International conference on Postcolonialism and the future of POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES Multidisciplinary Perspectives April 27- 29
International conference on
Postcolonialism and the future of POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES
Professor Edward O.Ako, Rector, University of Maroua
Host: Faculty of letters and Social Sciences and Department of English (ENS Maroua)
Date: April 27th-29th 2016
At its inception, Postcolonial studies responded principally to European colonialism, and its varied abuses. It emerged in cultural and literary studies and served to describe and interrogate the presumptions concerning the colonized alongside their repression and representation within European colonial discourse. Thus through Postcolonial writings, the psyche and the traumas of the colonized, hitherto devoiced were brought to attention. Postcolonial writings became a forum for these formerly silenced to reclaim voice and begin speaking for themselves. Thereafter, Postcolonial studies have expanded and now incorporate the circumstances and condition of other minorities and marginalized groups like women whose conditions are in several ways similar to those of the classic European colonies. Their devoicing, marginality and disenfranchisement have rendered them Postcolonial subjects. Similarly, in its revisionist mission, Postcolonial studies has provided the possibility for various disciplines hitherto bearing a Western perspective to be revised and given a Postcolonial twist. This has therefore seen Postcolonial studies expanding from the initial questions of identity; exile etc to include questions of human geography, history, philosophy, political science. Here, Postcolonial studies have brought in a fresh insight into the studies of these disciplines by infusing a non-western perspective into disciplines which before now showcased a rigidly western perspective. This means that Postcolonial studies is making inroads into disciplines which were formerly cut off from it and shows that far from being a static field of inquiry, Postcolonial studies is rather a dynamic and mutating field that now serves to address issues and concerns well beyond its initial interest.
This conference is interested in bringing together scholars from a multiplicity of disciplines who are engaged in showing the ways Postcolonial criticism has served as a platform for new and diversified readings of these disciplines. Equally important are papers that will seek to forecast the future of Postcolonial studies taking the cue from its ongoing trajectories.
We are therefore inviting abstracts from any aspect of Postcolonial studies and in any discipline which clearly state how it has evolved and in its evolution provoked these disciplines to also evolve. Abstracts which should be between 250 and 300 words can focus on but are not limited to the following topics:
Postcolonial theory and interdisciplinary perspectives
The postcolonial and the postmodern
Postcolonial studies and conflict resolution
Postcolonial studies and Biblical scholarship
Postcolonialism and terrorism
Postcolonialism and environmental studies
Postcolonialism and feminism/postfeminism
Postcolonialism and migration studies
The critical evolution of postcolonial studies
The future of postcolonialism
Postcolonialism and African studies
Postcolonialism and globalization
New currents in Postcolonial discourse
The notion of the nation
Diaspora studies and the postcolonial influence
Postcolonial studies and the development of the English Language
Postcolonialism and World Englishes
Postcolonialism and the United States of America
Postcolonialism and Edward Said, Edouard Glissant and Homi K.Bhabha
Postcolonialism, migration and multiculturalism.
Deadlines: submission of proposals of not more than 300 words on or before January 8th 2016. Notification of status of abstracts will be done by January 15th 2016. Potential participants should include in their abstracts, the title of their presentation, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number and a brief cv.
Contacts: all abstracts and enquiries should be forwarded to any of the following emails firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;. Tel: Prof. Dili Palai:00(237)679828799; Prof.Athanasius Ayuk:00(237)677199063; Dr. Blossom Fondo:00(237)699984730
Other information: The conference organisers will offer snacks and dinner for the three days of the conference. Logistic assistance will equally be available for participants from their hotels to the conference venue. Additionally, there will be some financial assistance ( one third of transport fare upon presentation of receipts) for those coming by road from within the country.
Conference proceedings will be published by the end of 2016 with Dignity Publishing UK.