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Call for Papers: Graduate Student Conference: De- and Post- Colonial Latin America, Due 15 February 2018


Graduate Student Conference: De- and Post- Colonial Latin America

March 23 and 24, 2018

Closing lecture by keynote speaker Prof. George Ciccariello-Maher

This conference is intended to serve as a platform for discussion of work by graduate students from different disciplinary and geographical perspectives that engage questions of decolonial and postcolonial theory and history in Latin America writ large (including North American latinx history and theory as well as broader South-South perspectives).  The event, which will take place on March 23 and 24, will comprise an inaugural dinner for participants, the conference the entire following day, and a closing keynote the evening of Friday the 24th.

Call for Papers

De- and Post-Colonial perspectives point to colonial (des) continuities embedded not just in ideas, but also in actual realities – regulating, ordering, and conditioning the possibilities of existence. The centrality of Western discourse has been questioned by post- and de-colonial approaches concerned with how modern forms of knowledge production have reduced colonial subjectivities to notions of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion while marginalizing other forms of knowing and being in the world. While postcolonial discourse deals with the politics of representation, hybridity, and migration, assuming a “deconstructive” role, decolonization is often perceived as “constructive” or “solution-oriented.”

The De- and Post-Colonial Conference aims to unravel how these scholarships have been advanced by different disciplines and areas studies and rethink them as theoretical sources to facilitate a “South-South” exchange and critical dialogue. We believe that drawing from the colonial question, as a fundamental tool of inquiry, Cornell’s different constituencies can discuss and learn from different approaches that strive to decolonize the field of academic research. This way, the plurality of contexts and theoretical frameworks that shape academic confrontations in the post- and de-colonial situations can be made visible and brought into fruitful dialogue.

Some of the questions include:

- What are the past and present colonial structures and articulations of global order and how do they manifest across political, economic, cultural, psychological and intellectual domains?

- What is the historical understanding of the correlations between knowledge and coloniality? We are looking for papers across different fields encompassing issues related (but not limited) to ecology, politics, culture, gender and sexuality, and subjectivity, as well as studies that go beyond notions of colonial discourse as a “unilateral projection” and unveil “reciprocal complexities” of the colonial encounter.

- How do de- and post-colonial perspectives challenge the Eurocentric grounding of research methods, methodologies, and ethics? What are the empirical approaches, methods, and research practices that these theories offer?

- Is there a possibility of solidarity without overpowering/essentializing different discourses or dissonant voices? What are the spaces of congruence and dissent?

- We invite proposals from history, comparative literature, political theory, anthropology, art history, architecture history, city and regional planning, among others.

Submission Information

The submission deadline has been extended. Please send a 250-300-word abstract to by February 15, 2018. Please put in the Subject line: “Paper-Grad CONF MAR 2018.” Authors of accepted papers will be notified February 23 via email and will be asked to submit full papers by March 9. Papers will be circulated beforehand among participants.