PSA, University of Leicester (UK)
7 – 9 September 2015
Special Topic: Diasporas
The first Postcolonial Studies Association Convention will be held at the University of Leicester from 7 to 9 September 2015. Contributions from academics and postgraduates investigating any area of postcolonialism from any disciplinary, cross- or interdisciplinary perspective are warmly invited. Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Paul Gilroy (King’s College London) and Professor John McLeod (University of Leeds), plus other keynotes still to be confirmed.
Proposals for panels and papers on the theme of diasporas will be particularly welcome. Movement — be it of culture, capital or the human movement involved in colonialism, slavery, indentured labour, or postcolonial migration to former colonial metropoli — has always been central to postcolonial studies.
Diaspora has been one of the key concepts of postcolonial studies within this context of individual and collective journeys. Within contemporary analysis, diasporas have tended to be explored in terms of ethnicity, race, nationality, and even religion. However, diaspora has sometimes been accused of perpetuating histories of colonial inequality by failing to differentiate between precarious migration motivated by exploitation and the more economically privileged transnational movements of the global bourgeoisie. The study of human movement during colonial and postcolonial times has taken a number of shapes across the humanities and social sciences through the study of diaspora, migration, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism and globalisation.
It is this theme of movement that the conference special topic will address. What social, historical and linguistic configurations does the study of diasporas privilege? Which ones does it ignore? How has diaspora come to include different motivations of migration beyond the more familiar ones of ethnic discrimination and economic hardship? How has the diasporic experience been represented and studied?
Format: Individual 20 minute academic papers, panels, performances or poster presentations. Please send abstracts of individual presentations (250 words) or panels of 3 (500 words) with a brief biographical note of participants (2-3 sentences) to email@example.com
Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2015. Decisions communicated by the end of March 2015.