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|ACLALS 2016 Conference on "Ideas of Postcolonial Culture: Inclusions and Exclusions"|
| 15.9.2015 |
The deadline for submitting proposals is 10 December 2015.
The 17th Triennial Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) will be held from 11-15 July 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The conference is organised by the English Department at Stellenbosch University, in association with the English Departments at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the Stellenbosch Literary Project (SLiP) and the District Six Museum.
ACLALS and the organisers now invite scholars to submit paper proposals for the conference. In the Call for Papers, it reads:
"This conference represents an opportunity to explore the dangers of ahistorical relativism, cultural appropriation and neo-colonial forms of exclusion and inclusion as well as the paradoxes inherent in notions of postcolonial and world culture. It is an invitation to consider ways of approaching literature and other cultural forms in a spirit of greater hermeneutic receptivity and with increased theoretical rigour. How can we build on the sorts of critical self-reflexivity that is already embedded in feminist, queer, postcolonial, ecocritical and transnational approaches to literature and culture? How can we interrogate the power structures that authorise particular people to speak and to produce knowledge about literature and, simultaneously, ask which kinds of interpretations, discourses and modalities of knowing are screened out in the process? How, in a gendered, class-ridden, multilingual, fluid and ideologically plural, often violent, environment, can different voices become audible? How do we respond to the power of those nodes of financial hegemony that try to decide for us what counts? And how do we guard against the triumphalism of English?"
You can download the full Call for Papers here or by visiting ACLALS's website.