UPDATE: Rerouting the Postcolonial (UK) (3/2/07; 7/3/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Wilson Janet


Venue: The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, 6 St George's =
Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JD.

Tel: 01604 735500. Website: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/

Date: PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE: 3-4 July 2007 (07/03/07)

Hosted by: The Centre for Contemporary Fiction and Narration in the =
English Department of The University of Northampton, and the editors of =
the Journal of Postcolonial Writing in association with the publishers, =
Taylor and Francis, and the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies.

This two day conference marks the relaunch last year of the journal =
World Literature Written in English as the Journal of Postcolonial =
Studies. It will explore the rerouting and transformation of the field =
of postcolonial studies in response to new theories, texts and research =
questions, as well as the contemporary world situation.
We live today in an increasingly mobile world of global forces, =
accelerated flows of migration, exile and transnational movement which, =
according to Homi Bhabha, cause those 'genealogies of origin that lead =
to the claim for cultural supremacy and historical priority' to be =
contested. Diaspora theory draws attention to the fact that the paths =
or ROUTES open to people through increased migration, dislocation and =
relocation, even the temporary inhabiting of new spaces offered by =
cosmopolitan travel and tourism, contribute to a critique of ROOTS, of =
fixed origins and traditional identificatory structures such as family, =
society and nation.
This conference uses the roots/routes metaphor as a springboard for =
'REROUTING' the postcolonial, i.e. the early 21st century amplification =
and redirection of the discipline in order to encompass and address such =
tensions and their discursive fields of enquiry. Global capitalism, for =
example, which redefines culture as both production and commodification, =
 helps reroute the debate on eco-environmental issues through a new =
model of geopolitics. Postcolonial terminology and theory has already =
acquired the high ground when it comes to discourses on globalization, =
suggesting that postcolonialism can reshape itself to incorporate =
paradigm shifts and new theories. Symptomatic of such diversification is =
the second edition of The Postcolonial Studies Reader (eds. Ashcroft, =
Griffiths, and Tiffin), published more than ten years after the first, =
displaying a separate section on Race, and new sections on Diaspora, =
Globalization, the Environment, and the Sacred.
Some questions underpinning this conference are:
What REROUTINGS of the postcolonial occur due to accelerated movements =
of peoples, the theorizing of diaspora, transformed modes of production =
through the impact of global technologies, new paradigms such as the =
glocal, the reshaping of culture by globalization?
What is the effect of the current shift away from resistant and counter =
discourses and the politics of liberation and representation?
How is 'writing' the postcolonial, in areas such as pedagogy, genre and =
the canon, aesthetic and textual practices, changing in response to =
these developments?
Some indicative topics are:

* the third world cosmopolitan versus/complementing theories of the =

* diasporic theory and the transformation of existing postcolonial =

* revisiting empire in an age of transnational migration

* new itineraries and iterations of modernity and post-modernity

* migration, exile and changing identities

* global travel, tourism and new geographies

* interrogations of the aesthetics of resistance

* cultural representations and reimaginings of social transformation

* the environment and eco-critical perspectives

* the postcolonial sacred and/or profane

* new and old spoken/written/visual media in a global age

* changing modes and practices in 'writing' and teaching the =

Queries: Janet.Wilson_at_northampton.ac.uk; or =

Abstracts: 200-300 words by Friday 2 March 2007 (03/02/07) to =
Janet.Wilson_at_northampton.ac.uk and Fiona.Tolan_at_northampton.ac.uk.
Please put 'Rerouting the Postcolonial' in the subject line of the email =
as abstracts will be sorted automatically. Early notification of =
acceptance may be requested if required for international speakers.
Conference Publication: Selected papers will be considered for =
publication in the conference proceedings.

Registration Fees:
Earlybird Rate: Prior to Friday 2 March 2007 (03/02/07): =A365 (SIXTY =
students and unwaged;
After 2 March: =A385 (EIGHTY FIVE POUNDS STERLING) full cost; =A345 =
(FORTY FIVE POUNDS STERLING) for students and unwaged;
STERLING), students and unwaged.

Payment: Send cheques (sterling only) or international money orders of =
equivalent amount payable to The University of Northampton.
Please send to Chris Woolmore, School of the Arts, The University of =
Northampton, Avenue Campus, St George's Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD.
N.B. The cost of accommodation, entertainments and dinners will be =

Convenor: Dr Janet Wilson, Editor, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, =
Reader, School of the Arts, University of Northampton;
Coordinators: Dr Fiona Tolan (Fiona.Tolan_at_northampton.ac.uk); Ms Alison =
Struselis (Alison.Struselis_at_northampton.ac.uk), School of the Arts, The =
University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton NN26JD, UK.

After discussion with the UK English Subject Centre whose conference =
=91Renewals: Refiguring University English in the 21st Century=92 will =
follow =91Rerouting the Postcolonial=92 and will be held at Royal =
Holloway, University of London, from 5-7 July 2007 (07/05/07), we =
include their website address: www.english.heacademy.ac.uk/renewals


Dr Janet Wilson
Editor, Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Reader in English
School of the Arts=20
University College of Northampton
St George's Avenue
Northampton NN2 6JD

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