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Global Challenges

Call for Papers

Theme: Global Challenges
Subtitle: Borders, Populism and the Postcolonial Condition
Type: International Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial
Studies, Linnaeus University
Location: Växjö (Sweden)
Date: 14.–16.6.2018
Deadline: 15.1.2018

Global Challenges: Borders, Populism and the Postcolonial Condition
is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars in
Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, History and Postcolonial and
Decolonial Studies. Confirmed keynote speakers are Dominick LaCapra,
Carolyn Dean, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, and Gurminder Bhambra. The
conference considers current global challenges in the light of the
international development of the past 10 years. 2008 was the time
when the invasion of Iraq ground to a definitive halt, the global
financial crisis unfolded, triggering a tactic of austerity in many
western nations. At the same time, 2008 was the year of Obama's first
presidential campaign and, shared among transnational activist
groups, a critique of what was understood as a general moral and
economic failure of the West.

From the vantage point of the present moment, some crucial questions
arise: What happened to the liberal hopes of a moral horizon that
were expressed in 2008? In view of the Trump presidency, the rise of
populism and facism, massive refugee and labour migration, what has
happened to the European project, and to globalisation. What does the
construction of new intellectual and physical borders mean for
humanities and social sciences scholarship? What new ways of thinking
about society, sovereignty, and the human and non-human animal, have
emerged and what new critical venues do they offer humanities and
social sciences research? How does the long history of colonialism
still inform present society?

In order to address these and similar questions, LNUC Concurrences
and alumni of the 2008 School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell, are
organizing a 3-day conference at Linnaeus University, Sweden June
14-16, 2018. In an effort to closely involve all participants in the
conversations that emerge, the size of the meeting will be limited.
The conference will be comprised of a number of thematic sessions
that include, but are not limited to:

- Contemporary cultural discourses on torture, dignity, and
- Sovereignty, violence, and citizenship
- Migration, mobility, and borders
- Postcoloniality, nationalism and human rights
- Non-human animals, suffering and resistance
- Austerity, populism and the demise of the left
- The continuing impact of the long history of colonialism

Our aim is to traverse varied intellectual and geographical spaces
and to approach the themes from multiple disciplines including
literature, history, visual studies, sociology, geography, political
science, philosophy, anthropology, and other relevant fields. The
venue for the conference will be Teleborg Castle situated on the
Växjö campus of Linnaeus University.

We welcome both suggestions for panels and for individual papers.
Please send either a panel proposal of 600-900 words or a 300-word
abstract for an individual presentation by January 15, 2018. Panel
proposals should contain both a short description of the focus of the
panel and the 3-4 abstracts that make up the content. Individual
abstracts will be allocated a panel after review. Please include
basic contact and affiliation details. Submit your abstract or panel
by using the submission function that you find at the conference


Dr Johan Höglund, Director
Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
Department of Languages
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Linnaeus University
S-35195 Växjö
Email: sct.concurrences(at)