From Postcolonial to the Universal: Recent Trends in Postcolonial Studies

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Sharbani Banerjee & Dr. Sourav Kumar Nag
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 "From Postcolonial to the Universal: Recent Trends in Postcolonial Studies"

 Edited by- Dr. Sourav Kumar Nag, Assistant Professor of English, Onda Thana Mahavidyalaya, Bankura University

                 Dr. Sharbani Banerjee, Associate Professor of English, Triveni Devi Bhalotia College, Kazi Nazrul University





Contemporary postcolonial theories and practices have taken a significant turn towards the universal- towards the human. The urge to ‘provincializing Europe’ (Chakrabarty) to move away from Eurocentrism towards a ‘globalectic’ (Thiong’o) humanism is the call of the day. Fanon seems to be more radical: ‘"Let us waste no time in sterile litanies and nauseating mimicry. Leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man’ (09). The primary focus of this edited book is the recent development in postcolonial thoughts.

Incidentally, postcolonialism (the non-hyphenated one) is a tendency- an attitude to write back to the colonial past and at the same time to ‘re-member’ (Thiong’o) the pre-colonial past that has been brutally dismantled and buried by the colonial administrations. Said’s phenomenal work Orientalism (1978) addresses the matter of ‘binary social relation’ which helped Europe divide the world into two halves-the Orient and the Occident. In The Empire Writes Back (1989) Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin look into the future of English language in countries with history of colonialism’ (McLeod 25). The language question was raised by Thiong’o in Decolonizing the Mind (1986) in which he bade farewell to the English language as the first language for his writings. Bhabha challenged the ‘ideological validity of colonialism’ with his theory of ‘mimicry’ and ‘hybridity.’ Spivak introduced the terms ‘Essentialism’ and ‘Strategic Essentialism’ to show how the postcolonial societies operate culturally. Postcolonial feminisms tend to challenge the Western ethics to counter patriarchal exploitation and gendering of women. Theorists, such as Audre Lorde and Chandra Talpade Mohanty argue that in the purview of the European feminist thoughts the Third World women are viewed as a unitary, singular construction, thereby failing to address the complex nuances of the woman question.

The emeregence of Globalization, Diaspora and Cuture studies seemed to have flattened the trajectory of the Postcolonial studies that dominated the 20th century literary and theoratical arena. Ania Loomba in Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (2005) advocated a certain kind of Postcolonial theory 'in order to engage with the imperial formations and ideologies associated with globalization' (Wilson et. al 2010). Simon Gikandi found the 'rerouting' of Postcolonial studies in Cosmopolitanism (2006:23). 

But what is the future of Postcolonial Studies? Will it sink down into oblivion in decades to come or it ramifies into a more far-ranging heterogeneity? This proposed volume will focus on the recent trends in Postcolonial studies and its future.  Research contributions that address the following topics are sought from scholars, faculty members and independent researchers for the edited volume. [The Foreword of the book will be written by Prof. Bill Ashcroft].


The topics may include but are not limited to-

1. Terror and the Fall of the Nation 

2. The Postcolonial and the Transnational

3. The Provincing of the Empire

4. The Postcolonial and literature 

5. The Global Crises and Regionalism

6. Home and the World in Postnational Context

7. Magic Realism and Postcolonial Literature

8. Postcolonialism and the Environmental Consciousness

9. Diasporic Literature in contemporary times.

10. Translation studies and postcolonialities

11. Transnationalism and Global Socialism

12. Travel Writing and the Postnational Spaces 

13. Cosmopolitanism and its postcolonial echoes 


Please send 200-500-word abstracts/proposals for chapters and any question to by 31 January, 2020. The deadline for full chapters, 4000-5000 words, in length (including notes and works cited) is 31 March 2021. Please note that there is no processsing or publication fee. The edited volume will be published by a reputed international publisher.