'Postcolonial geographies of texts and textuality'
A paper session co-organised by Pat Noxolo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Marika Preziuso (email@example.com), Loughborough University, UK
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 22-29, 2009
Routed through a range of disciplinary contexts (literary and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, politics and international relations etc.), postcolonial geography has become an increasingly established part of geography as a discipline. Within and alongside this move has come the extension into many sub-disciplines of geography (such as economic, cultural, political and development geography) of a range of textual techniques that raise sharp questions about the politics of representation. At the same time, recent moves beyond textuality, and the wholesale interrogation of representation, have led to questions surrounding constructions of postcoloniality with which geographers are well-placed to engage, but which impact on the humanities and social sciences more widely.
This session aims to explore the postcolonial geographies of textuality at this pivotal moment, not only in terms of the contents of texts, but also in terms of their production, distribution and consumption. What are the spatio-temporalities of postcolonial texts and textualities? What creative landscapes, flows and materialities are figured in postcolonial writing? What are the materialities that condition the production of postcolonial texts, and what institutional, disciplinary and commercial flows condition their distribution? Finally, what cultural, social and political movements and events are enabled, or constrained, through postcolonial textual moves?
Papers for this session might therefore address (but are not restricted to) the following themes:
Spatialities of postcolonial literatures
Spatial differences in postcolonialities (e.g. Asian, American, Eastern European)
Gender, space and postcolonial textuality
Materialities of postcolonial textual production
Beyond postcolonial textuality
Please send any queries to either of the session organisers, and/or send us your 250-word abstract before October 8th.
Dr. P. Noxolo, Department of Geography, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU
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