2018 Conference

Moving Centers & Traveling Cultures
October 10-12, 2018
Goethe University, Frankfurt

CONFERENCE EMAIL: postcolonialnarrations2018(at)gmail.com 

Confirmed keynote speakers: Delphine Munos (Goethe University/University of Liège) and Alex Tickell (Open University)

Conference Program
Goethe University, IG Farben Building, Room 457

Day 1 (Wed, Oct 10)
1.00 pm Arrival, Registration
2.00 pm Official Welcome
2.30 pm Panel 1: Travellers and Travelling Cultures

Chair: Magdalena Pfalzgraf

Gabrielle Bonnet (University of Sorbonne): The Pattern of Wandering in the French-speaking Sub-Saharan literature of Diaspora Examples of Leonora Miano’s Blues pour Eliseand Edem Adumey’s Les Pieds.

Nadia Butt (University of Gießen): Memory, Mobility, Metamorphosis. Travellers and Travelling Cultures in Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Stories-cum-Fictional Autobiography My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past (2005).

Adebayo Sakiru (University of Witwatersrand):African Transnational Memory in a Migratory Setting. A Reading of Dinaw Mengestu’s Children of the Revolution.

Julian Wacker (University of Münster): When Silences Travel. Space and Quareness in Olumide Popoola’s When We Speak of Nothing.

4.00 pm Coffee break
4.30 pm Keynote Lecture

Dr. Delphine Munos (Goethe University):

We need to talk about Camus: Intertextuality beyond Postcolonial Narration in Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation.


Chair: Hanna Teichler

6.00 pm End of first day
Day 2 (Thu, Oct 11)
9.30  am Panel 2: Minorities in Movement and Displacement

Chair: Silvia Anastasijevic

Leonie John (a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne):  Travelling Māori – Negating Stereotypes of Static Indigeneity.

Alam Mursed (Kazi Nasrul University):Capsizing Boats and Perilous Trans-borderal Journeys. The Rohingyas as the No-where-Nation Precariat.

Alisa Preusser (University of Münster):Moving across Borders in Leslie Marmon Silko’sCeremony.

Heinrich Wilke (University of Potsdam):Conservative Fear. The Terror of Uncontrolled Immigration in H.P. Lovecraft’s The Horror at Red Hook.

11.00 am Coffee Break
11.30 am Panel 3: Challenging Migrations

Chair: Karsten Levihn-Kutzler

Tolulope Banjo (University of Ibadan): Global South Movements and Representations.

Jennifer Leetsch (University of Würzburg):Travelling Text. Shailja Patel’s Migritude.

Pedro Ponte e Sousa (New University of Lisbon): Migration as a Foreign Policy Issue in a Globalized World: Do the Concepts of ‘Diaspora’, ‘Communities Abroad’, or ‘Expatriates’ still apply? The Case of Portugal.

1.00 pm Lunch break
2.00 pm Keynote Lecture

Dr. Alex Tickell (Open University, Milton Keynes):

Infrastructure and the Global Novel: Arundhati Roy’s ‘Threatened History’ Fiction.

Chair: Silvia Anastasijevic

3.30 pm Coffee break
4.00 pm Panel 4:  Shifting Axes in a Globalized World

Chair: Hanna Teichler

Lukas Schucht (Goethe University, Frankfurt): (Not) Talking about the Others in the Global City. A Discourse Analysis of the ‘Ja zu FRA!’ Airport Marketing Campaign.

Silvia Mayasari-Hoffert (Goethe University, Frankfurt):Writing Female Cosmopolitan Voice in a ‘Glocal’ World.

Lucy Gasser (University of Potsdam): The Centre Should not Hold: Shifting the Axes towards Eurasia.

Anna Savitskaya (University of Göttingen):Cultures Straddle, Loyalties Clash: Transcultural Reading of Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire and Guy Gunaratne’s In Our Mad and Furious City.

