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会议名称:  Empire and Rebellion: postcolonial perspectives
会议时间:  2008-03-06
会议地点:  Delhi, Other
会议主题:  The conference will focus on responses to rebellions, to large-scale, more or less organized and violent acts by the colonized to overthrow colonial rule.
Empire and Rebellion: postcolonial perspectives
6-8 March 2008
It has been argued that the process of establishing colonial control and rule across most of
Asia, Africa and Latin America was supported ideologically by the belief in the civilizational
superiority of the colonizers over the colonized. Within this general framework,
representations of colonized peoples and  the forms of knowledge produced about them
tended to project them as distant both in terms of geographical space and historical time.
They were seen as people without history, without the ability therefore to act of their own
volition; they required, even beseeched domination. Such ideas not only obscured the harsh
realities of colonial rule but also served to subdue criticism of colonial as well as other
policies at home. As is well known now, establishing and maintaining colonial empires was
no peaceful venture, as the colonizers were confronted almost everywhere with some forms
of resistance that kept escalating into armed rebellions.
Over the past few decades, the ideas and  notions or the cultural wherewithal that
accompanied colonial conquest have been studied extensively. Attention has also been
focused on the cultural forms in which anti-colonial resistance was articulated. The focus for
this conference will be more specifically on responses to rebellions, to large-scale, more or
less organized and violent acts by the colonized to overthrow colonial rule. How are
rebellions represented? What kinds of questions do they raise about colonial rule and colonial
policies? In what way does the experience of military suppression of rebellions feed into the
strategies developed for future wars, in Europe and elsewhere? How are these rebellions seen
in post-colonial times? 
The conference is a follow-up to a conference held in October 2007 on European Responses
to the 1857 Rebellion in India. Though it is well known that this rebellion generated an
enormous amount of literature in Britain, little note has been taken so far of the responses in
the rest of Europe, which took the form of extensive reporting in the newspapers as well as of
many fictional and non-fictional texts. The varied responses show the keen interest across
several European nations (irrespective of whether they were colonial powers, still to acquire
colonies, or belonged to the category of ‘small nations’) evoked by such a major threat to
British colonial power. The gap between the considerable body of material and the lack of
any study of the area is also a motive for the present conference. Of course, the contemporary
world provides enough evidence that questions of colonialism, imperialism and rebellions
aiming to overthrow these modes of domination are not just matters of the past. 
The conference will bring together interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives to explore
responses to anti-colonial rebellions in fictional and non-fictional texts as well as in film and
other art forms.  
主办单位:   Department of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of Delhi
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