As gateways to other worlds and world-systems, port cities, such as Tangier, Istanbul, London, Manila, and Kobe, one of Japan’s most important ports, are sites of economic and cultural exchange. They are at the cutting edge of global trends and transnational movements that promote the export and import of goods, people, ideas, and ideologies. At least as early as the 16th century, port cities, such as Cadiz in Spain, Cambay in western India, and Sao Salvador da Bahia, in Brazil, to name only a few, have nurtured utopias and launched a thousand dreams into a yet to be conquered horizon. Port cities have been both the crate of colonial desire and the locus of revolutionary fervor. It is the goal of this conference to encourage the study of port cities across historical, cultural and disciplinary lines, as well as to promote comparative literary practices through the study of port cities.
The conference encourages the following topics or thematic combinations:
Port cities and desire
Port cities and utopias
Modern pirates, piracy, and port cities
Clandestinité and port cities
Colonial nostalgia and port cities
Postcolonial melancholy and port cities
Ruins and port cities
Labor and port cities
Disease and port cities
Sex work and port cities
We welcome contributions in all disciplines relevant to the project.
Submission deadline: October 1, 2009.
Abstracts should be at most 1 page in length, including examples and references, using a 12pt font with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins on all four sides. All examples and quotations must be translated into English.
Submissions in English (in doc. format) should be sent to the following address:
There is no participation fee, and refreshments and a light lunch are provided on both days. Travel and accommodation is at the participants' expense, although at least two hotels in the area will be offering conference rates. Transportation to and from the conference will be provided.
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