Eleventh Biennial MESEA Conference: 30 May – 2 June, University of Graz
Ethnicity and Kinship: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Family, Community, and Difference
Deadline: 15 November 2017
EACLALS Triennial Conference: 3-7 April, 2017, University of Oviedo
Performing the Urban: Embodiments, Inventories, Rhythms
Deadline extended: 10 December 2016
Invited Speakers, Authors, Performers
Ien Ang. Scholar. Western Sydney University.
Javier Bauluz. Photojurnalist.
Vahni Capildeo. Author, artist.
Amanda Coogan. Performer.
Angie Cruz. Author, scholar. University of Pittsburgh
Inua Ellams. Author, performer, graphic artist & designer
Helen Gilbert. Scholar. Royal Holloway University.
Ramón Grosfoguel. Scholar. UC Berkeley.
Xiaolu Guo. Author, filmmaker.
Tendai Huchu. Author.
Ananaya Jahanara Kabir. Scholar. King’s College London.
Simone Lazaroo. Author, scholar. Murdoch University.
Alecia MacKenzie. Author, performer.
Belén Martín Lucas. Scholar. University of Vigo.
Manjula Padmanabhan. Author, artist.
Gillian Slovo. Author, film producer, playwright.
Aritha van Herk. Author, scholar. University of Calgary
Call for Papers
The rapid and continued growth of cities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has intensified academic interest in the urban, as material reality and as imaginary or symbolic construction. A postcolonial perspective on the theory and practice of the urban expands Eurocentric notions to include different ways of inhabiting, performing or embodying a variety of cities, while dissecting neo-colonial and decolonial gestures of urbanization and of representation. In a globalised world in which the network economy appears to be intrinsically connected to the urban, postcolonial studies also invite us to decentre this dominant narrative by examining the margins and limits of the urban, or indeed non-urban spaces in which other ways of being and dwelling exist or may emerge.
High levels of mobility currently typify urban space. Cities have become places of encounter par excellence, bringing strangers together in spaces of embodied proximity, containing opportunities for both inclusion and exclusion of difference. The various forms of globalization have brought about a movement of persons across national borders, most often leading to city dwelling and a diverse experience and performance of the urban. In this context, and in the different specific locations and historical circumstances that characterize the post-colonial, how do individuals or collectives appropriate and perform urban space? Amid the new technologies and shifting geopolitical maps of the present century, how are urban communities imagined and performed? In times of perceived insecurity, are the urban capabilities described by Saskia Sassen being weakened by fear or by the power of the nation-state? How are urbanites contesting these sweeping narratives and other hegemonic ideologies affecting the contemporary post-colonial world? How is the urban performed emotionally?
This conference is an invitation to rethink, research and discuss the urban (and the counter-urban) as performance and construction, and to do so from a variety of disciplinary approaches, theoretical perspectives and creative productions.
Papers are invited on topics under the following headings:
- Performing the urban: enactments of the urban, rhythms, social patterns, identities, subjectivities, imaginaries.
- Performance as an urban practice: urban spectacles, audiences; agents, choreographers of the urban; the urban space as stage. Urban drama, comedy, art.
- Changing performances: resisting the urban; sustainable cities; eco-urbanity.
- Embodied urban encounters: living urban contact; post/trans/human bodies; transcultural exchange. Intersections, cross-overs.
- Bodily performances: art, politics, leisure; street-dwelling.
- Urban inventories: structural, architectural, archival, museums.
- Urban rhythms and historical rhythms: changes in the perception and enactment of cities. Post/colonial shifts (wars, fears, occupation, liberation).
- Emotional performances of the urban.
- Writing the city: urban literature, the global city as post/colonial text.
Deadline: 10 December 2016
Reply on acceptance by 15 December 2016
We invite contributions for 20-minute papers or 90-minute panels addressing the conference topic. Please send a 300-word abstract for individual papers or 450-word abstract for panels, accompanied by a short bionote of all speakers (100-150 words) and 5-6 keywords, to: email@example.com.
