In the past twenty years, scholarship on European literature of immigration has often fallen under the rubric of postcolonial studies, employing analytic lenses that are fundamentally rooted in the era of colonization (i.e., the Manichean colonizer/colonized binary of Fanon, the négritude of Aimé Césaire, the “hybridity,” and “mimicry” of Homi K. Bhabha, the different iterations of subalternity posited by the Subaltern Studies collective and Gayatri Spivak).
This panel focuses on the autobiographical narratives of the Global South with a particular attention to those produced during popular revolts and regime-changing uprisings, like the fall of the dictatorships in Latin America, the demise of Apartheid in South Africa, and, more recently, the Arab Uprisings. The first axis that guides our panel is the relationship between “the subject” and “the collective” (understood as the tribal, the sectarian, or the national). These texts, which are generally written by activists, public intellectuals, journalists, or established literary figures, are mostly appreciated as counter-narratives or as the petits récits of national memory.
Time and Trauma in Twentieth-century Literature
Abstracts for papers are requsted for the panel "Time and Trauma in Twentieth-century Literature" at
The 48th NeMLA Annual Convention, March 23-26, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry
Special Issue: Genre in Africa
Guest Edited by Tsitsi Jaji and Lily Saint
BEYOND PARTITION: Mediascapes and Literature in Post-colonial India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
Nukhbah Taj Langah (Associate Professor at Forman Christian College University, Lahore, Pakistan
Roshni Sengupta (Lecturer, South Asian Studies, University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
In light of recent scholarship on the cultural history of American creative writing programs, such as Mark McGurl's The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing (2011) and Eric Bennett's Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing during the Cold War (2015), we invite papers on postcolonial responses to creative writing as a globalized discipline. Perspectives from a wide variety of fields are welcome, including comparative literature, cultural studies, empire studies, new media, pedagogy, postcolonialism, and transnationalism.
Poverty and precarity are among the most pressing social issues of our day. The last fifteen years have seen not only an ever widening gap between rich and poor across the globe as well as an exponential growth in the number of border subjects – refugees, asylum seekers and illegal migrants –, but also a steady growth of fictional and non-fictional representations of disenfranchised groups and individuals. This correlates with an intensification of research into the visual and narrative forms of these representations. For its 2017 conference, GAPS invites panels and individual papers addressing conceptualisations of poverty and precarity and investigating the ethics and aesthetics of representing poverty and precarity across the postcolonial world.
The 3rd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory
and Criticism Conference
Latinx Lives, Matters, and Imaginaries:
Theorizing Race in the 21st Century
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York
April 13-15, 2017
Abstracts due: December 12th, 2016
‘Walvis Baai, Luderitz, Lobito, Luanda, Douala, Port Limbe, Bonny, Port Harcourt, Onne, Lagos, Cotonou, Lome, Tema...’ This list comes from the newly established website 'Ports and Ships: Shipping and Harbour News out of Africa' which provides a useful reference point for thinking about port cities in Africa and the spider web of connections shipping routes establish with ports in the global south and beyond. Port cities manage the relation between sea and land and facilitate the movement of people, animals, commodities and ideas across continents, among countries, and between hemispheres.
Call for Papers: Essays for Edited Collection
1865 and the Disenchantment of Empire”