Call for Papers
Call for Papers deadline extended to 31 August 2017
‘Postcolonial Spain’ aims to be the first academic event to map postcolonial/decolonial theories onto Hispanic peninsular studies, aiming to diversify radically how the discipline thinks about the interconnected legacies of colonialism, empire, nationalisms, emigration, ethnicity and conflict in contemporary Spain. As the fissures of the Spanish post-1978 territorial consensus widen, this event is intended as a key intervention in the discipline of Spanish peninsular studies and into how it has ‘theorised away’ Spain’s internal national conflicts, their associated discourses and cultural manifestations and the ways in which these remain entangled with enduring forms of post-imperial reason.
Chief among the conference’s aims is to articulate for the discipline of Hispanic (peninsular) studies a new way of thinking about ongoing processes of transnational/national/regional transformation, including independence processes, with a view to re-interrogating questions of democraticity in contemporary Spain and challenging predominant nationalist paradigms. The conference also seeks to engage cultural studies scholarship with pressing socio-political processes developing in contemporary Spain, such as the Catalan process of independence, post-conflict resolution in the Basque Country and the politics of border and immigration control, all of which can be illuminated by postcolonial/decolonial forms of enquiry.
The conference intends to bring together researchers who are working in a broadly understood field of Hispanic studies, researchers in postcolonial/decolonial/anticolonial studies and activists, whose work poses questions related – although not limited – to the following areas of enquiry:
- Migrant connectivity practices and how these engage with/challenge forms of national(ist) consensus.
- Approaches to race and racialized precarities in Spain.
- Forms of epistemic and material violence of racism, nationalism and neo-colonialism in Spain.
- Multidirectional memory politics (Rothberg); the emergence of decolonial memory politics in Spain.
- Discourses and practices for post-conflict resolution and peace-building in the Basque Country.
- Imperial entanglements and ‘minor imperialisms’ in Spain (Hooper).
- Cultures of independence, theories of internal colonialisms and anti-imperial solidarity movements.
- Feminist and queer interrogations of nationhood and neo-colonialism in Spain.
- Postcolonial/decolonial approaches to Spanish Gypsy studies.
- Postcolonial/decolonial approaches to Gibraltar, Ceuta, Melilla, as well as to the lesser studied areas of national conflict in Spain (Galicia, the Canary Islands, Asturias, Andalucia, etc).
- Torture in democratic Spain.
- The Spanish colonial archive and paracolonial aesthetics in Spanish culture (literature, film, television, the media).
- Spain as southern periphery in austerity Europe.
The conference will be held in Bangor (Wales, UK) in a venue to be confirmed on 1–2 December, 2017. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017.