[csaa-forum] CFP: Colonial Attritions: State Violence and Social Forgetting

Holly Randell-Moon holly.randell-moon at otago.ac.nz
Thu May 7 15:32:47 ACST 2015

Dear CSAA Members,

Please find below information about an upcoming symposium I am organising at Otago University.


The Postcolonial Studies Research Network and the Department of Media, Film and Communication presents:

Colonial Attritions: State Violence and Social Forgetting
August 5th, 2015
University of Otago

Keynote Speaker: Professor Sherene Razack (University of Toronto)

Whilst formal colonisation has ended in many settler states, colonial ways of knowing and exercising authority continue in the violent policing and incarceration of Indigenous and minority communities in these states. In her landmark book, Dark Threats and White Knights, Sherene Razack writes poignantly: “Concealed in an apparently universal framework in which there is good and evil is a small piece of history—the history of imperialism, fascism, and racism” (2004, p. 157). Contemporary geopolitics and state sovereignty are founded on political and historical assumptions that Western liberal democracies represent progressive freedom and a benign and stabilising force in international affairs. Razack’s evocation of the ‘small piece of history’ works to interrupt state narratives of goodness that obscure the violence of settler colonial and imperial histories. This one-day symposium likewise seeks presentations that call for an account of state violence and a remembrance of imperial and colonial histories and their embodied, everyday effects.

Presentations and panels can address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

•      epistemologies of ignorance and forgetting in national and local narratives of place

•      state violence and surveillance of Indigenous and minority communities

•      racial and religious notions of belonging in the nation-state

•      the moralisation of state and non-state violence

•      citizenship, violence and the ‘war on terror’

•      the role of social justice movements and activism in challenging state authority

•      pedagogy and colonial narratives

•      gender and sexuality in political and state discourses of equality

•      tourism and the cultivation of nation-hood

•      race, development and international aid work

•      media economies, geopolitics and settler colonialism

•      media bipower and necropower

Please send abstracts of 200w with an accompanying bio of 50w to the symposium organiser, Dr. Holly Randell-Moon at: Holly.Randell-Moon at otago.ac.nz<mailto:Holly.Randell-Moon at otago.ac.nz>

We will accept abstracts on a rolling basis until July 17th.

Registration for students/ unwaged participants is $5 and for academic participants $10.

For more information about the Postcolonial Studies Research Network, please visit our website here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/humanities/research/research-centres/otago062214.html

Symposium organisers:
Dr. Holly Randell-Moon
Mahdis Azarmandi

On behalf of the Postcolonial Studies Research Network:
Dr. Chris Prentice (Director)
Associate Professor Vijay Devadas
Dr. Simone Drichel

Razack, S. (2004). Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping, and the New Imperialism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Dr. Holly Randell-Moon
Department of Media, Film and Communication
6th Floor Richardson Building
Central Campus
University of Otago
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

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