CFP for seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association conference, March 31-April 1, 2011, Vancouver.
The Global Cold War: Postcolonial Representations of the Iron Curtain
Seminar Organizer: Monica Popescu, McGill U
The past five years have seen the publication of scholarship in the
humanities and the social sciences that begins to adumbrate a new, more complex view of the Cold War. Historians and political scientists (Odd Arne Westad, Piero Gleijeses, Gary Baines, Pater Vale) are starting to go beyond the traditional view of a bipolar conflict in which only the heavyweights count (the USA and the USSR). Instead, the image of a global Cold War is emerging. In this conflict postcolonial nations played an essential role and their literatures and cultures recorded the ideological divisions created by the Iron Curtain.
This panel invites papers on postcolonial literary and film
representations of the Cold War. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
--The Bandung conference and the Non-Aligned nations
--Diasporas from the postcolonies to the Eastern Bloc and the Western metropolitan centers
--Communism in India
--Cuba and the idea of revolution
--The war in Angola reflected in Southern African literatures
--From Indochina to the Vietnam War
Papers have to be submitted through the ACLA website (http://www.acla.org/acla2011/?page_id=33) but e-mail confirmations (firstname.lastname@example.org) are encouraged.
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