UPDATE: USACLALS: Division & Mutual Aid in Postcolonial History and Literature (4/15/06; 10/27/06-10/29/06)

full name / name of organization: 
John Hawley
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Deadline extended:

Fissures and Sutures:
Sources of Division and Mutual Aid in Postcolonial Reflections
on History and Literature

Confirmed speakers at this time
 Bill Ashcroft, Aijaz Ahmad, R. Radhakrishnan, Amritjit Singh, Tess Onwueme, Emmanuel Dongala, Kirpal Singh, Kalyan Ray, and Shu-mei Shih

Oct. 27-29 2006
United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
4th International Conference (USACLALS)
Santa Clara University (40 miles south of San Francisco;
one mile from San Jose airport)

100 years ago, in 1906:
a 7.8 hit San Francisco (and an 8.6 earthquake hit Quito); Mt. Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples; race riots broke out in Atlanta; Japanese students were taught in racially segregated schools in San Francisco; Theodore Roosevelt took the first official trip outside the U.S. by a sitting President; the first intercollegiate fraternity for African American students was founded; Reginald Fessenden made the first radio broadcast; the world's first feature film (The Story of the Kelly Gang) was released; immunization against tuberculosis was developed; Richard Oldham proposed that the earth has a molten interior; the Second Geneva Convention was held; the All-India Muslim League was founded.

50 years ago, in 1956:
Pakistan became the first Islamic republic; Nasser became President of Egypt and nationalized the Suez Canal; the submarine telephone cable across the Atlantic was opened; Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, the Indian Untouchable leader, converted to Buddhism along with 385,000 followers; Fidel Castro and Che Guevara departed Mexico and landed in Cuba; Warsaw Pact troops invaded Hungary and the Hungarian Revolution began; Israel invaded the Sinai Peninsula; Britain got its first female judge; Japan joined the United Nations.

We invite papers of 15-20 minute presentation time relating to the general conference theme, or to other aspects of postcolonial literature and theory (including US ethnic literatures). Among questions and topics of likely relevance are the following:
* Natural and man-made disasters and their impact on communities: partitions, border disputes, chemical pollution, tsunamis
* Religion and its influence in uniting or dividing peoples
* Gender-related issues of justice in local and global compacts
* Identity politics and class conflict over time
* Technology and globalization and their effects in history and in nation-building (or nation-dissolving)

There will also be opportunities for readings by poets and novelists on these and other themes.

Send 200-word abstracts electronically by April 15 to: jhawley_at_scu.edu
John C. Hawley, Dept. of English, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino, Santa Clara CA 95053; or FAX: John Hawley, English dept.: (408) 554 4837

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