BCPS Conference - February 12-13, 2024 - Extended Deadline

deadline for submissions: 
December 8, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference


After three years of virtual conferences, we're excited to welcome you back to Savannah. As we reboot our in-person conference, we're also bringing back one of our most popular Keynote speakers. Please join us at the DeSoto Hotel in the beautiful Historic District this coming February for the critical engagement, friendly community, and vibrant network that the BCPS Conference has been known for for over three decades.

     The BCPS Conference, inaugurated in 1992, is the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the U.S. We call 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.

      As we re-engage in person, we recognize that global events of the past few years are ripe for consideration concerning the imposition of power, neocolonialism, justice, injustice, and the mechanisms of control.

 Particularly appropriate thematic issues include:

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

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

  •  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 Media

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


Jahan Ramazani
University Professor, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English, University of Virginia

 Professor Ramazani is the author of numerous books of criticism, including Poetry in a Global Age (2020); Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres (2014); A Transnational Poetics (2009), winner of the Harry Levin Prize for best book in comparative literary history published in the years 2008 to 2010; The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English (2001); Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime (1990).
     He edited The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry; is a coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry and The Norton Anthology of English Literature; and is an associate editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics.
     Elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2022 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016, he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, a Rhodes Scholarship, the MLA's William Riley Parker Prize, and the University of Virginia’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award.



Proposals for individual papers or full panels are accepted at our site: <bcpsconference.org>.


Deadline for proposal submissions: December 8, 2023.
Notification of acceptance: completed by December 15, 2023.


The ninth 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. 


  • Presentations must be delivered on-site.
  • Proposals should include:

o An abstract of 300 words maximum.

o A biographical statement, including the presenter's academic affiliation.

  • Proposals for panels should include an abstract for each paper and a biographical statement for each presenter.
  • Panels should be designed for 75 minutes; individual papers for 15-minute delivery, maximum.

REGISTRATIONincludes access to all sessions, the keynote address, two lunches, and two receptions
Regular Registration: $250.00
Graduate Student / Retiree Registration: $200.00

Send email to bcps2024@bcpsconference.org

In order to keep both registration and room block costs down for you, in the face of post-pandemic inflation, we’ve moved from our traditional end-of-week schedule to the beginning of a week.

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