Diasporic Trajectories: Transnational Cultures in the 21st Century
Diaspora studies is a growing area of research within the broader field of postcolonial studies. Its principal focus is the ways in which the experiences of migrant and displaced communities have been represented in thought, literature and art.
With the aim of developing underexplored comparative perspectives this seminar series will probe diaspora-related themes in a diverse range of ways. There will be two papers at each seminar, separated by a coffee break. All welcome!
Diasporic Trajectories 2015: Seminar one
Seminar one will feature Prof. Janet Wilson on the topic of ‘“Wavering between two worlds”: Liminality in anglophone diaspora writing’, Prof Charles Forsdick on ‘Beyond the francophone:
postcolonialism, comparatism, transnationalism’ and will be introduced and chaired by Dr Sam Coombes.
Seminar two will feature Prof. Susheila Nasta on the topic of ‘Remapping Modernisms: Asian Bloomsbury and the Evolution of Global Modernities in Colonial London', Dr Nicki Hitchcott on ‘Genocide Stories in Exile: Fiction from the Rwandan Diaspora’ and will be chaired by Prof. Françoise Král.
Seminar three will feature Prof. John McLeod on the topic of ‘Transcultural Adoption and Diasporic Writing', Prof. Françoise Král on ‘Diasporising neo-imperial languages: towards a pragmatics of global (mis)understanding’ and will be chaired by Dr Michelle Keown.
Seminar four will feature Prof. Héliane Ventura on the topic of ‘Matching the Unmatchable: Alice Munro's 'Pictures of the Ice' and James Galt's Bogle Corbet or The Emigrant’ and Dr Michelle Keown on ‘Of goldfields, markets and murder: diasporic Chinese and Sinophobia in The Luminaries and Chinese New Zealand literature’. The seminar will be chaired by Dr Corinne Bigot.
Seminar five will feature Prof. David Murphy on the topic of ‘The Performance of Pan-Africanism: performing black identity at major pan-African festivals, 1966-2010’ and Dr James Procter on 'Diaspora on Air: Radio and Lyrical Modernity'. The session will be chaired by Dr Sam Coombes.