This conference seeks to examine literary and other modes of cultural production as forms of flow and exchange in the arena of global apartheid. The conference implicates the discursive practices that articulate unequal relations and disjunctive temporalities between different localities, and alludes to the practices of translating across cultures. In particular, it seeks to conceptualise the role of literature and the visual arts in tracing and mapping the cartographies, movements and fault lines of past imperialisms and of contemporary empire with its new forms of sovereignty. The conference invokes location, this place and elsewhere, and movement, journeys from one location to another, from homeland to foreign land. It raises issues of identity and of agency, and gestures towards the body as locus of inscriptions that are both culturally specific and, increasingly, transcultural. We hope that the focus areas – global apartheid, human and textual traffic, travel records, literary canonization – will assist us in understanding our interlinked histories, as well as our imagined presents and futures.
The conference theme reflects the location of Stellenbosch University near the southern tip of Africa, within sight of Table Mountain, at the point of intersecting trade routes between east and west.
Papers are invited on the following topics:
Global Apartheid, Perpetual War: Bodies and Biopolitics
Migrations of Texts: Sites of Production and Reception
Crossing Borders in Literature and Visual Arts
The Challenges of Translation, Transculturalism, Tricontinentalism
Travel-Writing, Trade-Routes and Slave-Routes
International Reading Publics and the Creation of a South African Canon
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