UPDATE - Reading Conflict

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Open University Postcolonial Literatures Research Group

Reading Conflict

Open University Postgraduate Conference
Keynote Lecture by Stephen Morton (Southampton)
Monday 19 July 2010, 9.30am-5.00pm
Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House, London WC1

This one day-conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students. As a critical discipline postcolonial studies has challenged traditional ways of reading and engaging with the canon, but has also often been in conflict with other literary disciplines. This conference examines the role of postcolonial studies in relation to other critical disciplines, and asks what is the role of the creative voice in conflict zones? How do we read during conflict? And what is the role of publishing during conflict? We invite 20-minute papers, as well as 60-minute panel proposals, from postgraduate students and early career researchers that engage with, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Conflict and the Creative Voice
• Reading during Conflict
• Conflict and Publishing
• Conflict and the History of the Book
• Conflict and Travel Writing

• Conflict and the Canon
• Conflict between Literary Disciplines
• Conflict between Literary Genres
• Conflict within Postcolonial Studies
• Conflict, Empire and Postcolonialism

The deadline for individual abstracts (250 words) and panel proposals (600 words) is 19 April 2010. Postgraduate students and early career scholars who wish to attend but not present a paper will need to register by e-mail as places are limited.

Please send submissions and enquiries to Ole Birk Laursen at O.B.Laursen@open.ac.uk