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Subject:  2nd INTERNATIONAL 'LANGUAGE-COMMUNICATION- CULTURE' CONFERENCE
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 15:48:50 -0000




Dear all,
We are sending  an updated call for papers for the session  "Knowledge and
Power: history, geography, representation, identity in  post-colonial
studies", a session of the

2nd INTERNATIONAL 'LANGUAGE-COMMUNICATION- CULTURE' CONFERENCE

24-27 November 2004, Beja, Portugal

Best wishes
Teresa Malafaia

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  2nd INTERNATIONAL 'LANGUAGE-COMMUNICATION- CULTURE' CONFERENCE

  Beja, Portugal, 24-27 November 2004


  CALL FOR PAPERS


  Knowledge and Power: history, geography, representation, identity in
  post-colonial studies



  In Orientalism, Edward Said selected these two great Baconian themes  -
  Knowledge and Power - as dominant in the discourse of imperial authority.
  "Knowledge means rising above immediacy, beyond self, into the foreign and
  distant . To have such knowledge of such a thing is to dominate it, to
have
  authority over it". And, in Culture and Imperialism, he called for 'a
  different and innovative paradigm for humanistic research', 'a way of
  regarding our world as amenable to investigation and interrogation without
  magic keys, special jargons and instruments, curtained-off practices', a
 way
  through which 'the disenchantments, the disputations and systematically
  sceptical investigations in innovative work . submit these composite,
 hybrid
  identities [the caliphate, the state, the orthodox clerisy, the
  Establishment] to a negative dialectics which dissolves them into
variously
  constructed components. What matters a great deal more than the stable
  identity kept current in official discourse is the contestatory force of
an
  interpretative method whose material is the disparate, but intertwined and
  interdependent, and above all overlapping streams of historical evidence.'




  Both in method and content Said's books contributed to a new approach to
 post-colonial theory and practice. A year after his death we would like to
 address some of the issues he developed in his work. We, therefore, welcome
 papers (15 to 20 minutes reading) on the following subjects:


 1.      Histories of Empires and Colonies

  2.      Women and Empires

  3.      Old Empires and Indirect Colonialism

  4.      Post-colonial Theories in the 21st century

  5.      Said's works and their importance in post-colonial cultural
 criticism



  Please send 150-word abstracts by 15 July 2004 to the following addresses:

  Adelaide Meira Serras: aserras-AT-mail.telepac.pt

  Luísa Leal de Faria: lealfaria-AT-yahoo.com

  Teresa Malafaia: tvmalafaia-AT-mail.telepac.pt



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