On behalf of the faculty in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, Foklore, and Film, congratulations to Nadine Moore upon successfully defending her thesis “A “Black Body Electric” – African American Rhetoric(s) and the Hip-Hop Aesthetic: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Beyoncé Knowles’ Lemonade, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, directed by Dr. Will Banks.
On behalf of the faculty in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, Foklore, and Film, congratulations to Kelsey Burroughs upon successfully defending her remarkable CAPS project, “Using Video Game Folklore as Texts in the English Classroom“ directed by Dr. Kitta.
On behalf of the faculty in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, Foklore, and Film, congratulations to Nicole Crevar upon successfully defending her thesis, “CHICANA POETRY OF RESISTANCE: GALVÁN RODRÍGUEZ EXTENDING THE MESTIZA CONSCIOUSNESS AND ENCOURAGING POLITICAL ACTIVISM THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA,” directed by Dr. Gueye.
On behalf of MTLFF, I’d like to congratulate Siobhan Brewer upon successfully defending her outstanding CAPS project, “The Importance of Multicultural Literature in Community Colleges,” directed by Dr. Banks.
Congratulations to Joy Han upon her successful defense of her thesis, “Familial and Cultural Conflicts as Related to Identity: The 1.5 and Second Generation’s Imperfect Records.”
Congratulations to Jazmin Brooke Pittman upon the successful defense of her CAPS project, “Kindergarten Transformation: African American Heritage Celebration.” Promoting diversity, Afrrican American history, and the arts in the context of teaching five-year-olds is a remarkable achievement, and we’re excited and proud to learn about the work that Jazmin is doing in Charlotte.
Congratulations to Ellen Shumate upon successfully defending her CAPS project, “From Farm to Table: The Role of Food in Asian American Literature,” which will become an exciting new community college course.
Congratulations to Charlotte Smith upon successfully defending her CAPS project, “Teaching English II through Multicultural Literatures and the Theme of Identity.” Charlotte is a curriculum specialist who is transforming the lives of her 9th and 10th grade students.
Her director Dr. Huang reports that Maria Ktoan has successfully defended her CAP project, “Online Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian American Literature for College Undergraduates.”
MELUS 2018 CFP
MELUS 2018 Theme: “TransCulture”
May 3-6, 2018, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2017
Call for Proposals:
Las Vegas is a transcultural city, rich in racial and ethnic diversity, and UNLV has recently been ranked as the second most diverse college campus in the nation. As one of the last major US metropolitan areas built from the ground up in the twentieth-century, Las Vegas is also a transformative and transient city in the American Southwest, where issues of mobility are constantly negotiated and identities are reimagined.
We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels on, but not limited to, the broad spectrum of transcultural issues in multi-ethnic literature. Considering the concept of “trans” as relating to that which moves across, beyond, or through, or which enacts a change, topics might include the following:
Transamerican and hemispheric collaborations and tensions in multi-ethnic texts
Transnational and transhistorical dimensions of the multi-ethnic West
Transformative landscapes and spaces, including, among others, deserts, cities, highways, and borderlands, and in relation to issues of indigenous sovereignty and land claims
Transience and permanence in migrant, immigrant, refugee, and diasporic experience, and in the context of debates about citizenship and borders
Transgender and LGBQ identities and experience in multi-ethnic literature and culture
Transcultural literary representations of popular culture and the entertainment industry
Transvestism, performativity, and spectacles of gender and sexuality
Transportation, transit, and mobility in the multi-ethnic West
Transatlantic routes, identities, and experiences in multi-ethnic literature, including economic and technological considerations
Transformations in the definitions, status, and criticism of multi-ethnic US literature, and in relation to indigenous and national literary traditions
Translation and multilingualism in multi-ethnic texts
Transversing, transgressing, and experimenting with forms and genres, including, but not limited to, film, graphic narratives, spoken word poetry, and multi-genre works
Please send you proposals by email to email@example.com. Of course, we also welcome proposals on all aspects of multi-ethnic US literature. More information about housing and guest speakers will be available soon. Please contact Gary Totten (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. We hope to see you in Vegas in 2018!