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

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

Session Chair: 
Petros Vamvakas, Emmanuel College
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 154


  1. Erika Hernandez, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    This paper uses the Burkean pentad to analyze Ann Coulter’s use of language as a symbolic act that prejudicially frames and (re)constructs reality with the use of metaphors, imagery, and narratives that publicly dehumanizes and demonizes Mexicans in order to address the contentious political issue of undocumented immigration.  
  2. Mariah St John, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    This paper examines the discourse surrounding Turkish immigrants in Germany and the type of subjectivation that is represented in the Gastarbeiter. I analyze the divisions created within their subjectivities and substantiate it with Necla Kelek’s memoir Die Fremde Braut and reflections of my mother’s experience.
  3. Debbie Sayachack, Fresno State University
    Changez’s internalizes his struggles of being a Muslim immigrant and a part of the American elite at the time of national mourning after the 9/11 attack. After being rejected and stereotyped by the society he is attempting to assimilate into, Changez realizes that he cannot have a hybrid identity. His experience of rejection represents the polarization between the Muslim world and America. Changez’s position as the Other, in the novel, allows for a voice from the marginalized perspective. 
Session Cancelled: