Post-Post-Colonial? Time in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA, Baltimore March 23-26 (deadline September 30, 2016)
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48th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 23-26, 2017
Johns Hopkins University


With or without the hyphen, the term postcolonial draws attention to the discipline’s initial and enduring interest in the temporal dimensions of the colonial experience. The “post” for theorists like Anne McClintock, however, connotes the linear succession of time that has also undergirded theories of progress and development that postcolonial theorizing critically examines, and also can be construed to mean “after colonialism,” which inadequately addresses both the continuing legacies of colonialism and the phenomena of neocolonialism and globalization that perpetuate global inequalities. Following David Scott’s observation in Omens of Adversity that “a new time-consciousness is emerging everywhere in contemporary theory,” this panel explores how representations of time and temporality are being constructed in fiction.

Papers are invited to address any of the following questions: How does contemporary postcolonial fiction narrate time, or the subjective experience of temporality? How might certain narrative forms and genres—trilogies, utopias, dystopias, historical fiction, science fiction—illuminate a negotiation of time and temporalities in contrast to the binary post/colonial that has plagued the discipline since its institutionalization in the academy? Can contemporary postcolonial fiction be productively read through longue-durée or world-historical frameworks, and if so, what might fiction offer to such theorizing? How might postcolonial fiction revise notions of progress, development, and the post/colonial divide? What roles do memory and nostalgia have for imagining the future?

250 word abstract (for 15 minute papers) should be submitted via the NeMLA website by September 30, 2016.

To submit an abstract, go to and follow the instructions there to create a user account. Once you have created an account, you can follow the prompts to submit your abstract directly to the Post-Post-Colonial? Time in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction Panel.

Please include with your abstract: name and affiliation, email address, and A/V requirements.

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