"Postcolonial and..." at SAMLA, November 6-8, 2009

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Roopika Risam, Emory University
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Session Title: "Postcolonial and…"

Over the past twenty years, postcolonial criticism has proven itself both generative and adaptive, creating new fields in established disciplines and new contours within its own discourses in response to disciplinary shaping. What was once a set of conversations about specific geographical and temporal locations has morphed into a toolkit of ideas, theories, and concepts that can move between temporalities and geographies. The postcolonial toolkit builds space for new questions, debates, and conversations about relations of domination, constructions of identity, modes of resistance, and the production and consumption of texts. This panel will explore the development of "postcolonial and..." which describes the shifting sites of postcolonial discourses and conditions across broader histories and spaces.

We welcome 250-word abstracts related to our themes. Topics may include postcolonial readings of texts or historical moments not typically framed as such, theoretical examinations of the changes that have taken place in postcolonial criticism, comparative readings of different postcolonial histories and texts, and postcolonial approaches to human rights discourse.

Please submit an abstract, brief biography, and audiovisual requests to Roopika Risam (Emory University) at rrisam@emory.edu. Please copy Alyssa Stalsberg (Emory University) at astalsb@emory.edu. Proposal deadline is May 1st, 2009.