Panels at #MLA14 on my radar

I took a few minutes to look at the MLA program for this weekend's conference. The following is as much a bookmark for me to follow as it is a possible guide for other conference-goers.

First, I am presiding over this one:

76. The Manifesto Revisited
Thursday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Missouri, Sheraton Chicago

Program arranged by the Division on Nonfiction Prose Studies, Excluding Biography and Autobiography. Presiding: Amardeep Singh, Lehigh Univ.

1. "'Mind It Doesn't Bite You': D. H. Lawrence's Obloquy against Psychoanalysis," Tamara Beauchamp, Univ. of California, Irvine

2. "History Repeats as Tragedy: The Algerian Crisis as a 'New' Dreyfus Affair," Roderick Cooke, Haverford Coll.

3. "What We Talk about When We Talk about the Hijab: Alain Badiou's Manifesto on the Headscarf Ban in France," Nagihan Haliloglu, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Univ.

4. "The Premediated Manifesto: On the US Reception of The Coming Insurrection," Daniel Burns, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro

I co-organized this with Roderick Cooke of Haverford. I think there are some very interesting papers here; hopefully we will have a good crowd.

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Second, I am giving a paper on the following panel:

799. Religion, (Post)Secularism, Literature
Sunday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Clark, Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on Twentieth-Century English Literature. Presiding: Susan Stanford Friedman, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Speakers: Sadia Abbas, Rutgers Univ., Newark; Michael Allan, Univ. of Oregon; Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, Univ. of California, Irvine; Allison Schachter, Vanderbilt Univ.; Amardeep Singh, Lehigh Univ.

What are the entwined politics, practices, and imaginaries of religion and secularism? In constant flux globally, they impact geopolitics, shape communal identities, and make pawns of gender, sexuality, and race. How have they registered in the literary domains of the long twentieth century?

And here are some that I might attend. There are a few overlapping panels, so in some cases I will have to make some tough decisions as to what to attend:

Thursday 12pm. 1914 in 2014: Body of War.

Thursday 3:30. Have We Ever Been Secular?

Thursday 3:30. Parodic form in Asian Diasporic Poetry and Culture.

Thursday 5:15. South Asia at Risk. Papers on 1971, 1984, Kashmir.

Thursday 5:15. (Post)racial Vulnerabilities. (Stefanie Dunning, Candice Jenkins)

Friday 8:30. Harlem's Transnational Modernisms.

Friday 8:30. Rethinking the Seminar Paper.

Friday 10:15. Transatlantic Ireland.

Friday 10:15. Race in Neoliberalism's Televisual Imagination. (Eden Osucha)

Friday 12pm. Reforming the Literature Ph.D.

Friday 3:30. Reframing Postcolonial and Global Studies in the Longer Duree.

Friday 5:15. Beyond the Digital: Pattern Recognition and Interpretation.

Saturday 10:15. African Literature and Performance and New Media. (A paper on Teju Cole's Twitter feed!)

Saturday 12pm. Taking a Stand from Where We Sit. (Donald Hall).

Saturday 1:45. South Asians in North America: Inter-ethnic Readings.

Saturday 3:30. Everyday Unrecognized Sexual Violence in South Asia.

Saturday 5:15. One Hundred years of Bollywood.

Sunday 8:30. Decolonizing DH. (Adeline Koh, Roopika Risam)

Sunday 12 pm. Steampunk.

Sunday 12pm. The Sacred and the Sexual in South Asian Literatures.