CFP: [Postcolonial] POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION INAUGURAL CONFERENCE, 6-8 MAY 2009

full name / name of organization: 
DR GERRI KIMBER
contact email: 
gerri@thekimbers.co.uk

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE INAUGURAL CONFERENCE OF

THE POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION

RE-IMAGINING IDENTITY:
NEW DIRECTIONS IN POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES

 TO BE HELD: 6 - 8 MAY 2009

AT: WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, WATERFORD, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

 Keynote speakers: TBA
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This inaugural conference of the Postcolonial Studies Association will
focus on
 a broad re-consideration of the cultural, political, theoretical and
practical
 re-imaginings of the concept of 'identity', which is not only central to
the
 field of Postcolonialism, but has also been pivotal to a range of core
 disciplines within the wider Humanities and the Social Sciences in the
last
 twenty years.

 The conference aims to explore current understandings of 'identity' and
emergent contemporary identities in a newly multicultural, globalised and
conflicted world, and to encourage disciplinary self-reflexivity. The
questions to be asked will therefore include: 'What is the future of
Postcolonialism as a discipline?' and: 'What is the relationship between
received understandings of "identity", specific formulations of key
contemporary identities, and our understanding of "the postcolonial"?'

 Holding the inaugural PSA conference in Ireland foregrounds a further
set of
 questions, to do with the transformations and inter-penetration of
religious,
 political and cultural values and the necessity of articulating new
modes of
 resistance. Irish peoples are currently engaged in a lively, if
sometimes
 painful, debate of what Irish identities mean in the 21st Century, and
this makes
 Ireland a privileged site from which to initiate re-imaginings of our
various
 identities and visions of the future.

The PSA invites papers from academics working in the disciplines of
Literature,
 History, Cultural Studies, Film, Human Geography, Linguistics, Politics,
 Psychology, Religious Studies, Art, Music, Media & Communication and
related
 fields. Our aim is to bring together a wide variety of scholarly
interests and
 methodological approaches.

Paper or panel topics may focus on the following conceptual intersections:

• Identity, religion and spirituality (the secular & sacred, New
Age &
         alternative spiritualities, the Enlightenment, sectarianism,
religious
         symbolism, fundamentalism)

• Identity and time (history, memory, policy, repetition,
development, modernity, eternity, death)

• Identity and language (language policy, seizing the pen, language
as mission and calling; propaganda)

• Identity and politics (resistance, war, terror)

• Identity and space (regions, blocs, global flows, the EU and the
wider world, the environment)
 
• Identity, theory and disciplinary boundaries (postcolonialism as
a discipline, theoretical approaches, the policing of knowledge,
multidisciplinarity, comparative postcolonialisms)
 ___________________________________________________________
Panels will normally comprise three 20-minute papers. Proposal acceptance
is subject to organising committee approval.

 To submit a paper or panel proposal, contact Dr Christine ODowd-Smyth
on CODOWDSMYTH_at_wit.ie or email psa_at_postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk
  
 Closing date for abstract submissions: 1 December 2008

 For more information, contact Dr Gerri Kimber at gerri_at_thekimbers.co.uk
or Dr Marta Vizcaya at martavizcaya_at_hotmail.com

To join the Postcolonial Studies Association please email:
psa_at_postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk

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