Critique in the Postcolonial Anthropocene

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Saronik Bosu, New York University
contact email: 

Critique in the Postcolonial Anthropocene Special Session at the 2021 MLA Convention  The 'postcolonial anthropocene', as the relationship of decentered human subjects with various forms of non-human lives and materialities in the postcolony, offers opportunities to interrogate new and unique forms of the anthropocene in postcolonial contexts. It leads to a range of questions provoked by the inhabitation of a postcolonial contemporary, thus reasserting the fragility of the human and its relationship to the environment as subject and object. Upon such a premise, how do we adapt the traditions of critique inherited from the twentieth century for this new understanding of the postcolonial? How do we reinvent methods of interrogation and subversion that are productive in a time when our complicity as a species has jeopardized conceptions of self and other?  

Please send your 200-word CFPs, and a 50-word bio, to Saronik Bosu (, AND Bhagya Casaba Somashekar (


Saronik Bosu is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of English, New York University. His interests include economic thought and literature, intellectual histories in the Global South, queer of color critique, and others. 

Bhagya Somashekar is a DPhil candidate at the Faculty of English, Oxford University.  She is interested in postcolonial theory and literatures, world literatures, critical theory, gender and sexuality, urban writings, South Asian literature, contemporary poetry, SFF. 


Our CFP  on the MLA website -