Panels for ALA 2012, San Francisco

(From the draft program.)

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 9:00 – 10:20 am
Session 1-A Afro-Asian Connections I: 20th C. Intersections among African-American and Asian Americans
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies and the African American Literature and Culture Society

Chair: Jennifer Ho, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1. “Annexation in the Pacific and Asian Conspiracy in Central America in James Weldon Johnson’s Libretti for “Toloso” and “El Presidente, or the Yellow Peril,” John Gruesser, Kean University
2. “Jim and Jap Crow in 1940s Chicago,” Matthew Briones, University of Chicago
3. “A Tale of Two Obits: Reading the Cold War through the Obituaries of W.E.B. DuBois and Chairman Mao Tsetung,” Vera Leigh Fennell, Lehigh University
4. “‘We Didn’t Speak No English, and He Didn’t Speak No Chinese’: Community, Cultural Exchange, and the Afro-Asian South in Cynthia Shearer’s The Celestial Jukebox,” Frank Cha, College of William and Mary

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 12:00 – 1:20 pm
Session 3-D Asian American Literature and Political Engagement
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Chair: Catherine Fung, Bentley University
1. “The Asian American 1960s,” Colleen Lye, University of California, Berkeley
2. “The Politics of Reading and Interpreting Asian American Literature,” Jennifer Ho, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3. “Ideology of the American Dream in Gish Jen’s World and Town,” Matthew Ong, University of Notre Dame
4. “Politicizing the Speculative Turn: Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl and the Queer Sex Worker,” Christopher Patterson, University of Washington

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 3:00 – 4:20 pm
Session 5-A Afro-Asian Connections II: Korean-African American Mixing and Melding
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies and the African American Literature and Culture Society

Chair: James Braxton Peterson, Lehigh University
1. “Langston Hughes’ Minoritarian Analogy in Afro-Korean Literary Networks,” Jang Wook Huh, Columbia University
2. “Competing Claims for Racial Justice in Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight Los Angeles, 1992,” Heidi Bollinger, James Madison University
3. “From Soul to Seoul: Kimchee Chronicles, Transracial Adoption and the Culinary Quest for Identity,” Jinny Huh, University of Vermont

Friday, May 25, 2012, 11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Session 9-A Critical Intersections of Asian American and Latina/o Literature and History
Organized by The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies and the Latina/o Literature and Culture Society

Chair: Susan Thananopavarn, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1. “Esperanza Rising and A Step from Heaven: An Interethnic, Intertextual Investigation of the Intersections of Chicana and Korean American Immigrant Narratives in Fiction for Young Readers,” Sandra Cox, Shawnee State University
2. “An Unknown Historiography of Chinese Coolies in Peru: Reading Ruthanne Lum McCunn’s God of Luck as a Transnational Slave Narrative,” Su Mee Lee. Dong-A University, Korea
3. “The Magic Other and Cross-Racial Alliances: The Multiracial Belonging of the Post-Civil Rights Nation,” Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University, Columbus
4. “Reimagining Asian and Latino America,” Camilla Fojas, DePaul University

Friday, May 25, 2012, 12:40 –2:00 pm
Session 10-N Business Meeting: Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 12:40 – 2:00 pm
Session 18-A Roundtable: Regions, Institutions, and Subject Positions: Teaching Asian American Literature to Multiple Audiences
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Moderator: Jane Hseu, Dominican University
1. Nina Ha, Creighton University
2. John Streamas, Washington State University
3. Wen Jin, Columbia University
4. Noelle Brada-Williams, San Jose State University
5. Cheryl Narumi Naruse, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
6. erin Khuê Ninh, University of California, Santa Barbara

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 2:10 – 3:30 pm
Session 19-B Special Session: Featured Conversation with Ryan Takemiya, founder of RAMA, a pan-Asian performance group in San Francisco
Organized by The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Moderator: Trevor Lee, City University of New York – The Graduate Center

