116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Culture, Identity, and Immigration in the United States and Europe I

Session Chair: 
José I. Alvarez Fernandez, Emmanuel College
Session 3: Saturday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 154


  1. Eren Odabasi, Western Washington University
    This study investigates the intersection of socioeconomic status and masculinity as depicted in contemporary Hindi cinema. Received enthusiastically by diaspora populations in the United States and Europe, and often featuring Indian immigrants based in these territories as protagonists, recent Hindi films challenge the traditional portrayals of the Indian film 'hero.' Key films analyzed in this article include Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) by Karan Johar and Jagga Jasoos (2017) by Anurag Basu.
  2. Tami Miyatsu, Kansai Gaidai University
    This article reconsiders earlier assumptions of the life and experiences of Josephine Baker to argue that she was more than just the mold-breaking entertainer, humanitarian, and racial justice advocate that many scholars depict her to be. Baker's self-relocation across the Atlantic resulted in modifying the definition of her nudity so that Baker liberated herself and her race from the spells of slavery.
  3. Charli Valdez, University of New Hampshire
    Raul Gonzalez and Enrique Chagoya explore immigrants' spatial experiences by negotiating the tensions between national and ethnic identities. In “Illegal Alien’s Guide to Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Chagoya visualizes an illustrated world map overlaid with estadounidense and other Aztlan icons and imagery. Meanwhile, in the short story “My Aztlan,” the narrator describes space lost in Los Angeles. Lynn Stephen’s work conceptualizing transborder theory helps unpack these texts and simultaneously complicates transnational binaries.
Session Cancelled: