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"Postcolonialism: What next?

November 23, 2010

Considering its spread and its interdisciplinary embrace, the rise of postcolonial studies triggered one of the most important paradigm shifts in the humanities in recent times. This has had a profound effect on the focus of numerous disciplines. Now, the challenge facing postcolonialism is to explain its relevance today. The purpose of the public panel discussion and the preliminary two day panel conference is to challenge the status of postcolonialism and to look for those trends that can help answer the question: What next?

A video of the panel discussion is available.

full length version (including french contribution followed by translation in English)

short version (only english translation of the french contribution)



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Khalid Amine is Professor of Performance Studies, Faculty of Letters and Humanities at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetouan, Morocco, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Interweaving Performance Cultures, Free University, Berlin, Germany (2008-2010), and winner of the 2007 Helsinki Prize of the International Federation for Theatre Research. Since 2006, Founding President of the International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) in Tangier. Among his published books: Beyond Brecht, Meknes: Sindy Publications, 1996. Moroccan Theatre Between East and West, Faculty of Letters Publications, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetouan, Morocco, 2000. Fields of Silence in Moroccan Theatre, Rabat: Union of Moroccan Writers, 2004. Dramatic Art and the Myth of Origins: Fields of Silence, International Centre for Performance Studies Publications, 2007. He has numerous publications in International Theatre Journals: TDR, Theatre Journal, Documenta, Etcetera, Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Intellectual and Cultural Studies, FIRT Journal et al. Amine’s recent contribution is an article entitled “Performing Postcoloniality in the Moroccan Scene: Emerging Sites of Hybridity” which appeared in the edited volume Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research, published by Palgrave in 2010. He is currently co-authoring with Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson a book project entitled Theatre in North Africa: The Performative Turn in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to appear in Palgrave Series: Studies in International Performance edited by J. Reinelt & B. Singleton.

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Srinivas Aravamudan was appointed dean of the humanities in July 2009. At Duke, he is Professor in the Departments of English, Romance Studies, and the Program in Literature. He directed the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (2003-2009) and is president of the Consortium of Humanties Centers and Institutes from 2007-2012. He has published Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (1999, Duke University Press) and Guru English: South Asian Religion In a Cosmopolitan Language (2006, Princeton University Press and 2007, Penguin India). His next book, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011.

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Nicolas Bancel is Professor of History at University of Strasbourg and detached at University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Nicolas Bancel works on the colonial representations and the postcolonial situations. He published in particular: Bancel N. et alii. (dir., 2010), Ruptures postcoloniales. Les nouveaux visages de la société française, La Découverte, Paris, 553 p. Blanchard P., Bancel N., Boëtsch G., Deroo E., Lemaire S., Charles Fordsick (dir., 2009), Human Zoos. Science and Spectacle in the Age of Empire, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2009, 352 p. Bancel N., Blanchard P., Lemaire S. (dir., 2008), Culture coloniale en France. De la révolution française à nos jours, Paris, Editions du CNRS, 762 p. Bancel N., Retours sur la question coloniale (dir., 2008), Paris, Culture Sud, 178 p. Bancel N., Blanchard P., Vergès F. (dir., 2006), La République coloniale, Paris, Hachette, coll. “Littératures“, 192 p. Bancel N., Blanchard P., Lemaire S. (Dir., 2005), La Fracture coloniale. La société française au prisme de l’héritage colonial, Paris, La Découverte, coll. “Texte à l’appui/Histoire contemporaine“, 311 p.

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Dan Diner holds a degree in Law and History. He is Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig, and Professor at the History Department at Leipzig University. He is also Member of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences in Leipzig. Diner published on the European History of the 20th century and on the Middle East. His focus is on German history, especially National Socialism, the Holocaust and Jewish history. His recent publications include: Zeitenschwelle. Gegenwartsfragen an die Geschichte (2010), Disseminating German Tradition: The Thyssen Lectures (ed. with Moshe Zimmermann, 2009), Aufklärungen: Über Varianten von Moderne (2008), Gegenläufige Gedächtnisse: Über Geltung und Wirkung des Holocaust (2007), Restitution and Memory: Material Restoration in Europe (ed. with Gotthard Wunberg, 2007), Synchrone Welten: Zeitenräume jüdischer Geschichte (ed, 2005), Versiegelte Zeit: Über den Stillstand in der islamischen Welt (2005).

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Joachim Küpper is a Professor of Romance Philology and Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin. He is the Director of the Dahlem Humanities Center, and the Dean of the Humanities. He was granted the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 2001. In 2009 he received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. He is the general editor of Poetica, and a co-editor of Romanistisches Jahrbuch. He is a member of Leopoldina/ German National Academy of Sciences and a corresponding member of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences. He sits on the Scientific Committee for the German Academies’ Research Programme, and on the Standing Committee on Research of the German University Presidents’ Conference (HRK).

His focus is on Romance Literatures, Theory of Literature and Arts. His publications include: Ästhetik der Wirklichkeitsdarstellung und Evolution des Romans von der französischen Spätaufklärung bis zu Robbe-Grillet, Stuttgart: Steiner, 1987; Diskurs-Renovatio bei Lope de Vega und Calderón, Tübingen: Narr, 1990; Petrarca. Das Schweigen der Veritas und die Worte des Dichters, Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2002; Zum italienischen Roman des 19. Jahrhunderts. Foscolo, Manzoni, Verga, D’Annunzio, Stuttgart: Steiner, 2002.
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Vinay Lal has taught history at UCLA since 1993.  He is presently Professor of History, Delhi University.  He writes widely on Indian history and culture, Gandhi, American politics, the Indian diaspora, and the politics of knowledge systems. His dozen books include Deewaar:  The Footpath, the City, and the Angry Young Man (HarperCollins, 2010); Political Hinduism:  The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres (ed., Oxford, 2009); Of Cricket, Guinness and Gandhi:  Essays on Indian History and Culture (Penguin, 2005); The History of History:  Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (Oxford, 2003); and Empire of Knowledge:  Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy (Pluto Press, 2002; rev. Indian ed., Sage, 2005). He has co-edited with Ashis Nandy three books, including Fingerprinting Popular Culture:  The Mythic and the Iconic in Indian Cinema (Oxford, 2006).

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David Murphy is Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Stirling, UK. He has published widely on African — particularly Senegalese — culture, and on the relationship between Francophone and Postcolonial Studies. He is the author of two monographs, Sembene: Imagining Alternatives in Film and Fiction (James Currey, 2000), and (with Patrick Williams), Postcolonial African Cinema: Ten Directors (Manchester University Press, 2007). He is also co-editor of several collections of essays, including two with Charles Forsdick: Francophone Postcolonial Studies: A Critical Introduction (Arnold, 2003), and Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World (Liverpool University Press, 2009).