International Online Conference on Postcolonial Theory

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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.

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: 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, _Orientalism_).

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 wordprocessing software, 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 are included:
<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 of frames 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 be included.