GAPS Annual Conference
Representing Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World
May 25 – 27, 2017 – University of Bonn, Germany
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Neil Lazarus (Warwick), Maria Eisenmann (Würzburg), E.E. Sule (Lapai)
Poverty and precarity are among the most pressing social issues of our day. The last fifteen years have seen not only an ever widening gap between rich and poor across the globe as well as an exponential growth in the number of border subjects – refugees, asylum seekers and illegal migrants –, but also a steady growth of fictional and non-fictional representations of disenfranchised groups and individuals. This correlates with an intensification of research into the visual and narrative forms of these representations. For its 2017 conference, GAPS invites panels and individual papers addressing conceptualisations of poverty and precarity and investigating the ethics and aesthetics of representing poverty and precarity across the postcolonial world.
Deadline: 31 December 2017
African-Asian Encounters (III)
Afrasian Transformations: Beyond Grand Narratives?
28-30 September, 2016 | Goethe University Frankfurt
Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2016
The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2016
16-18 July, 2016 | NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, Barcelona, Spain
Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2016
Australia–South Asia: Contestations and Remonstrances
26-29 January | University of Liège
Deadline for Submissions: 15 April, 2016
Crisis, Risks and New Regionalisms in Europe: Emergency Diasporas and Borderlands
1-5 June, 2016 |University of Chemnitz
Deadline for Submissions: 15 April, 2016
Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture (ISRLC)
Lines in Sand: Borders, Conflicts and Transitions
9-11 September, 2016 | University of Glasgow
Deadline for Submissions: 18 April, 2016
3th ESSE CONFERENCE
22-26 August, 2016 | National University of Ireland, Galway
CFP: Representing Diversity in Black British and British Asian Children’s Literature
Despite the fact that the study of children’s literature is an ever-increasing, vibrant field within the wider area of literature studies across areas of enquiry (e.g. Postcolonialism, 19th Century Literature, Fantasy, Comics, Visual Arts etc.), within the lively scene of Black British and British Asian writing, literature for children still occupies a marginal space. Even though some authors have managed to gain wider visibility such as John Agard, Grace Nichols, Malorie Blackman, and Benjamin Zephaniah, to name a representative few, children’s literature written by authors from an ethnic and racially diverse background is especially underrepresented when it comes to critical attention in academic circles.
With the success of Malorie Blackman’s teenage book series Noughts and Crosses (2001) and her nomination as the 8th Laureate for Children’s books in 2013, recognition has been given to and awareness has been raised about the necessity of books that provide a more representative range of fictional characters and reflect the cultural diversity of young people in Britain. However, the racist abuse following an inaccurate headline by Sky News which stated that Blackman had allegedly said that children’s books “have too many white faces” indicate that “children’s books still have a long way to go” (The Guardian, 26 August 2014).
This seminar invites papers that will look at how literature for children and young adults written by Black British and British Asian writers address the complexities of the cultural situation of contemporary British society in the early 21st century and thus make an important contribution to the call for greater diversity in children’s books.
Conveners: Petra Tournay-Theodotou (P.Tournay@euc.ac.cy) | Sofía Muñoz Valdivieso (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proposals of approximately 300 words and a short bio should be sent to both conveners by 11 March 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 31 March. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.esse2016.org/
CFP: SEMINAR ON “GLOBALIZATION AND VIOLENCE”
One of the characteristics of postmodernity is the global flow of people, goods, capital, and information within a single system of production and exchange legitimized by the logic of late capitalism. Global connections have enhanced citizens’ feelings of increasing violence in our midst, whether state-enforced or counter-hegemonic. In addition, violence often operates at many levels (political, economic, social) in what has been considered a gendered continuum that positions men and women differently as perpetrators or victims. This panel invites discussion of public discourses about violence and its social significance, representation, and circulation in literary and other cultural texts in the context of English Studies.
