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A Contested West: New Readings of Place in the American West (2013), Ed. by M. Simonson, D. Río and A. Ibarrarán




REN: Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos




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Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Choke (2013). Ed. by Francisco Collado.



Ana Manzanas & Jesús Benito, Cities, Borders and Spaces in Intercultural American Literature and Film




Call For Papers for Our Next Conference

"The Image and the Word"

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12) "Aliens in North America: Images of Exiles and Migratory Phenomena"
Panel Chair: María Luz Arroyo Vázquez, UNED
E-mail: larroyo@flog.uned.es  

Geographical and socio-economic mobility have often been regarded as crucial factors in defining American literature and culture. American narratives frequently depict certain sorts of mobility that emphasize values and attitudes, such as individualism in the service of a nation. In fact, journeys of exploration into the wilderness, westward expansion, or the space race, stand as examples of representations of Americans' endeavor to achieve a "final" frontier.

It can be argued that the North American migratory phenomenon encompasses a wide range of contradictions. The images of pioneers, explorers and adventurers, cast as heroic characters in literature and cinema, contrast with the portrayal of forced migrants, such as the enslaved Africans who crossed the Atlantic, Caribbean refugees or asylum seekers.

In general terms, from 1776 to the 1920s, the US government encouraged immigration. The foreign-born enriched the United States; however, after 1880 legal limits were introduced to reduce immigration. In 1882, for the first time, the US Congress restricted immigration on a selective and biased basis. In 1890 and 1902, the policy of exclusion was extended and, finally, it became permanent. Racists, xenophobes, anti-Catholics and anti-Semites supported quotas to restrict the flow of immigrants and preserve the Protestant and Anglo-Saxon proportion of the population.

The current situation is very complex and is often highlighted by the media. This can be seen in stories emphasizing concerns in issues as diverse as the apprehension of asylum-seekers by authorities, immigration laws that halt refugee entry and the increasing influx of immigrants crossing the US border illegally. These important topics can be analyzed in order to shed light on the migratory movement in the US.

We encourage papers that deal not only with migrations into North America but also with socio-economic mobility. Possible topics for presentations in this panel may include, but are not limited to:

• Visions of settler colonialism and US expansionism

• Canadian "Mosaic" versus American "Melting Pot"

• Racialized and/or ethnicized mobilities (e.g., internment camps, borders and immigration policies)

• Refugees and asylum seekers • Immigration restrictions and border control of transients

• Inclusion/exclusion

• Legal and illegal status

• Spatial and socio-economic mobility

• Films on migration

• Mass media on the migratory phenomenon



Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.


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