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Postcolonial Representation[s] & the U.S.
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara

Keynote Address:
"Opening Elsewhere: The Postcolonial Logics of Telepathy,"
Bishnupriya Ghosh
(Associate Professor of English, UC Santa Barbara)

The 2007 American Cultures and Global Contexts Graduate Conference, an interdisciplinary forum at UC Santa Barbara, will explore issues revolving around the postcolonial —encompassing representations of the postcolonial in the U.S., colonial, neo-colonial and postcolonial ideologies and debates surrounding imperialism and empire building. We are not only interested in representations of the postcolonial, inside and outside of the U.S., but also representations that have to do with the U.S. In the face of contemporary debates about whether postcolonial theory is bowing out to theories of globalization, what is at stake for us as postcolonial scholars in continuing our research? Has the U.S. Empire actually or only seemingly “moved on” from previous colonial models? Does postcolonial study reveal continuing colonial violences from a century ago that shape geopolitical balances of power, and internal colonialisms within the U.S. that are lost in overemphasizing transnational flows? The intersections between postcolonial theory, global studies, and American studies offer a rich field of study that crosses disciplinary boundaries, and we aim to cultivate our knowledge and open up a forum for discussion and debate. Both contemporary and historical work is welcome, as well as multi-genre work, including the visual arts.