Cultures, Counter Cultures and Social Multiplicity: Critical Essays in Language, Literature and Pedagogy

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
The University of Yaounde 2 and The University of Maroua


Blossom N. Fondo (Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Gender Studies. She teaches postcolonial literature at the University of Maroua and she is the Head of Division for teaching and teaching staff at the University of Yaoundé 2 both in Cameroon)

Michael E. Apuge (Associate Professor of Linguistics and Head of Department of Bilingual Studies at the Higher Teacher Training College of the University of Maroua, Cameroon)

Magdalene B. Nkongho (Senior Lecturer of Linguistics and Head of Department of the Department of English and Literatures of English Expression of the Higher Teacher Training College of the University of Maroua)

Human perception and conception of reality is not universal even if for a long time, certain perceptions have been privileged and imposed on others. This is so because various aspects come into play in the definition and construction of reality, such as culture, gender, lived experience etc., which largely determine how reality is perceived and consequently conceived and expressed. Given the diversity in individuals, cultures, experiences, gender, sexualities, religion, it therefore follows that the representations of reality will be multi-focal, multi-dimensional and multi-lingual.

The postmodernist intervention in the humanities played a crucial role in destabilizing the claim to a unique point of view and gave rise to multiplicity in interpretations and expressions. Nicole Anderson in her reading of Jacques Derrida draws from Niestzche when she opines that “the multiplicity of the subject is an effect of the movement from one interpretation to another”. Edouard Glissant endorses the multiplicity in multilingualism as the ethical way to “confront the massive leveling force of language continuously imposed by the West”. While this is not meant to dismiss the perspective of the West, it is however geared towards opening the possibility for diversity in approaches to language, literature and pedagogy. No longer are people contented with a single position of truth, correctness or absoluteness.

Language, literature and pedagogy being three disciplines through which reality is constructed and reflected, therefore, constitute important ways of engaging the notion of multiplicity. The central question is to seek to show the ways in which social multiplicity is constructed in language, literature and pedagogy. Equally important are questions as to how differences in culture, ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, sexuality, specie etc., lead to the portrayal of multiplicity in epistemologies, ontologies, philosophies etc.

Abstracts (of up to 500 words), which critically address the notions of multiplicity in language, literature and pedagogy, are therefore welcome. Papers can be based on topics listed below, or others related to the general theme of the call:

-          Multiple/multiplex identities in language and literature

-          Critical race theory

-          Postcolonial perspectives in language, literature and pedagogy

-          Postmodern views on language, literature and pedagogy

-          Poststructuralist criticism of language and literature

-          Queer theory and literature

-          Cultural studies

-          Liminality in literature

-          Teaching styles in multilingual contexts

-          Cultural bridges in (bilingual)language teaching

-          Language studies for civic engagement and social justice

-          Active teaching/learning strategies

-          Curriculum design for an intercultural/multilingual society

-          Language, Literature and the environment

-          Ecopedagogy, ecocriticism, ecolinguistics, ecofeminism, ecowomanism

-          Language education and technology

-          Standardized testing

-          Building bridges between languages and generations across cultures

-          Language and cross-cultural communication

-          Language, Literature, pedagogy and conflict resolution

-          Language, literature, pedagogy and multiculturalism

-          Language, literature and cultural identity

-          Language and Linguistics

-          Language, literature, pedagogy and popular culture

-          Language, literature, pedagogy social integration and cultural diversity

-          Culturalism nationalism in language and literature

-          Genre studies


Important Dates

-          February 28, 2019: Deadline for reception of abstracts

-          March 30, 2019: Notification of acceptance of abstract

-          June 30, 2019: Submission of full papers

-          September 30, 2019: Submission of final version of papers

-          December 31, 2019: Probable publication of the volume

 Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to,