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 3:40 – 5:00 pm
Session 20-G Featured Readings by Asian American Creative Writers: Philip Kan Gotanda, Nicky Schildkraut, and Lysley Tenorio
Organized by The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Moderator: Heidi Kim, UNC Chapel Hill
1. Philip Kan Gotanda
2. Nicky Schildkraut
3. Lysley Tenorio

CALL FOR PAPERS: American Literature Association–May 24-27, 2012

1.) Panel: “Afro-Asian Intersections in the Americas”
Joint session between the African American Literature & Culture Society and the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

We are seeking papers examining intersections, influences, and intimacies between African American culture and Asian American culture in any and all genres within American literature—with “American” being understood broadly to include not only the United States but North America and the Caribbean.

Topics and texts to be considered for this special session may include:

*WEB DuBois’s Dark Princess
*Patricia Powell’s The Pagoda
*Kerry Young’s novel Pao
*the Black Panther Party’s use of Maoist philosophy
*Yuri Kochiyama’s activist work and relationship with Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz
*the rise of Asian American dance crews
*Jim Jarmusch’s film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
*Chinese in Mississippi
*works engaging with Leslie Bow’s theories in Partly Colored: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South
*the figure of the Chinese in Walter White’s Flight
*Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
*Wu-Tang Clan
*Afro-Samurai (animated series)
*Korean and African American communities in Los Angeles and New York City
*the legacy of black Amerasian children
*Tiger Woods

Please send 300-word abstracts to James Peterson (jbp211@lehigh.edu) and Jennifer Ho (jho@email.unc.edu) by Saturday, January 7, 2012. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

2.) Panel: “Intersections between Asian American and Latino/a Literature and History”
Joint session between the Latino and Latina Literature and Culture Society and
the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

For this panel, we are seeking papers that examine intersections between Asian American and Latino/a literature, history, theory, and media/popular culture. Possible topics for exploration include histories of racially targeted rhetoric about immigration, from the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and its aftermath to recent debates about “illegal” immigration from Latin America. What resonances can we find between Asian American and Latino/a literary texts dealing with issues of immigration, migration, or exile? Papers could also address literary works that confront the rhetoric of national security, from the Japanese American incarceration during World War II to current or historic politics along the Mexico-U.S. border. We welcome papers that discuss literature from Asian and Latin American sites of U.S. imperialism, including the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Particular sites of literary intersection may include Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange, Cristina García’s Monkey Hunting, and Brian Ascalon Roley’s American Son, among others. Sites of theoretical intersection may include Mae M. Ngai’s Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. We also invite papers that discuss your experiences teaching courses that address resonances between Asian American and Latino/a literature and history.

Please send 1-page abstracts to Susan Thananopavarn (sthan@email.unc.edu) and Eliza.RodriguezyGibson@lmu.edu) by Saturday, January 7, 2012. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

3.) Panel: “Marching Eastward: Asian American Writers and Whitman’s Legacy”
Co-sponsored by the Walt Whitman Society and the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Walt Whitman’s tremendous influence in American literature, especially poetry, has traversed some of the racial and geographical boundaries he mused about in his poems about ethnic and racial minorities around the world. This panel focuses on the Asian American literary responses to Whitman’s work. Genre and time period are open.

Brief abstract and CV to heidikim@email.unc.edu by January 7, 2012. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

4.) Panel: “Asian American Literature and Political Engagement”
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

In recognition of the 130th anniversary of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the 70th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, the 60th anniversary of the McCarran-Walter Act, the 30th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin, the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, and the decade of political shifts since 9/11, the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies seeks papers that engage with the relationship between Asian American literature and political engagement. How have Asian American writers used literature as a means to express a political statement? Have particular political movements, currents or climates impacted the kind of work that Asian American writers produce? How have Asian American writers defined the notion of the political? Topics and texts may touch upon any of the above historical milestones or any others that have impacted Asian American cultural production.

