[Blueboard] Ateneo English Department co-sponsors RAFIL 3 at NUS

Department of English doe at admu.edu.ph
Tue Jun 7 13:40:36 PHT 2011

A Call for Papers has been sent out for RAFIL 3 which is hosted by the  
University of Singapore. RAFIL 3 focusses on the theme "Great Asian  
Writers and
surrounding vernacular  literatures in a postcolonial perspective."

To be held on 11-13 November  2011, "Reading Asia: Forging Identities  
in Literature" or short RAFIL is a  consortium embodying the  
collaboration between a number of  universities in the Asia-Pacific  
region with programs and projects in  the field of Asian literatures.  
Beside NUS, its members consist of Ateneo de Manila University  
(Manila), Universitas Sanata Dharma (Yogyakarta), Sophia University  
(Tokyo) and La Trobe University (Melbourne). The two previous  
conferences were held in Manila (2007), and Yogyakarta (2009).

The Department of Malay Studies, FASS, National University of  
Singapore, and the RAFIL Consortium, will organise the Third RAFIL  
Consortium Conference, to be held in Singapore, on Friday to Sunday  
11-13 November 2011.

The aim of RAFIL 3 will be to examine the relevance and role of four  
South and Southeast Asian "great writers" in postcolonial literary  
theory. The Conference will take the form of a small, intensive  
workshop, focusing on four indisputably great Asian authors:  
Rabindranath Tagore, Jose Rizal, Shahnon Ahmad and Pramoedya Ananta  
Toer, and their relationships with both vernacular and cosmopolitan  
South and Southeast Asian Literatures. These great authors will be  
discussed in papers presented by invited speakers.

It is believed that these authors have had an immense impact on the  
development of vernacular literatures they wrote in and which their  
readers used to channel their ideas. This conference seeks to gauge  
such imagined impact and invites reflections on these writers and the  
vernacular literatures from a postcolonial perspective.

We therefore invite papers specifically discussing vernacular  
literatures in South and Southeast Asian nations. Singapore Literature  
as one of these cosmopolitan literatures will be given special   
attention, but the workshop also invites papers on postcoloniality in   
other traditions.

The conference purports to be a simple but radical questioning of the  
usual perspective on postcolonialism that privileges the impact of the  
colonial experience and its aftermath on metropolitan languages and  
literatures. We welcome papers that deal with specific topics such as  
the writer and nationalism vs transnationalism, the individual in its  
ecological environment, the writing in its linguistic environment.

Submission of proposals:
Please send in an abstract (max. 250 words) and a biographical note
(200 words) before 15 June 2011 to the secretary of the Department of  
Malay Studies (mlssec at nus.edu.sg). Successful applicants will be  
informed by mid July at the latest. Partial funding will be available  
for presenters from Southeast Asia.

Department of English
School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108
Tel. no.: 426-6001 local 5310/5311
Telefax: 426-6201

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