[UPDATE] Postcolonial Environments

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University of Manchester

Postcolonial Environments
A Symposium, University of Manchester

Call for Papers

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, as well as 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 delighted to offer two bursaries of £100 to contributors to the roundtable. The first bursary will be awarded to a postgraduate speaker whose work addresses the relationships between the human and non-human worlds in a (post)colonial context, courtesy of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment UK and Ireland . The second bursary will be awarded to a postgraduate speaker from outside the University of Manchester whose work addresses any aspect of the symposium's themes, courtesy of the Postcolonial Studies Association .

Please send a 350-500 word abstract of your paper to the email address:

CFP deadline: November 15th 2013
Confirmed speakers:
Prof. John McLeod (Leeds), Dr. Lucienne Loh (Liverpool), Dr. Anthony Carrigan (Leeds)