Postmodern and postcolonial intersections

deadline for submissions: 
October 28, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Gafsa, Tunisia

This study day aims to bring researchers together to debate the postmodern and postcolonial intersections in literary and cultural studies. Grounded in contemporary postmodern and postcolonial thematic and aesthetic concerns, the study day will attempt to explore the confluences of the two theoretical trends, the discursive spaces offered by the first to the second. In this regard, relations between the East and the West and how such relations are presented and re-represented in multifarious ways in the writing and re-writing of literary and cultural texts are investigated. The thematic and the aesthetic concerns of both movements are examined through the writings of eminent scholars like Benedict Anderson, Anthony Appiah, Homi Bhabha, and Linda Hutcheon... Those scholars, among others, have attempted to reconcile and reassess both theoretical trajectories and delineate their potential intersections. If, as Hutcheon suggests, the postmodern and the postcolonial share a range of concerns – a debate with the past, a strong concern for marginalization, an emphasis on textual gaps – , they do also differ in their conceptions of history, the locations of their discourses and their evaluations of discursive effects on  subjectivity.


This study day aspires to encourage researchers of literature and culture studies to explore possible links that connect the postmodern to the postcolonial and how they are manifested in literary and cultural works from the past to the present. Possible relevant themes may include:


-Postmodern and postcolonial theoretical itineraries

- The postmodern in the postcolonial

-Discourses of diversity and multiculturalism

-Literary text versus cultural text

- The postmodern and the postcolonial “canon”

-Language of/and the “Other”

-Neo-grand narratives

- Otherness in literature and culture.


The study day will take place on the 8th of November 2018 at ISEAH Gafsa. The
article should not exceed 7000 words. Sixth edition of APA) MLA style is required in formatting the papers. Please, send your papers to Dr. Hassen Zriba, University of Gafsa, Tunisia on: or

The submission deadline is 28 October  2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent on 31 October 2018. Selected peer-reviewed contributions will be retained for publication in an edited book.


For additional information you can contact the chief organizers of the study day Dr. Lotfi Salhi and Dr. Hassen Zriba.