CFP: [Postcolonial] ACLA 2008 Conference

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Mrinalini Chakravorty
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Papers sought for the following panel for ACLA, 2008.
The conference, "Arrivals and Departures," is to be held at California
State University in Long Beach, CA from April 24-27, 2008.
Please submit papers marked for this panel directly through the
conference website:

Deadline: December 3 2008

Other Locations: Globalization and New Modes of Movement
This panel considers the question of the local in relation to emerging
notions of mobility. We will begin with the premise that in the era of
global capital, the very idea of movement must be reconsidered. If
theories of diaspora, migration, and exile are largely conceptualized
around the movement of physical bodies across concrete geographical
terrains, they remain inadequate as conceptual frameworks for analyzing
the complexities of contemporary modes of movement which function in
crucially different ways. It is our intention to bring together
comparative perspectives on the politics of location that trace linkages
between older forms of domination (colonialism, chattel slavery,
indentured servitude, etc.) and emergent modes of global control which
seemingly defy the traditional logic of movement (outsourcing, call
centers, transnational corporations, remote warfare, etc.). While
structures of movement have changed, what nevertheless remains constant
is the extent to which new technologies continue to involve conquests of
space, both physical and virtual. With this in mind, we are particularly
interested in considering how otherness is represented as “alien” in both
older and newer models of domination. We seek to examine the extent to
which under the terms of uneven distribution and flexible capital “other”
locations and spaces are increasingly flattened and made seemly so as to
privilege a discourse of uniform consumption. At the same time, there is
also the sense by which the notion of what is “alien” is no longer tied
to any particular crossing of geographical and geopolitical borders. The
charge of being “alien,” then, is newly unhinged from national and
locational spaces, so that the “alien” is just as likely to be found
abroad as within the dominant geopolitical space. Drawing on
interdisciplinary cultural, visual and literary studies, we seek to
conjoin strategies for thinking about British colonial/postcolonial
contexts with American neocolonialism and imperialism in the Global South.

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