CFP: Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cultures (Australia) (10/20/07; 4/12/0

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Robert Clarke
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Call for Papers and Expressions of Interest

 in an Upcoming Symposium on

"Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and
Post-Colonial Cultures"


Thursday 12 April 2007

University of Queensland


Colonialism produces its fair share of celebrities, yet the meanings, forms,
and functions of celebrities within colonial and post-colonial cultures have
received little scholarly attention.


The Postcolonial Research Group of the University of Queensland invites
expressions of interest in, and proposals for papers for, a symposium on
Celebrity Colonialism to be held at the University of Queensland in April


This single-day symposium will explore the various and ambivalent
relationships between the cultures of celebrity and colonialism. Who are
the celebrities of colonialism and anti-colonialism? How do celebrities
function within colonial and post-colonial cultures? In what way have
various famous figures made their name through their celebration of or
antagonism towards colonial and neo-colonial imperialism? How does the
popular appeal of celebrity inflect the way (post-)colonial matters can be
brought before and received by the public?


Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers that address this theme and may
include such topics as:

* Literary celebrity and the cultures of colonialism.
* Celebrity travellers and travel writers in colonized and
post-colonized spaces.
* Celebrity, the media, and (neo)colonialism.
* Celebrity and the discourses of benevolence in the colonial and
post-colonial world.
* Celebrity and resistance.
* Celebrity frauds and the representation of Others.


If you wish to present a paper, please send a 250 word abstract including
the title of your paper to Dr Robert Clarke (School of English, Media
Studies and Art History, University of Queensland), by
Friday 20 October 2007.

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