Ethnic Literature and the African Focus: The Third International Symposium on Ethnic Literature

deadline for submissions: 
October 20, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Hangzhou Dianzi University
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The development of ethnic literature epitomizes the complex relationship among literature, culture, and politics in a society. The recent immigration crisis from Asia and Africa to Europe has posed new questions for academia. Are current theories on ethnicity, race, and nationality still helpful in explaining the identity of these migrants? What do ethnicity and ethnic literature mean at this historical juncture?  How do we view the relationship among ethnic literature, diaspora, and globalization? To address these questions, the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Institute of African and African American Literatures at Hangzhou Dianzi University will collaborate with the Center for English Literatures at Central China Normal University, the A&HCI-indexed journal Foreign Literature Studies, and the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University in hosting “Ethnic Literature and the African Focus: The Third International Symposium on Ethnic Literature” from December 2 to 5, 2016 at Hangzhou and Jinhua, China. Scholars from all over the world are warmly welcome. Working languages at the conference are English and Chinese. Registration fee is $100.


This international symposium will focus on the following subtopics:


  1. African History, Culture, and Arts
  2. African Literature in English: Its Translation and Research in China
  3. African Literature in English as National Narrative
  4. African English Language, Literature and Culture in the Post-colonial Context
  5. Literature of the African Diaspora in the World
  6. Ethnic Literatures in English-Speaking Countries
  7. Ethnic Literature in Ethical Perspective
  8. Ethnic Literature: Theory and Practice
  9. Ethnic Literature and Globalization
  10. African American Poetry, Drama, and Literary Theory


 The abstract of your conference paper (about 250 words) is expected to be submitted via email on or before the deadline October 20, 2016 (UTC +8:00) to the conference organizing committee at: High-quality papers will have the opportunity to be published in academic, peer-reviewed journals or in the conference anthology. For further information, please feel free to contact us at