British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference

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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.

There is no restriction to any particular political/cultural ideology or to specific critical practices. The Colonial, Postcolonial, and Decolonized eras all are of interest. We welcome and seek to encourage a variety of approaches and viewpoints, and the generation of wide-ranging, productive debates.

The aim of the conference, then, is to be interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, and to offer scholars and researchers, teachers and students, the opportunity to disseminate and discuss their knowledge and understanding of the dynamic, important field of postcolonial studies.

We invite proposals in both thematic (migration, diaspora studies, etc.) and geographic (Eurabia, South Asia, etc.) areas:
• Bioethics, Ecology, and Ecocriticism
• Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
• Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
• Literature, Arts, and the Media
• 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 and the Transnational Literatures
• Liberation literature from Africa
• Health and Wellness
• North (excluding the USA), Central, and South America
• Europe (Fortress Europe, Eurabia, Londonistan, Ireland)
• South Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)
• Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
• Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Black Atlantic)
• The Middle East
• Australia and Oceania
Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers.

Simon Gikandi is Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and editor of PMLA. He is the author of Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature, Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o, which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Publication for 2004. He was co-author of both The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945 and The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature.

Dr. Gikandi is the editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of African Literature. His latest book, Slavery and the Culture of Taste, was published by Princeton University Press in Spring 2011. He is currently editing The Oxford History of the Novel in English: The Novel in Africa and the Atlantic World.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 1, 2013.
Notification of acceptance will be completed by December 20, 2013.

Information For Potential Presenters
Abstracts of 300 words maximum are required via the online submission form.
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.

Proposals are submitted online through a link at

Registration Fees
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 / Particular Meals or Receptions: contact a committee member for details

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