“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.
Prof. Shalini Puri
Department of English
526 Cathedral of Learning
The University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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