British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference

deadline for submissions: 
November 8, 2019
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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 and 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:

  • 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
  • Pedagogy and the Disciplines
  • Intersections of Francophone and Anglophone Literatures
  • Postcolonial, Liberation, and Transnational Literatures, Arts, and the Media

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


Proposals are accepted electronically at our site: <>.


Deadline for proposal submissions: EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 8, 2019

Notification of acceptance: completed by December 1, 2019.


The fifth annual Nichols Graduate Award will be given for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the Conference. All graduate students registered for and presenting at the conference are eligible to compete.

See <> for details.


Robert J. C. Young, Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature, New York University

   Professor Young was one of the founding editors of the Oxford Literary Review, the first British journal devoted to literary and philosophical theory. He is currently the editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

   His work includes White Mythologies: Writing History and the West (1990), Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Culture, Theory and Race (1995), Torn Halves: Political Conflict in Literary and Cultural Theory (1996), Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (2001), The Idea of English Ethnicity (2008), Empire, Colony, Postcolony (2015), Frantz Fanon. Écrits sur l’aliénation et la liberté, Œuvres II (2016), and Alienation and Freedom, English translation, revised edition, translated by Steve Corcoran (2018).


Ruby Lal, Professor of South Asian History, Emory University

Ruby’s most recent work, Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan (2018), won the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Biography, and was also a finalist in History for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was chosen as one of the top ten books of the year by Time Magazine, The Telegraph, and Prospect Magazine.


  • 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.


Regular Registration (includes all conference events, meals, & receptions): $150.00

Graduate Student/Retiree (includes all conference events, meals, & receptions): $120.00

One-day / Guest: contact for details


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Georgia Southern University Department of Literature

Georgia Southern University College of Arts and Humanities

The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies


For more information, see our site at