This year's joined ASNEL and GASt conference, which marked the 25th anniversary of both associations, focused on the topic of "Postcolonial Justice".
The intellectual vigour of the discussions was, as always, impressive and very much had me looking forward to next year's conference--the first GAPS event in the history of ASNEL.
With 140 participants from 14 different countries and 59 presentations in 21 panels, three keynote lectures, as well as poster presentations and readings, the ASNEL conference once more provided an unparalleled forum for researchers, students and teachers in the field of postcolonial studies in the German-speaking countries and beyond.
In 2014, the 25th ASNEL conference will take place in cooperation with the Association for Australian Studies (GASt) and will be held at Potsdam University from May 29-June 01 under the auspices of the conveners Lars Eckstein (Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures) and Anja Schwarz (Professor of Cultural Studies).
It was preceded by a ceremony during which the ASNEL
Graduate Award 2012 was conferred to Regina Anna Petra Schulz (University of Cologne) for her graduate thesis on "Performances in the US-Mexican-American Borderlands"--yet another indication of the widened scope of the areas and fields of inquiry covered.