Remapping the Postcolonial: Directions and Utopias of Hope in the Future

International Conference On
Re-mapping the Future of Postcolonial Studies: Apprehensions and Utopias

Organised by the Department of English, Kazi Nazrul University
in association with the Postcolonial Studies Association of the Global South and Kairos the
Journal of Critical Symposium
10 February 2016

Keynote Address by Bill Ashcroft
Author of The Empire Writes Back

Other Speakers:
Kalyan Das, Presidency University
Terence Samuel, Visva Bharati

The 2006 MLA Convention on postcolonial Studies pronounced the death knell of
postcolonialism, calling it dead and since then scholars and researchers in this
domain have continued discussing about the implications of such as observation.
Recent literature in this field such as The Future of Postcolonial Studies (Zabus,
2015) has once again reopened this debate. This book celebrates the twenty-fifth
year of publication of the seminal work on postcolonial studies, The Empire
Writes Back
(Ashcroft, et al.1989), a work considered to be the genesis of
subsequent ideas in postcolonial studies. It takes as its point of departure,
prevalent debates in postcolonialism and explores possibilities of expanding the
field by incorporating new findings and newer horizons of thoughts. It revisits
the points raised by Ashcroft and others in the Empire Writes Back and
relocates the postcolonial discourse in today`s perspective. This conference
would engage with the findings of Chantal Zabus` work as well with other recent
works on postcolonialism such as Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization,
Labour and Rights (2015), Can Non-Europeans Think? (Dabashi, 2015);
Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing (Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 2014), etc
to arrive at a possible future road map. It seeks to invoke a dialogue among
many discursive terrains so forge the ground for new cognitive universes. None
can be a better initiator in this dialogue/multilogue than Bill Ashcroft who
initiated the postcolonial theoretic journey in 1989 and since then we have
witnessed many changes in the geo-political and literary scenario necessitating
massive change of optics and strategic positioning.
Over a daylong session of discussion we would welcome significant contribution
from paper presenters who can think of presenting papers on the following subthemes:

  • Postcolonialism: Past & Future
  • Extending the horizon – Postcolonialism and the Anthropocene
  • Dalitude and Postcoloniality
  • Postcolonialism and the Neo-subaltern, or Postcolonialism and new critical theory
  • Gendering the Postcolonial Paradigm
  • Postcolonialism and Life Writing
  • Revisiting the Postcolonial through Working Class fiction
  • New Social Movements and the Postcolonial State
  • Redefining World Literature and the Postcolonial
  • Postcolonial and the Arab Spring/Middle East

Dr. Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha
Honourable Vice Chancellor, Kazi Nazrul University