CFP: Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cultures (Australia) (1/20/07; 4/12/07

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Call for Papers for a Symposium on
"Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and
Post-Colonial Cultures"

Thursday and Friday 12-13 April 2007
University of Queensland

Deadline for Abstract: 20 January 2007

Colonialism produces its fair share of celebrities, yet the meanings, forms,
and functions of celebrities within colonial and post-colonial cultures have
received little scholarly attention.

The Postcolonial Research Group of the University of Queensland invites
proposals for papers for a symposium on Celebrity Colonialism to be held at
the University of Queensland in April 2007.

This two-day symposium will explore the various and ambivalent relationships
between the cultures of celebrity and colonialism. Who are the celebrities
of colonialism and anti-colonialism? How do celebrities function within
colonial and post-colonial cultures? In what way have various famous
figures made their name through their celebration of or antagonism towards
colonial and neo-colonial imperialism? How does the popular appeal of
celebrity inflect the way (post-)colonial matters can be brought before and
received by the public?

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers that address this theme and may
include such topics as:
. Literary celebrity and the cultures of colonialism.
. Celebrity travellers and travel writers in colonized and post-colonized
. Celebrity, the media, and (neo)colonialism.
. Celebrity and the discourses of benevolence in the colonial and
post-colonial world.
. Celebrity and resistance.
. Celebrity frauds and the representation of Others.

If you wish to present a paper, please send a 250 word abstract including
the title of your paper to Dr Robert Clarke (School of English, Media
Studies and Art History, University of Queensland), by
Friday 20 January 2007.

Dr Robert Clarke
School of English, Media Studies and Art History
University of Queensland
St Lucia Q4072
Ph: (+61 7) 33651445
Fax: (+61 7) 33652799

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