CFP: Postcolonial Representation[s] and the U.S. (grad) (2/23/07; 5/12/07)

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CFP: Postcolonial Representation[s] and the U.S. (grad) [2/23/07; 5/12/07]
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Centennial House, University of California, Santa Barbara

Keynote Speaker: Bishnupriya Ghosh, Professor of English, UC Santa
Barbara (biography below)

The 2007 American Cultures and Global Contexts Graduate Conference, an
interdisciplinary forum at UC Santa Barbara, will explore issues
revolving around the postcolonial—encompassing representations of the
postcolonial in the U.S., colonial, neo-colonial and postcolonial
ideologies and debates surrounding imperialism and empire building.
We are not only interested in representations of the postcolonial,
inside and outside of the U.S., but also representations that have to
do with the U.S. In the face of contemporary debates about whether
postcolonial theory is bowing out to theories of globalization, what
is at stake for us as postcolonial scholars in continuing our
research? Has the U.S. Empire actually or only seemingly "moved on"
from previous colonial models? Does postcolonial study reveal
continuing colonial violences from a century ago that shape
geopolitical balances of power, and internal colonialisms within the
U.S. that are lost in overemphasizing transnational flows? The
intersections between postcolonial theory, global studies, and
American studies offer a rich field of study that crosses disciplinary
boundaries, and we aim to cultivate our knowledge and open up a forum
for discussion and debate. Both contemporary and historical work is
welcome, as well as multi-genre work, including the visual arts.

Presentation topics may include but are not limited to the following
Representations of memory in diasporic/postcolonial literature
Memory, memorializing, and elided histories
The subaltern, the disenfranchised
Specters, hauntology, redress
National identity as central to the U.S.'s new nationalisms
Global capital, postcolonial theory, and U.S. institutions
Genre and postcolonial literature
Mixed media art and postcolonial identity
Diasporic/postcolonial peoples as represented by "U.S." authors/artists
Diasporic imagined communities, social imaginaries
Language and literature as related to the global south
United States citizens as represented by "postcolonial" authors/artists
Hollywood in the post-colonies and the post-colonies in Hollywood
Postcolonial and globalization theory—overlaps and divides
Postcoloniality, sovereignty, Empire, and the U.S.
Violence, terror, war
The (re)construction and/or production of the postcolonial body
History, genealogy, and recovery
Gender, sexuality, as related to postcoloniality
Identity, agency, subjectivity, and nation building

To Submit an Abstract:
Please submit 250-word individual abstracts or panel proposals
(comprised of a 250-word abstract for the panel as a whole and titles
for each paper) to by Friday, February 23, 2007.
We request that you paste your proposal into the body of your email
and include any technology requests. If submitting a work of art,
please attach a low-resolution image of your piece, if possible, in
addition to your abstract. Some travel subsidies may be available.
Please indicate on your abstract if you are interested.

Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2007
Conference Date: Saturday, May 12, 2007

For more information about the American Cultures and Global Contexts
Center, please visit


Keynote Speaker Biography:
Bishnupriya Ghosh is a professor in the Department of English at the
University of California, Santa Barbara. She came to UCSB with a
doctorate from Northwestern University, a B.A. from Wellesley College,
and a B.A. from Presidency College (Kolkata). Her teaching interests
are global studies, postcolonial theory and media studies, and
gender/sexuality studies. Apart from publishing essays on literature,
film, postcolonial criticism and theory in journals such as Screen,
boundary 2, The Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and in several
anthologies, Ghosh's first monograph on globalization, literary
markets, and the political imagination of South Asian writing in
English, When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary
Indian Novel (Rutgers University Press), appeared in 2004; she has
also co-edited a volume of critical essays, Interventions: Feminist
Dialogues on Third World Women's Literature and Film (Garland, 1997).
She is working on a second manuscript on the corporeal idioms of
famous contemporary female icons marked as "South Asian" such as
Phoolan Devi, Taslima Nasrin, Arundhati Roy, and Mother Teresa;
Corporeal Intimations: The Material Life of South Asian Female Icons
rethinks received dismissals of icons as overexposed mass mediatized
commodities and resituates them hieroglyphics of social power in South
Asian contexts. As she completes Corporeal Intimations, Ghosh is
beginning research on a third project on a spectral modernity
evidenced in twentieth-century gothic and speculative fiction from
South Asian postcolonial contexts. At UCSB she is active in the
Multi-Research Group, "The Subaltern and the Popular"; most recently,
she is engaged convening a UCHRI short-term research focus group on
risk, uncertainty, and globality, "Speculative Globalities," in
February 2007.

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