The Danger of Words in an Age of Danger, Exiled Ink/CCLPS (SOAS), Saturday 1 April
This one-day symposium sets out to examine the contemporary danger of words as it affects exiled writers and some minorities. It will interrogate diverse aspects of the ‘Danger of Words’, from denying exiled writers the freedom to write about the ills in their societies, to the manipulation of words by dark and sinister forces in our established democracies and the way this affects writers.
Exiled Writers and scholars will examine the ramifications of the country of origin’s continuing censorship of exiled writers’ literary production post exile and of the silencing in the country of destination, in relation to the writers’ literary, aesthetic and ontological negotiation and resistance to it. Exiled literary voices will articulate their responses to the implosion of liberalism in the country of origin and the crisis of liberalism throughout Europe with the rise of the xenophobic right, and of the US right. In a further session on the danger of words, Jewish and Muslim poets will express their own nuanced and varied personal subjectivities and narratives resisting the simplistic and dangerous identities imposed on them.
The symposium will conclude with an exiled writers’ poetry recital.
For information and to send title and abstracts (by 15 March) contact: Jennifer@exiledwriters.fsnet.co.uk
The 2015 Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) Postgraduate Conference entitled ‘Beyond Eurocentricism: Rethinking Spatial Representation’ will take place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London on 19 June 2015.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- imperialism and geography;
- borders and the nation state;
- ideological spaces;
- national and/or communal borders;
- the city and the country;
- formations of spatial identity and ‘Otherness’;
- intercultural and interlinguistic space;
- diaspora narratives;
- local cosmologies;
- mythical and/or spiritual representational spaces;
- imagined spaces;
- alternative histories of landscape, environment and architecture;
- parallel universes;
- the wilderness, the unseen, the underground;
- spaces occupied by non-humans;
- interrogations of space as a gendered entity;
- space and sexuality;
- the public and the private;
- areas of safety;
- sites of violence.
The organisers hope to establish comparative critical perspectives informed by, but not limited to, cultural studies, literary studies, postcolonial studies, area studies, architecture, gender studies, urban studies, urban cultural studies, animal studies and ecocriticism.
Proposals for panels (up to 400 words) and papers (up to 250 words) accompanied with 50-word biographies are invited. Deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2015.
See the call for papers for details.