ICPS-PSA Postgraduate Conference 2012 Call for Papers

‘Re-evaluating the Postcolonial City: Production, Reconstruction, Representation’

2nd-3rd February, University of Leedsw

Keynote Speakers: Caryl Phillips, Javier Stanziola

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for proposed papers/presentations at the Annual ICPS-PSA Postgraduate Conference 2012, has now been extended to the 24th of October 2011.

Organised under the auspices of the Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (ICPS), University of Leeds, and the Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA), this two-day interdisciplinary conference re-evaluates the postcolonial city-space as a site of cultural production. The postcolonial city has reconfigured itself in literature and culture, as an urban space that incessantly explores its modernity along various, conflicting lines of identity, representation and consumption. The event brings together practicing cultural producers and their critics, early career scholars and postgraduate students working with the subject of the postcolonial city. In order to re-evaluate the impact of the postcolonial city on lives beyond the remit of the academy, we seek to posit the figure of the cultural producer as a primary focus area of our conference. How do cultural producers construct the postcolonial metropolis? Do they reconstruct existing colonial spaces and ideologies? Or do they produce new spaces to engage with the problematic questions of hybridity, decentred subjectivities and the popular? How do cultural industries, ranging radically from those of internationally acclaimed publishers and reviewers to the street loafer, represent the discourse of the postcolonial city in both innovative and commercially viable ways? What patterns of consumption influence the production, reconstruction and representation of the postcolonial city across both local and global markets?

We welcome contributions from creative writers, artists, performers, postgraduate researchers and early career scholars. The conference will comprise mixed panels showcasing presentations of perspectives on the postcolonial city from academics and cultural practitioners/producers. To this end, we invite proposals for papers, readings and performances. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20 minute papers along with a short biography (200 words max.) to by 15th September 2011. Updates relating to the conference may be found at

It is both a pleasure and privilege to confirm our keynote speakers for the event:  internationally acclaimed author and academic, Caryl Phillips; and Latin American playwright, Javier Stanziola, currently a lecturer in Cultural Policy at the University of Leeds.

Topics for papers, panels, presentations, workshops and performances may be based on, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Exploring the postcolonial city as a global and local space;
  • Colonial memory and the postcolonial city;
  • ‘Post’-colonial cities and today’s empires;
  • Architecture as narrative in the postcolonial cityscape;
  • Technology, virtual space and the postcolonial urban;
  • Urban identities, essentialism and hybridity;
  • Cultural production and popular consciousness in the fashioning of postcolonial modernity;
  • Challenging patriarchal narratives of the postcolonial city;
  • The cultural industry in the postcolonial city;
  • Negotiating artistic creativity and commercial viability when producing ‘postcolonial culture’;
  • Theatre and performing the postcolonial city;
  • Shoppers, eaters, clubbers and flâneurs: postcolonial consumption and the pleasures of the city crowd;
  • Revisiting the ‘carnival’ in the postcolonial city;
  • The artist, the disseminator and the audience: discursive mediations of the postcolonial metropolis.

This conference draws its inspiration particularly from the ‘Postcolonial City’ seminar series, convened during the 2010-11 academic session by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Leeds.




The conference committee of the Postcolonial Studies Association invites proposals from parties interested in hosting the PSA POSTGRADUATE conference for 2012.

Please complete the proposal form (PDF) or proposal form (Doc)  and return to the PSA Conference Committee by December 31 2010.

Postcolonialism, Economies, Crises: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

2nd Biennial Conference of the Postcolonial Studies Association

University of Birmingham

7 & 8 July 2011

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At a time when the current global financial crisis is prompting profound reassessments of economic models, practices and transnational relationships, how can postcolonial studies inform our understanding of relations between local cultures and global capital? This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the relationships between postcolonialism and economic structures, historicising crisis as well as engaging with contemporary concerns. How might we situate present economic relations within longer (post)colonial histories of capitalism, deprivation, debt and dependency? How do moments of crisis interrelate with ongoing economic struggles outside the west? To what extent are economic relations a central feature of postcolonial cultural representation? What are the relationships between economic crisis and the content, marketing and consumption of postcolonial artistic and cultural productions

Keynote Speakers:

Elleke Boehmer, Sarah Brouillette, Suman Gupta

We welcome proposals from academics working in disciplines including Cultural Studies, Economics, Film, Geography, History, Literature, International Development, Politics and related fields. Interdisciplinary papers are welcome.

