International Online Conference on Postcolonial Theory
Call for Papers
Papers are invited for the first International Online Conference
on Postcolonial Theory.
Contributions can be on any aspect of postcolonial theory,
especially with regard to its practical consequences
in the analysis of society, literature and history.
A self-reflexive area or perspective which is strongly
encouraged arises from the nature of this conference itself:
the fact that it will be conducted in cyberspace.
In this connection amongst questions which can be asked are:
The above points are suggestions and are not intended as the official
sub-themes or threads for the online conference. All papers on other
themes within the purview of postcolonial theory will be considered.
- What will conferences or other communicative acts of this kind
do to the reality of the contemporary postcolonial situation?
- Will the difference between the haves and have nots
with regard to acessibility to the information superhighway
lead to a new configuration in postcolonial studies, where
the division between East and West or North and South no
longer prevails, but is replaced with a new configuration
which may subvert the status of what was the powerful and powerless?
- Because the internet is a largely western phenomenon and
the main language used is English, what do these two factors
do to the survival of non-Western cultures, and of
the status of
English as an international language?
- What will the internet do to the status of the
'old guard' in postcolonial theory, some of whom are
less conversant in the new medium than younger
Submission of Abstracts
If you are interested in submitting a paper, please send an abstract
to the organiser of the conference, Ismail S. Talib,
at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The abstract should not be more than 300 words.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is
the 30th of November 1996.
The abstract should be written in ASCII characters (i.e. saved as a
text file) with the '_' character being used if you want to emphasise
certain words, or indicate that they should be italicised (for example,
Selection of Papers
Although we intend to have as wide a selection of papers
as possible -- considering that this is the
first conference of its kind in this area and that definitions
of 'quality' quite often display Western prejudice
of what is academically 'acceptable' --
there will be a selection committee which will
determine the suitability of the submitted abstracts.
The selection committee will, it is hoped, ensure,
as in more conventional conferences, that the likely papers
will be of a sufficient degree of academic merit --
defined in a broad sense -- or, at least be of
sufficient interest to generate further discussion.
Papers which are deemed to be racially sensitive or
racist, or are designed to hurt the
sensibilities of people of either
sex or of a certain culture, will not be accepted
(even if they purport to pass off as a 'critique'
of the field). The organiser reserves the right
to reject papers even after their abstracts have
been selected, especially if they deviate in
significant ways from what was originally indicated
in their abstracts.
Submission of Selected Papers
All selected papers should be
submitted by the 15th of
February 1997. Papers should be between 2,000
and 5,000 words in length. Papers which are
received after the deadline, or exceed 5,000 words,
will not be accepted.
Nature of Conferencing
All selected papers will be mounted on a web site;
its URL will be announced in due course.
As such, the papers can be read by anyone who
has access to the World Wide Web. However,
if you want to discuss any of the papers,
you should subscribe (free of charge) to
the conference's electronic discussion group.
Information on how to join the group will be
given shortly. Pre-conference announcements will be
made in the discussion group. It is therefore advised
that participants, whether they be potential paper
writers or discussants, join the group as soon as
an announcement on how to join it is given.
It is anticipated that the conference will be held
through the month of March 1997; specific dates will
be given on when it is best to discuss specific papers
or groups of papers.
The electronic discussion list
will also be used for post-conference announcements
and for further or late discussions of papers after
the official dates of the conference.
Form & Format of Submission
All papers should follow the latest MLA style
specifications, although either American or British
spelling can be used, so long as it is consistent.
They should be sent via attachments to
e-mail messages and should be in ASCII characters (for most
saving your document as a text file will do the job).
Knowledge of HTML is not necessary. However, it would
be appreciated if minimally, at least the following HTML tags
<P> to indicate paragraph breaks,
<I> to indicate italic characters with </I> to close the set of italic characters.
All papers should be written in one electronic file. The use
is therefore discouraged. All footnotes should be
found within this single document. Hypertext anchors
to footnotes are not essential, and it is left to
the writers to make these themselves if they want them to