Postcolonial Theories in the 21st Century: A New Reading of the Representations of the ‘Other’
VIth International Conference
University of Oran, Algeria
5th & 6th May 2014
The object of Postcolonial studies being "the representation of the Other" and especially the “Arab- Muslim” world has allowed us to highlight the diverse viewpoints and portrayals made of the latter, of its social universe, its history, culture, religion ...
Many are the postcolonial theories, those of Frantz Fanon, Edward Said, Jean- Marc Moura, which have raised complex issues such as identity, otherness, gender, racism, colonialism, multiculturalism...
The various clichés and stereotypes as to the perception of the Other remain hitherto a subject under scrutiny in History, Literature, Cinema and media debates. As a matter of fact, it has been noted that an ingeniously constructed image aiming at stigmatizing the Other was produced under the effect of ideological manipulation, offering thus a vision of the world founded on prejudice.
This conference seeks to explore the various discursive strategies used to represent the Other through humanist discourses advocating civilization, progress and modernity, but also through discourses of contest and exclusion.
These discursive strategies vary from one author to another; they are loaded with meaning and are open to different interpretations. It is therefore significant to show how these different ideological positions are manifested? What sense, explicit or implicit, do they convey? Has the Postcolonial text not created a space for multiple meanings in opposition to the dominant ideology? To what extent do the representations of the Other contribute to new insights into the collective unconscious? What novelty can we offer from these different readings?
This symposium will focus on (but not limited to) four areas of study:
1 The dialectic of the Self and the Other (between similarities and dissimilarities).
2 Postcolonial theories, from explicit discourse to issues of implicit discourse.
3 Representations of the Other in the education sector.
4 Discursive strategies in the representations of the Other, from production to reception.
We are pleased to be able to bring together academics working across multiple disciplines in order to stimulate discussions and help advance individual and collective research.
Abstracts and a short bio notice should be sent by 20th February 2014 to: email@example.com
Dr. Belkacem BELMEKKI
Maître de Conférences - HDR (British and Commonwealth Studies)
Directeur du Laboratoire de Langues, Littérature et Civilisation/Histoire en Afrique
Faculté des Lettres, Langues et Arts
Université d'Oran, Algérie
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