2018 British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2017
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British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference

The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, inaugurated in 1992, is the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the United States. It encompasses colonial and postcolonial histories, literatures, creative and performing arts, politics, economics, and all other aspects of the countries formerly colonized by Britain and other European powers.

We welcome a variety of approaches and viewpoints, and the generation of wide-ranging, productive debates. Thus we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural panel proposals.

We offer scholars, researchers, teachers, and students the opportunity to disseminate and discuss their knowledge and understanding of the dynamic field of postcolonial studies.

We invite proposals in both thematic (migration, diaspora studies, etc.) and geographic (Eurabia, South Asia, etc.) areas, such as:

  • Postcolonial Studies: Where Were We? Where Are We? Where To Now?
  • Perspectives and Current Practices in Postcolonial Pedagogy
  • Bioethics, Ecology, Ecocriticism, Health, and Wellness
  • Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
  • Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
  • History and Historiography
  • War and Terrorism
  • Race, Racism, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
  • Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
  • Intersections of Francophone and Anglophone Literatures
  • Postcolonial, Liberation, or Transnational Literatures, Arts, and the Media

Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Caryl Phillips, Novelist, Poet, Dramatist, Essayist, and Professor of English at Yale University

Caryl Phillips was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 1992 and was on the 1993 Granta list of Best of Young British Writers. His literary awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a British Council Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and Britain's oldest literary award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, for Crossing the River, which was also shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize. A Distant Shore was longlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize, and won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize; Dancing in the Dark won the 2006 PEN/Open Book Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of the Arts, and recipient of the 2013 Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence.

He has taught at universities in Ghana, Sweden, Singapore, Barbados, India, and the United States, and in 1999 was the University of the West Indies Humanities Scholar of the Year. In 2002-3 he was a Fellow at the Centre for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Formerly Henry R. Luce Professor of Migration and Social Order at Columbia University, he is presently Professor of English at Yale University. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford University.

His novels are: The Final Passage (1985), A State of Independence (1986), Higher Ground (1989), Cambridge (1991), Crossing the River (1993), The Nature of Blood (1997), A Distant Shore (2003), Dancing in the Dark (2005), Foreigners (2007), In the Falling Snow (2009), and The Lost Child (2015). His non-fiction: The European Tribe (1987), The Atlantic Sound (2000), A New World Order (2001), and Colour Me English (2011). He is the editor of two anthologies: Extravagant Strangers: A Literature of Belonging (1997) and The Right Set: An Anthology of Writing on Tennis (1999).

His plays include Strange Fruit (1980), Where There is Darkness (1982) and The Shelter (1983). He won the BBC Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Play of the year with The Wasted Years (1984). He has written many dramas and documentaries for radio and television, including, in 1996, the three-hour film of his own novel The Final Passage. He wrote the screenplay for the film Playing Away (1986) and his screenplay for the Merchant Ivory adaptation of V.S.Naipaul's The Mystic Masseur (2001) won the Silver Ombu for best screenplay at the Mar Del Plata film festival in Argentina.

His work has been translated into over a dozen languages.

SUBMISSIONS

Proposals are accepted electronically at our site: http://bcpcsconference.com. Choose "SUBMIT" from the top menu for access to the proposal submission form.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Deadline for proposal submissions: November 1, 2017.
Notification of acceptance: completed by December 1, 2017.

INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL PRESENTERS

  • Abstracts of 300 words maximum are required via the online submission form.
  • A biographical statement for each presenter is required, including the presenter's academic affiliation.
  • Panels should be designed for 75 minutes; individual papers for 15-minute delivery — maximum.
  • Proposals for panels should include an abstract for each paper with complete information on each presenter.

REGISTRATION

  • Regular Registration (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $150.00
  • Graduate Student / Retiree (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $120.00
  • One-day / Guest: contact bcpcs2018@bcpcsconference.com for details

NICHOLS AWARD

The conference will be awarding the third annual Nichols Graduate Award. Please see http://bcpcsconference.com for further details.

CONFERENCE SITE

For further information, please see the conference site: http://bcpcsconference.com.

CONTACT / QUESTIONS

Send email to bcpcs2018@bcpcsconference.com