CFP: [Postcolonial] CFP, Re-Imagining Identity: New Directions in Postcolonial Studies

full name / name of organization: 
Patricia Krus
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pmkrus@yahoo.com

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE INAUGURAL CONFERENCE OF

THE POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION

 
RE-IMAGINING IDENTITY: NEW DIRECTIONS IN POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES

6 - 8 MAY 2009 at WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,

WATERFORD, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Keynote speakers: Bill Ashcroft and Declan Kiberd

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' as it relates to
the field of Postcolonialism and the wider Humanities and the Social Sciences.

The conference aims both to explore current understandings of 'identity' in
a multicultural, globalised and conflicted world, and to encourage
disciplinary self-reflexivity. We welcome papers that interrogate the
conceptual category of identity itself, as well as those that relate to the
ways specific identities are constructed, assigned or imagined. Questions
to be asked will 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"?'

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 please contact:

Dr Christine ODowd-Smyth - codowdsmyth_at_wit.ie or
psa_at_postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk

Closing date for abstract submissions: 1 December 2008

For more information please contact:
Dr Gerri Kimber - gerri_at_thekimbers.co.uk or
Dr Marta Vizcaya Echano - martavizcaya_at_hotmail.com

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