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lectures on Postcolonial Studies at SOAS

Lectures at Cultural and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS), SOAS

We’ll have two lectures on Postcolonial Studies. The first is by our new CCLPS Research Associate, Dr Rehnuma Sezzad, who will speak on her forthcoming book about The Reflections of Edward Said’s Exile in the Works of the Most Prominent Middle Eastern Intellectuals, on Wed 6 January.

On Wed 3 February, Dr Neelam Srivastava (Newcastle), will speak on her forthcoming book on Frantz Fanon and Italian postcolonialism.

Two other events will relate to eco-criticism. One is a lecture by Prof Pablo Mukherjee (Warwick) on “Famines, Governance and (Post-) colonial literatures: an eco-critical perspective on Rudyard Kipling and Mahasweta Devi”, on 2 March 2016. The other is a Critical Forum by Charis Bredin (CCLPS) and Miriam Pahl (Languages and Cultures of Africa), both PhD candidates at SOAS, on Reading the Sahara: Between Deep Past and Apocalyptic Future, Animality and Plurality, on 9 March 2015.

Meanwhile, we will also continue our exploration of multilingual literary cultures. On 17 February Prof Clarissa Vierke (Bayreuth) will speak on The Swahili coast as a literary contact zone and what we can learn from it. And on 16 March, Dr Laetitia Zecchini (Thalim, CNRS, Paris) will speak on Cosmopolitanism as aesthetic/political survival? Defamiliarizing India and tell us about the netwok on literary cosmopolitism at Thalim that she has been part of.

Our world literature reading group will resume on Wed 13 January with a session on multilingual literary culture in India, and then continue with sessions on pre-colonial genres.

We also look forward to the lecture and seminars that Prof Ronit Ricci (ANU), the author of the celebrated book Islam Translated on the translation of an Arabic Islamic text in South-East Asian languages, will give in April 2016, when she is going to be visiting SOAS for three weeks.

All our events are on Wednesdays, starting at 3.30, in Room L67. Tea & biscuits will be available before the start of each lecture. Everyone is welcome!

Call for Papers: CCLPS Postgraduate Conference at SOAS

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;
  • metropolitanism;
  • cosmopolitanism;
  • 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;
  • ecologies;
  • 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.