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Cultures of Violence

Deadline: April 01, 2011

Cultures of Violence. A Postgraduate Conference, hosted by Queen's Postcolonial Research Forum, Belfast, 23-24 September 2011. It is now fifty years since the publication of the seminal treatise Les Damnés de la terre/The Wretched of the Earth (1961), in which Frantz Fanon showed how colonialism initiated a vicious cycle of escalating violence between colonizer and colonized. Fanon’s text, seen by many as a rallying cry for Third World revolution and as a eulogy to anti-colonial struggle, in fact ranges broadly across history, psychiatry and language, areas of particular interest for this conference.

The violence and trauma of colonial, postcolonial and neocolonial history have required Postcolonial Studies to actively engage with both dominant and marginalized knowledge sets, so as to ‘re-member’, understand and move beyond a (sub)consciously repressed and fragmented colonial history.  In what ways does engaging with and remembering violence help us make sense of the lived present? And is violence, as a product of our colonial past, an (un)avoidable presence in the world of both today and tomorrow? When such violence manifests itself in text, to what extent does it inform, or is it informed by, our understanding of the (post)colonial encounter?  By addressing such urgent and complex issues, this conference aims to foster discussion and debate around these questions and others, examining how violence is experienced and represented not only as an act of physical force, but also as a violation of what is generally considered to be the ‘natural order’ – be that of people, landscape, or text.

The conference is organized with the support of Queen’s Postcolonial Research Forum, and aims to draw speakers from a broad range of disciplines. The Forum invites papers from postgraduate students working in the fields of literature, history, law, politics and cultural studies among others. Our aim is to bring together a wide variety of scholarly interest and methodological approaches.

Individual papers should be no longer than 20 minutes, and submissions should be in the form of an abstract (250-300 words) sent as an email\ attachment in Word to Ríona Kelly and Tanya Campbell at qubpostcolonialconf@gmail.com. The deadline for all submissions is 1st April
2011.


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