6.30 pm Conference Dinner (self pay)


Day 3 (Fri, Oct 12)
9.30 am Panel 5: Dialectics and Entanglements

Chair: Silvia Anastasijevic

Alena Cicholewski (University of Oldenburg):Negotiating Hybridity through Marvel’s Kamala Khan: Reading the Secret Superhero Identity Ms. Marvel as a Third Space.

Praveen Sewgobind (University of Potsdam): Raced Bodies, Erased Histories: African and South Asian Entanglements.

Tanaka Chidora (University of Zimbabwe):Harare (in the) North: A metaphor of an irresolvable exile dialectic.

11.00 am Coffee break
11.30 am Round Table Professional Futures with Dr. Delphine Munos, Dr. Alex Tickell, Dr. Pavan Malreddy

Chair: Magdalena Pfalzgraf

1.00-2.30 pm Lunch Event: The Future of the Forum and Conference Wrap Up
3.00 pm Visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair: “Ideas that move the World” (self-pay)


This event is supported by

ZIAF (Center for Interdisciplinary African Studies, Goethe University)


Goethe University, NELK Department 


Call for Papers

On occasion of the 6th Postgraduate Forum Postcolonial Narrations, we are interested in exploring how contemporary forms of movement and their representations in the domains of art, literature, and media transform received notions of nation and culture. Forced and/or economic migration, displacement, and other forms of movement fundamentally affect collectives, established power hierarchies, and discourses of national and cultural identity. Refugee streams, for example, which in recent years have reached the midst of ‘Western cultures’, have sometimes led to mass measures of assistance and protection from states, but also to the rise of populist movements, reiterations of conservative nationalism, and heated debates on who belongs and who does not. Similar debates and reactions arise in connection with economic migrants, “guest” workers or so-called “illegal” migrants. In these cases, the Global South literally and figuratively becomes a neighbor to and a part of the Global North.

At the same time, “Westerners” are moving to countries in the Global South (as it happens, for instance, in the case of the Portuguese “brain drain” to Mozambique and Angola), indicating that spaces of opportunity and prosperity are no longer primarily perceived to be located in the West. Evidently, such realities go beyond the traditional categorization and separation of nations and cultures into global power centres and peripheries. Accordingly, Kenyan-American author and poet Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ  (2012) observes that “[w]riters and scholars from the Global South often engage with one another through their own relation to the West. […] We need to fracture this dialectical linkage to the West, and allow South-South cultural, historical and political conversations to take place.” He refers to various players from the Global South who increasingly claim their place on the world stage, and appeals to the need to rethink traditional geo-political conceptions. This points to the fact that the flow of people, ideas, art and literature cannot be contained in traditional, linear models of South and North, or East and West.

The postgraduate forum aims to bring together young scholars (M.A. students, Doctoral candidates, PostDocs) to foster an exchange on Moving Centers & Traveling Cultures (Clifford 1997). In respect to this theme, the following questions may come to mind: Do canonized and disputed conceptions such as the subaltern (Spivak 1988) still enable us to describe subject positions? How do the various fundamental developments mentioned previously influence the interactions between individuals and cultures? Is transculturality (Welsch 1999), for instance, a productive concept to explore contemporary forms of travel, migration, and other forms of movement? How is movement represented in different media and how does the medium affect mobility?

We welcome papers which engage with but are not limited to the following areas of interest and research:

  • Transcultural Studies
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • World Literature / World Anglophone Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Tourism/Travel Media
  • Migration Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Heritage Studies/Museology

If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract (300-500 words for a 20-minute presentation), a short biographical note and the topic of your current project, preferably as one pdf file, to postcolonialnarrations2018(at)gmail.com no later than September, 1, 2018. We are still in the process of securing funds for this postgraduate forum, and we hope to be able to provide modest contributions to travel expenses. You will receive more information on this issue upon acceptance.

Download the Call for Papers: CfP Travelling Cultures_Postcolonialnarrations18

The Organizing Committee

Silvia Anastasijevic, Magdalena Pfalzgraf & Hanna Teichler

Committee Contact: hannateichler(a)gmail.com


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