Subverting the State: The Postcolonial Predicament

The University of Kent’s Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies will be hosting a one-day, interdisciplinary conference on 22 May 2015. The conference, organised by Maria Ridda (University of Kent), Enrique Galvan-Alvarez (International University of La Rioja) and Ole Birk Laursen (University of Copenhagen), will include a keynote lecture from Priyamvada Gopal of the University of Cambridge.

Scholars working in the disciplines of history, literature, political science, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, human geography, religious studies and other related areas have been invited to submit proposals reflecting an interdisciplinary approach on the following themes:

  • Violence, non-violence and civil disobedience;
  • State terrorism and terrorism against the state;
  • Performing subversion: the state as stage;
  • Para-states as subversion, competition or mimicry;
  • Organised crime, law and policing the state;
  • Transnational criminality in the contemporary postcolony;
  • Revolution, direct action and rioting;
  • Rhizomatic networks of protest outside the state;
  • Legitimation, citizenship and state formation;
  • New nation-states and postcolonial disillusions.

More information can be found on the conference’s website and Facebook page.