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New Postcolonial Dialectics: An Intercultural Comparison of Indian and Nigerian English Plays

New Postcolonial Dialectics: An Intercultural Comparison of Indian and Nigerian English Plays

By Sarbani Sen Vengadasalam Cambridge Scholars Publishing Release Date: Feb. 1, 2019

This book closes a gap in postcolonial theory through its scrutiny of how four Indian and Nigerian English plays that are situated in national traditions reframed their own cultural terrain in international terms. It maps the trajectory that Indian and Nigerian dramatists, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Wole Soyinka and Badal Sircar, adopted as they moved from the specific to the bicultural to the global. The intercultural dialectic validated here provides a protean comparative scaffolding that evolves out of, and reflects, the interculturality of the literatures it is critiquing, allowing the book to
be an entry point, practical guide, and reference for those interested in studying and comparing literatures from Asia and Africa written or translated into English.

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Transatlantic Studies Association 18th Annual Conference University of Lancaster 8-10 July 2019 Call for Papers

Submissions are invited for the 2019 Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference.
Plenary guests confirmed include:
Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria University)
“The Beatles in Miami, 1964: Race, Class and Gender in the Atlantic World”
Professor Kevin Hutchings (University of Northern British Columbia)
“Transatlantic Romanticism and British-Indigenous Relations: 1800-1850”
A Roundtable discussion on:
Transatlantic Relations in the Age of a Rising China

Following its first trip across the Atlantic for last year’s annual conference at the University of North Georgia, the TSA is returning to the UK for its eighteenth annual conference at the University of Lancaster.
The TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to): history, politics and international relations, and literary studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.
The conference is organised around a number of subject themes, each of which is convened by members of the conference programme committee (indicated below). If you would like to discuss your paper or panel proposal prior to submission, please contact the relevant programme committee members. This year’s subject themes are:
1. Diplomatic and international history
(David Ryan,, Chris Jespersen,, Thomas Mills,
2. Political and intellectual history
(Gavin Bailey,, Philip Pedley,
3. Social, cultural and religious history
(Kristin Cook,, Constance Post,
4. International Relations and Security Studies
(Luis Rodrigues,, David Ryan,
5. Literature, film, and theatre
(Donna Gessell,, Finn Pollard,, Constance Post,
6. Business and finance
(Thomas Mills,, Philip Pedley,
7. Latin America in a transatlantic context
(Thomas Mills,, David Ryan,
8. Ethnicity, race and migration
(Kristin Cook,, Gavin Bailey,
Special subject theme: Transatlantic Romanticisms
Proposals are welcome for papers on any aspect of Romanticism in a transatlantic context. Possible topics might include (but are not limited to) comparative romanticisms, ecological romanticisms, romantic natural histories, romantic travel and exploration, romanticism and colonialism, romanticism and critical theory. Please send a 300-word abstract, 100 word author biography, and 2-page CV to Kevin Hutchings, University Research Chair, Department of English, University of Northern British Columbia (
In addition to the subject themes above, we welcome papers and panels on any aspect of transatlantic studies. Interdisciplinary papers and panels are particularly welcome, as are innovative formats, such as roundtables / multimedia presentations.

Submission Instructions
Panel proposals should constitute three or four presenters and a Chair (as well as a discussant if desired). Panel proposals should be sent by email as one document attachment, and include:
o 300-word overview of the panel theme;
o 300-word abstracts for each of the papers;
o 100-word author biographies;
o 2-page CVs for all participants.
The subject line of the email for panel proposals should read: ‘TSA Proposal-[Last name of panel convenor]-[Subject theme]” (state ‘Other’ if not falling under listed themes) (E.g. “TSA Proposal-Smith-Diplomacy and International History”).
Individual paper proposals should be sent by email as one document attachment, and include:
o 300-word abstract for the paper
o 100-word author biography;
o 2-page CV.
The subject line of the email for paper proposals should read: “TSA Proposal-[Last name of presenter]-[Subject theme]” (state ‘Other’ if not falling under listed themes) (E.g. “TSA Proposal-Smith-Other”).

Travel Grants
The TSA particularly welcomes proposals from new members and junior scholars. Travel grants are available to support early career scholars presenting a paper at the conference. If wishing to apply for a travel grant, applicants should indicate this in the body of the email when submitting their paper or panel. In addition to the materials requested above, travel grant applicants should include a brief statement explaining why it is important for them to attend the TSA conference, and an outline of the principal costs entailed. For further details about TSA travel grants, see the TSA website:
All paper and panel proposals, and travel grant applications, should be sent to the conference email:

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 20 January 2019

Contact details and further information

Vice-Chair of TSA / Local Organiser: Thomas Mills:
Chair of TSA: Christopher Jespersen: TSA Call for Papers 2019

Call for Papers FORMING THE FUTURE A one and a half day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Plymouth Sept. 2nd (p.m.) and 3rd, 2019

