CFP: [Postcolonial] ANGLOPHONES LITERATURES IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS (3/31/08; 10/16/08-10/17/08)

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Title: Anglophone Literatures in International Contexts

Date: October 16-17 2008

Host institution: The Department of English Language and Literature,
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

“Anglophones Literatures in International Contexts” will address a number
of issues central to the study of literatures in English today. In The
Enigma of Arrival (1987) V. S. Naipaul writes: “The migration, within the
British Empire, from India to Trinidad had given me the English language
as my own, and a particular kind of education. This had partly seeded my
wish to be a writer in a particular mode, and had committed me to the
literary career I had been following in England for twenty years.” This
personal account raises a number of issues the conference wishes to

· the imperial and post-imperial history of Anglophone literatures
and literary studies

· the adoption of the imperial language by colonial subjects

· the multinational locations of literary production and literary
study in English

· the extraordinary international migrancy of English-language
writers and their texts

· the place of England and “Englishness” in the new literatures in

Keynote Speaker: Elleke Boehmer
Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English, having
previously been Hildred Carlile Professor in English at Royal Holloway,
University of London. She currently works on questions of migration,
identity and resistance in both postcolonial literature and writing of the
colonial period, in particular of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Among
her many publications are Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995 and
second edition, 2005), Empire Writing (Oxford World's Classics, 1998),
Empire, the National and the Postcolonial 1890-1920 (2002), and Mandela: A
Very Short Introduction (forthcoming 2008). Elleke Boehmer is also the
General Editor of the new Series, Oxford Studies in Postcolonial

Submissions: Please send an abstract of 300 words to Dr. Don Randall by
March 31st 2008.

Organizing Committee: Dr. Don Randall, Dr. Valerie Kennedy, Dr. Mine

Contact: Dr. Don Randall E-mail:

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