[Blueboard] Ateneo English Department co-sponsors RAFIL 3 at NUS
Department of English
doe at admu.edu.ph
Tue Jun 21 09:39:21 PHT 2011
Ateneo English Department co-sponsors RAFIL 3 at NUS:
Deadline for submission of proposals extended to 15 August 2011.
A Call for Papers has been sent out for RAFIL 3 which is hosted by the
University of Singapore. RAFIL 3 focusses on the theme "Great Asian
Writers and surrounding vernacular literatures in a postcolonial
To be held on 11-13 November 2011, "Reading Asia: Forging Identities
in Literature" or RAFIL, is a consortium embodying the collaboration
between a number of universities in the Asia-Pacific region with
programs and projects in the field of Asian literatures. Beside NUS,
its members consist of Ateneo de Manila University (Manila),
Universitas Sanata Dharma (Yogyakarta), Sophia University (Tokyo) and
La Trobe University (Melbourne). The two previous conferences were
held in Manila (2007), and Yogyakarta (2009).
The Department of Malay Studies, FASS, National University of
Singapore, and the RAFIL Consortium, will organise the Third RAFIL
Consortium Conference, to be held in Singapore, on Friday to Sunday
11-13 November 2011.
The aim of RAFIL 3 will be to examine the relevance and role of four
South and Southeast Asian "great writers" in postcolonial literary
theory. The Conference will take the form of a small, intensive
workshop, focusing on four indisputably great Asian authors:
Rabindranath Tagore, Jose Rizal, Shahnon Ahmad and Pramoedya Ananta
Toer, and their relationships with both vernacular and cosmopolitan
South and Southeast Asian Literatures. These great authors will be
discussed in papers presented by invited speakers.
It is believed that these authors have had an immense impact on the
development of vernacular literatures they wrote in and which their
used to channel their ideas. This conference seeks to gauge such
imagined impact and invites reflections on these writers and the
vernacular literatures from a postcolonial perspective.
We therefore invite papers specifically discussing vernacular
literatures in South and Southeast Asian nations. Singapore Literature
as one of these cosmopolitan literatures will be given special
attention, but the workshop also invites papers on postcoloniality in
The conference purports to be a simple but radical questioning of the
usual perspective on postcolonialism that privileges the impact of the
colonial experience and its aftermath on metropolitan languages and
literatures. We welcome papers that deal with specific topics such as
the writer and nationalism vs transnationalism, the individual in its
ecological environment, the writing in its linguistic environment.
Submission of proposals:
Please send in an abstract (max. 250 words) and a biographical note
(200 words) before 15 August 2011 to the secretary of the Department
of Malay Studies (mlssec at nus.edu.sg). Partial funding will be
available for presenters from Southeast Asia.
Department of English
School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108
Tel. no.: 426-6001 local 5310/5311
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