Please send a 300-word abstract to Catherine Fung (cfung@bentley.edu) by Saturday, January 7, 2012. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

5.) Roundtable: “Regions, Institutions, and Subject Positions: Teaching Asian American Literature to Multiple Audiences”
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

We are seeking participants for a roundtable discussion at the Annual Conference of the American Literature Association in San Francisco from May 24-27, 2012. The roundtable will address teaching Asian American literature to multiple audiences. Asian American literature is taught to a diverse audience that includes Asian Americans of different ethnicities; white students; students of color; international students; students of varying class, gender, and sexual identities and abilities; and faculty colleagues, including those with little knowledge of Asian American literature. In addition, Asian American literature is taught in institutions inside and outside of the US, different regions, public and private universities, community colleges, and institutions with different religious affiliations. We also hope participants can reflect on their own subject positions and how these may affect their teaching of and reception by varied audiences in specific contexts. Given the relative lack of published materials on teaching Asian American literature, we hope this roundtable provides support for those who teach Asian American literature and illuminates both practical and theoretical concerns. The roundtable will be 120 minutes in total, with 8 minutes of remarks by five participants followed by 40 minutes of discussion.

If you are interested in participating in this roundtable, please email a brief description of how your remarks would address the topic of teaching Asian American literature to multiple audiences to Nina Ha at ninaha@creighton.edu and Jane Hseu at jhseu@dom.edu. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

6.) Panel: “Asian American Theatre: ‘Hitherto Unheard and Unsung World’”
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

From Frank Chin’s Chickencoop Chinaman to David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, from Wakako Yamauchi’s 12-1-A to Philip Kan Gotanda’s Yankee Dawg You Die, Asian Americans have continually used the stage as a site of remembrance and revolution. As Karen Shimakawa comments, Asian American theatrical works “attempt to engage with that uncanny strangeness [of national abjection] through a variety of strategies, all of which produce Asian Americanness as a negotiation between the poles of abject visibility/stereotype/foreigner and invisibility/assimilation (to whiteness).” With the East-West Players on the West Coast and the Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre on the East Coast, we indeed see how communities have formed in resistance to the systematic exclusion of Asian American from public representation, and they have thereby created a means of preserving and propagating an art form that speaks from a space of abjection. Still, what is it that theatre can do for the Asian American community that other literary genres cannot do? What specific strategies are used in theatre to engage with issues of identity and social displacement?

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) invites papers that address issues related to Asian American theatre. Possible topics relating to Asian American theatre might include (but are not limited to): racial performance, representation, and/or passing, poetics and critical theories of the stage, nationalism/transnationalism/globalization/diaspora, typecasting/yellowface, body politics, national memory and/or imagination.

Please send a 1-page abstract and CV by email to Trevor Lee at tjlee101@gmail.com by January 10, 2012. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

ALA 2011 PANELS (BOSTON, MAY 26-29)

(From draft program.)

Thursday, May 26, 3:00-4:20 pm
Session 5-I Aliens and Allies: A Roundtable on Latina/o and Asian American Literary Studies in Contemporary American Politics
Organized by the Latina/o Literature and Culture Society and the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Moderator: Catherine Fung, Bentley University

1. Sharada Balachandran-Orihuela, University of California, Davis
2. Amy Parziale, University of Arizona
3. Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson, Loyola Marymount University
4. Lou Caton, Westfield State University
5. Jane Hsieu, Dominican University

Friday, May 27, 12:40-2:00 pm
Session 10-C Pedagogy Roundtable: Asian American Studies, Literacy, and Education
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Moderator: Greta Ai-yu Niu, University of Rochester

Participants:
Rocío Davis, City University of Hong Kong
Jennifer Ho, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Betsy Huang, Clark University
Stephanie Li, University of Rochester
Timothy Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, May 27, 5:10-6:30 pm
Session 14-C Comparative Ethnic Religion in a Postsecular World
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies and the Latino/a Literature and Culture Society

Chair: Timothy Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1. “Audacity to Hope: Barack Obama and the Spiritual Vernacular,” Anton Williams, Loyola Marymount University
2. “Chang-Rae Lee‘s Native Speaker: Shall We Teach Tolerance and Assimilation as Spiritual Values in Asian American Literary Studies?,” Lou Caton, Westfield State University
3. “Born a Heathen: Hisaye Yamamoto, Incarceration and the Catholic Worker,” Khanh Ho, Grinnell College

