[UPDATE] Cultural Cross-Currents in the Indian Ocean
Cultural Cross-Currents in the Indian Ocean
John McLeod, Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures at the University of Leeds;
Dr Claire Chambers, Vice-Chair of the Postcolonial Studies Association and lecturer in Global Literatures at the University of York, UK.
We invite proposals for 30-minute papers for this conference, to be held September 8th and 9th, 2014 at Edge Hill University.
As European colonialism becomes an increasingly distant historical event, defining the postcolonial and its relevance as a term of reference becomes ever more problematic. Recognition of the changing global dynamics of centre/periphery and cultural and artistic transformations in tandem with advancing digital technologies, calls for the trajectories of representation and the adequacy of related critical practices to be re-examined.
Such change is exemplified in the Indian Ocean World, a region which extends from the coastal areas of East Africa to Western Australia, incorporating a diverse range of nations, peoples, and colonial histories across Asia and parts of the Arab peninsula. It is a region that has been 'worlded' by the interventions of European colonialism and globalization, but also by the criss-crossings of inter-regional migrations, trade routes and conquests.
The conference will address the need to think beyond the postcolonial, while recognizing a central concern with cultural power remains an important tool of analysis. 'Writing back' may no longer be an imperative yet the use of particular forms and/or the English language may reflect other complex regional and global concerns. Speakers will generate interdisciplinary debate about academic practice and cultural representation related to colonial/global relations, migrant identities, diasporas, and cultural transformations taking place in the Indian Ocean World.
Please send 200-300 word abstracts for 30 minute papers, together with a brief biographical note by April 30th 2014 to