Call for Papers – SPEAKING AS THE ‘OTHER’: CALLIOPE International Conference, University of Helsinki: 10-12 May 2021

“SPEAKING AS THE ‘OTHER’: Coloniality, Subalternity, and Embodied Political Articulations” (late 18th – early 20th centuries)

10-12 May 2021

Live in Helsinki and online

This multidisciplinary conference seeks to examine performative, embodied and acoustic histories of articulating political representation and colonial ‘otherness’. To that end, we intend to extend the focus of the conference beyond established Anglophone analyses of the metropole and colony, and indeed, beyond the disciplinary pre-eminence of Anglophone postcolonial studies. 

The conference is planned to be held live at Metsätalo Lecture Hall 4, Unioninkatu 40, University of Helsinki, and online.

For further details, including the full text of the Call for Papers, please have a look at the conference website:

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute individual papers, and 500 words for panels or roundtables, along with a brief biographical note of participants (2-3 sentences max), via the following link:

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 21st November 2020. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their submissions by 16th December 2020.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Arthur Asseraf (University of Cambridge), Barnita Bagchi (Utrecht University), Ananya Jahanara Kabir (King’s College London), and Sophie White (University of Notre Dame) 

Special session:

‘Le Thinnai Kreyol’: Ari Gautier in conversation with Ananya Jahanara Kabir

Musical intermezzo:

Sergio Andrés Castrillón A. (University of Helsinki)



‘CALLIOPE: Vocal Articulations of Parliamentary Identity and Empire’, funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

Department of Cultures

University of Helsinki