Two Day International Conference on Postcolonial Studies
Date: 11-12 May 2023
Venue: Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata
Call for Papers
Theme: Postcolonial Literary and
Cultural Signposts and Contemporary Interventions
The ever-expanding domain of postcolonial studies has been consistently grappling with various global and local issues which have been diversely explored by authors and artists across the world. From the rise of authoritarian populism to migrant and refugee crises of varying degrees to systemic economic exploitation of multitudes by the networks of global capital to growing threats of ecological disasters brought about by unchecked global warming – the dangers are manifold and with complex intersections. Such developments and their diverse representations through several media have necessitated both a re-evaluation of earlier theoretical strands as well as a re-configuration of the canons of postcolonial literature and culture.
The conference on Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Signposts and Contemporary Interventions, to be organised by Advanced Research Centre for Indian Writing in English – P.G. Department of English and IQAC, Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata in collaboration with Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies, invites papers on texts and cultural representations of the last two decades which will explore all these issues and more while being mindful of trajectories of departure and possibilities of future developments.
Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited on topics which may include but are not limited to the following:
- Postcolonial Aesthetics
- Poetics of Diaspora and Transnation
- Literary and Cultural representation of subalternity
- Textual Construction of Publics and Counterpublics
- Nation and LGBTQI Communities
- Freedom and Dissent in the Postcolony
- Empire and Networks of Global Capital
- Literature, Climate Crisis and Empire
- Voices of Adivasis and Aborigines
- Representing Alterity and Diversity in the Nation-state
- Gender in the Postcolony
- Literary and Cultural Response to Re-Emergence of Imperial Aggression
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Abstracts are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected candidates will have to submit full papers within 30 April 2023.
Selected papers will be published in the form of an edited anthology/in a special issue of Postcolonial Interventions.
Registration Fees Submission Details:
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Account Name: Department of English-Lady Brabourne College
Account Number: 910010032362003
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Seeking Expressions of Interest from Kolkata-based HEIs for a conference on Postcolonial Studies
Postcolonial Interventions (https://postcolonialinterventions.com/) invites expressions of interest from Departments of English in Kolkata-based HEIs for the organization of an international conference on Emerging Trends in Postcolonial Literature in summer 2023.
- While PI will take responsibility of arranging speakers and chairs for different sessions, the host institution will have to provide logistical support in the form of auditorium/seminar hall/conference rooms, TA for keynote/plenary speakers, refreshments and conference kits for all participants, printed certificates, audio-visual arrangements and permissions from concerned authorities, as per requirement.
- PI will also prepare and circulate CFP, screen abstracts, and prepare schedules in consultation with the host institution.
- Faculty members and researchers associated with PI may also participate in various capacities in the conference.
- Abin Chakraborty, as Editor of PI will be the co-convener alongside any one faculty member chosen by the host institution.
- PI will not be involved in any financial transaction including collection of registration fees from participants. PI will also not demand any monetary assistance from the host institution.
- Full conference papers will have to be submitted to PI before the conference for confirmation of participation. Registration fees can only be accepted after the submission of full papers.
- 12/14 chosen conference papers will be published in an anthology by a reputed publisher.
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Call for Papers: Anthology of Critical Essays on
Postcolonial Popular Culture: Texts, Artefacts and Affects
In a recent article Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen regretfully asked: “We did understand in our colonial past the inferior status of being a citizen of the British Raj. But can we really accept having a similar subjugation in our own democracy?” (ndtv.com. 16 April 2020). However, it is not just the political reality of contemporary India that resonates with reverberations of colonial heritage. The typical postcolonial dream of provincializing Europe and by extension the West, remains a distant mirage as various aspects of contemporary Indian reality continue to longingly look west in search of models that may be emulated. The entire cultural world as a whole bears testimony to this phenomenon in the form of multiple texts, artefacts and attendant generation of affects. The quest for NRI grooms, popular Indian cinema, tourism industry, advertisements, reality shows, fashion trends, cartoons and merchandise, cosmetics and cafes – all exhibit varying degrees of conscious and unconscious mimicry, generated by the hegemonic authority of Western culture and its negotiations with diverse currents of the Indian popular cultural domain. At the same time, this domain also remains fissured by competing conceptions associated with self, family, community and nation, based on hierarchies of gender, sexuality, class, caste, religion etc., born out of India’s pre-colonial and contemporary socio-cultural history, which necessarily condition the contours of cultural representations of various kinds. Added to these are growing concerns regarding ecology as various Indian communities, urban and rural, grapple with pressing problems associated with shortage of water, energy crisis, pollution, loss of habitat and so on. All of these concerns are reflected, explored and embodied through a series of popular cultural artefacts inclusive of films, advertisements, graphic novels, bestselling texts, real estate development, television programmes, music shows, stand-up comedy performances, web-based programmes, social media content, diverse commodities and much more.
The proposed anthology aims to focus on such examples in order to analyse how such concerns shape and structure the realm of popular culture as a whole and the various ideological and discursive pressures that impinge on cultural products and their reception. We are looking for papers that would analyse different aspects of this vast realm from multiple theoretical perspectives in order to present a holistic picture of the diverse and polyvalent world of Indian popular culture, especially in the last two decades.
The entire anthology would be divided into different sections, focusing on specific sectors of popular culture and analysing individual cultural manifestations across multiple media such as
Bestsellers and Graphic novels
Commodities and material cultures
Media and communication
Leisure and sports
Ecology and activism.
The proposed sections are, of course, not finalised and other groupings may well be possible based on availability of papers. Nor should it be supposed that such categorisation in any way encourages watertight compartmentalisation of intersecting representations. For example instances of Crick-Lit or shows like Inside Edge or films like Panga can belong either to the realm of Bestsellers or Media and Communication or Sports. Likewise ‘Leisure’ may include a variety of consumerist pursuits, from salons and spas, to cafes to eco-tourism to mushrooming malls. The issue of activism is of course something that straddles multiple realms of experience at once and spans across diverse media with a kind of protean fluidity that of course demands analysis. The purpose of the anthology and the aforementioned structure is to offer a holistic, inter-disciplinary examination of popular culture that would combine the material and the discursive, the textual and physical, the virtual and the actual in one interlocking grid mindful of evolving heterogeneities.
Such an anthology would be targeted not just at scholars of different forms of popular culture but also at students and academics who have to grapple with such issues in accordance with changing demands of syllabi on the one hand and on the other, the changing horizon of academic research.
The papers should be within the range of 3000 to 5000 words, written in MS WORD (.doc/.docx) with Times New Roman, font size 12, margins of 1’’ on all sides and in accordance with MLA Stylesheet, 7TH Edition. Citations should be parenthetic. Avoid footnotes. Add endnotes, if unavoidable. Block quotes should be indented 1”. Suggestive templates can be sent on request.
Authors will be responsible for necessary copyright permissions, if any.
Prospective contributors should send their papers to firstname.lastname@example.org within 30th May 2020.
Summary of Important Information:
Tentative Name of the Anthology: Postcolonial Popular Culture: Texts, Artefacts and Affects
Editors: Abin Chakraborty, Ramanuj Konar, Sayan Aich Bhowmik
Publisher: A renowned international publisher has expressed interest. However, as per their usual custom, they would confirm only after going through the full papers selected by the editors.
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Deadline for submission: 30th May 2020.
Communication of Acceptance: 4 weeks after close of deadline
[Authors may initially send their abstracts to check with us whether the paper fits the framework of this anthology or not. In that case, please send us the abstract, keywords and bio-note within 10th May 2020. Communication will be sent within 3days of receiving abstract.]
A copy of the full CFP may be downloaded from here.