CFP: Power, Territory, and Identity: Space and Inequalities in Colonial and Post-Colonial Settings (PAMLA, Portland, OR Oct 26-29)

Laura Ceia Announcement
Oregon, United States
Subject Fields
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Literature, Urban History / Studies

Colonialism has had profound impacts on the spatial organization of various societies, shaping patterns of settlement, migration, and resource distribution; consequently, colonialism has further influenced the construction and perception of spatial relationships within post-colonial environments. In these contexts, space has been a site of struggle and negotiation, where different class, race and gender groups contest for control over land, resources, and cultural symbols.

This call for papers seeks to explore the intersections of space and inequality in colonial and post-colonial settings, examining how spatial practices reflect and reinforce power relations, as well as how they may also be used to resist or subvert colonial hierarchies.

We welcome papers from a range of disciplines, including literature and cinema, history, geography, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies, preferably within a French or Francophone contexts. However, comparative, cross-cultural studies are encouraged as well.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

The spatial organization of colonial / post-colonial societies and the distribution of power and resources

Spatial practices of resistance, subversion, and appropriation in colonial settings

The role of space in shaping identities and cultural expression in colonial / post-colonial contexts

The impact of colonialism on land tenure and resource use

The spatial dimensions of colonial violence and dispossession

The negotiation of borders, frontiers, and liminal spaces in colonial / post-colonial settings

The relationship between colonialism and urbanization

The legacy of colonial spatial practices in contemporary societies

Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words by May 31, 2023 via the online system at

For other questions, please email panel organizer: Dr. Laura Ceia,




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The pannel is chaired by Laura Ceia, Associate Professor of French and International Studies at California State University, Long Beach. 



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