113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

9/11 Literatures and Masks of Threat I

Session Chair: 
Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Linfield College
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
Forum Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Aparajita De, University of the District of Columbia
    We invite essays examining the racialization of South Asians in the United States following 9/11. This reexamination along the multi disciplinary fields of art, literature, politics, economics, racial and cultural studies, globalization and postcolonial studies will ultimately help understanding the new inflections of race and constructions of raciality of South Asian identities following 9/11.
  2. Priya Jha, University of Redlands
    The paper examines the cultural politics of African-American and South Asian solidarity in the Bollywood film, My Name is Khan. I examine the use of the Civil Rights anthem, We Shall Overcome, in the film in terms of the broader context of globalized Indian cinema and the neoliberal economies in which it participates. 
  3. Zebulah Baldwin, CUNY Graduate Center
    This paper explores the tensions within contemporary constructions of national identity, solidarity, and war in the United States by exploring the links between the fevered nationalism expressed after 9/11, the way that this melodramatic sentiment was marshaled to garner support for two dubiously-justified military adventures, and the way that popular cinematic discourses (which organize complex political realities along the Manichean distinction between 'good' and 'evil') are consistently structured in terms of American anxieties about national identity.
  4. Stephanie Gomez, "University of California, San Diego"
    Through the juxtaposition of playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy with reports of Jose Padilla (aka Abdullah al-Muhajir), this paper broadens the understanding of 9/11 Literatures to reveal its consequences: an open excuse for racial discrimination and demonization of ethnic others, the suspension of civil liberties and the expansion of multiple security apparatus. 
Session Cancelled: