Call for Papers

Conference Focus

Re-Imagining Difference and Extremism: Regional and Global Perspectives

Our 6th LSC theme is “Re-Imagining Difference and Extremism: Regional and Global Perspectives”. The discourse on difference that challenges homogeinity and its status quo has proliferated especially since the turn of literary and cultural studies to theory. Consequently, extremism and essentialism emerge as its counter discourse in both theory and praxis. This post-structuralist turn might be both empowering and crippling. In the face of extremism, this outlook is able to unravel its logic but without providing practical solution.

The rise of extremism in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, therefore, demands a different kind of re-imagining the discourse of difference from what we have discerned so far. Many recent events and policies have been considered controversial as they are likely to pose threat to human rights and democracy. Meanwhile, scholars and citizens of the world must guard the inalienable rights to be human and encourage open and healthy dialogues. The purpose of this conference is specifically to respond this urgent call.

Guidelines for Submitting Abstract

  1. Write your 250-word abstract (in English or Bahasa Indonesia), provide a title, your name, email, name of department and university.
  2. Indicate under what particular topic area your abstract is being submitted.
  3. Submit your abstract no later than Friday, 24 August 2018.
  4. Indicate any audio-visual equipment or logistical requirements you might need for your presentation at the conference.
  5. Indicate the language of presentation (the committee provides interpreters for those who present in Bahasa Indonesia).

Upload your abstract to no later than Friday, 24 August 2018 Your abstract acceptance notification will be sent 2 (two) weeks after your submission. Full paper has to be submitted by 15 September 2018.

Topic Areas . Topics include but not limited to:

  • Extremism in literature
  • Essentialism in literary theories and cultural studies
  • Visual representation of difference and extremism
  • Abuse of power in literature
  • Pedagogy and oppression
  • Countering extremism through education
  • Theater of the oppressed and theater of power
  • Locations, dislocations, and displacements
  • Postcolonialism and translation studies
  • Difference/differance
  • (De)voicing difference in language and literature
  • (Re)imagining extremism in media and pop culture
  • Negotiating difference in classroom