Changing Nations/Changing Words: The Concept of Nation in the Transnational Era.
Editors: Dr. Joel Kuortti and Dr. O. P. Dwivedi.
Call for Papers:
The concept of nation is going through changes in the post-colonial era. Globalization has brought in its train many new concepts. One of the more pervasive of these is transnationalism, presently prevalent across the globe and throughout the literatures of the world. Transnationalism has compelled especially immigrants into changing not only their identities but also their languages. The use of the English language has become highly instrumental for immigrants in competing within the rapidly transforming world. The post-colonial authors have been churning out new forms of ‘english’ in their works, thereby enhancing its role as a global resource. Ironically, this borrowed language is constructing a new identity for the once previously colonized countries and peoples.
The present anthology solicits papers arguing how literature represents the ways in which a nation considers the Other inferior, and how a nation carries out the assimilation of the immigrants. The focus is especially on Indian English literature, comprising both Subcontinental and diasporic writings. The contributions can be on individual works or authors, or on particular themes.
We will greatly welcome your high-quality original contributions to this volume that will provide an interesting international forum for the discussion of transnationalism and Indian post-colonial literature. International critical attention on the topic has grown in recent years, developing ideas of nationality, regionality, multiculturalism, interculturalism, post-colonialism, and globalism. In addressing the questions of increasing cultural contacts and conflicts, transnationalism seeks to go beyond such concepts, prevalent in postcolonial criticism, as tradition, hybridity, difference, pluralism, and otherness. Possible research issues include, but are not limited to
* How do the changing conceptualizations of identity affect the ideas of nation?
* Is one identity enough for a person in order to survive in the postcolonial world?
* How do the loyalties of the immigrants transform in the land of their settlement?
Furthermore, as the present anthology seeks to look at the ways in which Indian English writing has been occupying such ideas of transnationalism, we seek articles dealing with the linguistic innovations prevalent in postcolonial literature:
* What ideas does writing in English as a language that is a ‘borrowed’ one convey?
* How far can a postcolonial Indian author writing in English succeed in invoking a sense of nationalism among the indigenous readers?
* In what ways can a diasporic author reliably speak and reflect on the contemporary social problems of the ‘homeland’?
The articles should be in English and they should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words, together with an abstract of no more than 100 words. Use the MLA Style with endnotes, double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font. British spelling is preferred.
The deadline for submissions is 30 September, 2009. However, early contacts are encouraged.
Papers must be submitted electronically (RTF or MS Word 2003/2007 document only). Send them as attachments to both Joel Kuortti (firstname.lastname@example.org) and O. P. Dwivedi (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). In the case you can only send a hard copy, send it by ordinary mail both to Dr. Kuortti and Dr. Dwivedi by the deadline. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further enquiries.
Dr. Joel Kuortti
Faculty of Humanities
University of Vaasa
Dr. O. P. Dwivedi
M-61, Govindpur Colony
Cell No: +91-99-35666870 & +91-93-69167678
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