Call for Papers

Literary & Cultural Criticism
in the Age of post-theory

21 - 22 October 2024

Conference focus

Questions on the death of Theory emerging at the turn the century has changed the landscape of literary and cultural criticism. Terry
Eagleton (2003) argues that we cannot return to pre-theoretical
innocence, although the time for high Theory has passed. Ernesto Laclau (2022) suggests this marks a post-theoretical terrain where ‘theory’ and ‘empiria’ mutually contaminate each other. Inconclusively yet productively, post-theory continues to stimulate literary and cultural critics to redefine Theory and its role in interpreting cultural symptoms.

To explore the implications of post-theory on literary and cultural
criticism, this conference invites papers focusing on three directions: critiques of Theory, signified prefix ‘post’ in terms such as post-humanism, post-Marxism, etc.

Specific Topics

(Include but not limited to)

  • Critiques of Theory
  • Indigenous/Vernacular Poetics
  • Comparative Literature: the Vernacular and the West
  • Teaching Theory to Undergraduate Students
  • The Trajectory of Indonesian Literary Criticism
  • Current and Future Directions in Cultural Studies and Literary Criticism
  • Post-Humanism, Post-Marxism, Post-Feminism, Postcolonialism, Postmodernism, Post-Structuralism
  • Film and New Media
  • Language and Discourse
  • Ecocriticism
  • Education and Teaching
  • Myths, Legends, and Folklores
  • Diversity and Cultural Practices
  • Art and Performance
  • Religion, History and Philosophy

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 24 June 2024
  • Abstract acceptance notification: 22 July 2024
  • Presenter registration: 22 July – 12 August 2024
  • Full paper submission (optional): 19 August 2024
  • Participant registration deadline & Walk-in registration (online participants only): 16 September 2024
  • Conference day: 21-22 October 2024


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

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