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Reflections on Postcolonial Memory

Guest Lecture by Sakiru Adebayo on December 15
In this talk, I will be discussing the nexus between postcolonial studies and memory studies. I will trace the history of memory studies in postcolonial studies as well as the history of postcoloniality in memory studies. I will highlight the ‘emerging proximity’ between the two fields and also point out some potential areas of study within the emerging field of postcolonial memory studies. I will later turn to the works of Michael Rothberg to examine how he incorporates the history and memory of colonialism in his works. I will focus on his article “Cultural Memory, Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Studies” as well as his book, Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization, in order to further establish the overlapping concerns in memory studies and postcolonial studies.

Sakiru Adebayo is an assistant professor of Black Anglophone Literature in the English Department, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada. His research interests include memory studies, African literature, migration studies, melancholy studies, and Black intellectual thought. He has been published in reputable journals such as Research in African Literatures, African Studies, Journal of African Cultural Studies, SAFUNDI: Journal of South African and American Studies and Journal of Pan African Studies. He also has forthcoming papers in Journal of African Literature Association, Memory Studies, Journal of African Cinemas, Social Dynamics among others. He is currently completing a manuscript titled Continuous Pasts: Frictions of Memory in the Postcolony.

WHEN December 15, 2021 at 10 am

WHERE MS Teams https://shorturl.at/bjyFI
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