Thursday, October 05, 2006

CFP: Interdisciplinary Studies of the El Paso-Juarez Border Region

CFP: Interdisciplinary Studies of the El Paso-Juarez Border Region
(1/11/06; ACLA, Puebla, Mexico, 4/19/06-4/22/07)

"Interdisciplinary Studies of the El Paso-Juarez Border Region" at the
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting in Puebla,
Mexico, April 17-19, 2007

This seminar will examine cultural theories and practices as they relate to the border cities of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Chihuahua. The mode of inquiry will be interdisciplinary.

El Paso-Juarez is rarely a subject of investigation in any field of the
humanities, despite - or, perhaps, due to - its position as a international community of two million people that traverses changing geographical, political, economic and cultural borders on a daily basis. In this seminar, we will explore issues of relevance to this metropolitan area while we reflect upon the significance of area studies as a discipline.

We welcome submissions in English and Spanish from scholars in all fields of the humanities. We also welcome submissions from scholars of other regions whose work may benefit from comparisons with El Paso-Juarez. In addition to studies of individual writers and filmmakers, possible topics include acculturation, bilingualism, identity, representation, media production and exhibition, translation, rhetoric, pedagogy, and the production of historical narratives concerning the border.

Please submit abstracts by November 1 through the ACLA website, We welcome questions and queries
directed to Sheila Skaff at