EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 18 SEPTEMBER 2006
Postcolonial Politics - A Symposium
November 27-29, 2006
Organised by the Postcolonial Studies Research Network
University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
Dr Suvendrini Perera
Faculty of Media, Society and Culture
Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Dr Mark Devenney
Historical & Critical Studies
Brighton University, U.K.
Dr Anthony Burke
School of Politics and International Relations
University of New South Wales, Australia
What is a postcolonial politics? How might such a politics be constituted? What concerns animate contemporary postcolonial politics? Where are the spaces of politics? Where are the stakes? What are the terms of political contestation and transformation? How are the forms and concerns of postcolonial politics shifting?
Such questions are critical in the face of arguments that postcolonial criticism has become absorbed into institutions of power, as well as suggestions that the abstraction of the postcolonial as a methodology, and its appropriation for First World concerns, mean that the postcolonial has no political currency. Against this are arguments affirming the productive possibilities of articulating a politics of liberation through postcolonial critique. Questions about a postcolonial politics also emerge as crucial at a time when the rights of a variety of peoples (asylum-seekers, refuges, boat-people, exiles, diasporas, indigenous communities, migrants) animate the genealogy of our present.
We invite a wide range of scholars working out of different contexts, disciplines and interests to either reinterpret/revisit any of the major debates in these fields, or ask new questions that seem important. Postgraduate scholars and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to contribute. We intend to publish a selection of papers from the symposium.
Papers from across the disciplines are invited to address any aspect of Postcolonial Politics, including:
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