CFP: [Postcolonial] CFP

full name / name of organization: 
Dylan Robinson

Opera Indigene:
Critical Perspectives on Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous

September 27, 2008, Kings College London, England
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: June 1, 2008


The representation of non-western cultures in opera has long been a focus
of critical inquiry. Within this field, the diverse relationships between
opera and First Nations and indigenous cultures has received far less
attention. ‘Opera Indigene’ will take this subject as its focus, and
examine it in three different aspects:

1. Historical and contemporary representations of colonised peoples at a
distance from Europe;

2. Historical and contemporary representations of colonised peoples from
within post-colonial nations with inherited history of colonisation; and

3. Artistic collaborations initiated by or including First Nations’

This conference will examine how representations of indigeneity are
negotiated in opera, and how these representations of First Nations’
cultures relate to historical and contemporary constructions of cultural
and national identity. The separation of the word ‘re/presenting’ in our
title seeks to address this distinction between how representations of
indigenous identity have been constructed in opera by non-indigenous
artists, and how indigenous artists have utilised opera as an interface
to present their cultural traditions in more recent collaborations.

For further details see:

Please submit abstracts of 300 words maximum to Dr. Pamela Karantonis at and Dylan Robinson at by June 1, 2008.

 From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List
             more information at
Received on Fri Mar 21 2008 - 18:34:09 EST