5th Annual Conference
Performing Tangier 2009
Critiquing postcolonialism and performing cultural diversity
Call for Papers
Performing cultural diversity, re-orienting postcolonialism, negotiating the future
Informed by various theoretical enterprises, postcolonial theory and discourse for the last few decades have created unprecedented critical attention to myriads of constituencies victimized by imperialist representation and colonial rule. Many postcolonial readings have aimed primarily at subverting the hierarchical colonial dichotomy and rewriting subaltern histories. Given the status of our current geopolitical environment, some critics have already started questioning the relevance of postcolonialism as a representative discourse today. As the site of diverse historical, literary, cultural, touristic, and artistic convergences, Tangier has been and continues to be the quintessential postcolonial space for created hybridities and cultural pluralism. The fifth international Tangier conference will focus on an evaluation of the diverse discourses that inform "postcolonial" representations (cultural, political, social, artistic, theoretical, and literary)
of Tangier and their relation to the city as a historically material presence. What is the relationship between Tangier as an imagined space and Tangier as a performative space? How do postcolonial theories of hybridity, cultural nomadism, and transcendental identities relate to the materially lived experience of Tangerois? While ample attention has been given to Tangier in its historically global relations, it is equally important to further investigate, as Hardt and Negri put it, "the production of locality, that is, the social machines that create and recreate the identities and differences that are understood as the local."
The aim of the conference is therefore to interrogate and try to bridge the chasm between the theoretical and the material, the local and the global, the past and the present to open new venues for the future. Building on the themes of the previous conferences, we specifically invite papers and panels that will continue the evaluations of the voices of Tangier and its historical and cultural status, and also gesture toward the future to propose and discuss the cultural, literary, and artistic opportunities that Tangier will continue to provide and the role it will continue to play in our ever shifting global cultural map.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
• A critique of postcolonial Theories
• A critique of postcolonial representations of Tangier
• Performance and cultural diversity
• Tangier as a historical site of cultural diversity
• The future of Tangier as world cultural capital
• The status of Tangier within globalism
• Tangier between the word and the world
• Evaluations of individual authors and artists such as: Rachida Madani, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Mohamed Choukri, Mohammed Azeddine Tazi, Ahmed Beroho, Souad Bahechar, Moumen Smihi, Farida Belyazid, Anouar Majid, Jillali Farhati, Mohamed Abdaoui, Zobeir Ben Bouchta, Moukhtar Chaoui, to Khalil el Ghrib, Badia Hadj Nasser, the author of Nedjma… and many others…
The Organizing Committee invites papers from scholars of all relevant disciplines – such as Performance Studies, English, History, Ethno-Musicology, Language and Literature Programs, Cultural Studies, Communication, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science, Gender and Women’s Studies, Philosophy, Psychology – as well as from Artists, and especially encourages papers that focus on a critique of postcolonialism.
A 250 word abstract of proposed papers, along with a brief curriculum vitae, must be submitted electronically (preferably in Word or Rich Text format) by 31 December 2008 to the Organizing Committee care of Professor Khalid Amine (President of ICPS and Conference Convener). Selected conference papers will be published in a special volume.
Emerging Scholars’ Panel: The conference is also a home for graduate students and emerging scholars from different parts of the world. The establishment of an emerging Scholars’ panel invites new voices to join the debate. Up to three participants will be selected for this panel, and each panelist will have fifteen minutes to deliver her/his paper. Graduate students whose papers are accepted will receive free conference registration, free admission to conference luncheon, and a one-year membership in ICPS. To be considered for this panel, please submit your 10-12 page paper by January 15th 2009 to Pr Khalid Amine.
Registration Fee: $ 100 payable upon arrival. It includes 2 gala dinners conference pack, tickets for public concerts and site-specific performances, free guided tour of the medina, and the book of published proceedings from the previous conference.
Attendees: Since the conference is again pulling a very international public, registered attendees will be welcome too.
• Khalid Amine, Coordinator of the Research Group of Performance Studies, Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Tétouan & President of the International Center for Performance Studies, Morocco khamine@...
• Andrew Hussey, Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), nuh@...
• Allen Hibard, Director of the Middle East Centre at Middle Tennessee State University, USA, ahibbard@...
• Barry Tharaud, editor and publisher of the international scholarly journal, Nineteenth-Century Prose; Professor at Doğuş University, İstanbul, Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University, U.S.A., barrytharaud@...
• José Manuel Goï Pérez, Professor at the Department of European Languages, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, jsg@...
• George F. Roberson, Adj Assistant Professer, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA, pelerinmondial@...
• Salah M. Moukhlis, Associate Professor of Comparative Studies and World Literatures, California State University San Marcos, USA, smoukhli@...
• Nadia Khoumbarek, ICPS Member, Tangier
• Rajae Khaloufi, ICPS member, Tangier
• Alfred Hackensberger, Poet & Journalist, Germany
• Mustapha Hilal Soussi, ICPS member, Tangier
• Yassine Harouchi, ICPS member, tangier
• Badreddine Charab, ICPS member & volunteers, Tangier
Languages: Arabic, Tamazight, French, Spanish, and English.
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR PERFORMANCE STUDIES (ICPS) CONTACTS
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George F. Roberson, PhD
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Cultural Geographer: Human Dimensions Research Cluster
Dept. of Geosciences, UMass - Amherst
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