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postcolonial conference

Autobiography as a Writing Strategy in Postcolonial Literature
An International Conference
University of Maine at Farmington
May 2-3, 2013

“Autobiography as a Writing Strategy in Postcolonial Literature” is an international conference organized by
Dr. Benaouda Lebdai, Professor of Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures at the Université du Maine in Le Mans, who will be in residence as a Libra Professor at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) in April and May, 2013.    The program includes plenary addresses by Prof. Neville Choonoo, of the State University of New York at Oneonta, and Prof. Bambo Soyinka, of the University of West England, and more than a dozen papers by scholars from France, Cameroon, Tunisia, Russia,  Canada, Swaziland, and the United States. There are sessions on Autobiography and Trauma, Women’s Autobiography, African Autobiography, and Autobiographical Writing in South Africa and the United States.  The conference should be of interest to scholars and students of postcolonial literatures, autobiography, African literatures, women’s writing, and literary theory.

The conference will take place from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Thursday, May 2, and from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, May 3.  All sessions will be held at the Emery Community Arts Center on the campus of UMF.

The conference is free and open to the public; no advance registration is required.  UMF faculty, scholars from other institutions in Maine, and our friends in the Farmington community are cordially invited to attend all sessions.

Plenary Addresses

Thursday, May 2, 9:00 AM: Bambo Soyinka, “Vicious Cycles: Translating Trauma in Times of Personal and Social Strain”

Friday, May 3, 9:00 AM: Neville Choonoo, “Parallel Lives: Black Autobiographical Writing in South Africa and the United States”

For a complete program, click here.

If you are a participant in the conference, please click here for information about conference arrangements and details.

For further information, contact:

Daniel P. Gunn
Interim Provost and VPAA
University of Maine at Farmington
(207) 778-7422

Sandra Lord
Administrative Assistant to the Provost
University of Maine at Farmington
(207) 778-7276