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Forging the Local and the Global: Textual Migration and Translation Auetsa/Saaclals/Saval conference 2006

9 – 12 July 2006
Stellenbosch University
South Africa

Conference Theme

Forging the Local and the Global

The conference seeks to examine literary and other modes of cultural production as forms of flow and exchange in the arena of global apartheid. It is our hope that the focus areas will assist us in understanding our interlinked histories, as well as our imagined presents and futures.

The conference theme reflects the location of Stellenbosch University near the southern tip of Africa, within sight of Table Mountain, at the point of intersecting trade routes between east and west.

Focus Areas

Papers are invited on the following topics:

Ø Global Apartheid, Perpetual War: Bodies and Biopolitics
Ø Migrations of Texts: Sites of Production and Reception
Ø Crossing Borders in Literature and Visual Arts
Ø The Challenges of Translation, Transculturalism, Tricontinentalism
Ø Travel-Writing, Trade-Routes and Slave-Routes
Ø International Reading Publics and the Creation of a South African Canon

Papers should be 20 minutes long (with 10 minutes for questions).

Panels and Workshops
Proposals for panels OR WORKSHOPS are also invited.
A panel is a group of papers which speak to a common theme or topic. Proposers should provide a brief rationale (not more that 300 words) for the panel, and supply names of potential participants, if available. A 90 minute time-slot is envisaged for panels.
A workshop is a group of papers which speak to a common theme or topic. Participants will have read each others' papers beforehand and will speak to their paper in the workshop. The result is a smaller, more focussed discussion. Proposers should supply a rationale and be able to coordinate the exchange of papers with fellow participants.

Keynote Speakers
A number of keynote speakers have been invited; their participation is subject to confirmation. Their names will be made available via the website and in subsequent calls for papers.

Dates
Proposals for conference papers should be submitted together with an abstract of not more than 300 words by 28 February 2006. Proposals for panels or workshops should be submitted by 30 November 2005. Proposals can be emailed to the 2006 Conference Organiser at local@sun.ac.za .
N.B. A registration form will be circulated to prospective delegates. It will also be available on the conference website.

Conference Organising Committee/Contact Details
Members of the English Department at the University of Stellenbosch, headed by Professor Dirk Klopper
(dck@sun.ac.za), constitute the conference organising committee. Emails or correspondence should be addressed to the Conference Organiser (local@sun.ac.za) or faxed to +27 21 8083827.

Conference Website
Information regarding the conference is available on the conference website: www.sun.ac.za/english/localglobal2006.

The Participating Organisations

AUETSA – The Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa
The aim of AUETSA is to promote, at universities and other tertiary institutions in Southern Africa, 'the free and open study of the English language and of literature written in English'. Membership is open to any person employed at a tertiary institution; the membership fee is R45 per annum. Postgraduate students may join as student members for a fee of R25. AUETSA encourages the participation of postgraduate students at its conferences. The current chairperson is Professor Michael Green (greenm@ukzn.ac.za).

SAACLALS – Southern African Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
SAACLALS is the Southern African branch of ACLALS (one of nine regional branches around the world). The main sponsor of the association is the Commonwealth Foundation. Research activities include comparative studies of the relationships between literature in English and the indigenous languages, new kinds of English, and the use of mass media. Current Writing is the official SAACLALS journal. The current membership fee is R25. The current chairperson is Dr Gerald Gaylard (geraldgaylard@languages.wits.ac.za).

SAVAL – The South African Society for General Literary Studies
SAVAL aims to promote the study of 'the phenomena of literary theory and comparative literature'. Its emphasis is on the basic principles and methods of literary study, and in the problems encountered in literary study. Any academic who is engaged with these questions is welcome to join SAVAL. The membership fee is R75.00 per annum
SAVAL is affiliated with the International Comparative Literature Association. The Journal of Literary Studies/Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap is the official journal of SAVAL. Both English and Afrikaans may be used at SAVAL conferences, and in articles published in JLS. The current chairperson is Professor Hein Viljoen (ahnhmv@puknet.puk.ac.za). The current editor of JLS is Prof Ina Gräbe (graberc@unisa.ac.za), while the co-editors, as from 1 January 2006, are Professor Andries Oliphant (oliphaw@unisa.ac.za) and Professor Rory Ryan (rpr@lw.rau.ac.za).

Key Dates

v 15 October 2005 First call for papers
v 31 January 2006 Second call for papers
v 28 February 2006 Final call for papers
v 1 April 2006 Final deadline for submission of abstracts
v 1 May 2006 Notification of acceptance of paper
v 30 May 2006 Submission of registration form and payment
v 15 June 2006 Conference programme
v 9 July 2006 Conference opens

Other Events of Interest

1. South Africa's premier arts festival, the National Arts Festival, is held annually in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. In 2006 the Festival runs from 29 June to 8 July. Information about the Festival can be obtained from the Festival website (www.nafest.co.za) or from info@nafest.co.za.

2. An international conference organised by IATIS (the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies) will be held at the University of the Western Cape (in Cape Town) from 12 to 14 July 2006. The conference theme is 'Intervention in Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies. Further information is available on the conference website: www.iatis.org/content/iatis2006/.

 

 

USACLALS

4th International Conference
Oct. 27-29 2006
Santa Clara University


Fissures and Sutures:
Sources of Division and Mutual Aid in Postcolonial Reflections on History and Literature

100 years ago, in 1906: a 7.8 hit San Francisco (and an 8.6 earthquake hit Quito); Mt. Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples; race riots broke out in Atlanta; Japanese students were taught in racially segregated schools in San Francisco; Theodore Roosevelt took the first official trip outside the U.S. by a sitting President; the first intercollegiate fraternity for African American students was founded; Reginald Fessenden made the first radio broadcast; the world's first feature film (The Story of the Kelly Gang) was released; immunization against tuberculosis was developed; Richard Oldham proposed that the earth has a molten interior; the Second Geneva Convention was held; the All-India Muslim League was founded.

50 years ago, in 1956: Pakistan became the first Islamic republic; Nasser became President of Egypt and nationalized the Suez Canal; the submarine telephone cable across the Atlantic was opened; Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, the Indian Untouchable leader, converted to Buddhism along with 385,000 followers; Fidel Castro and Che Guevara departed Mexico and landed in Cuba; Warsaw Pact troops invaded Hungary and the Hungarian Revolution began; Israel invaded the Sinai Peninsula; Britain got its first female judge; Japan joined the United Nations.

We invite papers of 15-20 minute presentation time relating to the general conference theme, or to other aspects of postcolonial literature and theory (including US ethnic literatures). Among questions and topics of likely relevance are the following:
* Natural and man-made disasters and their impact on communities: partitions, border disputes, chemical pollution, tsunamis
* Religion and its influence in uniting or dividing peoples
* Gender-related issues of justice in local and global compacts
* Identity politics and class conflict over time
* Technology and globalization and their effects in history and in nation-building (or nation-dissolving)

There will also be opportunities for readings by poets and novelists on these and other themes.

Among probable speakers at this time are Bill Ashcroft, Pal Ahluwalia, and R. Radhakrishnan. We are in discussions with others, as well.

Send 200-word abstracts electronically by March 1 to: jhawley@scu.edu
John C. Hawley, Dept. of English, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino, Santa Clara CA 95053; or FAX: John Hawley, English dept.: (408) 554 4837


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