Saturday, May 28, 11:00 am – 12:20 PM
Session 17-K Techno-Orientalism and Asian American Culture
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Chair: David Roh, Old Dominion University

1. “Nature, the City, and Techno-Orientalism in the Works of William Gibson,” Julie Ha Tran, University of California, Davis
2. “Love and Loathing in the Digital Age: Contemporary Speculative Fiction and the New Yellow Peril,” Betsy Huang, Clark University
3. “Video Games and Virtual Empire: Asian Pacific America in The Guild,” Greta Ai-yu Niu, University of Rochester
4. “‘Don’t Worry, We’ll Find Them’: Race Passing and Detection in Battlestar Galactica,” Jinny Huh, University of Vermont

Saturday, May 28, 3:30-4:50 pm
Session 20-F New Perspectives on the Works of Meena Alexander
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Chair: Nicky Schildkraut, University of Southern California

1. “Home Ground and Borderlands,” Meena Alexander, City University of New York – The Graduate Center and Hunter College
2. “Meena Alexander: ‘Dislocation? The Place is the United States,'” Stephanie Han, City University of Hong Kong
3. “‘What if crossing a border one changed color, shape even?’: Momentum and Metamorphosis in Meena Alexander’s Poetry,” Trevor Lee, City University of New York – The Graduate Center
4. “Location and Dislocation of a Fragmented-Self: Meena Alexander‘s Writings within a Diasporic Space,” Divya Girishkumar, Cardiff University

Saturday, May 28, 5:00 – 6:20 pm
Session 21-B Contemporary South Asian Poetry: A Reading of Poetry Featuring Meena Alexander
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Poet and novelist Meena Alexander, Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York, will read poetry selections from her book Quickly Changing River. Poet Bushra Rehman will also read from her work.

CFP: JNT special issue “Historicizing Narrative Theory” – July 15, 2011

The Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT) seeks submissions for an upcoming special issue, “Historicizing Narrative Theory.”

Essays (max. 10,000 words) should address themselves to the relationship(s) of contemporary narrative theory to ethnic and/or postcolonial studies, and may examine both literary and cultural texts (visual and digital mediums, music, ethnographies, tourism guides, etc).

Structuralist, or classical, narrative theory – in the vein of Roland Barthes, Gerard Genette, and Tzvetan Todorov – sought to articulate a taxonomy of narrative, taking as its principle examples canonical texts of European and American literature, e.g. Genette on Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. While feminist narrative theorists, such as Susan Lanser and Robyn Warhol, have demonstrated that gender and sexuality are constitutive considerations of texts, rather than simply extra-formal considerations, similar theoretical engagements with narrative theory in terms of race, capital, imperialism, and class still need to take place. Narrative theory remains only partly decolonized despite the increasing globalization of the contemporary novel, in form and content as well as production, distribution, and consumption. We know that race, nation, and class matter to literary form, but how and why do we account for it in narrative theory? And how does narrative theory have to change/reconsider itself in order to truly decolonize?

What would a “postcolonial” or “marxist” narratology look like? Is an “ethnic,” “postcolonial,” or “marxist” narrative theory even possible or desirable? What are the dangers/pitfalls of ghettoization and/or co-optation in engaging classical narrative theory? What kinds of questions does narrative theory need to ask in order to be historicized? For example, Dan Shen, Ming Dong Gu, and others have sought to articulate Chinese narrative theory that takes into account both specific Chinese aesthetic and cultural histories as well as considers mutual artistic and theoretical influences with the West. In his work on Latino comics and postcolonial writing, Frederick Luis Aldama argues for the universality of not only the narrative tools available to writers and graphic novelists, but also the very cognitive processes that inform our subjectivity and creativity. Michael McKeon’s 2000 anthology, Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach, treats narrative historically but focuses only on fiction and includes only three essays on postcolonial writing.

