appearances -- Border realignments and imaginings -- In(corporate)ing bodies -- Knowing bodies/knowing borders -- Moving desires -- Queer diasporas -- "Foreign" bodies/"foreign" agents -- Critical and theoretical diasporas -- Framing Otherness -- De-territorrializations -- Authorizing authenticities -- Nativ(e)ity scenes -- Re-configuring Race -- E(race)sures -- Law, subjectivity and the diaspora -- Transcultural gender codes Michael Warner, editor of Fear of a Queer Planet, will be the keynote speaker. The deadline to send a 1 page (250 word) abstract is January 15, 1999. E-mail submissions and inquiries are welcome. Please send electronic submissions to: or hard-copy submissions to: Graduate Student Conference, American Studies Program, 2120 Wescoe Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA.