deadline for submissions: 
July 27, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
UNISA (University of South Africa)


Magliesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, 2nd–6th September 2018


Dear list members,


We are pleased to announce the final call for the Boundaries conference, to be held at Valley Lodge & Spa, Magliesburg, South Africa, 2nd–6th September 2018.


Boundaries can literally be defined as limits, limiting factors, borders or barriers. The term connotes the idea of restriction in both a physical and ideological sense. In social and cultural discourses, the idea of boundaries can be understood as a metaphysical notion to describe various ideas which are the foundations of all forms of discrimination and prejudice based on issues such as patriarchy, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religious affiliation and other forms of classification. Examples of such conceptions of boundaries in colonial, postcolonial, poststructuralist and postmodern discourses include the practices of stereotyping or othering.  The conference will investigate this dynamic subject from the perspectives of literature and language, as well as related disciplines in the humanities and beyond. The theme of “Boundaries” is taken broadly to include as many perspectives as possible, whilst providing a focused environment for discussion.


Guest Speakers

Prof Bill ASHCROFT, School of English Media and Performing Arts, UNSW, Australia

Prof. Aderemi RAJI-OYELADE, (Pen Name: Remi Raji), Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr Dumisile MKHIZE, Faculty of Education Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

Prof Rochelle KAPP, Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Prof Rinelle EVANS, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South AFrica


We welcome individual abstracts addressing any topic relevant to the conference theme. We also invite panel proposals from a diversity of relevant fields such as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, classics, criminology, cultural studies, education, economy and management studies, environmental sciences, film studies, gender studies, geography, history and historiography, law, language, literature, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, psychology, theology, and visual arts. Papers should address one of the following themes. If you would like to present a paper on a different aspect relevant to the conference theme, please also get in touch. We will consider all papers that fit the general theme of the conference.


Presentation Topics

Geographies, Localities and Borders; Metaphysical and Ideological Boundaries; Crossing Borders in Gender and Sexuality Space; Liminality and Transgression; Scientific Breakthroughs; Time, Memory and Home; Migration and Diaspora; Transnationality and Globalisation; Genocide, War and Ethnic Conflicts; Voice and Agency; Human/Nature Binary and the Ecocritical Project; Otherness, Othering and Postcolonial Criticism; Social Media and Alternative Facts; Rules in English Language Teaching and Learning; Translanguaging, Code-switching and Code-mixing; Multilingualism/Super Diversity; Human and Animal Rights; Private and Intellectual Property Legislature; Diaspora(s)/Historical Movements.


Paper Length:                         20 mins

Languages:                             English,

Submission Deadline:             12.6.2018

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