Konferenzen, Tagungen

The Dynamics of Postcolonial Passings: Comparisons and Intersections (12. & 13. Mai 2022, online)


Online conference hosted by the University of Liège, Belgium, and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany


Times mentioned in the programme are Central European Summer Time (Brussels).  

Thursday 12 May 2022

10.00–10.15 Welcome and opening remarks

10.15–11.15 PANEL SESSION 1, Australian Passings

Victoria Herche (University of Cologne, Germany), “Postcolonial Passing and the Ethics of Mobility in the Works of Ivan Sen”

Claudia Davidson-Novosivschei (Independent Scholar, Romania), “Reverse Passing in Peter Carey’s A Long Way from Home

11.15–11.30 Break

11.30–12.30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS 1

Suzanne Scafe (University of Brighton, UK), “Power, Play and Multi-Directional Passing in Jamaican/Diasporic Contexts”

12.30–14.00 Break

14.00–15.30 PANEL SESSION 2, Passing and Performance

Tehmina Pirzada (Texas A&M University, Qatar), “‘She Will Be a Boy’: Gender Passing and Emancipated Spectatorship in Baran and Osama

Rowland Chukwuemeka Amaefula (Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria), “Passing and Protest in Bobrisky’s Transgender Acts on Social Media”

Izuu Nwankwọ (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany), “‘Press Their Mumu Button’: Reiterations of Privilege and Power in Embodying Nigerian Identities by Western Social Media Artists”

15.30–16.00 Break

16.00–17.00 PANEL SESSION 3, American Passings

Sarah Agath (Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria), ““Why Wouldn’t You Be White If You Could Be . . . She Had Just Made the Rational Decision”: An Intersectional Investigation of the Ethics of Passing in Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

Gail Lukasik (author, Illinois, USA), “Identity Passing: White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing

17.00–17.45 Break

17.45–18.45 KEYNOTE ADDRESS 2

Pamela L. Caughie (Loyola University Chicago, USA), “On the Ethics of Passing, Still and Again”

Friday 13 May 2022

10.30–12.00 PANEL SESSION 4, Passing and Transfers

Aretha Phiri (Rhodes University, South Africa), “‘Alright, Then, I’ll Go to Hell!’: Huckleberry Finn, Cross Border Pedagogy and the Ethics of Passing”

Eva Ulrike Pirker (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany), “Desires of Passing: Perspectives on (Self-)translation in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s The Last Gift

Beate Sommerfeld (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland), “Passing: The Fluid Identity of Translators”

12.00–13.30 Break

13.30–15.00 PANEL SESSION 5, Passing and Movement

Mahtab Dadkhah (University of Erfurt, Germany), “Role of Fictional Narratives in Cultural Identity Passing of Commonwealth Migrants in Germany: A Phenomenological Study”

Jana-Katharina Mende (Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), “‘Who Am I and If So, How Many?” Passing as a Narratological Strategy in Modern German Postmigrant Literature”

Maryam Mirza (University of Durham, UK), “Class Passing and Erotic Resistance in Wajiha Tabassum’s “Utran” (“Cast-offs”) and Ru Freeman’s A Disobedient Girl

15.00–15.45 Break

15.45–17.15 PANEL SESSION 6, Limitations and Extensions of Passing

Daria Tunca (University of Liège, Belgium), “Passing in Zadie Smith’s NW” 

Alice Poncelet (University of Liège, Belgium), “The Limitations of Passing in Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani

Rebecca Romdhani (University of Liège, Belgium), “Passing in Whose Eyes? The Hubris of Human Intelligence in André Alexis’s Fifteen Dogs

17.15–18.00 Break


Lipika Pelham (author, London, UK), “Un-belonged: Ambiguous Boundaries of Self-definition of an Ex-colonised”

Rebecca Romdhani and Daria Tunca (postcolonial research centre CEREP, University of Liège)
Jana-Katharina Mende (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

Member of the organizing committee:
Laura Gerday (postcolonial research centre CEREP, University of Liège)

 If you wish to register, please send an email to PocoPassings@uliege.be

Quelle der Beschreibung: Information des Anbieters


Literatur aus Nordamerika, Ibero-Amerikanische Literatur (einschl. Karibik), Literatur aus Afrika südlich der Sahara, Australische/Ozeanische Literatur, Postkoloniale Literaturtheorie



Beitrag von: Jana-Katharina Mende
Datum der Veröffentlichung: 28.04.2022
Letzte Änderung: 28.04.2022