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New in Paperback – Caring for Community: Towards a New Ethics of Responsibility in Contemporary Postcolonial Novels

Caring for Community: Towards a New Ethics of Responsibility in Contemporary Postcolonial Novels by Marijke Denger was first published by Routledge in 2019, in the Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures series, but has now been reissued in paperback format (29 September 2020). Caring for Community: Towards a New Ethics of Responsibility in Contemporary Postcolonial Novels focuses on four highly acclaimed publications in order to argue for a new understanding of community and its ethical framework in recent literary texts. Traditionally, community has been understood ... Read more

PSA Newsletter #26 (December 2020)

This newsletter features an original contribution on the role of the homeland in modern Arabic poetry by Hajar Mahfoodh, a PSA funding report by Sneha Reddy, interviews with the two PSA/JPW Essay Prize Winners Alexander Bell and Maya Caspari and reviews of recent books in postcolonial studies. Mara Mattoscio reviews Sandra Ponzanesi and Adriano José Habed’s edited collection Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe: Critics, Artists, Movements, and their Publics. Smriti Singhgives us an insight into Lawrence Aje, Thomas Lacroix, and Judith Misrahi-Barak’s volume Re-Imagining the Guyanas and ... Read more

Call for Papers: Special Issue of South Asian Review on South Asian Disasters

Call for Papers: Special Issue of South Asian Review Topic: South Asian Disasters in 20th and 21st Century - Literature, Film, and Culture We invite proposals for a special issue of South Asian Review on “South Asian Disasters in Literature, Film, and Culture.” Edited by Liam O’ Loughlin and Pallavi Rastogi, the volume will be published in the spring of 2023. The special issue will feature Debjani Ganguly (University of Virginia), who will write the lead essay in the volume, and Upamanyu Pablo ... Read more

Call for Papers – SPEAKING AS THE ‘OTHER’: CALLIOPE International Conference, University of Helsinki: 10-12 May 2021

"SPEAKING AS THE ‘OTHER’: Coloniality, Subalternity, and Embodied Political Articulations" (late 18th – early 20th centuries) 10-12 May 2021 Live in Helsinki and online This multidisciplinary conference seeks to examine performative, embodied and acoustic histories of articulating political representation and colonial ‘otherness’. To that end, we intend to extend the focus of the conference beyond established Anglophone analyses of the metropole and colony, and indeed, beyond the disciplinary pre-eminence of Anglophone postcolonial studies.  The conference is planned to be held live at Metsätalo Lecture Hall 4, Unioninkatu 40, University ... Read more

New Publication – Imperial Beast Fables: Animals, Cosmopolitanism, and the British Empire

Imperial Beast Fables: Animals, Cosmopolitanism, and the British Empire (Palgrave MacMillan 2020) by Kaori Nagai This book coins the term ‘imperial beast fable’ to explore modern forms of human-animal relationships and their origins in the British Empire. Taking as a starting point the long nineteenth-century fascination with non-European beast fables, it examines literary reworkings of these fables, such as Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books, in relation to the global politics of race, language, and species. The imperial beast fable figures variably as a key site ... Read more

Call for Chapters for Edited Book: Genetic Histories and Liberties

Genetic Histories and Liberties: Eugenics, Genetic Ancestries and Genetic Technologies in Literary and Visual Cultures Gender and the Body Series, Edinburgh University Press ‘Eugenics, at its root, divides people into positive and negative groups,’ Kevin Begos “Weak parents should not procreate. Because their children would inherit their inferior qualities, they would have no strength to lead a meaningful life, or in any way contribute to the state.” Plato, The Republic "Eugenics is the study of the agencies under social control that may improve or impair ... Read more

New Project – Thanatic Ethics: The Circulation of Bodies in Migratory Spaces

Dear colleagues, We are writing to inform you about a new project we are launching called "Thanatic Ethics: The Circulation of Bodies in Migratory Spaces". This is a project of the Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities at the Education University of Hong Kong, led by Dr Bidisha Banerjee (Principal Investigator), by Dr Thomas Lacroix and Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak (Co-Investigators), in collaboration with EMMA (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3) and the Maison Française of Oxford.Here is a brief summary of the project:Shocking images ... Read more

PSA Newsletter #25 (June 2020)

PSA Newsletter #25 is a special issue on ‘Decolonising Academia?’ Our contributors critically engage with calls for decolonisation academia, examining different aspects of the university and its practises from a range of geographical and linguistic perspectives, including interrogating to what extent decolonial thought can take place in a neo-liberal academia, emphasising the importance of associate tutor training in decolonising the university, examining how the English language has colonised academia, and considering how we can decolonise academia beyond postcolonial studies. This issue also features reports about an international ... Read more

Postponed: ‘Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines’ (University of Mauritius, NOW 2–5 August 2021)

Dear PSA members, colleagues and friends, Due to the outbreak of the pandemic, the ensuing slowdown and uncertainties, and the strict sanitary measures taken by Mauritian authorities, we have postponed the conference ‘Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines’ to 2-5 August 2021. We hope to make the best of the new, unexpected time at our disposal to broaden our conceptual agenda by highlighting the unique and timely contribution of the Humanities and Social Sciences to discussions on one of the major crises of our ... Read more

Call for Papers: Religion and Postcolonial Literature, Music, and Art

Special Issue Editor Prof. Dr. John HawleyGuest EditorDepartment of English, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053, USAInterests: Victorian and postcolonial literatures; gender studies; intersection between religion and literature Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, This Special Issue seeks to update the study of religion from a postcolonial theoretical approach to include not only Christianity but also the other major world religions, and to explore the uses to which religion has been put—both in the further imposition of varieties of colonization, and also in resistance to powerful ... Read more
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