Conference Program

The conference program is below (last updated March 16, 2016). You can also download the pdf here.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Opening remarks:
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf, Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies
Prof. Dr. Eeva Sippola, Postcolonial Language Studies
Prof. Dr. Norbert Schaffeld, Vice Dean of Faculty 10: Linguistics and Literary Studies
16:30-17:30 Plenary lecture: Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University)
Can non-Europeans think? Intellectual traditions and decolonization of epistemology (GW1, Room HS0070)
17:30-18:30 Plenary lecture: Gloria Emeagwali (Central Connecticut State University)
Intersections between endogenous and hegemonic knowledge systems with a focus on Africa and Native America (GW1, Room HS0070)
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Opening reception (GW1 Hörsaal foyer)


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

9:30-10:30 Plenary lecture: Jeannette Armstrong (University of British Columbia)
Syilx knowledges: A decolonial strategy (GW1, Room HS0070)
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GW1, Room HS1010

GW1, Room HS1000

Chair: Gisela Febel

Chair: Anne Storch

10:45-11:15 Hartmut Lutz (University of Greifswald, Germany)
Sumus, ergo sum (We are, therefore I am): Indigenous challenges to Cartesian logo-centrism
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Torun Reite (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Multilingual practices and meta-language discourse of adolescents in Maputo, Mozambique: Exploring language ideologies in post-colonial settings in temporal and spatial scales
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11:15-11:45 Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha (Kazi Nazrul University, India)
The Non-Europeans also think: Western paradigms of new materialism and postcolonial interventions
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Aruna Ankiah-Gangadeen & Pascal Nadal (Mauritius Institute of Education)
Indigenising ECE language pedagogy in the midst of Eurocentric linguistic and cultural hegemony: Narratives of Mauritian educators’ experiences
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Coffee break

Chair: Natascha Ueckmann

Chair: Hanna Acke

12:15-12:45 Sayan Dey (Banaras Hindu University, India)
De-linking Epistemology: Unlearning to Re-learn
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Christina Märzhäuser (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
Creole prestige and code-switching in popular music
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12:45-13:15 Oluwole Coker (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
Whither indigenous epistemology? Canonization as bane of African orature
Denijal Jegić (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)
Transnational Palestine: Suheir Hammad’s decolonial poetics of the Nakba
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Welcoming address by Senatorin für Wissenschaft, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz, Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt
Followed by lunch
(GW1 Hörsaal foyer)

Chair: Shola Adenekan

Chair: Danae Perez

14:45-15:15 A. Elisabeth Reichel (University of Basel, Switzerland)
“For you have given me speech!”—Gifted speakers, inarticulate others, and media epistemologies in the writing of Margaret Mead
David Chemeta (Université de Strasbourg, France / Universität von Potsdam, Germany)
Hip hop and postcoloniality: The political use of languages in the texts of the German rap group Advanced Chemistry
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15:15-15:45 Alexander Bräuer & Christoph Laugs (Universität Rostock / Universität Trier, Germany)
Revising settler-colonial surveying: A translocal view on aboriginal peoples’ role in land surveys in 19th century Australia and Canada
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Julia Szelivanov (ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary)
Intercultural bilingual education in multilingual societies of Latin America: Challenges and perspectives
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Coffee break

Chair: Birte Heidemann-Malreddy

Chair: Britta Schneider

16:15-16:45 Michael Annegarn-Gläß (Georg-Eckert-Institut, Leibniz Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung, Germany)
The colonial representations in the educational films in German schools in the interwar period
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Anne Storch (University of Cologne, Germany)
Deep metalinguistics
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16:45-17:15 Nick Faraclas (University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras)
Toward post-colonial frameworks for the study of the emergence of creolized languages and societies in the Afro-Atlantic
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IACPL business meeting (GW1, HS0070)


Thursday, March 17, 2016

9:00-10:00 Plenary lecture: Lisa Lim (University of Hong Kong)
Paradox of the periphery: Postcolonial and postvernacular (re)positionings in 21st-century Asia (GW1, Room HS0070)
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GW1, Room HS1010

GW1, Room HS1000

Chair: Janelle Rodriques

Chair: Benjamin Saade

10:15-10:45 Amatoritsero Ede (Carleton University, Canada)
The untranslatability of African language literature
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Mauro Tosco (University of Turin, Italy)
New states, old language policies, and uncharted languages: Stale news from South Sudan
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10:45-11:15 Uchenna Oyali (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Bible translation and lexical innovation: The Igbo experience
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Stefano Manfredi (CNRS, SeDyL, France)
Language ideologies in post-independence South Sudan: Some insight into Juba Arabic
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Coffee break