Confirmed speakers:
• Amy J. Elias (Tennessee, Knoxville; English Literature)
• Daniel Innerarity (Ikerbasque; Political Philosophy)
• Sandra Kemp (Lancaster/Imperial; Director of the Ruskin Library/Museum)
• Iain Stewart (Plymouth; Geoscience and Communication)

Thinking about the future often focuses on its ‘content’: what might happen. Similarly, thinking about ‘future studies’ often concentrates on its goals, concepts and methods. But what about the forms in which the future comes couched? How does the medium in which the future is presented – its genres, structures, conventions – shape or influence what the future might include? What forms do representations of the future currently take in different disciplines and fields of practice – from fiction to non-fiction, the visual to the textual, science to politics – and to what effect? Can we make our representations of the future more efficacious, with a view to the current world situation? And what might different fields learn from each other, or how might they combine, in order to do this?
This conference sets out to investigate these and related questions, and to trigger dialogue within and across different areas in which the future is being ‘formed’.
Starting points may include, but are not restricted to:
• forms old and new (e.g. report, roadmap, fiction, manifesto, visual media, software …)
• fact/fiction, realistic/unrealistic, mind/heart …
• a future without apocalypse? continuity/break?
• updating key terms (e.g. hope, optimism, pessimism, utopia, horizons …)
• instrumentality/openness, prognostication/becoming, fixed/alterable
• the problems of scale (e.g. individual/collective, local/global, multiplicity/unity …)
• interdisciplinary practice, thinking, potential
• history future

Please send proposals for 20 minute papers or presentations to Proposals are welcome from researchers across the humanities, social sciences and STEM disciplines, as well as from those working outside the university sector.
Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2019.

Two £150 bursaries are available for those without institutional funding or equivalent; please describe in your proposal how you qualify.

This conference is made possible by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is organised by Dr David Sergeant, Lecturer in English and AHRC ECR Leadership Fellow, University of Plymouth.Forming the Future CfP

Call for Papers for the VIth International Congress Word in Education: Intelligence in Education. Paris (France), 4-5 July, 2019

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the

VI th International Congress Word in Education:
Intelligence in Education. Between Nature and Technique.

to be held at IPC- Facultés Libres de Philosophie et de Psychologie, Paris (France), 4-5 July, 2019

Submission deadline for abstracts: December 14, 2018.

Further information in the Newsletter attached. 1st Newsletter 2019.Paris

Bilingual Event in English & Chinese With 2018 BCLA Dryden Translation Prize Winners Taiwan in Poetry, Poetry in Taiwan: Readings of Taiwanese Poetry Mon, November 12

Bilingual Event in English & Chinese
With 2018 BCLA Dryden Translation Prize Winners

Wen-chi Li (利文祺) and Colin Bramwell

Taiwan in Poetry, Poetry in Taiwan: Readings of Taiwanese Poetry
Mon, November 12, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT
SWLT, Paul Webley Wing, SOAS University of London

The event will be followed by a Q&A


Taiwan’s journey as a country is reflected in, and shaped by the remarkable literary output of its citizens. Many of the finest poets currently writing in Chinese are from Taiwan. The readings introduce Western readers to four such poets: Yang Mu (楊牧), Chen Li (陳黎), Hsia Yu (夏宇), and Ching Hsiang Hai (鯨向海).

The speakers will focus largely on Yang Mu (楊牧), a towering figure in Taiwanese literature. Our selections from the poetry of Yang Mu will comprise a geographical and formal journey from west to east, beginning with a sonnet set in the contemporary USA, with stops in Ireland, Hong Kong, mythical China, and beyond. In Yang Mu’s work, Taiwan casts long shadows. His poetry will be the vessel for our return to the island.

Once we have reached Taiwan, the speakers will dip into the work of three other excellent contemporary poets. We will hear their work performed in its original language, and in English translation.

Please note: this event will be filmed. If you wish to not be included please make a member of staff aware.

In collaboration with British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) and SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan & the Cultural Division, Taipei Representative Office in the UK.

Speaker Bios:

Wen-chi Li (利文祺) is pursuing a PhD in Sinology at the University of Zurich, having completed a MA in Comparative and General Literature and MSc Research in Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Li’s publications include critical essays in journals in Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as three books of poetry in Chinese.

Colin Bramwell is a Scottish poet, translator, theatre-maker and musician from the Black Isle, near Inverness. He studied English Literature at the universities of Edinburgh, McGill and Oxford. Working with Wen-chi Li, he co-translates Taiwan’s most important living poet, Yang Mu. He contributed translations to a recently published Collected Works of Yang Mu: his most recent translations won first prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition. Colin also translates poetry from various European languages into Scots. He recently performed his fourth spoken-word theatre show, Umbrella Man, at the Prague and Edinburgh fringe festivals. Umbrella Man will be touring theatres nationally and internationally in 2019.