CROSSING BOUNDARIES, BREAKING TIES, BRIDGING WORLDS: POSTCOLONIAL THEORY AND PRACTICE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Conference organized by the Institutes of English Studies, of Polish Philology and of Political Science, University of Rzeszów, April 7-8, 2016

FIRST CIRCULAR AND CALL FOR PAPERS
The aim of our interdisciplinary conference, co-organised by the Faculty of Philology and the Faculty of Sociology and History of the University of Rzeszów, including sessions both in English and in Polish, is to provide a wide forum for discussion upon the postcolonial reality and both current and emerging developments in the field of postcolonial studies. It will give an opportunity to discuss from the postcolonial perspective contemporary social, economic and cultural processes and phenomena, as well as to look back at older texts of culture, both those from the English-speaking countries and from the former Eastern Bloc, using the tools developed by within the field of postcolonial studies. We are inviting scholarly papers heralding from various fields – culture studies, history, political science, literary studies – that will stimulate discussion. The topic areas suggested below are intended as the source of inspiration and the starting point for the debates.

SUGGESTED TOPICS FOIR CONSIDERATION
–       neocolonialism, neoimperialism
–       new and old migratory routes
–       new diasporas
–       neo/post/colonial city
–       decolonization
–       “neocolonialism” and “postcolonialism” in international relations studies
–       disproportions between the South and the North as the postcolonial heritage
–       “near abroad” as the sphere of Russian influence
–       manifestations of ambivalence about empire and forms of political resistance against the colonizer (liberation struggles, revolts, revolutions, etc.)
–       minority experience (ethnic, religious, racial)
–       evolution of colonial empires
–       ethnopolitical conflicts in Africa, as well as the Far and the Middle East
–       ecocriticism and the environmental concerns
–       fluid postcolonial ethnoscapes
–       cross-cultural paradigms: theories of multiculturalism, creolisation,  hybridity, contact zone, mestizaje, glocalization
–       relationship between postcolonial perspectives and globalization theory
–       nation, postnation, transnation – challenging prevailing conceptions of identity and citizenship in the modern world
–       changing relations to time and space
–       interrogating postcolonial theories
–       ongoing Eurocentric intellectual dominance and the marginalization and displacement of local knowledge systems
–       interpretation of the category of “colonization” and “postcolonialism” on the Polish grounds
–       Polish colonized/colonisers
–       postcolonialism and the grand national narratives
–       re-reading and rediscovering – old masters, new interpretations
–       writing back – new voices/old language
–       the literature of the new Polish diaspora in the British Isles
–       reception of post-colonial literature and the question of audience

PAPERS
Participants are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by January 15, 2016, pasted into the conference registration form, to postkolonialna.ur@gmail.com. The registration form can be obtained from the same address: postkolonialna.ur@gmail.com – or from Dr Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko (erokosz@yahoo.com)

All proposals will be reviewed by the organizing committee. Participants will be notified of acceptance by February 15, 2016. Full versions of the articles intended for publication should be submitted to the above address by July 31, 2016. Papers accepted for publication will appear in a reviewed volume published either by Peter Lang within Studies in the English Language and Anglophone Literature and Culture series or by Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego.

CONFERENCE FEE
The conference fee (covering refreshments, lunches, conference dinner, participation certificate and publication expenses): 350 PLN or €95 (€85 conference fee plus €10 for bank transfer fees). The conference fee should be paid by bank transfer to the University of Rzeszów account (account number provided upon acceptance) by February 29, 2016.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Scientific Board
Dr Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko (the Head)
Dr Krzysztof Żarna
Dr Anna Jamrozek-Sowa
Dr Małgorzata Martynuska
MGR Donald Trinder