[AIW] CFP: Entangled Modernities: New Directions in Settler Colonial and Critical Indigenous Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury/UK, 25-26 May 2020

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Call for Papers

Entangled Modernities: New Directions in Settler Colonial and Critical
Indigenous Studies

Centre for Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies, School of English,
University of Kent, Canterbury/UK

25th-26th May 2020



'There was never a single beginning point to for the history of this place.
It wasn't Cook on a beach, it wasn't the confiscation of land and storming
of Parihaka, it wasn't Gallipoli, it wasn't the pushing apart of primordial
parents, it wasn't goldfields, it wasn't the arrival of waka, it wasn't a
lovers' tiff between mountains, it wasn't a boat full of influenza docking
in Samoa, it wasn't the Treaty, it wasn't (certain) women getting the vote,
it wasn't a fished-up fish. It was all of these. It was all of these and
more besides.'

Alice Te Punga Somerville, 'Two Hundred and Fifty Ways to Start an Essay
About Captain Cook'.


'Our colonial experience traps us in the project of modernity. There can be
no 'postmodern' for us until we have settled some business of the modern.'

Linda Tuihiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies.


Keynote Speaker: Alice Te Punga Somerville (University of Waikato)


In the last two decades, new methodologies have emerged for analysing the
entanglements between European and non-European histories in sites of
colonisation. Settler Colonial Studies has emerged as an interdisciplinary
project that seeks to move beyond frameworks dominated by questions of race
and identity, and towards a transnational analysis of settler colonialism as
a structure with its own particular and distinct logics and practices.
However, despite the critical stance towards imperial and colonial
ideologies and practices, many scholars in Critical Indigenous Studies have
argued persuasively that Settler Colonial Studies undermines the Indigenous
activist standpoint and replicates colonial power. In this reading, the
structural approach of Settler Colonial Studies 'posits a structural
inevitability to settler colonial relations that leaves no space for
individual agency for both Indigenous people and settler colonists alike'.1


In literary studies, the 'transnational turn' in American, Victorian and
Romantic Studies has led to a critical reassessment of nationalist literary
historiographies that efface the influence of colonisation on Anglophone
literary culture during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In recent
years, frameworks from Critical Race and Indigenous Studies, as well as
those from new imperial history, globalisation theory and Settler Colonial
Studies, have led to a critical re-examination of the role that colonisation
and colonial practices of knowledge gathering had on British and American
literary culture, and a renewed focus on the literary cultures and
institutions of the settler colonies.


This symposium, a collaboration between the Centre for Indigenous and
Settler Colonial Studies at the University of Kent and the ERC Southem
project at University College Dublin, aims to bring scholars and activists
working in Critical Indigenous Studies and Settler Colonial Studies into
closer dialogue with those working in the fields of transnational American
Studies and Global Victorian and Romantic Studies. It aims to produce new
research collaborations and methodologies for critically examining the
complex cultural entanglements between the various European and non-European
cultures operating under the conditions of colonisation during the
eighteenth and nineteenth-centuries.


We invite proposals for panels, papers and other forms of presentation that
speak to one or more of the following topics:

*	The impact of the 'transnational turn' on analyses of
Indigenous/settler relations

*	Indigenous and settler mobilities: migration, emigration,
colonisation, displacement, enslavement, indenture

*	Indigenous survivance and resistance
*	Indigenous and settler identities that exceed, resist or complicate

*	Indigenous/settler binary

*	Indigenous and settler print culture
*	The problems inherent in accessing Indigenous texts through the
colonial archive

*	Temporal disjunctions in representations of colonial modernity and
Indigenous peoples/cultures in print culture

*	The role of Indigenous people in colonial knowledge networks
*	The problematics of pre-modern/modern/post-modern
*	Methodological frameworks such as colonial, settler colonial,
postcolonial, decolonial

*	Geographical scales beyond the nation state: global; transnational;
transregional; oceanic

*	Postcolonial Digital Humanities and Indigenous Data Sovereignty


300 word abstracts, along with short bios, to be submitted to Dr. Lara Atkin
L.E.Atkin at kent.ac.uk <mailto:L.E.Atkin at kent.ac.uk>  by Friday February 28th


A limited number of travel bursaries to cover UK travel are available for
PGRs and precariously employed ECRs. If you wish to be considered for one of
these please also include a brief description of your research interests and
reasons for wanting to attend, and a CV.


1 Corey Snelgrove, Rita Kaur Dhamoon and Jeff Corntassel, 'Unsettling
Settler Colonialism: The Dis- course and Politics of Settlers, and
Solidarity with Indigenous Nations', Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education
& Society 3, no. 2 (2014).



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