Call for Papers-Call for Applications - Part 47

posted by usha on 2005/11/15 10:54

[ Call for Papers-Call for Applications ]

I love to think that we, a few Austrian scholars (see our bundle of texts on Kk.rev, keyterm: postcolonial), unbagged a wave of postcolonial studies in SEE. Yet, I know this can't be the fact. It has to be this phenomenon of the coincident emergence of ideas. Nevertheless, it is nice to be that self-assured from time to time.
Thus, although I slowly get oversaturated by the topic, I love to announce the conference From Orientalism to Postcoloniality to be held in Sweden in April 27-30, 2006:

While the term postcoloniality itself has been used primarily to designate the geographical areas of the former colonies of the British or European empires, today, the term may turn out to have relevance in a much wider, global context. Three-quarters of the world's population have been affected by the aftermath of
colonialism.

This conference invites papers on historical or contemporary postcoloniality as articulated in political and/or literary narratives. Utilizing or challenging current critical terminology, papers may deal with issues of empowerment and
disempowerment as connected with race, gender, class, caste, religion, and sexuality, or they may explore developments in rural, urban, or industrial areas. Understandings of power relations, clashes between modernity and tradition, and notions of development and progress could be explored, along with
a critical attention to the field of postcolonial studies itself.

Special attention is directed towards the Workshop on (Eastern) Europe, adressing among other things the area of studies called "Balkanism": Postcolonial Perspectives on (Eastern) Europe. In recent years, an increasing number of researchers have noted that post-colonial theory adds new dimensions to the study of post-socialist
societies and the relations between them and others. However, it has been pointed out that there is a risk of overemphasizing certain theoretical as well as empirical insights when well-known classics such as Edward Said's Orientalism are used in simplistic ways. What happens with post-colonial theory when the object of study is not primarily the relations between former colonies and their colonizers? What would be a fruitful approach to both acknowledge the value and utility of post-colonial theory in the study of post-socialist Europe, and try to avoid simplifications?

This workshop will offer an occasion for researchers
to present and discuss their ongoing research and attempts to solve these matters.

Workshop organizer:
Ms. Agnes Ers, Söertörns höskola.
Agnes Ers


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