Chair: Karin Esders

Chair: Carsten Levisen

11:45-12:15 Ivan Sablin & Lilya Bolyachevets (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia)
Siberia between the second and the fourth worlds: Post-colonialism, post-socialism, and indigeneity in contemporary North Asian literature
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Britta Schneider (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
The contested role of colonial language ideology in superdiverse Belize
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12:15-12:45 Doris Stolberg (Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany)
Colonial missionary language activities in the Astrolabe Bay (PNG)
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Lunch break
Poetry reading by Amatoritsero Ede (University of Bremen, INPUTS writer in residence) at 13:30 (GW1 HS 0070)
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Chair: Cedric Essi

Chair: Lidia Mazzitelli

14:15-14:45 Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa (Leibniz-Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Germany)
Reclaiming the sea: Whither marine imaginaries on an island hub?
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Danae Perez (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
On the challenge of documenting endangered contact varieties – do we need a postcolonial methodology?
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14:45-15:15 Eleanor Hayman (Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Germany), Mark Wedge/Aan Gooshú (Deisheetaan Clan, Crow Moiety), & Colleen James/ G̱ooch Tláa (Daḵlʼaweidí Clan, Wolf Moiety)
A deep chart: Decolonising water and decolonising mapping
Angela Bartens (University of Turku, Finland)
Facebook groups in the revitalization and development of creole languages – focus on the Western Atlantic region
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Coffee break

Chair: Julia Borst

Chair: Mauro Tosco

15:45-16:15 Philipp Günther (University of Bremen, Germany)
The “Delhi Gang Rape” and its post-colonial inscription in German print-media
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Romola Rassool (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)
Examining responses to perceived ‘endangerment’ of the Sri Lanka Malay language and (re)-negotiating Sri Lanka Malay identity in a postcolonial context
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16:15-16:45 Jeffrey John Barnes (University of Akron, USA)
Inverting the imperial medium: Arab editorial cartoons and the question of empire in mandatory Palestine
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Postcolonial walking tour: Colonial Traces in Bremen
Conference dinner at Restaurant Am Deich


Friday, March 18, 2016

GW1, Room HS1010

GW1, Room HS1000

Chair: Hartmut Lutz

Chair: Maria Mazzoli

9:00-9:30 Ann-Kathrin Krueger (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Exploring the possibilities of linguistic innovations – engaged research in and outside of the hegemonic centers of knowledge production
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9:30-10:00 Eugenia Sojka (University of Silesia, Poland)
Dialogue between Polish and Canadian Indigenous scholars and artists: Validating and affirming the place of Indigenous knowledge in the academy and theatre of Upper Silesia
Foluke Unuabonah (Redeemer’s University, Nigeria / Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany)
‘Mr Chairman Sir’: Deference pragmatic markers in Nigerian public discourse
Coffee break

Chair: Karen Struve

Chair: Angela Bartens

10:30-11:00 Pierre-Héli Monot (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
Affirmation as interpretation
Maria Mazzoli (University of Bremen, Germany)
A morpheme index of verbal derivation in Michif, the mixed language of the Canadian Métis – my fieldwork wishful thinking
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11:00-11:30 Amir Banbaji (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
A new paradigm of Jewish enlightenment
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Carsten Levisen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Metalinguistic knowledges in urban Vanuatu: A postcolonial semantic study of Bislama keywords
Poetry reading by Jeannette Armstrong (University of British Columbia, Canada) at 11:30-12:15 (GW1 HS 0070)
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Lunch break

Chair: Matthias Zach

Chair: Marivic Lesho

13:00-13:30 Nassef Manabilang Adiong (FSMVU Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Turkey)
Comparative conundrum between nation-state and Muslim governance
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Vijaya John Kohli (Paderborn University, Germany)
Trapped in the discourse of monolingual ideology: How the English of Indians became Indian English
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13:30-14:00 Detlev Quintern (Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Turkey)
How to conquer the world? Cartographical knowledge in an early colonial context
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Rehnuma Sazzad (SOAS, University of London, England)
Colonial ideologies through linguistic means: A language movement and the cessation of a nation
Coffee break

Chair: Jennifer Henke

Chair: Joanna Chojnicka

14:30-15:00 Martin Müller (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Glotto-colonial debates: Language, nations, races, and civilizations in William Marsden’s and John Crawford’s ethno-linguistics
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15:00-15:30 Hazam Kamel Abd Al-Janabi (Leicester University, England)
Borders of conquest in Ahmed Sa’dawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad (2013)
Daniela Vrbova (Charles University, Czech Republic)
The Danish survival manual in the wilderness
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15:30-17:30 Plenary workshop: Michel DeGraff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Local languages as technology for liberation in (neo-)colonial contexts: The case of Kreyòl in Haitian schools (GW1, Room HS0070)
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