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Early Literary Responses to the COVID-19 Outbreak in Latin America (NeMLA 2021 Panel) (NeMLA 2021 - 52nd Annual Convention)

Virtual Conference
Organization: Northest Modern Languages Association (NeMLA)
Event: NeMLA 2021 - 52nd Annual Convention
Categories: Digital Humanities
Event Date: 2021-03-11 to 2021-03-14 Abstract Due: 2020-10-11

From the first contagion to the peak of the death toll's curve and the timid return to 'normality' after the lockdowns declared across the globe, stories have emerged out of the COVID-19 crisis. But unlike other instances when global crises have backdropped literary creation, this time, social media and messaging apps enabled authors to articulate literary responses to the pandemic in real-time. Collaborative tales assembled and shared via Twitter, testimonies written on Facebook walls and fictions recorded on smartphones and distributed as WhatsApp voice-notes create a body of writing derived from—and in dialogue with—the isolation, self-distancing measures, xenophobia, violence, illness and death that societies experienced in the time of COVID-19. This session will focus on this type of early literary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America to offer unique insights into the narration of a global crisis as it was developing, and it will lay the groundwork for future strands of enquiry.

This panel proposes an exploration of how the pandemic shaped literary discourses in Latin America, and how in turn literary discourses from the region shaped the ways of seeing and understanding the world at large during and after the pandemic. Moreover, it will interrogate the role of online COVID-19 literature in communicating and coming to terms with the social fears and contemporary anxieties about the pandemic. And it will also raise questions about the meanings and implications of the international circulation of short forms of fiction via social media and messaging apps, the circumvention of editorial selection and publishing houses distribution vis-à-vis the study of World Literature and the need to rethink global markets after the pandemic.

This panel welcomes abstracts discussing on how writers immediately engaged with the sanitary emergency in Latin America through the use of social networks, messaging apps, and other media to articulate a real-time literary response to the global crisis. 

Papers and abstracts can be presented in English or Spanish. Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted directly on the NeMLA website by October 11, 2020. Please copy and paste this address https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18892 in your URL bar to submit your abstract.

NeMLA has announced that the 2021 convention will be entirely virtual. The organisation will launch its Digital Event Platform as soon as the sessions are finalized. As such, presenters who wish to participate online will be able to do so.

The submission deadline has been extended to 11 October 2020.

General guidelines for abstracts can be found at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html.

View the conference web site at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html.



Luis Medina