“Comparative Postcolonialities” will examine how postcolonial scholarship can move beyond the political pessimism that haunts both the discipline and our present political moment, seeking a movement towards a future possible.
“Comparative Postcolonialities” seeks to contribute to this effort by advancing a theoretically nuanced comparative area studies. The goal is to recover postcolonial studies not only as an academic formation (largely in the First World), but also as a constellation of theoretical practices from across the post/colonial world. Postcolonial Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Language and Area Studies, Comparative Literature, History, and Anthropology are disciplines that house archives, methods, and self-critiques that are integral to the study of postcolonial cultures. The conference will feature and build on productive trends within them, elaborating an Area-based and disciplinary comparatism. We hope that presentations will stage (rather than only name) the methodological and substantive directions in which they would like to take the field.
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