Submission Information

We welcome proposals from scholars, activists, and researchers from various parts of the world. Papers must demonstrate an engagement with the field of postcolonial studies. (Just any descriptive study of colonialism, while suitable for other venues, will not fit the goals of this conference).

Submission Deadline: In response to concerns about the earlier deadline of August 30 which coincides with the beginning of the school year for many, conference organizers have agreed to a new deadline of September 15, 2014.

Acceptance of Submissions: announced in late October, 2014

Please eMail Submissions Simultaneously to: Daniel Wood (dwood6@villanova.edu), Bryan Crable (bryan.crable@villanova.edu), and Raka Shome (r.shome@yahoo.com). In subject heading please write: “Submission for Communication, Postcoloniality and Social Justice conference.” Given the volume of submissions we expect to receive, we will not be able to acknowledge receipt of every submission.

Please choose any one format:

  1. Panel proposals: Panels on a theme relevant to the conference are welcome. A panel should have between 3-4 panelists (including discussant. Chair may be one of the presenters, or you may select your own Chair/moderator who is not a presenter). Please submit title, panel abstract (which should include names/affiliation of participants, description and justification of panel). REQUIRED: 350 word panel description/justification, and approximately 200 words abstract of each paper to be presented.
  2. Individual paper proposals: Please send an abstract of around 350 words. Name, paper title, and institutional affiliation must be included.

A statement of commitment to attend is required of all participants. Please include that in your proposal submission.

Potential Topics of Interest

Note: these are not exhaustive

  • Postcoloniality and the Global South
  • Feminist and Queer Approaches
  • Transgendered subjects and/in colonial cultures
  • Gay imperialism
  • Homonationalism
  • Heterosovereignities
  • Modernity beyond the West/North (Papers dealing with Islamic modernities from a postcolonial/transnational perspective especially welcome)
  • Memor(ies) and Postcoloniality
  • Diaspora (especially new logics of diaspora) and Hybridity
  • Media and Migrations
  • Post/colonial Visual cultures
  • Cultural Studies and the Postcolonial
  • Nation, nationalisms, national identity
  • Asylum and Exile
  • Colonial Necropolitics
  • Colonial Biopolitics
  • Subalternity and Communication (e.g., the ‘impossibility’ of communication in the politics of subalternity)
  • Cosmopolitanism(s)
  • Politics of Cultural Translation
  • Engagements with works of key postcolonial scholars in terms of their relevance for media/communication studies
  • Communication of “human rights”
  • Consumption, Cultural Industries, and Postcolonial/Transnational Power relations; Environment and the Postcolonial (papers on mediations of “climate change” are particularly welcome)
  • Intellectual and Cultural Property Issues
  • Affective regimes and post/colonial relations
  • Celebrities and Colonialism
  • Materialities of colonialism
  • Fashion, Identity and Colonialism
  • New Media
  • Postcolonial Urbanisms
  • Traveling technologies and colonial circuits
  • Techno-cities
  • Transnational Temporalities
  • Postcoloniality and computer cultures
  • Postcolonial Piracy
  • The “global” city
  • Technological Colonialisms
  • Science and the Postcolonial
  • Electronic Others
  • Postcolonial Securitizations
  • Politics of Representation
  • Global health and colonial relations;
  • “Humanitarianism,” “Natural Disaster” and Contemporary colonial logics
  • Decolonizing Pedagogy and the field of Media/Communication Studies
  • The contemporary university and (the possibility of) postcolonial interventions.