The international conference Global Challenges: Borders, Populism and the Postcolonial Condition addresses current global challenges with a focus on the present resurrection of geographical and intellectual borders, the rise of populism in the West and beyond, and the realisation that current geopolitical relations are still deeply informed by the long history of colonialism. Confirmed keynotes are Mieke Bal, Gurminder K Bhambra, Carolyn J Dean, and Dominick LaCapra. To facilitate a productive and interdisciplinary meeting, the conference will include scholars from a wide interdisciplinary spectrum, including postcolonial studies, migration studies, animal studies, trauma studies, and ecocriticism.
A preliminary program is now available via the following link:
Call for Papers
Call for Papers: Global Challenges: Borders, Populism and the Postcolonial Condition
LNUC Concurrences, Linnaeus University, June 14-16, 2018.
Global Challenges: Borders, Populism and the Postcolonial Condition is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars in Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, History and Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies. Confirmed keynotes are Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Dominick LaCapra, Carolyn J Dean, Gurminder K Bhambra and Mieke Bal. The conference considers current global challenges in the light of the international development of the past 10 years. 2008 was the time when the invasion of Iraq ground to a definitive halt, the global financial crisis unfolded, triggering a tactic of austerity in many western nations. At the same time, 2008 was the year of Obama's first presidential campaign and, shared among transnational activist groups, a critique of what was understood as a general moral and economic failure of the West.
From the vantage point of the present moment, some crucial questions arise: What happened to the liberal hopes of a moral horizon that were expressed in 2008? In view of the Trump presidency, the rise of populism and facism, massive refugee and labour migration, what has happened to the European project, and to globalisation. What does the construction of new intellectual and physical borders mean for humanities and social sciences scholarship? What new ways of thinking about society, sovereignty, and the human and non-human animal, have emerged and what new critical venues do they offer humanities and social sciences research? How does the long history of colonialism still inform present society?
In order to address these and similar questions, LNUC Concurrences and alumni of the 2008 School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell, are organizing a 3-day conference at Linnaeus University, Sweden June 14-16, 2018. In an effort to closely involve all participants in the conversations that emerge, the size of the meeting will be limited. The conference will be comprised of a number of thematic sessions that include, but are not limited to:
- Contemporary cultural discourses on torture, dignity, and victimization
- Sovereignty, violence, and citizenship
- Migration, mobility, and borders
- Postcoloniality, nationalism and human rights
- Non-human animals, suffering and resistance
- Austerity, populism and the demise of the left
- The continuing impact of the long history of colonialism
Our aim is to traverse varied intellectual and geographical spaces and to approach the themes from multiple disciplines including literature, history, visual studies, sociology, geography, political science, philosophy, anthropology, and other relevant fields. The venue for the conference will be Teleborg Castle situated on the Växjö campus of Linnaeus University.
We welcome both suggestions for panels and for individual papers. Please send either a panel proposal of 600-900 words or a 300-word abstract for an individual presentation by January 15, 2018. Panel proposals should contain both a short description of the focus of the panel and the 3-4 abstracts that make up the content. Individual abstracts will be allocated a panel after review. Please include basic contact and affiliation details. Submit your abstract or panel by using the submission function that you find at the conference website: https://lnu.se/en/research/conferences/global-challenges/
The conference is honoured to have four of the most important voices in Critical Theory and Postcolonial Studies as invited keynote speakers. These are, in alphabetical order:
Mieke Bal is professor at the School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam, and an internationally renowned video artist and curator. Her academic work, comprising more than 30 books, has informed cultural studies since the 1980s and ranges from biblical and classical antiquity to modern literature, film, feminism, and postcolonial studies. In her recent work Professor Bal has used installations and film to conduct intersectional explorations of issues such as migration, the (post)colonial condition, and gender relations.
Gurminder Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at University of Sussex. Her work has focussed on making the non-European "Other" visible to the discipline of sociology and has also put forward the concept of "connected histories". Her publications include the award-winning Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (2007), Silencing Human Rights (2009), Connected Sociologies (2014), and European Cosmopolitanisms (2017).
Carolyn J Dean is Charles J. Stille Professor of History and French at Yale University. Her work has benn on the cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe with a focus on the twentieth century. She has authored several books, including Aversion and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim after the Holocaust (Cornell, 2010) and The Fragility of Empathy after the Holocaust (Cornell, 2004) and is currently working on a research project on the evolution of the concept of "bearing witness" to suffering since the Second World War. Dean was part of the faculty of the 2008 SCT.
Dominick LaCapra is Professor Emeritus at Cornell University and an influential intellectual historian who has shaped the global scholarly understanding of trauma, critical theory, animal studies and the field of intellectual history. His most recent works include: History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory (Cornell University Press, 2004); History and Its Limits: Human, Animal, Violence (Cornell University Press, 2009); History, Literature, Critical Theory (Cornell University Press, 2013); and the forthcoming Understanding Others? People, Animals, Pasts (2018). He served as the director of the SCT 2000-2008.
The Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is one of six principal research centres at Linnaeus University and the biggest postcolonial centre in Scandinavia.
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