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Conference CFP: “Trespassing the Border: Redefining Postcolonialism from Peripheral Experiences” (University of Warwick, March 11, 2017)

For the readers of the Global History Blog, here is a recent call for papers for a conference titled “Trespassing the Border: Redefining Postcolonialism from Peripheral Experiences” taking place at University of Warwick, on March 11, 2017. The keynote speakers of the conference are Professor Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick/Linnaeus) and Professor Lucy Riall (EUI/Birkbeck College).

The call for applications explains:

Postcolonialism, conceived of as a critique of colonial empires in their political, social, and cultural epistemologies, is reassessing its methodologies in order to confront the challenges of the contemporary global context. Intensified flows of people and capital, border crossings, multiculturalism, and new conceptions of citizenship and belonging are encouraging a redefinition of concepts and methods in the study of subjectivities, societies and cultures. Within this framework, the focus on countries that have been considered for decades ‘peripheral’ cases in terms of the colonial/decolonial experience offer an important contribution in rethinking how we approach these subjects.

Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, alongside other ‘peripheral cases’, could be regarded as peculiar case studies due to the singularity of their colonial pasts, the complexity of their processes of decolonization and their histories of migrations that are also shaping current political and social issues. These phenomena will be studied from a multi-disciplinary perspective, which encourages new understandings of contemporary citizenship and belonging, and of related representational practices. The conference will also foster comparative approaches in order to highlight interconnections, differences and the peculiarities of these cases.