Academiegebouw, Klein auditorium

Rapenburg 73, Leiden


Indische Letteren

22 September - ‘The future of the Postcolonial Past: beyond representation’ by Elleke Boehmer

In this lecture Elleke Boehmer proposes to share her interest in new moves in the postcolonial field to direct attention to the communicative and interpretative ‘how’ rather than the themed ‘what’ of representation; to the process of reading and reception rather than the political ‘objects of difference’ that are represented in texts. It is this move beyond the phenomenology of ‘code’ that she believes maps the postcolonial future.


Through a reinvigoration of postcolonial poetics and reader reception, it may be possible to shift our concerns away from the topic- and agenda- based discussions that have dominated the field to date and through which its politics have largely been understood. This approach recognizes, radically for the field, that postcolonial writing has, on its own terms, like all writing, the power to shock, resist, overturn, subvert, and kick back against the various exoticizing limitations of the postcolonial or decolonial condition.


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Time: 16.00 hrs.