[DEADLINE REMINDER] Enslavement: Colonial Appropriations, Apparitions, Remembrances, 1750-Present Day

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Annual Postgraduate Symposium
Keynote speaker: Professor James Walvin (University of York)
Friday June 17 2011

Harold Bloom, in his critical introduction to Enslavement and
Emancipation (2010) does not, as one might expect, lament
the monstrous history of the slave trade. Instead, he returns
to the second book of Tanakh (Exodus): an original tale of
bondage and liberation. For Bloom, it is not merely a matter
of re-imagining a theme now largely associated with the
transatlantic slave trade, but moreover to consider how
'[l]iberation movements to come will go on finding their model
in it'. The Hebrews' bondage in Egypt, here conceptualised
as archetypal suffering and liberation, resonates for
Bloom throughout history, leaving its trace in subsequent
emancipation movements. Recent studies in the slave trade,
too, often move beyond the historical moment to consider
how cultural events are remembered, appropriated and
disseminated. This work has garnered interest in Britain since
the bicentenary of abolition in 2007; the issue of remembrance
remains somewhat political and contentious in the US today.
This symposium aims to consider the wider connotations of
the term 'enslavement' as well as its more specific importance
in critical studies of slavery, memory and cultural return. We
welcome papers that consider ideas of colonial appropriation;
fiscal, somatic, or agricultural enslavement and/or indenture in
literature from 1750 to the present day.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
• Slave Trade Literature
• Economies of Colonial Exploitation/Fiscal Enslavement
• Postcolonial Theory
• 'Hauntology'/Memory Theory and Slavery
• Psychological Enslavement
• Hegelian Master/Slave Dialectics

Deadline for proposals: 11 March 2011
We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers.
Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to
Lucy Ball and Jane Ford (cslpgconf@port.ac.uk).