We are looking for essays that engage with the limitations/possibilities of current narrative theory(s), either through explicit theoretical engagement with narrative theory and/or the practice/revisiting of it through innovative interpretations of texts.

Information about the journal can be found at the following address:

Contributors should follow the MLA style (7th edition), with footnotes kept at a minimum and incorporated into the text where possible.

Please send a copy of the submission by email attachment to each of the editors – Sue J. Kim (skim666@gmail.com) and Priyamvada Gopal (pg268@cam.ac.uk) – by July 15, 2011.

CFP: Aliens and Allies (ALA 2011)

Aliens and Allies: Latino(a) and Asian American Literary Studies in Contemporary American Politics

The Latina/o Literature and Culture Society and the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies are cosponsoring a panel session on comparative Latina/o and Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies for the American Literature Association (May 26-29, 2011, in Boston, MA).  We are particularly interested in the state of literary and cultural studies in current state of racial politics as exemplified by Arizona’s SB1070, the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment, and the accompanying attack on Race and Ethnic Studies and the Humanities.  The virulence expressed in the mainstream about all and any of these subjects makes what we do in these fields particularly important in not only articulating a critical discourse to resist marginalization and racism, but also in identifying allies and imagining models of solidarity. Please send paper abstracts to Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson (erodri37@lmu.edu) or Catherine Fung (cfung@bentley.edu) by January 5, 2011.

For more information on the ALA conference: http://americanliterature.org.

CFP: Panels for ALA 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS
Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
American Literature Association Conference 2011

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) seeks papers for three panels and one roundtable discussion to be held at the American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29, 2011, in Boston, MA. Proposals should be emailed to each panel’s organizer by January 10, 2011. See individual CFPs for details. All are welcome to apply; accepted panelists are asked to become members of CAALS by the date of the convention.

For more information on CAALS, visit our website: http://caals.org
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For more information on the ALA conference: http://americanliterature.org

1. Comparative Ethnic Religion in a Postsecular World
Chair: Khanh Ho, Grinnell College
Co-sponsored by the Latino/a Literature and Culture Society

What is the role of religion in a moment popularly termed “postsecular”? What is its potential place in the various disciplines of Ethnic Studies? Can the sacred be a site of intersectionality and coalition building? Or is it simply false consciousness– the cynical window dressing of the hegemonic state? This panel calls for papers engaged in comparativist interethnic investigation between Asian American Studies and any other Ethnic Studies group. It seeks to move the conversation about race, literature and religion beyond what Miguel De La Torre has termed the “impressive cul-de-sacs from which to master our particular disciplines.” In the spirit of this enterprise, all comparativist offerings are invited, as long as they promote deeper understanding about the uses of religion between the ethnic literatures. Of special interest are those papers that interrogate common strategies by which literary artists harness nonwestern spiritual traditions, including New Age or recently invented spiritualities. Please send 1-page abstracts and a 2-page CV to Khanh Ho (hokhanh@grinnell.edu) by January 10, 2011.

2. Techno-Orientalism and Asian American Culture
Chair: David Roh, Old Dominion University

In literature, film and popular culture, we often see commodified renditions of Asian technology and sexualized bodies, sometimes blended into one (e.g., the android geisha). In Asia, technology differentiates and subsumes what some have termed “techno-Orientalism,” yet one of the prevailing derisive images of Asian America is that of the gamer or techno-geek. Why is it that high-tech Asian America is the subject of derision while Asia signifies the “cool” of science fiction? For instance, science fiction’s integration of Japanese culture and technology concomitant with the rise of Japan as an economic threat to the West articulates Asia as a product/commodity and blends old world Orientalism with the new. Taken a step further, the practice of adorning non-Asian bodies with (often incorrect) Chinese characters may be a byproduct of techno-Orientalism, a signification of both exotica and cybernetics, in the way that Sony, Mitsubishi, and Samsung represent high quality electronics. Furthermore, as Japan slowly gives way to China, Taiwan and Korea as an economic threat, how will the representations of Asia in literature and popular culture be complicated? This panel examines the seemingly paradoxical relationship of the Asian and Asian American body as signifier of both technological cool and uncool, and what that may mean in a global economy. Possible topics might include (but are not limited to): hackers, anime, manga, digital gaming, science fiction, cosplay, cyborgs, online communities, avatars, IT, tech support, giant robots. Please send abstracts in MS Word format (Name–Title.doc) not in excess of 250 words to David S. Roh (droh@odu.edu) by January 10, 2011.

