Call for Papers: What is Postcolonial Mediterranean Subjectivity? @ ACLA 2013 Conference

(Oct 09, 2012)

The 2013 conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), which will take place
April 4-7 in Toronto. This is a great opportunity for those interested in 19th and 20th century Mediterranean Literature and Culture and in postcolonial studies in general to propose a paper for a series of panels
with the general title: "What is Postcolonial Mediterranean Subjectivity?"  Comparative perspectives within the Mediterranean or of the Mediterranean with other regions, are particularly encouraged. If you are interested in submitting a proposal or have questions about the conference, please contact Maria Hadjipolycarpou directly (

This seminar explores questions of postcolonial subjectivity and identity in the Mediterranean in the 19th and 20th century. It explores the ways in which the subject incorporates imperial and colonial pasts and the ways inwhich it (re)claims its individuality in forms of artistic expression such as literature, film, performance, installation art.

Research questions include:
- What conditions shape Mediterranean postcolonial subjectivity?
- Could the study of postcolonial Mediterranean subjectivity refine the existing methodology in postcolonial studies?
- What new literary and artistic examples the Mediterranean puts on the postcolonial literary map?

Possible topics:
the self and its relationship to history; autobiography; biography; the body; layers of the historical past; ruins; archaeology; the palimpsest; (imaginary) mapping; geography; women and homosexuals as alternative voices within the nation; stories, storytelling and their embodiment; fascism; resistance through art.

Full conference information: