All posts by BCLA Web Editor

Worlding Iberian and Latin American Studies Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia 25th Anniversary conference 4-6 July 2018 Melbourne, Australia

The 25th anniversary conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia is dedicated to the theme of worlding Iberian and Latin American Studies. Here, following Heidegger, the noun (world) becomes a verb (worlding) and points to our experience of the world as an active and ongoing process through which we construct our own world out of multiple possibilities. Worlding, of course, is a political act. As Gayatri Spivak notes, worlding is complicit in imperialist and colonialist practices; it is the imposition of order and control on distant, foreign territories and cultures.

The 2018 AILASA conference seeks to establish a dialogue on the place of Iberian and Latin American Studies in a globalised world: how we make sense of our discipline and how our discipline seeks to make sense of the world. On the one hand, this involves an interrogation of the way in which the practice of Iberian and Latin American Studies engages with its subject matter, situating peoples, literatures, histories, films, etc. in specific circumstances, times, places and societies. On the other, to world is to acknowledge and to make sense of the diverse and far-reaching connections that the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, Hispanic and Lusophone Asia, and their diasporas make with the world beyond the established disciplinary borders of Iberian and Latin American Studies. While this can include the more traditional trans-Atlantic studies that connect Europe and Latin America as well as the north-south/south-north relationships between Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula and their northern neighbours, it also promotes dialogues between the countries of the so-called “global south” and beyond.


Proposals for panels or papers that address this topic are welcome. Possible areas of interest include:

  • The place of Iberian and Latin American Studies in Australasia and the contribution of Australasian scholarship to the global practice of Iberian and Latin American Studies;
  • Changing comparisons from north-south to south-south as well as expanding disciplinary focus to accommodate (or recognise!) connections and collaborations with the Asian region;
  • World history/literature/screen culture/music from Iberian and Latin American perspective;
  • Worlding linguistic change and social and cultural identities in Iberian and Latin American societies and their diasporas;
  • The coexistence of the local and the global, of the provincial and the universal in Iberian and Latin American societies, cultures and languages;
  • Post McOndo poetics for a diaspora: the new literatures, cinemas, the arts, languages, etc. of migration and displacement;
  • Worlding global politics and international relations, as well as transnational labour and political movements from Iberian and Latin American perspectives;
  • The geopolitics of knowledge: anti-colonial and decolonial dialogues and conversations.
  • Iberian and Latin American Studies and the worlding of southern perspectives and epistemologies;
  • Student mobility and second-language acquisition in a global world.


Keynote speakers: to be confirmed


Panel and Paper proposals submission

We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels of 3 or 4 presenters on the above areas of interest and others that engage with the broad theme of the conference.


Please submit proposals, including a title and a brief abstract (150-200 words), your name, contact details and institutional affiliation to by 15 January. Applicants will receive confirmation of their acceptance within two weeks of final submission date.


Please note, if you require early confirmation of acceptance in order to apply for funding from your institution, please advise us in your email.



We encourage presenters to submit expanded versions of their papers for possible inclusion in a 2019 special issue of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis.



The 2018 AILASA conference is a collaboration between four Melbourne-based universities with a substantial teaching and research program in Iberian and Latin American Studies. The organisers are:


Dr Mirella Cobeleanschi Gavidia (RMIT)

Associate Professor Adrian Hearn (University of Melbourne)

Dr Stewart King (AILASA)

Dr Ralph Newmark (La Trobe University)

Dr Carlos Uxó (Monash University)



For information updates, please visit the conference web page:

Call for Papers Glocal Places of Literature: Production – Distribution – Reception Interdisciplinary Conference June 28-30, 2018 Comparative Literature, University of Göttingen (Germany)

In times of global deterritorialisation and transnational cultural exchange, the prominence of local places of production and reception has become more, rather than less, significant: Writers’ museums, for example in Weimar and Stratford-upon-Avon, Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, chapbook presses across the globe, literary institutions such as Copenhagen’s LiteraturHaus, UNESCO Cities of Literature, for instance in Cracow and Prague, and slam events in many cities have emerged in the digital age. Local literary cultures partake in 3global communication practices and contribute to “a sense of place which . . . includes a consciousness of its links with the wider world, which integrates in a positive way the global and the local.”[1] Accordingly, we intend to explore if the local and the global can still be perceived as conflicting concepts. Produced locally, but often distributed and read globally, are literary cultures characterized by the ways in which the global and the local interact and add to “glocal” practices?[2]

This conference aims at investigating the shifting interconnection between literatures and place in the twenty-first century on three intersecting planes: literary production, distribution, and reception. We invite contributions that discuss the issue of the changing role of real and imagined, local and global, virtual and physical places of literature in an international context. We want to bring together scholars from all fields within literary and cultural studies, as well as from disciplines such as the sociology of literature, human geography, book studies, and museology.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Places of production, old and new (e.g. corporate and independent publishing houses and self-publishing businesses; creative writing programs and workshops; writers-in-residence programs and artist-run spaces)
  • The materiality of local productions (e.g. typesetting, printing, and book design today; objects such as the author’s desk or the mimeograph)
  • Local literatures and global marketability (e.g. translations; transnational literary awards; book reviews)
  • Forms of distribution, physical and virtual (e.g. the brick and mortar vs. the online bookstore; magazine and publisher subscriptions vs. Twitterature or Flash Fiction)
  • Places of reception (e.g. houses of literature, readings and performances, literary salons, book clubs, museums, archives, and libraries vs. online forums and the bookternet)


This conference invites German- and English-language contributions that cover a wide range of reflections on literature and place. We particularly welcome papers by doctoral candidates and postgraduates.

Please submit a short proposal (approx. 300 words, in English or German) and a short biographical note to Marleen Knipping (; North American Studies, University of Göttingen) and Julia Kroll (; Anglophone Literature and Culture, University of Göttingen) by January 31st, 2018. Notification of decision: February 28th, 2017.


Conference Organizers: Marleen Knipping and Julia Kroll (University of Göttingen).

[1] Doreen Massey, Space, Place, and Gender (Cambridge: Polity, 1994) 154-155.

[2] Roland Robertson, Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture (London: Sage, 1993) and “Glocalization: Time-Space and Homogeneity-Heterogeneity,” Global Modernities, ed. M. Featherstone, S. Lash and R. Robertson (London: Sage, 1995): 25-44.


Conference organized by the Institutes of English Studies, of Polish Philology and of Political Science, University of Rzeszów, April 7-8, 2016

The aim of our interdisciplinary conference, co-organised by the Faculty of Philology and the Faculty of Sociology and History of the University of Rzeszów, including sessions both in English and in Polish, is to provide a wide forum for discussion upon the postcolonial reality and both current and emerging developments in the field of postcolonial studies. It will give an opportunity to discuss from the postcolonial perspective contemporary social, economic and cultural processes and phenomena, as well as to look back at older texts of culture, both those from the English-speaking countries and from the former Eastern Bloc, using the tools developed by within the field of postcolonial studies. We are inviting scholarly papers heralding from various fields – culture studies, history, political science, literary studies – that will stimulate discussion. The topic areas suggested below are intended as the source of inspiration and the starting point for the debates.

–       neocolonialism, neoimperialism
–       new and old migratory routes
–       new diasporas
–       neo/post/colonial city
–       decolonization
–       “neocolonialism” and “postcolonialism” in international relations studies
–       disproportions between the South and the North as the postcolonial heritage
–       “near abroad” as the sphere of Russian influence
–       manifestations of ambivalence about empire and forms of political resistance against the colonizer (liberation struggles, revolts, revolutions, etc.)
–       minority experience (ethnic, religious, racial)
–       evolution of colonial empires
–       ethnopolitical conflicts in Africa, as well as the Far and the Middle East
–       ecocriticism and the environmental concerns
–       fluid postcolonial ethnoscapes
–       cross-cultural paradigms: theories of multiculturalism, creolisation,  hybridity, contact zone, mestizaje, glocalization
–       relationship between postcolonial perspectives and globalization theory
–       nation, postnation, transnation – challenging prevailing conceptions of identity and citizenship in the modern world
–       changing relations to time and space
–       interrogating postcolonial theories
–       ongoing Eurocentric intellectual dominance and the marginalization and displacement of local knowledge systems
–       interpretation of the category of “colonization” and “postcolonialism” on the Polish grounds
–       Polish colonized/colonisers
–       postcolonialism and the grand national narratives
–       re-reading and rediscovering – old masters, new interpretations
–       writing back – new voices/old language
–       the literature of the new Polish diaspora in the British Isles
–       reception of post-colonial literature and the question of audience

Participants are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by January 15, 2016, pasted into the conference registration form, to The registration form can be obtained from the same address: – or from Dr Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko (

All proposals will be reviewed by the organizing committee. Participants will be notified of acceptance by February 15, 2016. Full versions of the articles intended for publication should be submitted to the above address by July 31, 2016. Papers accepted for publication will appear in a reviewed volume published either by Peter Lang within Studies in the English Language and Anglophone Literature and Culture series or by Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego.

The conference fee (covering refreshments, lunches, conference dinner, participation certificate and publication expenses): 350 PLN or €95 (€85 conference fee plus €10 for bank transfer fees). The conference fee should be paid by bank transfer to the University of Rzeszów account (account number provided upon acceptance) by February 29, 2016.

Dr Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko (the Head)
Dr Krzysztof Żarna
Dr Anna Jamrozek-Sowa
Dr Małgorzata Martynuska
MGR Donald Trinder

CFP: New Approaches to Counterculture (Edinburgh)

New Approaches to Counterculture: Art, Politics, and Technology in Rebellion and Reaction

Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities

University of Edinburgh
12-13 April 2018

In 1969, Theodore Roszak’s The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and its Youthful Opposition coined the modern usage of the term used to define a generation of misfits and revolutionaries, hippies and drug-users, and other cultural and political insurgents and rebels. With nearly 50 years of hindsight, it’s easy to identify short-comings in Roszak’s commentary on the trends and thinkers guiding so much youth culture of the 60s; but his warnings of a ‘technocratic totalitarianism … wholly estranged from everything that has ever made the life of man an interesting adventure’ may still ring a note of dissent with the art, music, literature, philosophy and politics formed in era of the rationale of the market.

Surprisingly, however, the language of the countercultural is now often as likely to be used to describe the so-called ‘Alt-Right’ as it is the radical youth culture of the 60s. On 17 February 2017, for example, the Independent online, in response to claims in the media, published an op-ed entitled, ‘There’s a very simple reason why the alt-right is not the new counterculture’ – the reason being that there is simply no dominant culture to counter. On the other hand, some, such as film-maker Adam Curtis, has argued that, in spite of itself, the counterculture has contributed to the development it originally sought to break with.

With these issues in mind, for this workshop we invite speakers to propose 20-minute papers on the international counterculture in contemporary discourse, or reconsiderations on the artistic or historic counterculture of the 1960s and 70s. Papers are encouraged to address any of the following questions:

  • How is counterculture identified in the 21st century?
  • What artistic and literary practices are identifiable as counter-cultural, and what new theories can be brought to the study of countercultural arts?
  • Does counterculture still retain the possibility of resistance, or have the processes of commodification and capitalisation definitively circumvented any resistant potential?
  • How are countercultural movements bounded by national cultures, or influenced by changes within the national culture?
  • How has counterculture changed with the internet and social media? Can counterculture exist as an exclusively online phenomenon or must it establish a presence in physical space or command of material resources?

Keynote speakers will include Professor Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London) and Dr Katharina Karcher (University of Bristol).

Speakers will also be invited to discuss their themes or expertise on a podcast hosted on the IASH website. Podcast conversations, intended for non-academic audiences, will be about speakers’ interests as researchers on counterculture or simply as enthusiasts of countercultural arts, literature, politics and history.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words, as well as a short bio (50 words) by 15 January 2018 to Please note that the will be a £5 registration fee for the conference.

Minding Borders: Launch and Discussion

Monday, November 27, 2017 – 12:45 to 14:00
Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford


Please join us for a discussion to mark the publication of OCCT’s latest book, Minding Borders: Resilient Divisions in Literature, the Body and the Academy, edited by Nicola Gardini, Adriana Jacobs, Ben Morgan, Mohamed-Salah Omri and Matthew Reynolds. The authors will be in conversation with Matt Longo whose book The Politics of Borders: Sovereignty, Security and the Citizen after 9/11  is also out this month.  ‘Rather than celebrating the crossing of borders, or dreaming of their abolition, Minding Borders traces their troubling and yet generative resilience. It explores how borders define as well as exclude, protect as well as violate, and nurture some identities while negating others. The contributors range comparatively across geography, politics, cultural circulation, creativity, and the structuration of academic disciplines, hoping that the analysis of borders in one domain may illuminate their workings in another. Whatever other form a border takes it is always also a border in the mind.’

More information can be found here.