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Deadline Reminder - Half Knowledge: Identity, Philosophical Difficulty and the Remains of Value (NeMLA) (NeMLA)

Boston, Massachusetts
Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, British, Lingustics, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, 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, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, 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, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2024-03-07 Abstract Due: 2023-09-30

Conference: 55th NeMLA Convention (Northeast MLA) 
Conference Theme: Surplus
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Abstract Deadline for Paper Proposals: 30th September 2023
Conference Date: 7-10th March 2024

Panel: Half Knowledge: Identity, Philosophical Difficulty and the Remains of Value

Chair(s): Leo Kadokura (University of Oxford)

This panel will look at what is left over in discussions of identity by placing literature in dialogue with the philosophical discussion of modern identity. Central to this thinking is what Cora Diamond describes as ‘the difficulty of reality’, that which remains outside of or surplus to the ways in which we attempt to organise and understand our personal and communal experiences. This discussion thereby seeks to reorientate the ways in which we approach the relationship between philosophy and literature on the question of identity, and to discuss how literature might give access to a phenomenology of value that more wholly describes the difficulty of our experiences of identity which continually elude and exceed our forms of half-knowledge. 

The panel invites papers on any topic that explores the relationship between philosophy and literature on the question of identity, and asks that submissions consider how that relationship might (or might not) engage with this notion of difficulty.  

**Abstracts should be submitted through the NeMLA Portal on the conference website.** 
More information on the submission procedure is available here: 

Each abstract submission must include:

  • A title of no more than 80 characters
  • An abstract of 200 to 300 words
  • A brief bio
  • Membership is not required to submit an abstract.

CfP on conference website (there is also a submit abstract button available here): 


Leo Kadokura