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This event is hosted in collaboration with CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media).

Mary Louise Pratt introduced the concept of the contact zone in 1991, using this term to "refer to social spaces where cultures meet, clash and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today".

She goes on to introduce the concept of transculturation, which is expanded on in her later book Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992), which describes 'processes whereby members of subordinated or marginal groups select and invent from materials transmitted by a dominant or metropolitan culture'.

During this study day we will look at how we might broaden Pratt’s notion of the contact zone. What is its significance in the contemporary sphere and how might it be a useful site for further investigation?


This event is free and there is no need to register.

Download a programme (PDF).