Call for Papers: Workshop on Visions of Third-Worldism

Giusi Russo Discussion

Venue: zoom 

Date: September 15, 2023

Deadline for Abstract Submission: April 15, 2023

We invite applications for a workshop on Third Worldism between the 1950s and 1980s. The workshop is designed to lead to an edited volume. Respondents of the workshop are Neelam Srivastava (Newcastle University) and Alexander Sedlmaier (Bangor University).

The goal of the workshop is providing definitions of Third Worldism through Europe-global South collaborations. We are especially interested in how modes of transnational initiatives transcended a Eurocentric understanding of a one-way solidarity. We want to explore how Europe supported the struggle for decolonization and liberation, how the global South found a European space in their anti-colonial activism, and the mutual transformations of solidarity. Moreover, we believe that even in failed collaborations, scholars can trace important trajectories for the study of Third Worldism.

The scope is left intentionally broad and interdisciplinary because we want to see what scholars are considering as third wordlist themes, as connected to “visions” which we interpret as a category that touches upon different themes. One example is the language that constituted/substantiated third worldist support and transnational collaborations, to evaluate how they contributed to both success and failures in realizing forms of solidarity. Language and narratives should be understood in a wide sense that can be explored in cultural artifacts, media, intellectual circles, political instruments such as propaganda and diplomacy, especially in its non-governmental aspect. Innovative methodologies and topics that touch upon gender, sexuality, the body, and race are encouraged.

Please submit an abstract (300 words) and a short CV (2 pages) to and by April 15, 2023.