Topics for papers or panels may include, but are not limited to:

Responses to the current global economic crisis from postcolonial writers, critics and theorists Alternative financial and economic models (e.g. shariah-compliant banking)
Recessions, depressions and crashes: economic crisis points in (post)colonial histories, texts and cultures
Situating economics: postcolonial marketplaces and exchanges
The textual representation of postcolonial economic relations
Contesting regimes of value and worth across postcolonial cultures
Postcolonialism and economic migrancy
Development economics in the postcolony: poverty, debt, aid and relief Neoliberalism and global finance (the World Bank, IMF, etc)
The economics of environmental crisis
‘Economy’ as metaphor for social, interpersonal and psychoanalytic process
The postcolonial studies industry: marketing and commoditising the postcolonial intellectual Economies and the academy: funding postcolonial research in the current HE climate

Individual papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Please send a 300-word abstract and a biographical sketch of no more than 150 words to Clare Barker and Dave Gunning at by 30 November 2010. 

Proposals for panels (3 speakers) and roundtable discussions are also welcome: please include a 200 word rationale for the panel/roundtable and a brief summary of each paper/contributor.

PSA Postgraduate conference

Networking the Globe

Information Technologies and the Postcolonial

Date: 21–22 May 2010

Venue: University of Stirling, Scotland, UK

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Rajinder Dudrah (University of Manchester)

Dr. David Herbert (Open University)

Contemporary events with catastrophic global ramifications, such as the current economic crisis or ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, are not only mediated by super-fast digital communication and information networks but also conditioned by these rapidly advancing technologies. From the social networking site Facebook to the Middle Eastern satellite news channel Al Jazeera, digital forms of culture have multiplied in recent years, proliferating conduits and connections across the globe which shape our lives in multifarious ways. In the light of this, a postcolonial perspective on information and communication technologies is pressing. How far is cyberspace mediated by metropolitan centres of knowledge production, and how might new media entrench existing structures of inequality, by serving corporate capitalist interests or by saturating consumers with hegemonic representations of global events? Conversely, to what extent can technologies operate as tools of empowerment or resistance for marginalised peoples, by bypassing forms of censorship and facilitating access to global arenas of debate and alternative communities? How have new technologies impacted on issues of identity, place and nation, and shifted the parameters of postcolonial thought?

This inaugural postgraduate conference of the Postcolonial Studies Association will consider the cultural, political, and practical effects of information and communication technologies on postcolonial peoples and spaces. The PSA invites papers from postgraduates working in the disciplines of literature, history, cultural studies, film, human geography, linguistics, politics, psychology, religious studies, art, music, media & communication, and informatics, among others. Our aim is to bring together a wide variety of scholarly interests and methodological approaches.

Papers may focus on, but are not limited to, the following conceptual intersections:

  • Technologies and neo-imperialism: cultural imperialism and homogenization, digital media and hegemony, technological warfare and its virtual representations (computer games);
  • Technologies and capitalism: commodification of information, web marketing and advertising, uneven access to technology, uneven development of technologies (industrial and agricultural);
  • Technologies and resistance: alternative virtual communities, ‘indigenous’ media and self-determination, sustainable technologies, open-source soft ware communities, hackers and cybercrime;
  • Technologies and communication: new forms of language, literacy, transnational social networking sites, censorship and its circumvention, ‘freedom of speech’, media as social and political commentary;
  • Technologies and place: spatial dislocation, the erosion of national boundaries, cosmopolitanisms (tele-technologies such as mobile phones, email, internet telephony, webcams);
  • Technologies and youth identities: music as sub-cultural expression (downloads and MP3 players), virtual subjectivities and transnational communities (computer games, YouTube, chat rooms);
  • Technologies and text: new filmic and literary genres, the production of alternative modernities, textual representations of technologies;
  • Technologies and knowledge: education and e-learning, data and surveillance, globalisation and the idea of ‘democratised’ or ‘universal’ knowledge (web-based search engines);
  • Technologies and the ‘new’: new uses of old technologies, modernity and cultural innovation.

Panels will normally comprise three 20-minute papers. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Brian Rock by 15 March 2010:

Aside from keynote papers and parallel panels of postgraduate presentations, the conference will host training workshops relating to professional and research skills led by both established and early career scholars. These will include a presentation by Prof. Stephanie Newell (University of Sussex) on her career path in the field of postcolonial studies.

The JPW/PSA Essay Prize 2010 will be awarded at the conference. Details about the prize will be available shortly on the PSA website. 

The following documents are now ready to download:

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click here to download PGC Registration Form

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click here to download Stirling Maps

click here to download Accomodation Guide

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