Conference Announcement: GAPS 2015 – Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts (14-16 May 2015, University of Münster)

The following conference announcement comes to us via Simon Rosenberg (Institut für Buchwissenschaft & Textforschung, WWU Münster).

The Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien / Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies GAPS will hold its annual conference on Ideology in Postcoloonial Texts and Contexts from 14 – 16 May 2015 at the University of Münster.

From the conference announcement:

Contemporary postcolonial studies is a highly diverse field, methodologically as well as in terms of its multiple sub-disciplines, so that the impact of ideology-related thinking has triggered a broad range of inquiries. This conference thus reflects a wide range of approaches, from linguistics via literary and cultural studies to pedagogy and book studies: […]

In book studies, the production, distribution, and reception of books are shaped by ideological struggles in a variety of ways. Production concerns the book as a physical (and increasingly as a digital) object, strategies concerning authorship, printing, editing, publishing, and translation – including self-censorship; distribution raises questions about distribution channels and networks, rural vs. urban, and metropolitan vs. peripheral access to reading matter, and censorship; finally, reception refers to readers and their choices of reading, institutional selections of books (such as by libraries and book clubs), processes of canonisation, literary awards, and state-funding for the arts. Finally, external influences, like political and legal sanctions, economic and social conditions, are shaped by shifting ideologies and palpably influence the book trade.

In light of the foundational role of both ideology and the critique of ideology, in and beyond postcolonial studies, and given the significant theoretical developments over the past two decades, this conference sets out to revisit ideological configurations in postcolonial texts, contexts, and theories.

Although the official CfP is now closed (see our announcement in August), proposals for papers on book history and didactics are still welcome until the extended deadline February 10, 2015. Furthermore, Ph.D. student interested in presenting their Ph.D.-project or giving a poster presentation are invited to email a short abstract to gaps2015[at] by March 15, 2015.

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