Postcolonial Justice. International Conference, Potsdam and Berlin, May 29th – June 1st 2014.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Paul Gilroy
  • Benita Parry
  • Ann Curthoys
  • Fiona Foley
  • Ratna Kapur
  • Suvendrini Perera

Readings, Performances and Film Screenings:

  • Rajeev Balasubramanyam (UK)
  • Priya Basil (UK)
  • Helon Habila (Nigeria)
  • Gail Jones (Australia)
  • Rosanna Raymond (Samoa/Aotearoa)
  • Sumugan Sinavesan (Australia)
  • Dhakiyarr vs the King (Australia 2004; dir. Tom Murray)
  • Cracks in the Mask (Australia/Germany/Switzerland 1997; dir. Frances Calvert)

This joint 25th Annual ASNEL and 14th Biennial GASt Conference, hosted by the University of Potsdam, investigates practices and norms of justice in a postcolonial world. While the term ‘justice’ suggests the pursuit of a globally valid set of social, political or aesthetic norms, ‘postcolonial’ is often associated with the deconstruction of precisely such norms and values as hegemonic colonial or neo-colonial constructions, variably in the interest of the coloniser, global capital, or a cosmopolitan elite. Nevertheless, unless they wish to fall into the pit of radical culturalism, postcolonial projects themselves must rely on the postulation of transculturally and transnationally valid norms. On the most general level, then, the concept of postcolonial justice forces us to rethink the problem of universality against the notion of local and cultural particularity. The conference seeks to promote exchange on this important and timely issue and will address a broad range of questions that relate to the interests of its two convening associations.

The four-day conference will combine keynote addresses, round-table discussions, panel presentations, poster sessions, readings and performances. It seeks to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue among researchers from around the globe with contributions from disciplines as diverse as literary/cultural studies, history, cultural geography, botany, economics, law, museum studies and the history of science.

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Title Image: ‘The Taming of the Beasts’, mural by Faith47, Shanghai.