Deadline extended

It’s a busy time of year for academics, so we are extending the deadline for proposals to Friday June 13th. If you or your colleagues have an interest in our topics, then please send us a proposal.

Update

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The conference is taking shape. We have now confirmed our speakers, and issued an updated call for papers, with an extended deadline. We are delighted to welcome acclaimed Malaysian novelist Chiew-Siah Tei, who will read from her work.

We have also negotiated accommodation in the very pleasant new student halls at Edge Hill. Costs are likely to be £160 for early-bird registration, which will cover conference registration, two nights’ accommodation and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. We are also planning a conference dinner at a local restaurant.

We are in negotiations to produce an edited collection of papers from the conference.

Here’s the updated conference call for papers:

CULTURAL CROSS-CURRENTS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN – THE CONFERENCE:

Edge Hill University (UK)
Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th  September 2014

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor John McLeod of Leeds University – whose acclaimed publications include Beginning PostcolonialismPostcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis and the Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies.
Dr Claire Chambers, Lecturer in Global Literatures at York University;  Editor of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and author of  British Muslim Fictions.
Chiew-Siah Tei, prizewinning Malaysian novelist and author of The Mouse Deer Kingdom and Little Hut of Leaping Fishes

As European colonialism becomes an increasingly distant historical event, the associated changing global affinities engenders certain cultural transformations. Such change is exemplified in the Indian Ocean World, a region extending from India, and the coastal areas of East Africa to Western Australia, incorporating a diverse range of nations, peoples, and colonial histories across Asia and  the Arab peninsula.  We seek to explore critical issues related to the representation and experience of a region ‘worlded’ by the interventions of European colonialism and globalization, but also by the criss-crossings of inter-regional migrations, trade routes and conquests.

Topics for presentation may include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

How the region is represented in literature and other media
Literary traditions and influences
Language and aesthetic/cultural practices
Regional affinities: historical and contemporary
Colonialism and its legacies
Political and cultural identities
Constructions of ‘race’ and ethnicity
Impact of 9/11 on experience and representation
Pedagogical and theoretical approaches to centring the Indian Ocean as a region

We invite proposals for 30-minute papers for the conference. Please submit 300-400 word abstracts with a short biographical statement by 30th May 2014.

Negotiations are in place with a reputable publisher and the organisers plan to produce an edited collection of work emerging from the conference.

Further details can be found on the conference website:  http://crosscurrentsindianocean.wordpress.com

Conference organisers:    Dr Karen D’Souza (dsouzak@edgehill.ac.uk)    / Dr Rob Spence (rob.spence@edgehill.ac.uk)

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Keynotes and call for papers

We now have two keynote speakers confirmed. Prof. John McLeod of Leeds University, is one of the country’s leading experts on the postcolonial. He is the author of everyone’s favourite primer in the field, Beginning Postcolonialism, as well as the highly regarded Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis. He has contributed as editor to the Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies and is editor and contributor to The 1970s: a decade of contemporary British fiction, in which his essay on Black British writing of the seventies is to be found. We are also happy to welcome Dr Claire Chambers, Lecturer in Global Literatures at York University, and convenor of York’s innovative MA in Cultures of Empire, Resistance and Postcoloniality. She is the author of British Muslim Fictions, and a number of articles on postcolonial themes.

The call for papers is online here. The key details are: 200-300 word abstracts, for 30 minute papers, to be sent to the organisers by April 30th, 2014.

Organisers’ email addresses:

Karen d’Souza: dsouzak@edgehill.ac.uk

Rob Spence: rob.spence@edgehill.ac.uk

Cultural Cross-Currents in the Indian Ocean – the conference

Following a small-scale symposium in November 2013, we are now pleased to announce the full-scale two-day conference. This will take place on Monday and Tuesday, September 8th and 9th, 2014 at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK. Our broad theme will be the condition of postcoloniality in the countries around the Indian ocean. We are delighted that John McLeod, Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures at the University of Leeds has agreed to be one of our keynote speakers. Further speakers and events will be announced in due course.

As European colonialism becomes an increasingly distant historical event, defining the postcolonial and its relevance as a term of reference becomes ever more problematic.  Recognition of the changing global dynamics of centre/periphery and cultural and artistic transformations in tandem with advancing digital technologies, calls for the trajectories of representation and the adequacy of related critical practices to be re-examined.

Such change is exemplified in the Indian Ocean World, a region which extends from the coastal areas of East Africa to Western Australia, incorporating a diverse range of nations, peoples, and colonial histories across Asia and parts of the Arab peninsula.  It is a region that has been ‘worlded’ by the interventions of European colonialism and globalization, but also by the criss-crossings of inter-regional migrations, trade routes and conquests.

The conference will address the need to think beyond the postcolonial, while recognizing a central concern with cultural power remains an important tool of analysis. ‘Writing back’ may no longer be an imperative yet the use of particular forms and/or the English language may reflect other complex regional and global concerns. Speakers will generate interdisciplinary debate about academic practice and cultural representation related to colonial/global relations, migrant identities, diasporas, and cultural transformations taking place in the Indian Ocean World.

A formal call for papers will be issued soon. In the meantime, any enquiries should be directed to the organisers:

Dr Karen d’Souza (dsouzak@edgehill.ac.uk)

Dr Rob Spence (rob.spence@edgehill.ac.uk)