CFP: [Postcolonial] conference

full name / name of organization: 
Hajer Ben Gouider Trabelsi

Of Words, Bodies Politic and Alternative Communities
University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Department of English Studies
March 14-15, 2008.

Call for papers:

The strong ties that used to join nation and state during the period
between the end of World War II and the 1970s are constantly undermined
by the forces of globalization. The nation-state is clearly in crisis
and so are most imagined communities that ensue from that relationship
(Gerard Delanty). This, however, does not mean that we are living in
post-national world. In fact, the predicament of the nation-state is but
a symptom of the transformation of both nation and state in a globalizing
world. Among the major consequences of this transformation is the
simultaneous rise of radical and exclusive nationalisms (in the case of
Iraq, for instance) and what Zygmunt Bauman would call the liquidity of
human relationships and communities national and otherwise. This
conference invites papers, small-scale installations, poems and short
stories that rethink community within and beyond the nation. It also
responds to the urgent need to reconfigure community at a time when very
few alternatives have been proposed to the nation (Hardt and Negri’s
Multitude being the most memorable). We especially welcome papers that
would focus their rethinking of community on the way works of art
represent the political body/ body politics.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Literature and alternative conceptions of community
• The Others/ Monsters of Globalization and their alternatives
• Urban space, literature and alternative practices of citizenship
• Rethinking body politics
• Translation: alternative ways of creating existentially-
significant meaning
• Multiculturalism
• Alternatives to the nation: Literary dystopias and Utopias
• Traces of the multitude in the pre-early modern and modern eras
• Environmentalist, feminist and Indigenous alternatives

Please send 300-word abstracts to, by January 20, 2008.

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