Geopolitics & Literature: 

Reimagining The Past, Present, & Future

3 – 4 October 2023

Call for Paper

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The 11th Literary Studies Conference (LSC) is held and organized by English Letters Department and English Language Studies, Universitas Sanata Dharma in collaboration with Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines and  universities and institutions under the Critical Island Studies (CIS) Consortium.

Conference Focus

We have lived in turbulent times.  The not long past two-year-global Covid-19 crisis has brought about economic injustice, conspiratorial brokerage, and corrupt leadership at all levels.  To worsen this predicament, wars have escalated in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, and there have been ill-fated transitions of political power in several Asian countries as well. In addition, threats of cyber-security, the rise of sectarian movements, and severe climate change across the globe have expedited changes in today’s geopolitical landscape.  Contestations in world powers characterized by environmental collapse are the 21st-century nightmares. Despite the seemingly daunting future, the shifting geopolitics may yet open up transformations toward the new world order. Concepts of East-West and North-South relations could evolve with the current global power shifts whose complexity would not exclude the archipelagic nations in the East and Southeastern Asian regions. Given this geopolitical dynamic, the transnational mobility of language, literature, and culture has never been the same. The 2023 Literary Studies Conference invites students, scholars, and researchers from different disciplines to address this geopolitical reality and its lasting implications. Contributions and ideas from the varied participants of this conference may shed light on the opportunities and challenges in literary studies.

Specific Topics

  • Colonialism/Postcolonialism and Critical Island Studies

  • Global Capitalism and Critical Island Studies

  • Race, Class, Gender, and Critical Island Studies

  • Translation and Critical Island Studies

  • Geophilosophy and Geopolitics

  • Maritime Literature

  • Film and New Media

  • Language and Discourse

  • Ecocriticism

  • Art and Performance

  • Religion, History, and Philosophy

  • Diversity and Cultural Practices

  • Education and Teaching

  • Myths, Legends, and Folklore

Keynote Speakers

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 25 June 2023
  • Abstract acceptance notification: 24 July 2023
  • Presenter registration: 24 July – 21 August 2023
  • Full paper submission: 31 August 2023 
  • Participant registration deadline: 15 September 2023
  • Conference day: 3-4 October 2023


  • All papers submitted will be published in our e-proceedings with ISSN.
  • Selected full papers will be recommended for publication in our SINTA-accredited journals: Journal of Language and Literature (JOLL) or International Journal of Humanity Studies (IJHS)

Conference Fees


Onsite Presenters and Participants:
Seminar Kit, E-Program Book, E-Proceedings, Lunches, Coffee Breaks, E-Certificate

Online Presenters and Participants:
E-Program Book, E-Proceedings, E-Certificate

Organized by:

In collaboration with  Critical Island Studies (CIS) Consortium members: