full name / name of organization:
United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS)
4th International Conference Oct. 27-29 2006
Santa Clara University, California (SF Bay area)
Fissures and Sutures:
Sources of Division and Mutual Aid in Postcolonial Reflections on History and Literature
(The US chapter of this international organization takes as its special mandate the incorporation of US ethnic literatures into the larger domain of postcolonial literatures)
100 years ago, in 1906:
a 7.8 hit San Francisco (and an 8.6 earthquake hit Quito); Mt. Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples; race riots broke out in Atlanta; Japanese students were taught in racially segregated schools in San Francisco; Theodore Roosevelt took the first official trip outside the U.S. by a sitting President; the first intercollegiate fraternity for African American students was founded; Reginald Fessenden made the first radio broadcast; the world's first feature film (The Story of the Kelly Gang) was released; immunization against tuberculosis was developed; Richard Oldham proposed that the earth has a molten interior; the Second Geneva Convention was held; the All-India Muslim League was founded.
50 years ago, in 1956:
Pakistan became the first Islamic republic; Nasser became President of Egypt and nationalized the Suez Canal; the submarine telephone cable across the Atlantic was opened; Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, the Indian Untouchable leader, converted to Buddhism along with 385,000 followers; Fidel Castro and Che Guevara departed Mexico and landed in Cuba; Warsaw Pact troops invaded Hungary and the Hungarian Revolution began; Israel invaded the Sinai Peninsula; Britain got its first female judge; Japan joined the United Nations.
We invite papers of 15-20 minute presentation time relating to the general conference theme, or to other aspects of postcolonial literature and theory (including US ethnic literatures). Among questions and topics of likely relevance are the following:
* Natural and man-made disasters and their impact on communities: partitions, border disputes, chemical pollution, tsunamis
* Religion and its influence in uniting or dividing peoples
* Gender-related issues of justice in local and global compacts
* Identity politics and class conflict over time
* Technology and globalization and their effects in history and in nation-building (or nation-dissolving)
There will also be opportunities for readings by poets and novelists on these and other themes.
Among probable speakers at this time are Bill Ashcroft, Pal Ahluwalia, and R. Radhakrishnan. We are in discussions with others, as well.
Send 200-word abstracts electronically by March 1 to: jhawley_at_scu.edu
John C. Hawley, Dept. of English, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino, Santa Clara CA 95053; or FAX: John Hawley, English dept.: (408) 554 4837
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