Proposals (c. 300 words) and a short bio (should be sent to both conveners by 28 February 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 31 March. For more information on the conference, please visit: http://www.esse2016.org/
“Art and Ideology in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Fiction – A Classic Anthology”
Edited by: Ernest N. Emenyonu, Iniobong I. Uko, & Patricia T. Emenyonu
Easily the leading and most engaging voice of her era and generation, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has bridged gaps, introduced new motifs and narrative varieties which have energized contemporary African fiction since her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003). With Half of a Yellow Sun (2007) and The Thing Around Your Neck – – Short Stories (2009), she established herself as a preeminent story- teller who uses her tales to give meaning to the totality of the world as she perceives it, producing in effect, narratives that seek to shape a new world of understanding as they give expression to realities the people know and human commitments and awareness they need to know. Americanah (2013), comes at the summit of a dexterous fusion of ingenuous craftsmanship blending intriguingly sensitive themes of passionate love, independence, freedom and moral responsibility, with extravagant and versatile narrative innovations. Through her writings, she has made herself relevant to people of all ages–across racial and linguistic boundaries–whose needs, dreams, peculiar circumstances, successes and failures, hopes and aspirations, she has come to represent. Her talks, blogs, musings on social media, essays and commentaries, workshop mentoring for budding young writers, lecture circuit discourses, all enrich her imaginative creativity as they expand and define her mission as a writer. “We Should All be Feminists”, she once proclaimed giving feminism a tweak and twist that are at once enlightening and invigorating; a new outlook in literary theory. Her contributions to African, Diasporic and World literatures deserve serious critical analyses, commentaries, and interpretations as eloquent, exuberant and resourceful as her themes and narrative techniques have so far proved to be.
Articles should be sent as e-mail attachments. Word document to: email@example.com . Brief personal profile should be submitted with the article but as separate attachment.
Deadline: 23 October 2015.
CHOTRO FIVE: Languages, Literature & Arts of the Indigenous
1-5 March, 2016 | New Delhi
The Chotro conference on Languages, Literature and Arts of the Indigenous originally convened for March 2016 in New Delhi has had to be cancelled. This decision was regrettably taken in the wake of recent writers’ and scholars’ protests against an increasing atmosphere of intolerance in the country.
In the past the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre in Baroda and the European Branch of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies have together hosted four unconventional conferences in a format that has by now become recognized among academics and activists as Chotro. Bhasha & European ACLALS had decided to convene CHOTRO FIVE in March 2016 by joining hands with the Lalit Kala Akademi, the Indian National Academy of Visual Arts on the Arts of Indigenous Peoples. However, as the Academy has decided to opt out of hosting it, Bhasha and EACLALS have decided to convene CHOTRO FIVE jointly with the Institute of Policy Research and Studies of the Maharaja Sayajirao University (IPRS-MSU) with a modified thematic focus. The theme will be the Languages, Literature and the Arts of the Indigenous Peoples to be held in New Delhi from the 1st to the 5th of March.
The primary aim of this Chotro is to reach out to the linguistic, literary and artistic hinterlands and the remote and rural communities throughout the world as well as to establish a dialogue between the indigenous and the metropolitan and urban
Pacific Waves: Reverberations from Oceania
6-7 November, 2015 | University of Sussex
Deadline for Submissions: 7 October, 2015
Surrounded by the world’s largest ocean, Oceania is, nevertheless, among the least studied and represented regions in Postcolonial Studies in the UK. This conference aims at bringing to the fore the debates and discussions of the various trends of Oceanic thought, writing, and storytelling, especially Polynesian, Hawaiian and New Zealand Maori, looking at its motivations, aims, and features across genres and media, whether digital media, art, in print, or performance.
We invite papers on literature and/or its links with branches of the Humanities and Social Sciences in, within or between areas of Oceania and its spheres of influence; including but not limited to Australia and the USA, with special emphasis on Polynesia’s New Zealand and Hawai’i. The conference also focuses on interdisciplinary research and comparative approaches that investigate commonalities and continuities between the literatures and cultures of Oceania, whether within one country or between countries.
