British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference - February 14-18, 2022

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference


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 31 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.

The Second Annual Kundu Lecture 

Amitava Kumar, Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English, Vassar College

Award-winning writer of fiction, nonfiction, academic work, reportage, screenplays, and essays, Amitava Kumar’s works have been universally praised. His Immigrant, Montana: A Novel (2018) was deemed one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New Yorker, and The New York Times considered it one of their 100 Notable Books of 2018.

His Lunch with a Bigot was one of the “ten best books of 2015 published by university presses.” A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb was the Page Turner Awards best nonfiction book of the year. Home Products was short-listed for India’s premier literary award, the Crossword Award. Husband of a Fanatic was an “Editors’ Choice” book at the New York Times. Bombay-London-New York was one of The New Statesman’s “Books of the Year.” Passport Photos won an “Outstanding Book of the Year” award from the Myers Program for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America.

All sessions will be conducted through Zoom. Sessions 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.

Proposals are accepted electronically at our site: <>.

Deadline for proposal submissions: December 1, 2021.
Notification of acceptance: completed by January 5, 2022.

The seventh 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 <> for details.


  • 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.

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

Regular Registration: $35.00
Graduate Student / Retiree Registration: $20.00

Email us at

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 <>