[UPDATE] BCPCS 2015 PANEL: Neocolonial Economies and Subjectivity - Deadline 11/8

full name / name of organization: 
Jose Terneus + Matthew Henry

Neocolonial Economies and Subjectivity: Emerging Issues in a Globalized Postcolonial World

Postcolonial studies has long been concerned with linguistic conceptions of identity, particularly the notion of hybridity and difference. This situation has lead the field to be stymied by strategies that are unable to dislodge traditional facets of oppression such as white supremacy and capitalism from the contemporary postcolonial era. The repeated failure of these strategies has consequently allowed postcolonial oppression to move outside of national lines and into an interconnected neocolonial world. Evidently, strategies that attempt to dismantle the structures of a nation are ineffective since the issues facing the neocolonial subject now emanate from international organizations and globalized corporations. Due to this situation, this panel seeks to articulate different, nuanced approaches to postcolonial theory that take into account the globalized material experiences of the modern neocolonial subject both in the colonies and abroad in diasporic communities. From examining the international resurrection of colonial-era military fashion, to an analysis of the effects globalization, neoliberalism, and late capitalism on urban slum populations that exist outside normative economic frameworks, this panel engages postcolonial studies and postcolonial literary texts from new perspectives that depart, in crucial ways, from notions of postcolonial subjectivity and postmodern notions of identity.

We invite 300 word abstracts for a panel discussing strategies to battle neocolonial structures based on globalized corporations or international organizations.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
consumer culture and neocolonialism
new manifestations of neoliberalism in the postcolonial nation
the postcolonial world and globalization
formations of the globalized/transnational postcolonial identity
emerging strategies for a postcolonial world
critiques on term "postcolonial"
transnational intersections of South Asian and African Literature
black-markets in the postcolonial world
global postcolonial subcultures
fashion in the neocolonial world
racial categories and globalization
postcolonial mafias and cartels