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Imagined Communities, Recuperated Homelands

08 Mar

International Conference

 


« Imagined Communities, Recuperated Homelands.


Rethinking American and Canadian Minority and Exilic Writing »

Organized by Monica MANOLESCU and Charlotte STURGESS

March 11-12, 2011

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA), salle de conférences, 5 allée du Général Rouvillois, 67083 Strasbourg

Presentation

This conference will be centred on the way North American minority and exilic literatures problematize such generally received notions as home and belonging. Often localised on an anxious border between an originary, imaginary « homeland » — only recuperated through myth and storytelling — and the lived present, caught between here and there, departure and arrival, such literatures readily generate themes and tropes of nostalgia and the in-between: an « insider-outsider » status caught between community affiliations of origin and the social and cultural space of the adopted nation.

Yet at the same time « minoritized literatures remind us that nations are made, not born, and are thus open to refashioning » (Cho, 2007) suggesting that the « insider-outsider » both confirms and calls into question the norms and values that construct national unities. Do minority and exilic literatures therefore contribute to a dynamic political imaginary, envisaging alternative modes and discourses of citizenship? Can they contribute to reconceptualising the notions of home and nationhood and to challenging fixed assumptions of authentic origins?

In this case what strategies – patterns, themes, metaphors, images – serve to reflect on and reshape the network of relations tying the individual to the community? How does textual, representative space deflect or reflect the political and ideological?

Possible (non-exhaustive) avenues of inquiry:

Utopias

Auto-ethnography

Alternative, subjective cartographies

Embodied identities

Globalisation, transcultural, transnational discourses

Places and heterotopias

Racialised poetics

The body as politics

Mythmaking and revisions


 

Friday, March 11 2011

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA), salle de conférences, 5 allée du Général Rouvillois, 67083 Strasbourg – PLAN

8h45 Welcoming address – Jean-Jacques Chardin, director of EA 2325

9h-10h Keynote speaker – Larissa Lai (University of British Columbia) – How to Do “You”: Methods of Asian/Indigenous Relation

Session 1. Chair: Deborah Madsen

Communities and margins

10-10h30 David Stirrup (University of Kent, Canterbury) – Art, Borders, Citizenship: Containment and Flux in Selected Works by Eric Gansworth and Thomas King

10h30-10h50 Coffee break

10h50-11h20 Françoise Kral (Université Paris Ouest) – Virtual Communities and the “Non-places” of Hypermodernity

11h20-11h50 Hans Bak (Radboud University, Nijmegen) – Flights to Canada: Jacob Lawrence, Ishmael Reed and Lawrence Hill

11h50-12h20 Martin Kuester (University of Marburg) – A Minority Within a Minority: Literary Views of “Marginal” Members of the Canadian Mennonite Community?

12h30-14h30 Lunch break (Villa Bianca, 6 Bd Leblois, 67000 Strasbourg)

Département d’anglais, salle 4202, bâtiment Patio, 22 Rue Descartes, 67084 Strasbourg – PLAN

Session 2. Chair: Yves-Charles Grandjeat

Unsettling Cartographies

14h30-15h Ada Savin (Université de Versailles) – Geographies of the Carribean in Cristina Garcia’s The Agüero Sisters (1997)

15h-15h30 Pilar Cuder-Dominguez (University of Huelva) – The Psychology of Immigration: Map-making and Map-breaking in Nalini Warriar’s The Enemy Within (2005)

15h30-16h Virginia Ricard (Université Bordeaux 3) – Ludwig Lewisohn’s Imagined Community

16h-16h15 Coffee break

16h15-16h45 Paule Lévy (Université de Versailles) – A Reading of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée

16h45-17h15 Lianne Moyes (Université de Montréal) – Out of My Skin: Contesting Home and Native Land

19h30 Conference dinner (Zuem Ysehuet, 21 quai Mullenheim, 67000 Strasbourg)

Saturday, March 12 2011

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA), salle de conférences, 5 allée du Général Rouvillois, 67083 Strasbourg – PLAN

9h-10h Keynote speaker – Deborah Madsen (University of Geneva) – The Rhetoric of Double Allegiance: Imagined Communities in North American Diasporic Chinese Literatures

Session 3. Chair : Hans Bak

Borders, borderlands, homelands

10h-10h30 Yves-Charles Grandjeat (Université Bordeaux 3) – Deterritorializing and Reterritorializing the Barrio in H. M. Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them: Fictional Ventures into the Borderlands

10h30-10h50 Coffee break

10h50-11h20 Cristina Ghiban Mocanu (University of Iasi) – Living in Nepantla. Visions of Female Experience in the Borderlands (Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros and Norma Elia Cantu)

11h20-11h50 Michel Feith (Université de Nantes) – Intertextual Homelands in Two Southwestern Novels by Louis Owens

11h50-12h20 Marie-Agnès Gay (Université Lyon 3) – “Across America picking up ghosts”: home and unheimliche in Shawn Wong’s novel Homebase

12h30-14h30 Lunch break (Villa Bianca, 6 Bd Leblois, 67000 Strasbourg)

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA), salle de conférences, 5 allée du Général Rouvillois, 67083 Strasbourg – PLAN

Session 4. Chair: Martin Kuester

Immigration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

14h30-15h Belén Martin-Lucas (University of Vigo) – (Un)becoming Laura Ingalls: Narratives of Asian Settlement in North America

15h-15h30 Claire Omhovère (Université de Montpellier) – Pop Culture and the Construction of Ethnicity in Miriam Toews’s and Richard Van Camp’s Writing

15h30-15h45 Coffee break

15h45-16h15 Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour (Université Paris Ouest) – Jamaica Kincaid’s Regressive Writing

16h15-16h45 Anca-Raluca Radu (University of Göttingen) – Surpassing Multiculturalism: New Cosmopolitanism in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For

 
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