015 – Colonial, Postcolonial, Decolonial and Neocolonial Experiences: Rewriting Cultural History

 

Organized by: Prof. Eduardo F. Coutinho & Prof. José Luís Jobim

English, French

Among the contemporary currents of thought that have contributed to Comparative Literature, Post-Colonial studies hold a special place, due to the questioning they have developed about the ethnocentric character of the discipline. By refusing to approach the literary and cultural production of European ex-colonies as extensions of what was produced in the metropoles, these studies brought about a new perspective to Comparative Literature, based on a dialogue on equal footing that recognizes the heterogeneity of the subjects involved in the process of comparison. This symposium welcomes contributions dealing with Postcolonial theory and its variants, such as Neocolonial and Decolonial studies, and with the changes these studies have caused to the writing of literary and cultural history. We also invite participants to think about the way literary and cultural productions expose the processes and dynamics of coloniality in papers that take up questions of (post/de/neo) coloniality as the foci of their arguments about specific works or authors. We welcome scholars working in the space between seemingly disparate national traditions as well as papers (in English or French) that address questions concerning colonial, postcolonial, decolonial and neocolonial experiences.

Papers proposals should be sent to: Eduardo F. Coutinho (e-mail eduardocoutinho17@gmail.com) & José Luis Jobim (e-mail jjobim@id.uff.br and joseluisjobim@terra.com.br