The Fourth Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium
‘Postcolonial Education: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in and after Empire’
University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, June 17th 2016, in association with the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for Culture and the Arts. Co-organised by Dr Matthew Whittle, Dr Rachel Bower, Dr Jonathan Saha and Dr Emily Zobel Marshall with NPN
Call for Papers: Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Roundtable
The Fourth Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium will concentrate on the topic of ‘Postcolonial Education’. Taking place on Friday 17th June 2016, at the Rose Bowl, the day will bring together academic and non-academic audiences to debate the current and very pressing issues of teaching, learning and schooling in and after Empire. The focus is therefore on conversation rather than on the delivery of formal academic papers. The one-day symposium encourages educators and students – both broadly defined – to reflect on issues of teaching postcolonial histories and literatures in schools, universities, activist networks, and community organisations. Building on current debates about ‘decolonising education’ (evident in the Rhodes Must Fall and Why Is My Curriculum White? campaigns) we will explore the formative role of education during colonial rule and in postcolonial contexts through a set of interactive roundtables and workshops. Contributors are encouraged to think through the continuities and breaks with the past, and the implications of this for addressing issues such as race and migration in teaching, student experiences and/or the development of curriculum today.
The conference is particularly keen to facilitate wider and more inclusive forms of participation than traditional academic conferences. To this end, postgraduate and early career researchers, educators outside of higher education, community activists, as well as creative performers, will be key participants. We can also confirm that there will be a screening of the film Sugar Cane Alley, which is based on the autobiographical book by the Martican writer Joseph Zobel. This will be accompanied by an introduction and Q&A with Zobel’s granddaughter, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall. Additional confirmed contributors include Dr Sarah Lawton Welsh (York St John) and Dr Kate Houlden (Anglia Ruskin).
We warmly invite postgraduates and early career researchers to submit a 200-word abstract for a short piece of work to be discussed as part of a roundtable at the start of the symposium. Priority will be given to proposals that speak to the symposium topics and that keep a public audience in mind. To reap the full benefits of discussion on the day, full versions of papers (up to 1500 words) will be circulated to attendees three weeks prior to the symposium. For the roundtable itself, each presenter will prepare a brief (5-minute) introduction based on the pre-circulated piece.
Please submit a paper proposal of 200 words to the symposium organisers at northernpoconetwork@by Friday 25th March 2016.
Notices of acceptance: Friday 25th April 2016
Deadline for full papers: Friday 20th May 2016 (up to 1500 words)
Full papers pre-circulated: Friday 3rd June 2016