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CFP: Afro-Asian Cultural Solidarity and Unfinished Projects of Independence

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    Annette Damayanti Lienau
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    Guaranteed panel sponsored by the Modern Language Association’s Committee of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, 20th and 21st century.

    This panel takes its cue from Leopold Senghor’s writing on the ambiguities and paradoxes of the Bandung moment: as a call to shared independence that bears the risk of (ethno)-nationalist exploitations in the name of liberation and lateral solidarity.  The panel invites papers that explore the ambiguities of Afro-Asian independence (in the wake of Bandung) as an unfinished project at the thresholds of lateral solidarity and internal strife: beset or challenged by counter-revolutionary forces, secession/partition, or “internal” colonization (as in the Indonesian case with West Papua/East Timor, or, arguably, Egypt’s misadventures in Yemen).  The panel more broadly seeks to highlight what is often eclipsed by the “post-colonial” as a homogenizing designation: the uneven chronologies and unfinished projects of “independence” across the Global South.

    Please submit short (200 word) abstracts and CV by March 15th, 2018 to: alienau@complit.umass.edu.

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