[UPDATE] Postcolonial Environments: A Symposium

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University of Manchester

Postcolonial Environments will bring together scholars and postgraduates interested in the role of environments in colonial and postcolonial encounters and the relations that they engender. The symposium will consider how articulations of home, migration, displacement and imperialism must involve examining connections with place as well as between people. Such connections are not restricted to discussions of kinship, but are relevant to the affective dimension of global geographies and political power.

We invite postgraduates to submit a short piece of work for the roundtable portion of the day. We will particularly welcome abstracts on:
 Familial, sexual or domestic environments and relationships in local or transnational contexts
 Representations of belonging in or to postcolonial communities

Papers relating to the following themes will also be considered:
 The effect of environment on inter-generational connections or ruptures
 Unlikely affinities between literary, political or cultural figures facilitated by their locality
 Intersections between postcolonial studies and ecocriticism
 Environmental stresses or crises and their cultural representation
 Local ecological or cultural demands including articulations of social justice

We are also delighted to be able to offer one bursary of £100 that will be awarded to a postgraduate speaker whose work addresses the relationships between the human and non-human worlds in a (post)colonial context. This bursary is courtesy of the Association for the study of Literature and Environment UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI).

We aim to develop the symposium into a special journal edition and so there will be the potential for publication.

Please send a 300-500 word proposal to the email address postcolonialenvironments@manchester.ac.uk

CFP deadline: November 15th 2013.

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