Annual Conference

2017: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 2-4, 2017
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch St.

Beyond the Postcolonial?: Meaning-Making and South Asian Studies in the 21st Century

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Keynote Address: “Rethinking the Postcolonial Through Fanon’s New Writings”
Prof. Robert J.C. Young, New York University-Abu Dhabi

robert-jc-youngProf. Robert J. C. Young is Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of Arts and Humanities, NYU-Abu Dhabi. His seminal works, White Mythologies: Writing History and the West (1990) and Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture, and Race (1995) are considered revolutionary and radical in the field of postcolonial studies. He has published over 15 monographs, which have been translated into Tamil, Chinese, Turkish, Arabic, and other languages. He is the editor of Interventions and co-founder of the postcolonial seminar at University of Oxford and New York University.

Prof. Young’s work is primarily concerned with people and cultures at the margins of society both nationally and globally. His work on how to retrieve the knowledge and histories of such communities requires us to rethink some of the theoretical issues about our practice of literary, historical, and cultural analyses in postcolonial studies.

SALA members may make hotel reservations for the SALA 2017 Annual Conference in Philadelphia by directly calling Simon Chikov at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel at 267-765-3345 during business hours EST. Or members can call 1-877-999-3223 and say “SALA.” This number is available 24/7.

Any reservation for check-in from December 31, 2016 to check-out January 9, 2017 at $109 discounted rate will be honored. The code is SALA.

2016: Austin, Texas
January 4-6, 2016
Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3401 South IH-35

Cultural Practices in the South Asian Public Sphere

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Keynote Address: “In the Age of UAVs: Targeted Killings, Collateral Damage, and Drones in the Public Sphere”
Prof. Barbara Harlow, University of Texas at Austin

Barbara HarlowBarbara Harlow is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Resistance Literature (1986), Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention (1992), After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing (1996), and co-editor with Mia Carter of Imperialism and Orientalism: A Documentary Sourcebook (1999) and Archives of Empire  (edited with Mia Carter): 1. From the East India Company to the Suez Canal  and 2. The Scramble for Africa (2003). She has taught in Egypt (Cairo), Ireland (Galway), and South Africa (Pietermaritzburg and Durban) In addition to an intellectual biography of the South African activist, Ruth First, she is working on a project examining historical connections between international humanitarian/human rights law and “third world” literature.

SALA members may make reservations by calling 1-800-WYNDHAM and using “SALA” as their code, for $109 per night, or, to book online, visit the hotel’s web site and use the code 01026702SA. To get the group rate, reservations must be made by December 14, 2015. For more information, download the SALA 1.4.16 Reservation Instructions (Microsoft Word, 28 KB).

As part of SALA 2016 in Austin, Texas, we will have “Hamara Mushaira” (a night of readings) as in previous years. This event will be organized by Prof. Amritjit Singh, as usual. If any of you would like to read your creative writing the evening of Jan. 5 (the first day of the conference-proper), please contact Professor Singh directly at singha@ohio.edu by Dec. 15, 2015.

Our annual dinner banquet will be held at the Bombay Bistro, on 4200 S. Lamar Blvd. from 8-10 p.m., Wednesday, January 6, 2016. You may pay for your dinner ticket when you preregister for the conference.

2015: Vancouver, Canada
January 6-7, 2015
Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street

Borders, Boundaries, and Margins.

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2014: Chicago, Illinois
January 8-9, 2014
Aloft Hotel, City Center Chicago

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Keynote Address: “Future Interrupted: The Subjunctive Nationalism of M.N. Roy”
Prof. Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota.

Professor Timothy Brennan TIMOTHY BRENNAN is Professor of comparative literature, cultural studies, and English at the University of Minnesota.  His essays on literature, cultural politics, American intellectuals, music, and colonialism have appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, New Left Review, Critical Inquiry, and the London Review of Books.  He is the author most recently of Borrowed Light, Vol I: Vico, Hegel and the Colonies (Stanford, 2014) and Borrowed Light, Vol. II: The Interwar Moment — Imperial Form (Stanford: forthcoming).   He is the editor and co-translator of Alejo Carpentier’s Music in Cuba (2003) and author of Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (Verso, 2008), Empire in Different Colors (Revolver, 2007), Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right (Columbia, 2006), At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now (Harvard 1997), and Salman Rushdie and the Third World: Myths of the Nation (1989).

Call for Papers (Download .PDF here)

2013: Boston, Massachusetts

January 2-3, 2013
Distinguished Award Recipient: Gayatri Chakravarty Spivak

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Call for Papers (Download .PDF version here)

Graduate Student Paper Prize, 2013

2012: Seattle, Washington

January 4-5, 2012

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Call for Papers

2011: Los Angeles, California

January 7-8, 2011

Conference Schedule

Call for Papers