3. New Perspectives on the Works of Meena Alexander
Chair: Trevor Lee, CUNY/Graduate Center

In conjunction with a planned reading by author Meena Alexander, the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies invites papers for a panel on the works of Alexander, who has crossed the borders of both nations and literary genres with her writing. As Alexander explains in her recent book Poetics of Dislocation (2009), “So it is when crossing borders – between India and America, or even between the rich multiethnic mix of New York and the white suburbs – I feel a transitoriness in the self, the need for a febrile translation. And somehow there is a violent edge to this process of cultural translation, the shifting worlds I inhabit, the borders I cross in my dreams, the poems I make.” We welcome papers that consider ways in which Alexander, as the author of two novels, eight volumes of poetry, and four books of criticism, has experimented with poetic and prosaic forms as a means of translating the transitory self. Also, we encourage papers that examine the critical connections between Asian American, South Asian, and transnational/postcolonial studies via Alexander’s texts. Please send a 1-page abstract and CV by email to Trevor Lee at tjlee101@gmail.com by January 10, 2011. (Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract.)

4. Pedagogy Roundtable: Asian American Studies, Literacy, and Education
Chair: Greta Aiyu Niu, University of Rochester

What does it mean to have literacy, or to be literate, in Asian American Studies? How do students and teachers understand and approach Asian Pacific American texts in American Literature surveys? This roundtable invites teachers in the Humanities and Social Sciences to share strategies and theories regarding the teaching of Asian Pacific American (APA) texts in a variety of classes. We welcome case studies that examine the successes and/or failures of incorporating Asian American works into courses that are NOT focused on APA materials. Participants might demonstrate ways in which APA texts are or are not marginalized in their disciplines. Illustrations of helpful pairings of APA works with other ethnic texts are invited. Interdisciplinary or multimedia examples are welcome. Please send 250-500 word abstract with some indication of the class and/or text(s) under discussion and short CV (no more than 2 pages please) to Greta Niu at greta.niu@rochester.edu

CFP: Asian Americanist Critique Outside Asian American Literature Courses, ALA 2010

CFP: Asian Americanist Critique Outside Asian American Literature Courses

American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 27-30, 2010

Circle for Asian American Literary StudiesPedagogy Roundtable

Proposal deadline: January 15, 2010

As specialists in Asian American literature working in contemporary configurations of English studies, we often teach courses that are not organized around nor focused solely on Asian American literature as a body of work. At the same time, scholars and teachers of other categories of literature often turn to Asian American texts in their courses. In both of these instances, we place Asian American texts in conversation with other texts, but perhaps more importantly, we suggest the importance of Asian Americanist critique for courses and texts beyond the standard body of works we consider in the field. This roundtable panel focuses on pedagogical practices we use for such situations, especially as they reveal our investments in Asian Americanist critique as a kind of knowing that queries the contours of literary studies and the classroom as a site of learning.

To make our discussion more concrete, this call for ten-minute presentations asks for reflections on paper assignments, discussion activities, creative projects, or other concrete examples of what you do in the classroom to teach particular Asian American texts in these courses. Which texts have worked best for you? What activities or teaching strategies have helped to encourage students to read Asian American texts in critical ways without the benefit of a full quarter or semester to explore Asian Americanist issues, backgrounds, and contexts? Alternately, how has teaching particular Asian American texts transformed readings and discussions of non-Asian American texts in those courses?

Please submit a brief description (250-words) of an assignment that you want to share on the panel in the body of an email message to plai2@stthomas.edu. Please mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting.  For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/