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[ecrea] cfp - Postcolonial Mediations: Globalisation and Displacement
Sun Jan 15 22:01:40 GMT 2017
AMSTERDAM CENTRE FOR GLOBALISATION STUDIES PRESENTS
Postcolonial Mediations: Globalisation and Displacement
12 September 2016
Fourth Annual ACGS Conference
Amsterdam, 26-27 October 2017
* Victoria Bernal (Professor of Anthropology, University of
California, Irvine, US)
* Paula Chakravartty (Associate Professor Media, Culture and
Communication, New York University, New York, US)
* Iain Chambers (Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies,
Oriental University, Naples, Italy)
Postcolonial thinking has challenged the stability of discourses on
culture, globalisation, economics, human rights and politics.
Postcolonial thinking, as a form of mediation and displacement of
worldviews, triggered a re-evaluation of the complex connections between
culture, class, economy, gender and sexuality. This conference aims to
engage with such postcolonial displacements.
Displacement can be seen under the rubric of mobility and its many forms
today, most tellingly discernible in the forced movements of peoples in
the wake of wars, and the concomitant crises this provokes around issues
of “culture and civilization”, and its gendered, religious and raced
dimensions. The refugee crisis in Europe is an important case in point.
Cultural productions from the non-West continue to displace received
understandings of other cultures and societies (Chow, 2002, Narayan,
1997) while contemporary political movements draw inspiration from
postcolonial struggles as they deploy new media forms, as Howard Caygill
(2013) has recently shown in his analyses of the Gandhian non-violence
movement, the continuing Maoist rebellions and their relation to the
Zapatistas and the Indignados. The shifting contours of gender and
sexual politics, and the critique of stable identities provoked by queer
politics and theory, are also producing displacements, in the discourse
and practice of the politics of rights. Local, regional and national
politics often challenge universal rights claims. e.g. the controversies
around the relevance of “Global Queer” (Altman, 1996).
The postcolonial is understood here simultaneously as a mediating and a
displacing series of interventions, which demands engagement with
contemporary understandings of globalisation.
We invite papers that explore the complexity of postcolonial mediations
in their interaction with the displacements of globalisation through
theoretical and empirical analyses.
Possible topics include:
1. How can a postcolonial perspective inform newer understandings of
contemporary forms of cultural, political and economic globalisation?
For example, what does the “neo-colonial” turn (Mignolo) imply for
thinking globalisation’s many dimensions today? What purchase might
postcolonial perspectives (including postcolonial self-critique) have in
the context of “planetary” (Spivak) developments, discussions of
“Empire” and “Multitude” (Hardt/Negri) and articulations of “singular”
(Jameson) and alternative modernities?
2. Migration in its many forms has centralized displacement as a crucial
feature of globalisation. How might a postcolonial perspective further a
contemporary engagement with the displacements of peoples in the wake of
economic globalisation, political crises, human rights crises, and the
ongoing militarization of the globe? How can the figures of the
“migrant”, the “refugee” and the “asylum-seeker”, for example, be
rethought given their contemporary reformulations by nation-states and
transnational entities such as the EU and other multilateral
deportation/resettling schemes in Asia?
3. Queer theory has long argued that gender and sexuality are not
external dimensions to be “added” onto considerations of subjectivity
but intrinsic to how “human” subjectivities are lived, transformed and
theorized. How do contemporary forms of displacement register at the
level of gender and sexual politics? And how might queer forms of
thinking intervene, mediate, displace or consolidate racist, sexist,
transphobic, and hetero-normative discourses in the wake of
globalisation, often under the rubric of culture and civilization?
4. Contemporary forms of globalisation are not only represented but also
actively constructed through forms of media engagement, from political
mobilization through social media to filmic and televisual cultural
practices. These mediated forms of global politics demand different
forms of analysis while also provoking transformations in how we
theorize media themselves. How can “mediation” be confronted and
theorized given the postcolonial dimensions of contemporary globalisation?
5. The contours of globalisation in terms of borders, the nation-states
and transnational communities are being displaced and redrawn in the
content of contemporary economic, political and military crises. How
might postcolonial perspectives furnish cognitive and affective mappings
of the overlaps and disjunctions of political and cultural cartographies?
6. Given that a “postcolonial perspective” unites competing perspectives
(e.g. the literary, the politico-economic, the Marxist, the
postmodernist) rather than a unified and homogeneous body of arguments,
what are the contemporary forms of internal displacement within the field?
Contributions from fields from across the social sciences or humanities
Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words)
by 1 February 2017 to (acgs-fgw /at/ uva.nl)
<mailto:(acgs-fgw /at/ uva.nl)?subject=Abstract%20Postcolonial%20Mediations%20Conference>.
Notice of acceptance will be given by 1 May 2017. Conference fee: 50
Euros (25 Euros for PhD students). Conference dinner: 25 Euros.
Organisers: Sudeep Dasgupta (University of Amsterdam), John Nguyet Erni
(Hong Kong Baptist University), Aniko Imre (University of Southern
California), Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam), Sandra Ponzanesi
(Utrecht University), Raka Shome (National University of Singapore)
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