Conference Programme: ‘Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective’ Wednesday 17th May 2017

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May 17, 2017
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies

‘Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective’

Wednesday 17th May 2017

The Danford Room, Dept. of African Studies and Anthropology,

Arts Building

University of Birmingham

B15 2TT

The ‘Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective’ conference will create a platform for postgraduate students to discuss emerging concerns within Postcolonial Studies across a range of geographic and disciplinary boundaries, including Area Studies, History, Literature and Cultural Studies.

This one-day event, which will be hosted at the University of Birmingham, will provide postgraduates with an interdisciplinary forum for networking, collaboration and information exchange, as well as an opportunity to share and receive feedback on current research in a friendly setting. It will also provide postgraduates with the opportunity to become aware of state-of-the-art research by experts in their field and to orient their own work within this context.


Attendees are encouraged to register for the event at:   There are a limited number of spaces available and tickets will be issued on a first come, first-served basis.

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Conference Programme

9:00 - 9:30  Registration/ Tea and Coffee (Fage Library) 

9:30 - 9:45  Welcome Address 

9:45 - 11:15 Panel 1. The Postcolonial Political Economy: Resource Struggles. 

Chair: Chloe Bent 

Gemma Jennings, University of Birmingham, UK. ‘Oil Imperialism? Hydrocarbons and the Development of Franco-Algerian Relations, 1962-2002.’  

Nadine King Chambers, Independent Researcher, Canada, Jamaica and UK. ‘Shreds of Law and Ties of Land: Historical Links between Black Communities from Jamaica and Indigenous British Columbia, Canada.’ 

Nicholas Sharman, University of Nottingham, UK. ‘Nineteenth Century Spain: An Early Example of a Postcolonial Political Economy.’ 

11:15 - 11:30 Tea and Coffee (Fage Library) 

11:30 - 13:00 Panel 2. Exploring Exploitation: The Environment and Ecocriticism

Chair: Miranda Jones 

Laura Kerrigan, SUNY University at Buffalo, USA. ‘Capital Gains: Human and Environmental Exploitation in a Globalized System.’ 

Selcuk Senturk, University of Leicester, UK ‘A Feminist Exploration of Natural Resources and the Environment against Masculinist Exploitation in Doris Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing (1950) and Mara and Dann: An Adventure (1999).’ 

Michelle Clarke, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK. ‘African Environmental Ethics and Speculative Fiction.’ 

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (Fage Library) 

14:00 - 15:30 Panel 3. Travel and Return: Identity, Belonging and Self-Representation through Image and Text. 

Chair: Kelsi Delaney 

Sofia Aatkar, Nottingham Trent University, UK. ‘Contact Zones and Conflict in Amryl Johnson’s Sequins for a Ragged Hem.’ 

Oyedepo Olukotun, De Montfort University, UK. ‘Yoruba Photographs as Celebrations of Diasporic National Identities.’ 

Annamaria Scorza, University of Calabria, Italy. ‘Postcolonial Literature: The Little Italian Empire.’ 

15:30 - 15:45 Tea and Coffee (Fage Library) 

15:45 - 17:15 Panel 4. Structuring Inequality: Gender, Sexuality and Struggle in the Postcolony. 

Chair: Amy Redgrave 

Susan Bradley, City University of London, UK. ‘Betwixt and Between: Challenges in Realising Women’s Rights to Respectful Maternity Care in Malawi.’ 

Preet Singh, Loughborough University, UK. ‘Belonging to the Communal Gaze: The Indian Female as Embodying and Representing ‘Izzat’.’ 

(TBC) Nancy Ali, Sorbonne University (IV), France.  ‘An Egyptian Queer Trajectory.’ 

17:15 - 17:30 Tea and Coffee (Fage Library) 

17:30 - 19:00 Panel 5. ‘Inside’ and ‘Outside’ Institutions: Religious Experience and Encounter. 

Chair: Gemma Jennings 

Emily Turner, University of Edinburgh, UK. ‘Canadian Residential Schools and Academic Research on Indigenous-Missionary Encounter After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2008-2015.’  

Samara Guimaraes, University of Birmingham, UK. ‘The Incorporation of Traditional Healers into Mozambican Judicial Institutions.’ 

Elisa Tuijnder, University of Birmingham, UK. ‘Institutional and Non-Institutional Approaches to Religion: A Focus on Everyday Religious Encounter in Postcolonial Congo and Borneo.’ 

19:00 - 20:00 Wine Reception (Fage Library) 


 The funding for this event was kindly provided by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, with which five of the organizers are affiliated. We would like to thank Professor Charlotte Hempel for her support with the application. We would also like to acknowledge the Department of African Studies and Anthropology and the staff on the department for their advice. Special thanks are owed to Dr Benedetta Rossi, Dr Insa Nolte, Dr Kate Skinner and Dr Rebecca Jones. We would like to express our gratitude to all of the panellists for their stimulating contributions.