The ‘Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective’ conference will create a platform for postgraduate students to discuss emerging concerns within Postcolonial Studies across a range of geographic and disciplinary boundaries, including Area Studies, History, Literature and Cultural Studies.

This one-day event, which will be hosted at the University of Birmingham, will provide postgraduates with an interdisciplinary forum for networking, collaboration and information exchange, as well as an opportunity to share and receive feedback on current research in a friendly setting. It will also provide postgraduates with the opportunity to become aware of state-of-the-art research by experts in their field and to orient their own work within this context.

The following list of topics is not exhaustive, but has been conceived to provoke thought and to indicate the aims of the conference. Relevant papers that do not address these themes are also welcome.

  • Spaces of resistance, memory and remembrance
  • National and/or diasporic identity and experience
  • Transnationalism, citizenship and belonging
  • Postcolonial queer studies
  • Economic policy in the postcolonial context
  • The role of natural resources in postcolonial relationships
  • The rise and fall of postcolonial literary output
  • The complexities of publication in postcolonial writing
  • Representations of ‘Otherness’ in post-colonial writing
  • Creole and the canon

Panels will be organised once abstracts are received and accepted for the conference.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to using the subject heading “Abstract 2017”. Please include your university affiliation details, relevant contact information and a short biography of up to 150 words.

Those selected for the conference will be invited to give a 20-minute presentation.

  • Abstract submission deadline 15 March 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance 31 March 2017
  • Abstracts published online 17 April 2017

Please contact the Postcolonial Midlands Team at