The Postcolonial Studies Association Conference, 2013
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13 September 2013
History, Postcolonialism and Tradition
The Postcolonial Studies Association Conference
12 - 13 September 2013
The event 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 Éilís Ní Dhuibhne (author of Dordán and Fox, Swallow, Scarecrow) and Sadhana Naithani (author of In Quest of Indian Folktales and The Story-Time of the British Empire: Colonial and Postcolonial Folkloristics).
The conference will be held at Kingston University (London) from 12-13 September 2013. Book here.