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Examining Contemporary Representations of Armed Conflict (Panel at NeMLA 2021) (NeMLA)

Philadelphia, PA, USA
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, British, Popular Culture, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2021-03-11 to 2021-03-14 Abstract Due: 2020-09-30

Description

This session will analyze representations of armed conflict in contemporary media, exploring how these representations might influence the popular understanding of global and civil conflict and the way that these representations of conflict might be read as an attempt to change (or maintain) a certain world. We welcome a broad range of papers, particularly aiming for a global perspective on the ethical debate of representing armed conflict in stylized media, as we interrogate how these representations might affect popular imaginations of conflict and how we as researchers might form an analytical approach to representations of conflict.


Abstract:

This session aims to look at representations of armed conflict in contemporary media, including literature, film, and television. We are interested in how these representations might influence the popular understanding of global and civil conflict and the way that these representations of conflict might be read as an attempt to change (or maintain) a certain world. As such, due to the global experience of conflict, we are seeking papers that analyze representations of conflict not only in well-known American and British narratives, but also in narratives beyond these dominant “worlds.” Papers in this session may: examine the ethical/moral obligations of the researcher/critic/author of media depicting armed conflict; address the ways in which the tropes or cliches of the contemporary “war” story have remained the same, and how they may have affected media outside the traditional definition of armed conflict; consider whether a narrative of armed conflict becomes any less fraught when it describes “true” events; challenge the representations of women and other persons typically considered “noncombatants” in conflict narratives; consider the ways in which documentary representations of conflict may be more or less exploitative than the retelling of war through fictionalized persons; explore the idea of the “Enemy-Other”, and the leakage of armed conflict-drama into works not traditionally considered “war” media. Ultimately, the session aims to help guide a way forward in understanding (1) how these representations might affect popular imaginations of conflict and (2) how we as researchers might raise the questions needed when forming an analytical approach to such media.


Chairs

Jillian Boger (University of Rhode Island)

Katie Harling-Lee (Durham University)


NeMLA 2021 is taking place in Philadelphia, PA, March 11–14th

Submit abstracts online using NeMLA's online submission system, more information available here: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html 

View this CFP on the NeMLA website here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18708 

https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18708

k.o.harling-lee@durham.ac.uk

Katie Harling-Lee