UPDATE: Local and Global: Textual Migration and Translation (South Africa) (2/28/06; 7/9/06-7/12/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Roux Daniel
contact email: 

UPDATE: Confirmed keynote speakers:
* F. Abiola Irele
* Achille Mbembe
* Bharati Mukherjee

Visit the conference website: www.sun.ac.za/english/localglobal2006.

Forging the Local and the Global

9-12 July 2006

University of Stellenbosch

Western Cape, South Africa

Starting with the assumption that identity and sense of place are
matters of forging and of forgery, the conference seeks to examine
literary and other modes of cultural production as forms of flow and
exchange in the arena of global apartheid. The conference implicates the
discursive practices that articulate unequal relations and disjunctive
temporalities between different localities, and alludes to the practices
of translating across cultures. In particular, it seeks to conceptualise
the role of literature and the visual arts in tracing and mapping the
cartographies, movements and fault lines of past imperialisms and of
contemporary empire with its new forms of sovereignty. The conference
invokes location, this place and elsewhere, and movement, journeys from
one location to another, from homeland to foreign land. It raises issues
of identity and of agency, and gestures towards the body as locus of
inscriptions that are both culturally specific and, increasingly,
transcultural. We hope that the focus areas - global apartheid, human
and textual traffic, travel records, literary canonization - will assist
us in understanding our interlinked histories, as well as our imagined
presents and futures.

The conference theme reflects the location of Stellenbosch University
near the southern tip of Africa, within sight of Table Mountain, at the
point of intersecting trade routes between east and west.

Papers are invited on the following topics:

Global Apartheid, Perpetual War: Bodies and Biopolitics
Migrations of Texts: Sites of Production and Reception
Crossing Borders in Literature and Visual Arts
The Challenges of Translation, Transculturalism, Tricontinentalism
Travel-Writing, Trade-Routes and Slave-Routes
International Reading Publics and the Creation of a South African Canon

Proposals for panels, seminars and workshops will be welcome.

Keynote speakers:
There will be five keynote speakers from several countries. Their names
will be made public as soon as their participation has been confirmed.

Abstracts of 300 words (including institutional affiliation and contact
information) by 28 February 2006 to Local/Global Conference Organizing
Committee, English Department, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1,
Matieland, 7602 South Africa, or email Karlien van der Schyff:


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