CFP: [Postcolonial] Reception and Diaspora Conference Sept3-5 2008

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Bethan Benwell
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                CALL FOR PAPERS

Reading After Empire: Local, Global and Diaspora Audiences

An international conference to be hosted by the University of Stirling,
3-5 September 2008

How should we read colonial and postcolonial texts? Is reading an act of
resistance, or the domestication of difference? Does postcolonial studies
posit an ‘ideal reader’? What (if anything) are the differences between
local, national and transnational audiences? How can we ever adequately
interpret the imperial archive?

This conference focuses on the neglected but central role of reading in
colonial, postcolonial and diasporic contexts. It uses reading in its
broadest sense (e.g. as reception, viewing, consumption, translation) to
raise questions about the politics, and the pleasures, of interpretation.
We are interested in both empirical and theoretical accounts of readers
and audiences across a range of genres (e.g. literary, cinematic,
televisual, internet-based) and contexts (e.g. libraries, living rooms,
cinemas, book groups, chat rooms).

Suggested topics might include:
contrapuntal reading; imagined and interpretive communities; catachresis;
the postcolonial exotic; literacy; reception as a situated activity;
colonial libraries; postcolonial history of the book; nationalism and
hermeneutics; readers in fiction and film

Titles and abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent
electronically, along with a 50-word biography, by March 31st 2008 to
Bethan Benwell (


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