[UPDATE] Cultural Cross-Currents in the Indian Ocean 8th / 9th September, 2014

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Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK


Edge Hill University (UK)
Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th September 2014

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor John McLeod of Leeds University - whose acclaimed publications include Beginning Postcolonialism; Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis and the Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies.
Dr Claire Chambers, Lecturer in Global Literatures at York University; Editor of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and author of British Muslim Fictions.
Chiew-Siah Tei, prizewinning Malaysian novelist and author of The Mouse Deer Kingdom and Little Hut of Leaping Fishes

As European colonialism becomes an increasingly distant historical event, the associated changing global affinities engenders certain cultural transformations. Such change is exemplified in the Indian Ocean World, a region extending from India, and the coastal areas of East Africa to Western Australia, incorporating a diverse range of nations, peoples, and colonial histories across Asia and the Arab peninsula.  We seek to explore critical issues related to the representation and experience of a region 'worlded' by the interventions of European colonialism and globalization, but also by the criss-crossings of inter-regional migrations, trade routes and conquests.

Topics for presentation may include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

How the region is represented in literature and other media
Literary traditions and influences
Language and aesthetic/cultural practices
Regional affinities: historical and contemporary
Colonialism and its legacies
Political and cultural identities
Constructions of 'race' and ethnicity
Impact of 9/11 on experience and representation
Pedagogical and theoretical approaches to centring the Indian Ocean as a region

We invite proposals for 30-minute papers for the conference. Please submit 300-400 word abstracts with a short biographical statement by 30th May 2014.

Negotiations are in place with a reputable publisher and the organisers plan to produce an edited collection of work emerging from the conference.

Further details can be found on the conference website: http://crosscurrentsindianocean.wordpress.com

Conference organisers:
Dr Karen D'Souza (dsouzak@edgehill.ac.uk)
Dr Rob Spence (rob.spence@edgehill.ac.uk)