CALL FOR PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on
Theories, Cultural Practices and Movements for the Global South
July 21-23, 2010
Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center), College of Arts & Letters
Through this conference, we invite participants from other parts of the Philippines and from other former colonies /countries in the “Global South” (i.e., “underdeveloped , “developing”, “Third World”, decolonizing societies) to re-examine and to re-territorialize Anglo-American, English, American, French, German, Dutch, Hispanic, Latin American Studies, programs and projects. The conference aims to provide a venue for the construction of a general programmatic of postcolonial knowledge-production and other postcolonial cultural practices which can be disseminated through formal educational institutions as curricula and courses; informal/alternative educational groups; professional organizations; mass media; computer-aided technologies, and through cultural networks. To be engaged in this process are hundreds of scholars from the humanities and social sciences, teachers, creative writers, journalists and broadcast media practitioners , studio, visual and performance artists, architects, design specialists .
The time is right to re-examine the colonial and neocolonial pasts as functions of both particular and world-wide geopolitical and temporal conditions in order to limn possible futurities for cultural discourses (knowledge production) and cultural practices as forms of local/ national/ regional resistance to neocolonialism and global capitalism.
Conference Sub-Themes: (Panel & Papers/Multimedia Presentations may revolve along these sub-thematics)
• Postcolonial Writing/ Visual Arts / Performance Arts and the New Technologies (computer-based)
• Recuperating Colonial Languages (English / French / Spanish / German / Dutch) in the Global South
• Re-territorializing English/ American/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Dutch Language & Literature Studies in the Global South
• Problematizing the “National” in National Cultural Practices (e.g., national language, national theater, national treasures, national artists, etc)
• Issues and Concerns of a National Language in a Decolonizing Society
• Dialectics of Native Authenticity & Cultural Hybridity
• Politics of “Otherness”, “Politics of Othering” (gendered, ethnic, class, religious, and historiographic othering ) and Postcolonial Responses
• Nation Formation and Postcolonial Cultural Studies
• Understanding / Re-sematicizing the Role of the “the Folk” / “Millenarian”/ “Cargo Cults” in the Histories of Nation Formation
• History and Counter Memory or Alternative Historiographies in / for Postcolonial/ Cultural Studies
• Problems of Representation (e.g., essentialism vs ghettoism; “strategic essentialism”; tokenism)
• Politics of Location (ethnic, class, race, gender, religion, generation, etc ) and Cultural Praxis
• Postcolonial Politics and Climate Change
• Postcolonialism and Critiques of Disciplinary Domain Assumptions / Theoretical Legacies / Subject Areas / Methodologies Towards Postcolonial Cultural Studies (multidisciplinal, situated, contextualized against global flows)
Each panel (of at most 4 participants) will be allotted 1 hour and 30 minutes with Open Forum. A paper reader and/or multimedia presentor will be given 15 minutes each.
Please submit panel and paper/multimedia proposals to the Conference Convenor:
“Professor Priscelina Patajo-Legasto”
Deadline for submission of panel and paper/multimedia presentation abstracts will be on March 30, 2010. Final Conference schedules and other information (conference registration, travel and accommodation details) will be posted on April 15, 2010.
Plenary speakers include Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto of National University of Singapore and University Professor Emeritus Gemino H. Abad of University of the Philippines-Diliman.
This conference is being organized by the Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines-Diliman in celebration of its centennial anniversary (1010-2010); with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Studies Association (PSA), the Office of the President, UP System and the Office of the Chancellor-UP Diliman.
Anna Melinda Testa - de Ocampo
University of the Philippines Diliman
Department of English and Comparative Literature
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