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Ergebnisanzeige "Muslim Women in Film and Literature (ACLA-Session)"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelMuslim Women in Film and Literature (ACLA-Session)
BeschreibungAnnual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association - "Global Languages, Local Cultures" March 26-29, 2009
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Muslim Women in Film and Literature

Seminar Organizers: Ipek A. Celik, NYU, Beverly Weber, U of Colorado Boulder

In recent years a globalized discourse of the Muslim woman has emerged, one that is also inflected locally in complex ways. This panel seeks papers that examine the representation of Muslim women in contemporary European and American film and literature. We especially value papers that take up transnational perspectives while recognizing the local specificities of representations.

The flood of images of veiled women in the US media, images which in turn circulated in Europe, have provided a justification of war as the exportation of liberation and democracy. In Europe, the victimization of migrant and minority Muslim women have become proof of the failure of migrants — and minorities — integration into the Western democracy. An innate culture, religion and patriarchy are invoked to explain any violence experienced by Muslim women in a way that obscures historical and political circumstances. This seminar particularly explores the problems of a naturalized category of “victim,” and the politics of its
wholesale attribution to Muslim women, and thus the detachment of subjectivity and agency from them. We seek papers that focus on how film and literary studies address the inflation of the images of oppressed Muslim women in the media.

Papers may take up questions such as:

* What narratives rely on violence against or victimization of Muslim women, and how do they function in their local context?
* Why are the images and narratives of Muslim women consumed so eagerly in Europe and in the United States?
* How do local politics and histories inflect images of Muslim women?
* What makes their stories central to the ideology of liberal freedom, to notions of democracy, or to the “clash of civilizations” discourse?
* How does the cultural market shape or respond to the media production of images of Muslim women?
* How do Muslim writers/filmmakers or writers/filmmakers of Muslim heritage engage with these images?

Please submit paper proposals by November 1, 2008 directly to the ACLA website at:

Beverly Weber
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
276 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0276
McKenna 221
303 492 2604

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortCambridge, MA
PersonName: Weber, Beverly [Ass. Prof.] 
Funktion: Seminar Organizer 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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