Postcolonial British Generations
Postcolonial British Generations
“My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost.
I am often considered to be a funny kind of Englishman,
a new breed as it were,
having emerged from two old histories.”
(Hanif Kureishi: The Buddha of Suburbia)
The process of human migration is as old as humanity, however, migration as we know it in a contemporary context has strong ties with the colonial past of the Western world, as colonisation, conquering, forming empires were one of the most massive processes of European history. Even if former Empires vanished in the 20th century, the consequences, mindsets and socio-cultural heritage of the colonial past are still present. One of these components of the colonial heritage is migration, resulting from the displacement left and felt after the disintegration of imperial structures.
Though migration is a worldwide phenomenon, one of the countries and cultures most affected by the loss of the Empire and the intensifying migration in the aftermath of the imperial heritage is Great Britain. Their colonial enterprise and imperial domination ended and resulted in an increasingly multicultural and multiethnic society.
As a result of the decades that have passed since the beginning of modern migration, various multicultural and multi-ethnic environments have developed, and today we have the chance to examine the experiences of multiple generations of migrants; not only as a consequence of passing time, but also of post-colonial, diaspora, multicultural arts practiced by various generations of (im)migrants. The experience of migration, the challenges of settling down, fitting in and assimilating into a culture or keeping to one’s roots, cultures and languages– although often thought to be a homogeneous phenomenon – show not only individual differences, but elicit varying responses and strategies in different generations of (im)migrants.
While reading, watching, experiencing such pieces of art, a multitude of questions may arise. How many generations does it take to blend into a culture as someone having outlandish origins? Is there such an urge present in different generations at all? How do different generations of immigrants approach their cultural heritage? Are their examples of taking pride in being a(n) (descendant of) an immigrant? For how long is the offspring of immigrants considered as an nth-generation immigrant? How long does the “us vs. them” narrative haunt contemporary societies? What are the attitudes (and do they show variations among different groups) towards the colonial past of Britain? How can the history of the Empire be revisited and possibly rewritten?
The 2018 Autumn issue of in esse: English Studies in Albania is inviting contributions that approach the above questions from an interdisciplinary point of view as represented in the fields of British literature, film and popular culture.
Topics for contributions may include but are not limited to:
- migrant narratives
- diaspora experiences
- issues of cultural heritage(s)
- problems of identity and identification
- assimilation and/or embracing roots
- rewriting the colonial past
- commenting on colonial strategies of representation
Please send an abstract of 250 words with 4-5 keywordsas an email attachment to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions should not exceed 6000 words. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) for citation. Further queries should be addressed to the General Editor at email@example.com or to the guest editor of the issue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for abstracts: 20 February 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2018
Deadline for papers: 20 June 2018
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