Concept ‘Spaces of Projection’

10th ASNEL Summer School ‘Spaces of Projection’

5 September – 9 September 2011

Universities of Bern and Basel, Switzerland

‘Spaces of Projection’ is an international Summer School in postcolonial literatures, cultures and linguistics. The Summer School takes place biannually and is organised by students for students under the auspices of the Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English (ASNEL). In 2011, a team of students from the English Departments of the Universities of Bern and Basel will bring the ASNEL Summer School to Switzerland for the first time in its history, and host the 10th Summer School at the Universities of Bern and Basel from 5 – 9 September.

As the theme ‘Spaces of Projection’ suggests, the Summer School will focus on the cultural, social, historical and topographical dimensions of space in postcolonial literatures. Central research questions include the following: How is space represented, constructed and projected? What role does mythology play with respect to cultural topographies? How are identity, ethnicity and the concept of belonging negotiated in relation to space? How are spatial boundaries and nationhood expressed, and what are their impacts? How is space textualised, visualised, and mapped? Questions of gender and race will also be explored, as well as the urbanisation processes in postcolonial space.

The Summer School aspires to bring together both BA and MA students and leading researchers who will give lectures and seminars on issues related to postcolonial space. The multidimensionality of space calls for an interdisciplinary approach, and while the Summer School will focus on literature, it will also include lectures in linguistics and history. As the Summer School will take place at the Universities of Bern and Basel, students will be given
the opportunity to hear lectures at two academic institutions and to explore two beautiful Swiss cities. We welcome national and international students and especially aim at attracting attention for the New Literatures in English among Swiss students.

The structure of the Summer School will include three lectures each morning (Monday to Friday), which will be organised in panels so as to stimulate fruitful discussions. Regarding the afternoon programme, students will apply in advance for one out of several thematic seminars lasting the whole week. For the seminars, a reader will be provided. Four days of the Summer School will be hosted by the English Department of the University of Bern, while one day focusing on Africa will take place at the English Department of the University of Basel where, apart from lectures in the morning, a guided tour will highlight the connection between this city and the African continent. The Summer School will be rounded off by an attractive evening programme with a reading, a film screening, a city tour of Bern, which was declared a world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1983, and other social get-togethers like a barbecue to combine academic and social exchange.

In a time of globalisation and urbanisation it seems vital to concentrate on the interconnectedness of cultures and to consider the impact of space on this development. The English Departments of the Universities of Basel and Bern, ASNEL as well as the Basel Centre of Competence Cultural Topographies cordially invite interested students and academics to participate in the endeavour to explore the importance of space in postcolonial literatures. Students will be given Credit Points for the participation in the Summer School, in accordance with the terms and conditions of their home universities.

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