UPDATE: Rerouting the Postcolonial (UK) (3/19/07; 7/3/07-7/4/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Rudd Alison

Call for Papers



The University of Northampton, UK, 3-4 July 2007 (07/03/07 - 07/04/07)


To mark the re-launch of the journal World Literature Written in English
as the Journal of Postcolonial Studies, The Centre for Contemporary
Fiction and Narrative, University of Northampton, and the Journal of
Postcolonial Writing, in association with Taylor and Francis publishers
and the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies, hosts:

Keynote Speakers -=20


Simon Gikandi =20

Patrick Williams=20

Elleke Boehmer=20

Alastair Niven

In an increasingly mobile and globalised world, new ROUTES become
available to people through movement, migration, diaspora and
relocation, and through the temporary inhabiting of new spaces offered
by cosmopolitan travel and tourism. These movements contribute to a
critique of ROOTS - of fixed origins and traditional identity frameworks
such as family, society and nation. Looking to recent developments and
influences, and exploring both routes and roots, this conference seeks
to REROUTE THE POSTCOLONIAL - to address the tensions that both amplify
and redirect postcolonial studies in the 21st century.


Some key questions underpinning this conference:

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, and the reshaping of culture and the environment 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, and aesthetic and textual practices,
changing in response to these developments?


Possible topics include:

third world cosmopolitan versus/complementing theories of the indigenous

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 postcolonial


Please send abstracts of 200-300 words by Friday 19 March 2007
(03/19/07) to: Janet.Wilson_at_northampton.ac.uk and

Conference organisers: Janet Wilson, Fiona Tolan and Alison Rudd

Registration Fees (excluding accommodation and food - further details
available on request):=20

Before 1 April 2007: sixty-five pounds sterling (thirty-five pounds
sterling - students and unwaged)

After 1 April: eighty-five pounds sterling (forty-five pounds sterling -
students and unwaged)

At the door: one hundred pounds sterling (fifty pounds sterling -
students and unwaged) =20

Cheques (sterling only) or international money orders, payable to THE
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON, to Chris Woolmore, The University of
Northampton, St George's Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD, UK.=20

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