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October 10, 2006

The Riddle of Devolutionary Identity: 18th November

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*CALL FOR PAPERS: The Riddle of Devolutionary Identity
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Warwick, Humanities Research Centre (HRC)
~ Saturday 18th November 2006*

With Papers and Poetry Readings Featuring:
Prof. Stephen Knight, Cardiff University.
Prof. Susan Bassnett, University of Warwick
Medbh McGuckian, poet and feminist writer.
David Morley, poet and director of the Warwick Writing Programme.

Image by Michael Woodford

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together academics working within the fields of postcolonial studies with regard to regions of Britain such as Scotland, Wales, Northern-Ireland, Cornwall or the North and to British cultures such as that of Islam or the Roma nations. The central aim is to tackle recent debates on whether cultural, social and psychological issues can be explored using post-colonial theory. The organizers welcome a variety of approaches: historical, sociological, linguistic, feminist and textual analysis.

The conference will deal with devolutionary identity in relation to three main themes:

 The End of Britishness
Kirtsti Bohata writes of Britishness as ‘a misleading label that disguises English cultural hegemony and a project of assimilation’. What are the pressures on Britishness? Can one think of contemporary English Literature as ‘devolutionary’ too?

 The Limits of the Postcolonial
Who is ‘excluded’ from Postcolonial Studies? Various minority groups seem to be under-represented within the field of postcolonial theory. We are interested in proposals concerning British regions, but we would also welcome papers on the relatively neglected literatures of peoples such as Native Americans, Australian Aborigines and South Pacific Islanders, Indo-Caribbeans, the Roma nations of Europe. What is the current situation regarding hegemonic structures within the discourse of postcoloniality?

 Difference and Complicity
In their definition of a minor literature, Deleuze and Guattari suggest that in order for a minor culture to represent itself it must subvert a major language by deterritorializing that language and imbuing it with a minor tradition. Are devolutionary literatures subversive and radical in subverting linguistic tradition or are they more complicit with hegemonic Western values?

Negotiations are also being made for the publication of the proceedings of the conference.Delgates attending the conference will receive a free special ‘devolutionary identity’ issue of the Heaventree Press’ magazine, Avocado, featuring work by Medbh McGuckian, Michael Gardiner, Robert Minhinnick and others. See the Heaventree Press’ website for more information about the magazine:

Deadline for Abstracts: 28th October 2006
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for 15 – 20 minute papers. Please send by e-mail (in the e-mail body or by attached Word document) to: Zoë Brigley ( and Jonathan Morley ( For details on how to register for the conference, please contact Sue Dibben:

Picture by Michael Woodford.

Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference (undergrad) (11/30/06; 2/19/07)

Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (50 minutes north of Harrisburg) invites undergraduate scholars and writers to participate in its third annual Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference, February 19, 2007. The conference is free of charge.

The keynote speaker this year is Michael Bérubé, Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University. The poet John Hoppenthaler, will conclude the conference with an evening reading.

Undergraduate scholars conducting research on any literary topic, and creative writers working in any genre, are welcome to present their work. Scholarship can take any number of forms: studies of individual authors or groups of authors, individual works or groups of works, literary history, literary form, the relationship between culture, politics, and literature, or the production, circulation and reception of literature. All types of literature and all methods of study, interdisciplinary approaches included, are welcome. Creative writing can also take any number of forms, including poetry, prose fiction and non-fiction, and literary journalism.

To be considered for the conference, undergraduates should submit either a 300-word abstract of a scholarly paper or a work of creative writing appropriate for a 15-minute presentation. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2006.

Please email submissions as an MS Word attachment to

Please include complete contact information and college or university affiliation. In the subject line of the email, please indicate:
Conference: [Title of Paper].

For more information email or call 570-372-4196.

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