Call for Papers:
Women, Displacement, and Cultural Identity
The Korean Association for Feminist Studies in English
June 12-13, 2009
Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
Displacement is a central reality and trope
for many women/writers in the modern world. Forced or chosen, the experience
of being uprooted from home and transported to a culturally alien new territory
results in a sense of self that is split and double, both here and there, neither
here nor there.
Women have been most vulnerable to the experience
of diaspora. From sex work to nursing to child care, migrant women’s labor
has enabled the global economy. Women have also often been adept at negotiating
with alien territory, giving birth to new cultures and hybrid identities. We
would like to focus on the cultural, discursive, economic, and political grounds
lived, written, and transformed by women who occupy very different kinds of
displacements—migration, exile, or return. In the landscape of these newly juxtaposed
identities, there is often no clear-cut distinction between us and them, foreign
and native, but rather a cross-breeding that traverses boundaries of class,
race, culture, and nationality.
We welcome papers on any aspects of the topic
of women, displacement and cultural identity. Papers can be on fictional or
non-fictional narratives of displacement as lived experience, or works that
deal with the fissured and newly compounded cultural identities that are transforming
our sense of a transnational global culture. Papers can also consider displacement
within the same physical region but across boundaries of race, class, and gender.
We also invite papers that deal with displacement as strategy or promise.
Papers can engage with, but are not limited
to, the following topics: diaspora and women’s writing; cultural displacement;
language and citizenship; adoption, identity, and motherhood; transnationalism
and labor; post-feminist culture; minority writing; the politics/economics of
displacement; immigrant identities; women and migration.
Please send a 250-word abstract and one-page CV to Hyungji Park (Department
of English, Yonsei University, email@example.com) by December 31, 2008. Accepted
papers will be announced by January 31, 2009. Updated conference information
will be available at www.fsel.org.