Friday, August 19, 2011

NWO subsidy


NWO-subsidy for Postcolonial Europe Network (PEN)

NWO has granted a subsidy for internationalisation to the project ‘Postcolonial Europe Network (PEN).’ The project conducted by Sandra Ponzanesi and Paulo de Medeiros (coordinators of the PCI) aims at establishing an international platform for developing research into new forms of conceptualizing Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective engaging several disciplines (literary, media, gender studies) in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (sociology, political theory). PEN aims to develop theoretical and methodological tools for representing and imagining Europe in a postcolonial and postimperial perspective.

The project analyses concrete historical events such as the adoption of treaties by the
various European states and their consequences, issues in political theory and political
philosophy such as the notions of sovereignty, borders, and law, as well as their
representations in a variety of media from literature to film and popular culture. The main
aim is to develop theoretical and methodological tools, based on particular case studies,
to discuss future ideas of Europe in a postcolonial and postimperial perspective. The project aims to significantly contribute to existing knowledge, and prepare the ground for
future multi-disciplinary research, bridging some gaps in current discipline-bound
scholarship, and asserting the importance of culture in general, and Humanities-based
research in particular, for imagining models for a European polity.

Postcolonial Europe and its legacies

The project will focus on the organisation of international conferences on the issues of Europe and its Fluid Borders, Cultural Memory and the Postcolonial and on the New European Polity, publications in international journals and the creation of a digital platform on postcolonial Europe.

International partners

Sandra Ponzanesi (MCW) and Paulo de Medeiros (DMT) work together in this project with other colleagues from Utrecht University and with partners from the University of Leeds (Graham Huggan, John McLeod, Max Silverman), University of Munich (Tobias Doering, Christopher Balme, Robert Stockhammer), London School of Economics (Paul Gilroy and Marsha Henry), University of Roskilde and Iceland (Lars Jensen and Kristín Loftsdóttir) and University of Naples (Iain Chambers). The project starts from 1 September 2011 and last for 3 year. The subsidy is granted by the NWO-programme Internationalisation in the Humanities.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Digital Crossroads: Media, Migration and Diaspora in a Transnational Perspective
See full call for papers attached.

28-30 June, 2012
Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Deadline for abstract submission and panel proposals: January 10, 2012
Conference chair: Sandra Ponzanesi       Conference coordinator: Fadi Hirzalla

Because of the disjunctive and unstable interplay of commerce, media, national policies, and consumer fantasies, ethnicity, once a genie contained in the bottle of some sort of locality (however large), has now become a global force, forever slipping in and through the cracks between states and borders – Appadurai 1996, p. 41, Modernity at Large

The rapid development of digital technologies has radically transformed ways of keeping in touch with home cultures and diasporic networks. Moreover, the notion of migration has undergone significant shifts, coming to signify imaginaries on the move which are not necessarily linked to geographical displacement. The aim of this conference is to address the relationship between migration and digital technologies across national contexts and ethnic belonging. Migrancy embeds many of the local and global paradoxes that also pertain to digital media with their compression of space and time. However, the link between the two fields is still under-theorized and in need of more situated and comparative analysis. Drawing from approaches from the humanities and social sciences (media theory, communication studies, learning sciences, gender studies, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, migration and transnational studies, among others), the primary aim of this conference is to explore how the study of digitalization and migration challenges existing notions of diaspora, identity, nation, family, learning, literacy, social networks, youth, body, gender and ethnicity, asking for new approaches and a rethinking of traditional social and cultural categories.

 For full call for papers and more information go to:


Shock & Awe - A Conference on the History of Aerial Bombing

A Hundred Years of Bombing from Above

November 2011 marks the centenary of a world-historic event.An Italian pilot, Guilio Cavotti dropped the first bombs from an aeroplane on to the oasis of Tagiura outside Tripoli.
The development of aerial bombardment was more than just a military revolution. It changed both war and peace. It redrew the legal and moral boundaries between civilians and combatants, spread the theatre of war into new environments and expanded the battlefield, making cities into places of mass death and taking warfare into private, domestic spaces.
The conference Shock And Awe: a hundred years of bombing from above will mark this anniversary and explore important elements of the century of bombing that followed the fateful attack on Tegura.
This multi-disciplinary event brings together internationally renowned critics, sociologists, geographers, philosophers and historians to reflect on all aspects of a hundred years of bombing from above.
It will develop a conversation between very different historical experiences and cases of bombing and establish a cosmopolitan conversation about these difficult issues.

Confirmed Speakers:  Prof. Les Back; Prof. Michèle Barrett;   Prof. Alexander B. Downes; Prof. Martin Evans; Prof. Paul Gilroy; Prof. Derek Gregory; Sven Lindqvist;   Dr. Hiroki Ogasawara; Prof. Daniel Pick; Dr. Nirmal Puwar; Prof. Daniel Swift; Prof. Eyal Weizman; Prof. Patrick Wright
The conference will be held: on Thursday 10th November 2011 at London School of Economics and
and on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2011 at Goldsmiths, University of London
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Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

The Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University invites
applications for a tenure-track appointment in the cultural study of the Middle East at the
assistant professor level, to begin September 1, 2012, pending budgetary and administrative approval. We seek a scholar who can contribute to the department’s graduate track in Culture and Representation, which focuses on the history, politics, and theories of representation as they relate to Middle Eastern cultures within an interdisciplinary framework. The department welcomes candidates from different disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and from across the broader geography of the Islamic world (interest in Turkey or the Maghrib is desirable). Candidates must have the Ph.D. by the time of appointment, demonstrate potential for superior scholarly accomplishment, and be prepared to teach a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses and to supervise doctoral dissertation research. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2011. To apply, see the NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies web site at via the “Employment” link to submit a detailed cover letter describing research and teaching experience, c.v., writing samples, and the names of three referees. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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January 17 – February 4, 2011
G-local Cosmopolitanism: the Social Responsibility of the Artists, the Academics, and the Media

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