Bookings open: History, Postcolonialism and Tradition – Third Biennial Conference of the Postcolonial Studies Association

History, Postcolonialism and Tradition
Third Biennial Conference of the Postcolonial Studies Association
12-13 September 2013. Kingston University.

Bookings have now opened for the Postcolonial Studies Association Conference, History, Postcolonialism and Tradition taking place on the 12 – 13 September 2013 at Penrhyn Road, Kingston University. This two-day conference is designed to facilitate the opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue, in particular between the spheres of literature, cultural studies, anthropology, the visual arts, the performative arts, folklore, history, politics and the social sciences. The event will be a jam packed two-days, with papers being presented from academics, scholars and interested parties from all over the world, along with two prestigious key note speakers, novelist, short story writer, playwright and literary critic Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and prestigious scholar and folklorist, Sadhana Naithani. There will be opportunities for networking, questions and learning and the conference promises to be one not to miss!

For booking: http://psa2013.eventbrite.com/

For more info: c.carsey@kingston.ac.uk

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CFP: (Proposals closed on 15th April 2013) 
History, Postcolonialism and Tradition: Third Biennial Conference of the Postcolonial Studies Association

This year’s theme, ‘History, Postcolonialism and Tradition’, is designed to facilitate the opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue, particularly (but not exclusively) between the spheres of literature, cultural studies, anthropology, the visual arts, the performative arts, folklore, history, politics, and the social sciences.

Issues of history and tradition remain sites of significant contestation for postcolonial studies. Whilst postcolonial studies focuses increasingly on ‘future-thinking’ this is in tension with, and reliant upon, a continued need to negotiate the postcolonial cultures’ relationship to often violent histories and the marginalisation of indigenous traditions. Equally, global and diasporic cultures are the sites of complex interplays of productively competing traditions and forms of remembrance. Issues include but are not limited to:

·         The difference between history and memory in postcolonial cultures

·         Theoretical approaches to postcolonial history (new historicism, cultural materialism)

·         Gendered histories and traditions

·         Myth, folklore and oral tradition

·         Postcolonial historiographies

·         Negotiations of history and tradition in literature, creative writing and the visual arts

·         History and/or tradition as source of/barrier to political and social change

·         Transformations of history and tradition in the context of global and diasporic identities

Confirmed keynote speakers include Robert Irwin (author of The Arabian Nights: A Companion and For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies) and Sadhana Naithani (author of In Quest of Indian Tradition and The Story-Time of the British Empire: Colonial and Postcolonial Folkloristics).

The conference will be held at Kingston University (London) from 12-13 September 2013. 

For booking: http://psa2013.eventbrite.com/

For more info: c.carsey@kingston.ac.uk



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