Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
This panel invites papers that bring together diverse opinions, perspectives, and fields of study to propose multidisciplinary discussions on the narratives of the minorities and the silenced voices. It invites scholars to review different minority voices and try to revision and rethink the making of their identities and histories in both colonial and postcolonial contexts. Many underrepresented minority groups have been silenced, underrepresented, and misrepresented leaving behind them traces that are transformed into inferior, deformed, and neglected histories and memories. Although most of these histories and cultures are being neglected and silenced, these histories and memories of the silenced minorities, speak volumes and aim to resist such reality and therefore, aim to convey ideas for change, justice, and recognition. Such minorities include women, children, war survivors, diaspora groups of minority ethnicity, and physically challenged individuals. The panel aims to trace these silenced voices and their agencies in colonial and postcolonial history and cultural reconstruction. It aims to reveal the constant attempts of “decolonization” of Third World intellectual and identity discourses and seeks to answer the following questions:
1. What is the meaning of rethinking voices and identities in colonial and postcolonial discourses?
2. In what ways can intellectuals decolonize histories and cultures and merge the silenced voices and their narratives into the center of history and continental memory?
3. Is this possible to integrate and maintain minority narratives with an agency outside the narrative of the victim?