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Geographies of Comparison: Ireland / Africa

06/07/2017 - 09/07/2017

Geographies of Comparison: Ireland / Africa (ACLA 2017, Utrecht, July 6-9, 2017)

Ireland was, as Robert Young writes, England’s first and always exceptional colony. But it was far from the only one. Its unique colonial status has yielded productive scholarship addressing its anomalous integration into the colonial world. While this scholarship has resulted in some excellent work on Ireland / India relations and an influential volume on the ‘green and black Atlantic’ that performed a valuable intervention in addressing the African dimensions of the Irish world, both Irish and African literary scholarship have largely neglected affiliations between these literary worlds. The organisers of this panel invite papers that will consider literary and cultural intersections between Ireland and select African nations.

Papers might cover (but are not limited to) topics such as:

  • Peripheral/Regional/Alternative modernisms
  • Literature of anticolonial revolt
  • Transnational Solidarities
  • Translocalisms
    Nationalisms and religion
  • Gendered nationalisms
  • African and Irish theatre
  • Travel writing
  • Africa / Ireland networks
  • Africans in Ireland / Irish in Africa
  • Migration and Asylum
  • Beckett / Joyce and African writing
  • Apartheid in the Irish cultural imagination
  • Peacekeeping and War
  • Modes of comparison across postcolonial sites
  • Form and scales of comparison

Queries can be directed to the seminar organisers:

Agata Szczeszak-Brewer (brewera@wabash.edu) and Cóilín Parsons (coilin.parsons@georgetown.edu)



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