October 10, 2006

The Riddle of Devolutionary Identity: 18th November

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/postgrad/current/students/ensdav/research/devolutionary/

*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: www.heaventreepress.co.uk

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 (Z.Brigley.2@warwick.ac.uk) and Jonathan Morley (jonmorley79@hotmail.com) For details on how to register for the conference, please contact Sue Dibben: HRC@warwick.ac.uk

Picture by Michael Woodford.


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