British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2020
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British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

OUR 30TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY, FROM FEBRUARY 15, 2021 to FEBRUARY 19, 2021.

The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, inaugurated in 1992 — the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the United States — will hold its first virtual conference, and calls for presentations situated in colonial and postcolonial histories, literatures, creative and performing arts, politics, economics, and all other aspects of the countries formerly colonized by Britain and other European powers.

In the 30 years of this conference, there has perhaps never been a more urgent time to address the fundamental issues of postcolonial studies: justice, injustice, the imposition of power, and the mechanisms of control.

Particularly appropriate thematic issues:

  • Imposing Power and Exploiting Its Differences
  • Governance and the Postcolonial
  • The Role of Postcolonial Studies in Addressing Systemic Injustice
  • Historical Structures and the Postcolonial
  • Recovering from Colonization, Reforming the Power Structures
  • Personhood, Pandemic, and Postcolonial
  • The Postcolonial Pandemic
  • The Demonizing of CRT
  • Diversity Training and Other “divisive, anti-American propaganda”

We welcome a variety of approaches and viewpoints, and the generation of wide-ranging, productive debates. Thus we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural panel proposals.

We also invite proposals situated in our more traditional areas, both thematic (migration, diaspora studies, etc.) and geographic (The Global South, South Asia, etc.):

  • Postcolonial Studies: Where Were We? Where Are We? Where To Now?
  • Perspectives and Current Practices in Postcolonial Pedagogy
  • Bioethics, Ecology, Ecocriticism, Health and Wellness
  • Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
  • Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
  • History and Historiography
  • War and Terrorism
  • Race, Racism, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
  • Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
  • Pedagogy and the Disciplines
  • Intersections of Francophone and Anglophone Literatures
  • Postcolonial, Liberation, and Transnational Literatures, Arts, and the Media

Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Christopher Taylor

Department of English, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, The University of Chicago

Dr. Chris Taylor is an Associate Professor of English and the College at the University of Chicago. His first book, Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism, was published by Duke University Press in 2018. He is currently working on a new book project, entitled The Voluntary Slave: Atlantic Modernity’s Impossible Subject.

SUBMISSIONS

Proposals are accepted electronically at our site: <bcpsconference.org>.

DEADLINES

Deadline for proposal submissions: November 15 2020.

Notification of acceptance: completed by December 15, 2020.

NICHOLS GRADUATE AWARD

The sixth annual Nichols Graduate Award will be given for the best presentation by a graduate student at the Conference. All graduate students registered for and presenting at the conference are eligible to compete.

See <bcpsconference.org/award.html> for details.

INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL PRESENTERS

  • Presentations may be pre-recorded or may be delivered in real time.
  • Abstracts of 300 words maximum are required via the online submission form.
  • A biographical statement for each presenter is required, including the presenter's academic affiliation
  • Panels should be designed for 75 minutes; individual papers for 15-minute delivery -- maximum.
  • Proposals for panels should include an abstract for each paper with complete information on each presenter.

REGISTRATION

includes real-time access to all sessions, and perpetual access to archived sessions

Regular Registration: $25.00

Graduate Student / Retiree Registration: $15.00

MODALITY

All sessions, are conducted through Zoom. Sessions, with transcripts, are recorded and archived. Potential presenters may choose to present in real time or may pre-load their presentations. Virtual rooms offer smaller networking opportunities.

CONTACT / QUESTIONS

Send email to bcps2021@bcpsconference.org

SPONSORS

Georgia Southern University Department of Literature

Georgia Southern University College of Arts and Humanities

The Journal of Global Postcolonial Studies

 

For more information, see our site at <bcpsconference.org>