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19. Postnationalism: Comparative Theories and Practices

Tuesday, 5 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Cedar, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: J. Gerald Kennedy, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

Speakers: Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoang, Defense Language Inst.; Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, Oakland Univ.; Kevin Thomas Concannon, Texas A&M Univ., Corpus Christi; Claudia Hoffmann, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Alpana Sharma, Wright State Univ.

Responding: Pedro Garcia-Caro, Univ. of Oregon

Session Description:

National discourses are challenged across different continents and diverse cultural and linguistic traditions. Some of the fundamental questions this roundtable will address are, What comes after the nation? Who benefits from a postnational culture? Are there cultures or traditions where (post)nationalism is more readily adopted? Why? What is the role of language and literary teaching in a postnationalist context?


  • General Literature – Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Popular Culture

  • Comparative Literature – Twentieth Century

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