The questions we seek to investigate include but are not limited to: What are the transformations that Maori, and/or Hawaiian, and/or Pacific Islander writers have introduced in New Zealand, and/or US, and/or global literary scenes? How has Maori and/or Pacific Islander literatures transformed and developed since their inception in the 1970s? How does a writers’ tribal affiliation/ relationship with place affect their writing? How do the flows of people within and out of Oceania affect and/ or reflect the region’s diverse literary and artistic productions?
African Literature Today: Special Issue ‘African Returns in African Fiction’
Deadline for Submissions: 15 September, 2015
This special issue will focus on literary texts by African writers in which the protagonist returns to his/her ‘original’ or ancestral ‘home’ in Africa from other parts of the world. Oxfeld and Long, writing on the ethnography of return suggest that it differs from globalization and transnationalism since ‘it is situated in particular events and experiences’ reflecting ‘particular historical, social, and personal contexts’ (2004: 3). Nevertheless, they go on to state that returns do have an effect not only on the communities the returnee leaves or joins but also on ‘global ways of relating and interacting with one another’ (2004: 3-4). Ideas of return—intentional and actual—have been a consistent feature of the literature of Africa and the African diaspora: from Equiano’s autobiography to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest novel, Americanah (2013). African literature has represented returnees in a range of different positions including feeling located in an ideal home and having a sense of belonging, being alienated in a country they can no longer recognize, or experiencing ‘multi-placedness’, through ‘feeling at home’ but not ‘declaring a place as home’ (Brah, A. 1996: 197). To what extent, then, can the original place be reclaimed with or without renegotiations of ‘home’?
The editors seek articles that explore ideas of ‘return’ to Africa, in fiction and literary non-fiction. Approaches include (but are not limited to):
- Planned, imagined and actual returns
- Return in relation to the local and global
- Constructions and representations of home in relation to return
- Plural identities and multi-placedness.
Indian Theatre, Ritual and Drama: Towards an Intercultural Understanding of the Dramatic Mode
July 21-27, 2016 | University of Vienna
Deadline for Submissions: October 31, 2015
Third Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts (BCLL#3): Postcolonial Knowledges
March 15-18, 2016 | University of Bremen
This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars of different academic backgrounds to explore how knowledge systems, cultures, languages, and literary traditions have been affected by colonial and postcolonial conditions that are increasingly marked by contradictions, cultural heterogeneity, and transcultural processes. We are interested in the ways in which colonial and postcolonial constellations have been reflected, shaped, and negotiated by communication, symbolic practice, and knowledge practices.
Debating the Afropolitan
An issue of volume 21 of EJES (European Journal of English Studies)
Deadline for Submissions: 1 October, 2015
Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words, as well as all inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to all three editors:
– Emilia María Durán-Almarza (firstname.lastname@example.org)
– Carla Rodríguez González (email@example.com)
– Ananya J. Kabir (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women’s Writing
MLA Options for Teaching edited by Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozzi
Deadline for Submissions: 1 August, 2015
Send 100-word proposals for essays of 3,000-3,500 words to email@example.com
Relations and Networks in Indian Ocean Writing
26-27 November, 2015 | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Deadline for Submissions: 31 May, 2015
2015 Postcolonial Narrations Forum: Empire & Neurosis
8-10 October, 2015 | University of Duisburg-Essen
Deadline for Submission: 15 June, 2015
Subverting the State: The Postcolonial Predicament
22 May 2015 | University of Kent, Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
Deadline for Submissions: 15th February, 2015
An international symposium as part of the AHRC Research Network Partitions: What Are They Good For?
4-5 June 2015 | Cardiff University
Deadline for Submissions: 15th February, 2015
Australian Association for Caribbean Studies Conference: Land & Water
3rd-5th July 2015 | University of Wollongong
Deadline for Submissions: 28th February, 2015
International ASLS Conference
EMPIRES AND REVOLUTIONS: R.B. CUNNINGHAME GRAHAM AND OTHER SCOTTISH WRITERS ON GLOBALISATION AND DEMOCRACY (c. 1850-1950)
3–5 July 2015 | Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling,
Deadline for Submissions: 30th January, 2015
Afroeurope@s: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe
16-19 September, 2015 | University of Münster
Deadline for Submissions: 1st March, 2015