26 février 2015

What is Postcolonial thought? CFP

What is Postcolonial thought?
International Conferenceorganized by the research group C.R.I.L.L.A.S.H
23-25, 2015

University of the Antilles Schoelcher Campus Martinique
Alexandre Alaric, Associate Professor of French and Francophone studies with tenure,is organizing, in collaboration with Dominique Aurelia Associate Professor of English,Rodolphe Solbiac Associate Professor of English, Olivier Pulvar, Associate Professor ofCommunication Studies and Jean-Louis Joachim, Associate Professor of Spanish, aninternational conference entitled

“What is Postcolonial thought?”

set for November 23-25,2015, at the University of the Antilles Campus of Schoelcher Martinique, FWI. 

The first objective of this conference is to prepare the launching and the effectuationof two new projects, The Postcolonial French and Francophone Letters of the Americas
project for the refounding of the French and Francophone Studies at the University of theAntilles) and The Frantz Fanon Institute of Postcolonial Studies of the University of the Antilles.
Though they are two distinct projects,The Postcolonial French and Francophone Letters of the Americas and the Frantz Fanon Institute of Postcolonial Studies of the University of the Antilles
are backed by the idea that there is a need to introduce the postcolonial in the curriculum of the University of the Antilles and that is could be at center ofa multidisciplinary platform.Accordingly, the form and presentation of this conference reflect a preoccupation for amultidisciplinary approach of contemporary forms of knowledge. They merge the capabilitiesof searchers belonging to the University of the Antilles or coming from other universities forthe advancement of this project. Thus, the objective of this conference is quite easilyidentifiable: enhancing the international profile of the University of the Antilles through thecreation of clusters of teaching and research programs which will help develop its visibilityand distinctive character.Therefore, this conference seeks to prepare a new reception of research in postcolonial studies in the field of French and French Caribbean scholarship. In fact, as the postcolonialappeared and developed in relation to such spaces as Great Britain, Australia, India, Africa,the Anglophone Caribbean and the United States, and has been studied through Anglo-Saxon,as well as Anglophone Caribbean approaches, it has been insufficiently interrogated in Franceand the Francophone Caribbean.What can be the meanings of a Postcolonial thought? What type of categories is itrelevant to regarding such categories as modernity, postmodernity or the contemporary? Howdoes it compare to the thoughts of globalization, of creolization, and to other new forms of political and cultural anthropologies? What can postcolonial thought point to in a conversation with the emergence of “new psychic structures”?

In what way does it contribute to the understanding of new symbolicities, of new forms of suffering and enjoyment? Howdoes it illuminate the way discourses are articulated through new forms of creative movement,the new discursive postures and correspondingly the practices and creations in the field oflively scenes? In what way can postcolonial thought help us grasp new forms of political practices and of political thought?In what way can postcolonial thought be related to anti-colonial and anti-imperialistfights? In addition, and concerning in a more direct way literary and arts studies, what benefitcan be derived from the articulation of contemporary issues in dramaturgy, poetology andtranslation studies, using the postcolonial stance?What can be the postcolonial contribution to the paradigm of Contemporary Art?At last, can the new paradigms in Information and Communication studies bring to this field?

It is quite obvious now that postcolonial though engages with many issues and presents uswith many perspectives for the better understanding of our contemporary world.Therefore, the purpose of this conference is to initiate a debate on these questions in ordertackle the issue of how to teach together in the future University of the Antilles.Participants are encouraged to select from the following tracks for their proposals:
1. Migrations, Diaspora, and postcolonial thought
2. Transnational Cultural citizenship
3. Power and public space
4. Information and communication in the postcolonial world
5. Cultural geography territories and heritage
6. Urban cultures
7. Gender in the postcolonial world
8. Labour and economy
9. For a postcolonial sociology
10. Economy of thought and psychopathology
11. Theories and philosophies of the postcolonial
12. Artistic and aesthetics practices
13. Ecopoetics and ecolinguistics
14. Postcolonial writings
15. Memory and historicity
16. Power and spirituality

The objective of this conference is to work for the establishment of a Caribbean platform of postcolonial studies at the University of the Antilles founded on its networkingwith French universities, Caribbean universities and other universities which seek tointerrogate postcolonial thought, in order to promote research as well as teachers and studentsexchanges. Consequently, one of the major goals of this conference is to prepare thelaunching of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies of the University of the Antilles designed asan instrument for the establishment of this Caribbean platform of postcolonial studies and the promotion of the international visibility of the University of the Antilles.This conference also seeks to bring a contribution to the development of

The deadline for submissions is April 1st, 2015. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words. Contributors should provide a French version of their paper titles and abstracts.Proposals must be submitted by email to the following people:

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