Nottingham Trent University’s Postcolonial Studies Centre is pleased to announce that it will hold an online conference on the theme ‘Patterns of Struggle and Solidarity’ in June 2021. This event is part of the Postcolonial Studies Centre’s Formations series organised with the Bonington Gallery. The conference aims to explore the practice and study of cultural activism from any discipline across postcolonial studies. Individual paper and panel proposals are invited from scholars, postgraduate researchers, activists and cultural practitioners. Cross- and interdisciplinary proposals are especially welcome.
The engagement with cultural activism has long been a prominent concern in postcolonial studies; in our current moment, this focus is rife for exploration and, crucially, interrogation. How do academics fit into the field of cultural activism? How do academics and activists conceptualise patterns of struggle and solidarity? What role does postcolonial research play in supporting and amplifying the voices and work of cultural activists, in particular in the fields of literature, art, film, craft and performance art? How do cultural activists and performers engage with postcolonial studies? Paper and panel proposals that follow innovative formats and involve conversations between researchers, cultural activists and practitioners are particularly welcome.
Organised by NTU PSC and convened by Dr Nicole Thiara, Dr Amy Rushton, Dr Jenni Ramone, Purnachandra Naik and M4C student Thomas Lockwood-Moran.