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Date: Sun, 25 Feb 1996 18:21:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Call for papers (fwd)
To: seminar-13-AT-jefferson.village.Virginia.EDU
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Date: Sat, 24 Feb 1996 19:37:58 -0600 (CST)
From: John Muthyala <>
Subject: Call for papers

Topic: Problems of Imperialism, Neo-Colonialism, Resistance, and Agency 
in Postcolonial and Postmodern Discourse and Theory

	Does political independence and economic freedom mean the end of 
colonialism in the post-colonial world? The "post" in postmodernism and 
postcolonialism suggests a deep rooted sense of ambivalence and ambiguity 
about the past, about history, a sense whihc informs and determines 
processes and practices of theorizing the two terms. In this anxious and 
fractured moment of the present, what strategies of communal 
identification and what systems of cultural signification are made 
possible that can acknowledge, negotiate and counter the ever present 
danger of imperialism and paraochialism? Even as we affirm the constant 
deferral of meaning in language and the "play" of identity in discourse 
and culture, is it possible to get bogged down in a paralyzing postmodern 
self-consciousness that makes it ever so difficult to locate, identify 
and effectively counter and subvert neo-colonial and imperial gestures of 
an ostensible deconstructive and oppositional postcolonial discourse and 
	This session will attempt to explore and bring into focus a range 
of literary and cultural issues as defined, ceonceptualized and theorized 
under the rubric of Postmodernism and Postcolonialism. The problem of 
periodizing postmodernism, postcolonialism as a "symptom" of 
postmodernism, the loss of ontological stability, the dual nature of 
subjectivity, the imbricated constructions of self and other, the 
disjunctive process of retreiving tradition and personal memory, the 
instability of cultural signification, the discursive site of resistance 
and agency in the postmodern/postcolonial condition - these are the 
issues that will be  considered here. We will, in particular, pay close 
attention to identifying forms of imperialismin postcolonial/postmodern 
discourse and theory and the problem of articualting resistance and 
constructing oppositional practices.

Submit 1 page abstracts to John Muthyala, 6540 N.Glenwood #304 Chicago Il 
email add:

Deadline for abstracts March 22.

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