MELUS 2018 in Las Vegas

Join us for the 32nd Annual MELUS Conference in Las Vegas
May 3-6, 2018

Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Call for Papers: “TransCulture”
Deadline: November 15, 2017

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

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 ( with any questions. We hope to see you in Vegas in 2018!

Successful thesis defense

Congratulations on behalf of the MTLFF concentration to Randall Meisenhelder upon his successful defense of his thesis “Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Cornel West, Barack Obama: Giving Voice and Purpose to African American Subalterns” directed by Dr. Watson.

Our New Departmental Name

Today, the English Department voted to approve a merger between our departmental area and film, so we have become Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, Film, and Folklore. While the merger will not have any immediate effect on our curriculum, my guess is that the new name and members of the team (including Dr. Anna Froula and Dr. Amanda Klein) will represent exciting new possibilities for us going forward. It’s also gratifying to have Folklore represented officially as a part of our departmental name, especially since Dr. Kitta has done such an outstanding job in leading the area. That change, too, I believe, will bode well for future development of the area.

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