Call for Papers – Post-Millennial MENAWA Conference – 21 & 22 June – Online

Post-Millennial MENAWA: New Approaches to Literature, Translation, and Creative Expression

Call for Papers

21-22 June 2022 | Online

This multidisciplinary conference seeks to examine MENAWA (Middle East/North Africa/ West Asia) creative expression through innovative lenses and new critical paradigms. We aim to identify emergent trends across literature and visual media as well as networks of production, reception, and circulation (pedagogy, literary translation & criticism, publishing) in order to illuminate new approaches to understanding creative cultural expression from these regions. To that end, we seek to extend the focus of the conference beyond established analyses of such forms of art and the dominant theoretical frameworks through which to view them. 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Marcia Lynx Qualey (Arablit; Arablit Quarterly)
  • Dr Aroosa Kanwal (International Islamic University of Islamabad – Pakistan)
  • Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi (Lancaster University)

Conference papers could address but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Gender Relations in the Contemporary Era
  • Cultural Negotiation/Translation and Multiculturalism
  • The Politics of Literary Translation
  • Queerness & Sexuality in MENAWA Cultural Expression
  • Narratives of the Arab Spring
  • Canons, Curricula, and Prizes
  • New approaches to Exile and the Diaspora
  • Negotiations of Identity and Memory
  • Trauma, Resistance, and Recovery

A prize will be awarded for best paper/presentation at the end of the conference, along with prizes for two runners-up. Papers will be judged on originality of content, quality of delivery, and contribution to the conference.

You are invited to submit 300-500 word abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations by January 28th, 2022. Email: menawa@lancaster.ac.uk

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