CfP: “Stories that float from afar”, Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 11 –15, 2016 – Deadline 1 February 2016

 “stories that float from afar”
The idea of postcolonial culture: inclusions and exclusions

The 17th Triennial ACLALS Conference

Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 11 –15, 2016 – Deadline 1 February 2016

aquotesIn a piece recorded in 1873, only fifty kilometres from the ACLALS 2016 conference venue, /Xam storyteller //Kabbo argues his case for returning to his home in the northern Cape from Cape Town where he had been first a prisoner in the Breakwater prison and then a language and cultural informant for the linguist, Wilhelm Bleek. The home to which he refers is one that is already literary rather than tangible, for //Kabbo and his community have been displaced by settler invasions and their pursuit of a livelihood criminalised. //Kabbo can never really return home because home, in Homi Bhabha’s unforgettable formulation, has been rendered unhomely, invaded by history, the oppressive force that “captures dreams and redreams them,” to borrow…

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