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ICGC Love & Revolution conference

Conference Program Love and Revolution II 3-23-11.doc
Love and Revolution II: Considering the Limits and Possibilities of Nationalist and Postcolonial Thinking
March 31 to April 2, 2011

ICGC Research Circle "Transnational Knowledge Production":
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC)
Centre for Humanities Research and Department of History of the University of the Western Cape
University of Minnesota (Office of International Programs)
University of Fort Hare

Nationalist struggles since the 1960s, certainly in Africa, suggest the transformation of individual subjectivities in the midst of political struggle and social change. More generally, there are deployments of revolutionary language to express the personal, and narratives of affect to lay claim to the political and the economic. It would seem that "love" is a knowledge-producing event. There are shared revolutionary texts and affect across territories, oceans and continents, producing transnational political-affective communities. But in transitioning from the colonial to the postcolonial, is there a loss of the revolutionary subject? Do forces such as structural adjustment, neoliberalism, the end of the Cold War and colonialism bring an end to revolution and maybe love, leaving a sense of abandonment, a nostalgia for retrospectively defined affective bonds, and for the homosocial worlds of resistance?

These issues have emerged from the reading group and conference entitled Love and Revolution initiated at the University of the Western Cape in 2010. Love and Revolution II: Considering the Limits and Possibilities of Nationalist and Postcolonial Thinking is a continuation of this conversation and the first conference gathering of a new ongoing ICGC research circle, entitled Transnational Knowledge Production, at the University of Minnesota. This conference is convened in collaboration with the University of the Western Cape and the University of Fort Hare.

15:30 - 17:00 ICGC Distinguished Lecture (180 Hubert Humphrey Center)
Patricia Hayes: Bush of Ghosts - Photography and the Subject of the Political


FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011 (180 Hubert Humphrey Center)
COFFEE 8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Karen Brown, Helena Pohlandt-McCormick and Patricia Hayes

10:00 - 12:00 Panel I: Politics and Affect

Chair: Joya John (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, UMN)

Sayres Rudy - School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College (sayres.rudy(at)gmail.com, srudy(at)hampshire.edu): In the Event of Revolution: The Subject of Political Love from Fanon and Gandhi to the Current Uprisings

Martina Rieker - Institute for Gender and Women's Studies in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, American University in Cairo (mgeographies(at)gmail.com) and Gopinath Arunima - Women's Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University (arunima.gopinath(at)gmail.com): Politics and Affect: Egypt and India

Discussant: Ciraj Rassool (Department of History, UWC)

LUNCH 12:00 -13:00

13:00 - 15:00 Panel II: Sentimental Journeys
Chair: Virgil Slade (Department of History, UMN)

Dawn Rae Davis - Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato (dawn.davis(at)mnsu.edu): Love and the Third: Decolonial Modes of Be-coming

Shefali Chandra - Department of History, International and Area Studies, Washington University, (se23(at)wustl.edu): "India Will Change You Forever": Whiteness, Exceptionalism and the Affective Front of the War.

Discussant: Patricia Hayes (Department of History, UWC)

COFFEE 15:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 17:30 Panel III: Witnessing, Violence, and Sorrow
Chair: Asli Ikizoglu (Department of Geography, UMN)

Quynh Pham - Political Science, University of Minnesota (phamx272(at)umn.edu): Love as Revolution: Life Holding Politics

Ruchi Chaturvedi - Hunter College, City University of New York (rchaturv(at)hunter.cuny.edu): Of Love, Violence and Responsibility Hindu Nationalist Communities in South India

Discussant: Drew Thompson (Department of History, UMN)

COFFEE 9:30 - 10:00

10:00 - 12:00 Panel IV: Intimate Acts
Chair: Teresa Barnes (Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Jean Allman - Department of History, Washington University (jallman at wustl.edu): In Search of Kwame Nkrumah, a Nazi Pilot Named Hanna, and the Meanings of Motorless Flight: An Intimate Journey through Ghana's "Post-Colonial Archive"

Gary Minkley - Department of History, University of Fort Hare (gminkley at ufh.ac.za): "How, in Heaven's Name, are these People to Provide Photographs for Themselves?" The Intimate Photographic Event, the Provision of Politics and the Encounter of an 'Empire of Love' in South Africa

Discussant: John Mowitt (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, UMN)

LUNCH 12:00 - 13:00

13:00 - 15:00 Panel V: Lamentations and Paradoxes of Love
Chair: Sian Butcher (Department of Geography, UMN)

Suren Pillay - Center of Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape (surenpillay(at)gmail.com): Lamentations of the Filial and the Critique of Apartheid

Shaden Tageldin - Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota (tageldin (at) umn.edu): After Love: Affect, Revolution, and the Conditional Tense of Postcoloniality

Discussant: Simona Sawhney (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, UMN)

COFFEE 15:00 - 15:30

Image from The Lithuania Tribune, 2/25/11 (http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/category/international/north-africa/)

For additional information, please contact Helena Pohlandt-McCormick (pohla001(at)umn.edu) or Virgil Slade (slad0038(at)umn.edu)

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