CFP: [Postcolonial] In-between Spaces: Moving Literature into a Hybrid Location (Univ of Calgary Grad Student Con)

full name / name of organization: 
Natalie Wall
contact email: 
nwall@ucalgary.ca

Literature and Its Others:
Inside, Outside, and Between the Disciplines
University of Calgary Free Exchange Graduate Conference
28-30 March 2008
For more information, please email freeex_at_ucalgary.ca
http://www.english.ucalgary.ca/FreeExchange (site still in development)

In-between Spaces: Moving Literature into a Hybrid Location

“The margin of hybridity, where cultural differences ‘contingently’ and
conflictually touch, becomes the moment of panic which reveals the
borderlines experience” (Homi K. Bhabha, Location of Culture 296).

Bhabha uses hybridity to describe the spaces between assumption and
reality, as the means of encouraging a reciprocity between disciplines and
literatures. He is looking at the ways that hybridity can be used
theoretically in his examination of culture, and this ‘borderline
experience’ is the space between Literature and Its Others. It is this in-
between space that moves literature between culture and between
disciplines, in the effort to seek out those literatures that have been
marginalized, colonized, and ostracized. In fact, the in-between space of
The Other. It is here that “these ‘in-between’ spaces provide the terrain
for elaborating strategies of selfhood – singular or communal – that
initiate new signs of identity, and innovative sites of collaboration, and
contestation, in the act of defining the idea of society itself” (2).
Hybridity, in this sense, becomes a site of cultural empowerment. It
becomes a location from which to analyze the space between Literature and
Its Others, in the effort to find the hybridity of interdisciplinarity in
both literature and life.

This is an open topic, designed to encourage papers on the theme of the
conference. Paper topics could include:
• the philosophy of science
• marginalized literatures
• comparative literature
• adaptations and film theory
• mapping world contexts
• political border crossings
• literatures of encounter

Please submit 250 word proposals (for papers approx. 15 minutes in length)
to panel chair Natalie Wall at nwall_at_ucalgary.ca. Attachments should be in
Rich Text or Word format only, and please include your name, professional
affiliation, and contact information in the body of your email. Deadline
for proposals is February 18th, 2008.

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cfp categories: 
postcolonial