Journals of Decolonization

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Maryam Fatima/ University of Massachusetts Amherst

This cfp is for a special session at the Modern Language Association's annual convention in Toronto (7-10 Jan 2021)


The proposed panel will explore theorizations and presentations of decolonial literary aesthetics in anticolonial, internationalist, and Third-World(ist) journals from the 1950s to the 1980s. The monumental task of decolonizing aesthetics that followed the official end of colonialism resulted in the formation of multi-nodal and transnational networks and organizations such as the Afro-Asian Writers’ Association and the Tashkent Film Festival. In the wake of the 1955 Bandung conference, an unprecedented movement of peoples, languages, and polities across an Afro-Asian expanse culminated in the publication of a spate of literary journals committed to the task of cultural decolonization. This panel invites papers that explore these journals and their interventions in the fields of aesthetics, literary and intellectual histories of the Global South and postcolonial nation-making. While papers on Anglophone and Francophone journals are welcome, this panel is especially interested in magazines and journals in non-European languages.


Send a 250-word abstract along with a short bio to by 15 March 2020.


Maryam Fatima is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She researches convergences between South Asian and Middle Eastern literatures from the 19th century to the present.