CFP: [Postcolonial] Transnationalism

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O.P. Dwivedi
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Changing Nations/Changing Words: The Concept of Nation in the
Transnational Era.
Editors: Dr. Joel Kuortti and Dr. O. P. Dwivedi.
Call for Papers:
The concept of nation is going through changes in the post-colonial era.
Globalization has brought in its train many new concepts. One of the more
pervasive of these is transnationalism, presently prevalent across the
globe and throughout the literatures of the world. Transnationalism has
compelled especially immigrants into changing not only their identities
but also their languages. The use of the English language has become
highly instrumental for immigrants in competing within the rapidly
transforming world. The post-colonial authors have been churning out new
forms of ‘english’ in their works, thereby enhancing its role as a global
resource. Ironically, this borrowed language is constructing a new
identity for the once previously colonized countries and peoples.
The present anthology solicits papers arguing how literature represents
the ways in which a nation considers the Other inferior, and how a nation
carries out the assimilation of the immigrants. The focus is especially
on Indian English literature, comprising both Subcontinental and
diasporic writings. The contributions can be on individual works or
authors, or on particular themes.
We will greatly welcome your high-quality original contributions to this
volume that will provide an interesting international forum for the
discussion of transnationalism and Indian post-colonial literature.
International critical attention on the topic has grown in recent years,
developing ideas of nationality, regionality, multiculturalism,
interculturalism, post-colonialism, and globalism. In addressing the
questions of increasing cultural contacts and conflicts, transnationalism
seeks to go beyond such concepts, prevalent in postcolonial criticism, as
tradition, hybridity, difference, pluralism, and otherness. Possible
research issues include, but are not limited to
* How do the changing conceptualizations of identity affect the ideas of
* Is one identity enough for a person in order to survive in the
postcolonial world?
* How do the loyalties of the immigrants transform in the land of their
Furthermore, as the present anthology seeks to look at the ways in which
Indian English writing has been occupying such ideas of transnationalism,
we seek articles dealing with the linguistic innovations prevalent in
postcolonial literature:
* What ideas does writing in English as a language that is a ‘borrowed’
one convey?
* How far can a postcolonial Indian author writing in English succeed in
invoking a sense of nationalism among the indigenous readers?
* In what ways can a diasporic author reliably speak and reflect on the
contemporary social problems of the ‘homeland’?
The articles should be in English and they should be between 4,000 and
8,000 words, together with an abstract of no more than 100 words. Use the
MLA Style with endnotes, double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font.
British spelling is preferred.
The deadline for submissions is 30 September, 2009. However, early
contacts are encouraged.
Papers must be submitted electronically (RTF or MS Word 2003/2007
document only). Send them as attachments to both Joel Kuortti
( and O. P. Dwivedi ( or In the case you can only send a hard copy, send
it by ordinary mail both to Dr. Kuortti and Dr. Dwivedi by the deadline.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further enquiries.
Contact information:
Dr. Joel Kuortti
Faculty of Humanities
University of Vaasa
POB 700
FI-65101 Vaasa
Dr. O. P. Dwivedi
M-61, Govindpur Colony
Uttar Pradesh
Cell No: +91-99-35666870 & +91-93-69167678

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