CfP| Rethinking Postcolonial Europe: Moving Identities, Changing Subjectivities


Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

gerne möchte ich Sie auf den unten stehenden Call for Papers, den Sie
auch als pdf-Dokument im Anhang finden, aufmerksam machen. An der
digitalen Konferenz können MA Studierende, Doktorand*innen und
Postdocs teilnehmen. Insbesondere möchten wir MA Studierende dazu
ermutigen, beispielsweise in unserer geplanten Poster Session Projekte
und Ideen zu teilen.

Herzliche Grüße,
Jeannette Oholi

Call for Papers, Digital Conference

Rethinking Postcolonial Europe: Moving Identities, Changing Subjectivities

8th postgraduate forum Postcolonial Narrations
February 10-12, 2021
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

Thinking ‘Europe’ as an idea, a geographical space, and a political
force is inseparable from thinking about its history of imperialism,
its postcolonial legacies, and its preoccupation with questions of in
and outside, centre and periphery, the self and the other. Migration
and the current so-called refugee crisis not only urge a changing
perception of those power hierarchies that tend to divide the world
between ‘the west’ and ‘the rest’ but also compel new discourses of
national and cultural identity and belonging. The recent resurgence of
populism and racism connected to the rise of right-wing parties in
several European states serves as an uneasy reminder of the continuing
influence of hegemonic ideas of European exceptionalism and cultural
superiority. Global inequalities persist and the freedom of movement
remains linked to where one comes from. At the same time, however,
practices of resistance and emancipation in migrant/BPoC
self-organisation reimagine Europe as an entangled space (Randeria
1999) that was and is home for different people. Received notions of
nation and culture as well as identity and subjectivity have undergone
a dramatic change, vividly reflected in the domains of art,
literature, media, law, and politics. Investigating these current
dynamics from a post-/decolonial perspective is thus crucial to
understanding contemporary Europe as a contradictory space and a
contested place.

Exploring Europe from a post-/decolonial perspective, the conference
lays emphasis on rethinking Europe and its borders to generate a
discussion about ‘travelling cultures’ (Clifford 1992), diasporic and
migrant communities, hybrid identities, changing subjectivities,
cultural translations (Bachmann-Medick 2012), transnational and
transcultural relations, neo/cosmopolitanism, or neo-nomadism (Dagnino
2013), to name but a few. In our world on the move, it becomes
increasingly conspicuous that people, ideas, cultures, or resources
cannot be understood in terms of traditional, binary models of centre
and periphery, South and North or East and West as “cultural
conditions today are largely characterized by mixes and permeation”
(Welsch 1999: 197) in the wake of transnational relations. In the 21st
century, post-/decolonial studies continue to deconstruct the myths
around Europe by interrogating the histories and geographies of power
associated with Europe and its (colonial) legacy around the globe.

In light of the conference theme, the following questions can be
addressed: How have practices of travel and mobility in the age of
globalization altered traditional concepts of culture and identity?
How can post/decolonial literatures, art, and practices imaginatively
refigure (Gikandi 1991) Europe as a geographical space as well as an
idea? Why is it important today to understand and acknowledge the role
of marginalized communities in transforming the idea of Europe? How do
past and present migration policies and other governmental practices
shape the idea and geography of Europe, or rather of “multiple
Europes” (Boatca 2013)?

We welcome papers which engage with but are not limited to the
following areas of interest and research:

● New perspectives and approaches in post-/decolonial studies
● Representations of Europe and its ‘Others’ in different media
● Narratives of European identity in and beyond the EU
● Legacies of European colonialism in the 21st century
● Post-/decolonial/ Critical Migration Studies
● Afro-European Studies
● Critical Race Studies
● Memory Studies
● Narratives of Displacement
● Diaspora Studies
● Transnational and transcultural Studies
● Queer and intersectional approaches
● Political, legal, and human rights perspectives
● World Literature / World Anglophone Studies
● Tourism/Travel Media
● Performing Arts

There will also be an opportunity to present projects and work in
progress in the form of a digital poster session. If you are
interested in contributing, please send an abstract (300-500 words for
a 15-minute presentation; 150-200 words for a poster presentation), a
short biographical note and the topic of your current project,
preferably as one pdf file, to no
later than November 15, 2020.

The postgraduate forum Postcolonial Narrations brings together young
scholars (MA students, Doctoral candidates, Postdoctoral fellows) to
foster an exchange of ideas in the field of postcolonial literatures
and cultures. For more information, go to The present conference is
organized as a digital event in cooperation with GAPS (Gesellschaft
für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien) and the GCSC (International
Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture).

The Organizing Committee
Nadia Butt, Theresa Krampe, Johanna Munzel, Jeannette Oholi, Nadiye Ünsal
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
Alter Steinbacher Weg 38
35394 Gießen


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