UPDATE: [Postcolonial] The Sacred and the Secular conference

full name / name of organization: 
Sandy White
contact email: 

SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2008
hosted by the School of Humanities (English), Avenue Campus, University
of Southampton, UK

At a time when the prevalent rhetoric pitches the relationship between
the sacred and the secular as one of conflict, this postcolonial
conference will focus on a more productive and dialogic exchange between
the two concepts. We invite papers which will address the intersections
between the sacred and the secular in some of the following ways: a) as
represented in literature, film, music, performance and art; b) in the
regulatory discourses of science, medicine, business, economics, and law;
c) through local practices, activist movements and everyday codes of
living; d)in the discourses of gender.

Keynote speakers: Edward ‘Kamau’ Braithwaite (New York University),
Ananda Abeysekara (Virginia Tech), Kajri Jain (University of Toronto) and
Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University).

Writers participating include: Nadeem Aslam (author of Maps for Lost
Lovers), Monica Arac de Nyeko (winner of the Caine Prize 2007), Tahmima
Anam (author of The Golden Age) and Aamer Hussein (author of Cactus Town).

A selection of essays will be published in the peer-reviewed journal

The format of the conference will include academic papers, poetry/fiction
sessions, panel debates and an evening of musical performances.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION â€" extended deadline:
Please submit a 200-300 word abstract via email or post to the address
below by 23 June 2008 to: Sandy White, English, School of Humanities,
University of Southampton, Southampton, S017 1BJ. E-mail:

Queries can also be directed to Dr. Sujala Singh, e-mail:

REGISTRATION [deadline 15 August 2008]
For registration details please see the conference website:


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