2015 Postcolonial Studies Association conference
Proposals are now welcomed from prospective hosts for the 2015 Postcolonial Studies Association conference. In line with the PSAs objective of creating an interdisciplinary forum for information exchange, networking opportunities, research collaborations, and other activities, we consider our biennial conference to be perhaps the most important of our activities. The event should serve as a moment where the key emergent concerns of postcolonial studies across disciplinary boundaries can be discussed in a collegiate and productive atmosphere by scholars within the field.
Our conferences are run by members of the PSA, and the intellectual direction of the event (as well as the format it would take) is up to them. The Conference Committee, Executive Committee, and other agencies of the PSA will help with promoting the event, and offer advice regarding organisational matters if requested. We will also provide financial assistance with staging the event, though organisers would be expected to seek further funding as appropriate.
We consider this a great opportunity for postgraduate researchers in postcolonial studies to organise (with assistance) an event that can bring together cutting-edge work across disciplinary boundaries. Proposals can be submitted for consideration using the simple attached form, detailing the interdisciplinary topic around which the event would focus, the proposed dates of the event, and estimated costs and income. However, please feel welcome first to make informal enquires to the Chair of the Conference Committee, Dr Anshuman Mondal firstname.lastname@example.org. The call for organisers’ proposals will close on 31 August 2014.
Resources of Resistance: Production, Consumption, Transformation
The Biennial Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA) Postgraduate Conference
24-25 July 2014, University of York
Confirmed keynotes: Professor Jennifer Wenzel (University of Minnesota), Dr Sharae Deckard (UCD) & Dr Anthony Carrigan (Leeds)
Bringing together postgraduates, early career researchers, and keynote speakers from across the UK, the US and Europe, this two-day interdisciplinary conference addresses critical, topical, and increasingly urgent questions surrounding the concept and roles of resources within the postcolonial world and capitalist world-system. In particular, the conference seeks to probe the dialectical potential of resources by exploring the ways in which human and non-human resources might equally be seen as unexpected sources of resistance towards the uneven world-system of resource use and abuse, and resource-based asymmetry. As such, the event will appeal to a range of researchers interested in the idea of resources, not simply as product or commodity, or the materialisation of productive or unpaid labour, but as a tool that might be leveraged, utilised and deployed as a means of resistance against the unsustainable expansionary logic of the capitalist world-system.
Confirmed panel topics include:
- Alternative aesthetics of/as resources of resistance
- Non-human animals and conservation systems
- Imagining consumption and the politics of food
- Land, water, oil, and (non-)sustainability
- Spaces of local resistance and control
To find more information and register for the conference, please visithttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resources-of-resistance-production-consumption-transformation-tickets-11184620501 or http://resourcesofresistance.wordpress.com/
Any questions or queries, please email the organisers: Hannah Boast, Rebekah Cumpsty, Nicola Robinson and Lucy Potter at: email@example.com
We are pleased to announce that registration for the following event supported from the PSA Conference/Symposium assistance fund is now open.
Postcolonial Environments symposium
Manchester University, 24 January 2014
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We are delighted to announce that the Third Biennial Postcolonial Studies Association Conference will be held at Kingston University on the 12th and 13th September 2013:
History, Postcolonialism and Tradition
Third Biennial Conference of the Postcolonial Studies Association
Kingston University, 12-13 September 2013
To find more information and register for the conference, please visithttp://fass.kingston.ac.uk/activities/item.php?updatenum=2371 or http://psa2013.eventbrite.com/
The organisers of the 2013 Postcolonial Studies Association would like to invite proposals for papers on this year’s theme: ‘History, Postcolonialism and Tradition’. The theme 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 Companionand 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).
Short abstracts (approx. 300 words) should be sent to the organisers, Sara Upstone and Andrew Teverson, at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for proposals is 15 April 2013.