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Número 16 - 2012



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




Landscapes of Writing in Chicano Literature (2013), Ed. by Imelda Martín Junquera.






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"'Fear Narratives' and their Role/Use in the United States"

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6) "Black Lives Matter: Violence, Resistance and Healing in Contemporary African American and African Diaspora Art"
Panel Chair: Rocío Cobo Piñero, Universidad de Sevilla
E-mail: rociocobo@us.es  


In the rampant discourse of hatred, violence and fear that presides over the contemporary United States, the role of black artists is key to articulate cultural interventions that aim at re-signifying fundamental categories of humanity and interdependence, while defying pervading narratives of black deviance. This panel seeks to explore issues of representation, racial and gendered identity formation, and their multifaceted interactions with notions of trauma and healing. We welcome contributions that delve into modes of activism and resistance through literature, music and visual art from an interdisciplinary perspective. For instance, poet Claudia Rankine depicts past and present everyday acts of racism through the use of photographs, paintings and still images from videos shrewdly inserted in her collection of poems Citizen. An American Lyric (2014). Thus, Citizen becomes a political work of art, a polyphonic collage that invests in dismantling entrenched narratives of racism and fear.

Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals on (but not limited to) the following themes:

o Practices of resistance and healing;

o New forms of racism and violence;

o African diaspora in the United States;

o Black corporealities and sexualities;

o New intersectionalities;

o Black LGBTIQ visibility;

o The Civil Rights Movement revisited;

o Memory and trauma;

o White privilege;

o The construction of "the stranger" ;

o Politics of affect.




Abstracts of Proposals are to be e-mailed directly to the chair of the selected panel using this form. The deadline for submitting abstracts is October 15, 2020. Panel chairs are expected to accept/reject proposals and have panels set up by November 15.


Non-members of SAAS (of all nationalities) are welcome to participate in the conference, but will be required to pay membership dues for one year as well as the conference registration fee. Members of ASA (American Studies Association), AISNA (Associazione Italiana di Studi Nor-Americani), APEAA (Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies) and HELAAS (Hellenic Association for American Studies) need only pay the conference registration fee.

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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