Edwidge Danticat, Keynote, Postcolonial Studies 2016 Conference

25th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference – February 26-27, 2016 – Savannah GA


The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, inaugurated in 1992, is the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the United States. It encompasses colonial and postcolonial histories, literatures, creative and performing arts, politics, economics, and all other aspects of the countries formerly colonized by Britain and other European powers.

We welcome a variety of approaches and viewpoints, and the generation of wide-ranging, productive debates. Thus we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural panel proposals.

We offer scholars, researchers, teachers, and students the opportunity to disseminate and discuss their knowledge and understanding of the dynamic field of postcolonial studies.

We invite proposals in both thematic (migration, diaspora studies, etc.) and geographic (Eurabia, South Asia, etc.) areas, such as:

  • Postcolonial Studies: Where Were We? Where Are We? Where To Now?
  • Perspectives and Current Practices in Postcolonial Pedagogy
  • Bioethics, Ecology, Ecocriticism, Health, and Wellness
  • Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
  • Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
  • History and Historiography
  • War and Terrorism
  • Race, Racism, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
  • Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
  • Intersections of Francophone and Anglophone Literatures
  • Postcolonial, Liberation, or Transnational Literatures, Arts, and the Media

Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers.

SUBMISSIONS Proposals are accepted electronically at our site: <bcpcsconference.com>.

DEADLINES Deadline for proposal submissions: October 1, 2015. Notification of acceptance: completed by November 1, 2015.


  • Abstracts of 300 words maximum are required via the online submission form.
  • A biographical statement for each presenter is required, including the presenter’s academic affiliation<
  • Panels should be designed for 75 minutes; individual papers for 15-minute delivery — maximum.
  • Proposals for panels should include an abstract for each paper with complete information on each presenter.


  • Regular Registration (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $150.00
  • Graduate Student / Retiree (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $120.00
  • One-day / Guest: contact bcpcs2016@bcpcsconference.com for details

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: EDWIDGE DANTICAT Ms. Danticat is the award-winning author of Claire of the Sea Light (New York Times notable book); Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak! (National Book Award finalist); The Farming of Bones (American Book Award winner); and The Dew Breaker (PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, winner of the inaugural Story Prize).

Her non-fiction includes After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti; Brother, I’m Dying (National Book Critics Circle Award winner, National Book Award finalist); Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work; and “In Flesh and Bone,” on the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and her work has appeared in various venues, including The New Yorker and The New York Times.

NICHOLS AWARD In commemoration of our silver anniversary, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Nichols Graduate Award. Please see <bcpcsconference.com> for further details.

CONFERENCE SITE For further information, please see the conference site: <bcpcsconference.com>.

CONTACT / QUESTIONS Send email to bcpcs2016@bcpcsconference.com

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