Many Africas In/Of Imagination

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Call for Papers
November 30, 2015
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS: Glocal Colloquies: An International Journal of World Literatures & Cultures 

Many Africas In/Of Imagination

Once, in the distant past, Africa came to the World. . .

Martin Bernal’s Black Athena, published almost a quarter century ago, raised militant eyebrows and caused a furore in politico-academic circles with its unbelievable argument that Egypt and Phoenicia had contributed significantly to the origins of Greek civilization.

. . . and then, in the not so distant past, the World came to Africa. So varied, so brutal, so nuanced, so structured were the innumerable plays in cartography and demography –invasions, onslaughts, influxes, slavery, settlement, colonialism,“post colonialism” with its compulsive adages—civil war, secession, totalitarian dictatorship, military regime, migration—andcontemporary neo-colonial-consumerism, that Africa presents today an intricately coalesced, immensely painful tapestry.

This issue of Glocal Colloquies seeks to question the shifting contours of representation,and thereby interrogate the role of the literary/cultural texts in the dis-semination of conflicting global images of Africa. How is Africa staged and staging itself forms the axis of this special issue on African polity, culture and literature. The journal invites original research papers, articles, book reviews, interviews for publication in its 2nd issue in December 2015. Some of the suggested thematic areas are as follows, but are not limited to:

  • The Problem of Identity: Who is an African Today? 
  • Cultural Apocalypse and Thereafter: Who Cares for African Pasts?
  • A Passage of (w)Rite: Oratures to Literatures
  • Can a Hundred Flowers Really Bloom? Language and Conflict in Africa
  • European Knowledge Systems vs. “Native” Knowledge Systems.
  • Master Narratives vs Peripheral Counter Narratives
  • The Indigenous, The Native and The African: Issues of Race and Identity
  • Of Nationalisms and Arbitrary Borders: Insane Cartographies and Divided World Orders
  • Re-envisioning Her(s)tories: The African Woman in Time Past and Time Present
  •  Lee Cooper Jeans and Ray Ban Sun Glasses: Neo-Colonial CulturalInvasion of the African Youth
  • Performing Culture: Theatre Traditions of Africa
  • Ecological Eclipse: Development, Globalization and Environmental Ruins
  • Africa in Mind: African Diaspora and the Literary Imagination
  •  Learning from the Margin: “Amaechina” May the Path Never End

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to: along with a brief bio-note. The deadline for proposal submissions (abstracts) is  October 30, 2015. The acceptance of abstract shall be intimated by November 5, 2015. However, acceptance of abstract does not indicate final nod for publication. Author(s) whose abstracts has/have been accepted, shall have to submit full length papers, in or about 5000 words, by November 30, 2015. The research articles must conform to the MLA Hand Book (7th Edition) in all matters of style and formatting. Notification of final acceptance of research papers to be published in Glocal Colloquies for its Diwali (Festival of Light)issue will be communicated by December 15, 2015 only after double-blind peer review of the research articles.

Important Deadlines:

Last Date of Abstract Submission: October 30, 2015
Author notification (Abstract): November 5, 2015
Last date for the submission of full-length Research Paper: November 30, 2015

Author notification (Research Paper): December 15, 2015



Dr. Shreya Bhattacharji
Head & Associate Professor
Centre for English Studies
Central University of Jharkhand,
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Dr. Rahul Chaturvedi
Assistant Professor
Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

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