World Literatures and the Global South Conference 2019

23 August 2019

World Literatures and the Global South

23–25 August 2019

This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association on 'World Literatures and the Global South'.

The concepts of world literature(s) and the Global South are two widely discussed notions that are continuously being debated and redefined. Australia – shaped by its colonial history and multiethnic, multilingual and transnational population – bears an ambiguous relationship to the Global South, making it an ideal location to explore and interrogate these two unsettled terms.

Call for papers

We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels or workshops that converge on thematic areas. Read the full text of our call for papers here.

Proposal themes

  • Imagining the Global South/Writing from the Global South
  • Transnational literatures
  • The Global South, world literature and global market forces
  • Beyond world literatures

The proposal should include a title and a 150-word abstract in one of the following languages:

  • English 
  • Chinese
  • Arabic 
  • French 
  • Indonesian/Malay 
  • Spanish.

Panel proposals should have at least four presenters. Multi-country representation, as well as gender balance and the inclusion of a combination of junior and senior scholars, is strongly encouraged.


Submissions for abstracts now open for:


Call for papers close on 15 March 2019. 

For all enquiries, please contact us.

Postgraduate engagement

The conference includes a postgraduate workshop for all higher degree research students on 22 August 2019. Postgraduate students wishing to attend the workshop are also strongly encouraged to present at the conference.


Early bird registrations are now open. Register now.

Event details

World Literatures and the Global South Conference 2019


23 August 2019

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