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Full Title: 2nd Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts

      
Short Title: BCLL #2
Location: Bremen, Germany
Start Date: 03-Sep-2014 - 07-Sep-2014
Contact: Marina Wienberg
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.culcc.uni-bremen.de/
Meeting Description: In the context of the research focus Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany, the interdisciplinary 2nd Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts (BCLL #2) on Space in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts: Language, Literature, and the Construction of Place and Diaspora will take place on September 3-7, 2014.

The conference will be organized jointly by the Creative Unit Language in Colonial Contexts, Bremen, the Society Voces: International Society for Language in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts, the Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies (INPUTS), Bremen, the Bremen Institute of Canada and Québec Studies (BICQS), and the Institute of Geography at the University of Bremen.

Emphasis will be put on the critical reflection of the category of space in (post)colonial contexts. Instead of looking at colonial and postcolonial spaces as static historical structures, we aim at exploring processes of spatial construction and representation in cultural practices. Our interdisciplinary perspectives will facilitate prospects on the dynamic nexus between space, place and coloniality in Postcolonial Studies by means of focusing on migration, mobility, displacement and further concepts of spatial dynamics.

There will be a conference fee of EUR 90,00 (EUR 50,00 for students) that covers participation, conference material, coffee breaks, and lunch buffets.

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford, Great Britain (to be confirmed)
Prof. Dr. Harald Hammarström, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Prof. Dr. Yaron Matras, University of Manchester, Great Britain
Prof. Dr. Cheryl McEwan, Durham University, UK
Prof. Dr. Katherine McKittrick, Queen's University, Canada
Prof. Dr. Corinne Mencé-Caster, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane / Martinique (to be confirmed)
Prof. Dr. Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, University of California, Irvine, USA
Prof. Dr. Anne Storch, University of Cologne, Germany

Conference Organizers:

Prof. Dr. Sabine Broeck - Director of the Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies (INPUTS), Bremen and President of the international Collegium for African-American Research (CAAR)

Prof. Dr. Julia Lossau - Chair of Human Geography at the University of Bremen

Prof. Dr. Norbert Schaffeld - Chair of English Literature and Director of the Bremen Institute of Canada- and Québec-Studies (BICQS)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stolz - Chair of Linguistics at the University of Bremen and head of the federal initiative for the excellence project Creative Unit Language in Colonial Contexts (CULCC)

Prof. Dr. Ingo H. Warnke - Chair of German and Interdisciplinary Linguistics at the University of Bremen and head of the federal initiative for the excellence project Creative Unit Language in Colonial Contexts (CULCC)
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.818


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