Event: Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective, 17 May 2017, Birmingham

Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective.

Wednesday 17th of May 2017

The Danford Room, Dept. of African Studies and Anthropology,

Second Floor, Arts Building,

University of Birmingham,

B15 2TT

9:00 – 9:30 Registration/ Tea and Coffee (Fage Library)

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome Address

9:45 – 11:15 Panel 1. The Postcolonial Political Economy: Resource Struggles.

11:15 – 11:30 Tea and Coffee (Fage Library)

11:30 – 13:00 Panel 2. Exploring Exploitation: The Environment and Ecocriticism.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (Fage Library)

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3. Travel and Return: Identity, Belonging and Self-Representation through Image and Text.

15:30 – 15:45 Tea and Coffee (Fage Library)

15:45 – 17:15 Panel 4. Structuring Inequality: Gender, Sexuality and Struggle in the Postcolony.

17:15 – 17:30 Tea and Coffee (Fage Library)

17:30 – 19:00 Panel 5. ‘Inside’ and ‘Outside’ Institutions: Religious Experience and Encounter.

19:00 – 20:00 Wine Reception (Fage Library)


Panel 1: The Postcolonial Political Economy: Resource Struggles.

Chair: Chloe Bent

Gemma Jennings, University of Birmingham, UK.

Oil Imperialism? Hydrocarbons and the Development of Franco-Algerian Relations, 1962-2002.

Nadine King Chambers, Independent Researcher, Canada, Jamaica and UK.

Shreds of Law and Ties of Land: Historical Links between Black Communities from Jamaica and Indigenous British Columbia, Canada.

Nicholas Sharman, University of Nottingham, UK.

Nineteenth Century Spain: An Early Example of a Postcolonial Political Economy.’


Panel 2: Exploring Exploitation: The Environment and Ecocriticism.

Chair: Miranda Jones

Laura Kerrigan, SUNY University at Buffalo, USA.

Capital Gains: Human and Environmental Exploitation in a Globalized System.

Selcuk Senturk, University of Leicester, UK

A Feminist Exploration of Natural Resources and the Environment against Masculinist Exploitation in Doris Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing (1950) and Mara and Dann: An Adventure (1999).

Michelle Clarke, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

African Environmental Ethics and Speculative Fiction.


Panel 3: Travel and Return: Identity, Belonging and Self-Representation through Image and Text.

Chair: Kelsi Delaney

Sofia Aatkar, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

‘Contact Zones and Conflict in Amryl Johnson’s Sequins for a Ragged Hem.’

Oyedepo Olukotun, De Montfort University, UK.

Yoruba Photographs as Celebrations of Diasporic National Identities.’

Annamaria Scorza, University of Calabria, Italy.

Postcolonial Literature: The Little Italian Empire.


Panel 4: Structuring Inequality: Gender, Sexuality and Struggle in the Postcolony.

Chair: Amy Redgrave

Susan Bradley, City University of London, UK.

Betwixt and Between: Challenges in Realising Women’s Rights to Respectful Maternity Care in Malawi.

Preet Singh, Loughborough University, UK.

Belonging to the Communal Gaze: The Indian Female as Embodying and Representing ‘Izzat’.’

(TBC) Nancy Ali, Sorbonne University (IV), France.

An Egyptian Queer Trajectory.


Panel 5: ‘Inside’ and ‘Outside’ Institutions: Religious Experience and Encounter.

Chair: Gemma Jennings

Emily Turner, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Canadian Residential Schools and Academic Research on Indigenous-Missionary Encounter After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2008-2015.

Samara Guimaraes, University of Birmingham, UK.

The Incorporation of Traditional Healers into Mozambican Judicial Institutions.

Elisa Tuijnder, University of Birmingham, UK.

Institutional and Non-Institutional Approaches to Religion: A Focus on Everyday Religious Encounter in Postcolonial Congo and Borneo.


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