Retelling Trauma and Imagining Catastrophe–cfp

Call for Papers: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Convention 2023
Denver, Colorado, October 11-14, 2023
Asian Comparative Literature and Film Session

Retelling Trauma and Imagining Catastrophe in the Modern Asian World

Images and narratives of potential catastrophes and traumatic aftermaths have taken hold of today’s popular imagination in our modern culture. Inspired by Eva Horn’s quest in The Future as Catastrophe, our panel invites examinations of recollections of the past’s traumas and fantasies of the future’s catastrophes in modern Asian literature, film, and culture. We invite interdisciplinary perspectives from memory studies, gender studies, posthumanism, ecocriticism, trauma studies, and other disciplines to offer scientific, political, and fictional depictions of trauma and catastrophes in modern Asia. We aim to investigate how traumatic memories rigorously shape the narrative of the past and reconstruct present reality through mass media productions. We also seek to explore how the imagination of future disasters can engage with our present and explore as well as create alternative realities. We intend to decipher the collective remembrance of the past and disastrous fantasies of the future to negotiate a platform in the present where we are able to interpret and perceive our living reality in modern Asia from a more knowledgeable vision and simulate an open future with rationality, sympathy, and solidarity.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Trauma studies
Narrative studies
War and memory studies
Gender and memory studies
Science fiction studies
Reproduction and futurism
Ecocritical studies
Queer studies
World literature

If interested, please send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio to Géraldine Fiss and Wendy Sun by 1 April 2023.

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