CFP: Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cultures (Australia) (1/20/07; 4/12/07

full name / name of organization: 
Robert Clarke
contact email: 
r.clarke2@uq.edu.au

Call for Papers for a Symposium on
"Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and
Post-Colonial Cultures"

Thursday and Friday 12-13 April 2007
University of Queensland

Deadline for Abstract: 20 January 2007

Colonialism produces its fair share of celebrities, yet the meanings, forms,
and functions of celebrities within colonial and post-colonial cultures have
received little scholarly attention.

The Postcolonial Research Group of the University of Queensland invites
proposals for papers for a symposium on Celebrity Colonialism to be held at
the University of Queensland in April 2007.

This two-day symposium will explore the various and ambivalent relationships
between the cultures of celebrity and colonialism. Who are the celebrities
of colonialism and anti-colonialism? How do celebrities function within
colonial and post-colonial cultures? In what way have various famous
figures made their name through their celebration of or antagonism towards
colonial and neo-colonial imperialism? How does the popular appeal of
celebrity inflect the way (post-)colonial matters can be brought before and
received by the public?

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers that address this theme and may
include such topics as:
. Literary celebrity and the cultures of colonialism.
. Celebrity travellers and travel writers in colonized and post-colonized
spaces.
. Celebrity, the media, and (neo)colonialism.
. Celebrity and the discourses of benevolence in the colonial and
post-colonial world.
. Celebrity and resistance.
. Celebrity frauds and the representation of Others.

If you wish to present a paper, please send a 250 word abstract including
the title of your paper to Dr Robert Clarke (School of English, Media
Studies and Art History, University of Queensland), rgclarke_at_uq.edu.au by
Friday 20 January 2007.

Dr Robert Clarke
Lecturer
School of English, Media Studies and Art History
University of Queensland
St Lucia Q4072
Ph: (+61 7) 33651445
Fax: (+61 7) 33652799
E-mail: rgclarke_at_uq.edu.au
http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/

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