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World Literatures and the Global South Conference

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

What are the dominant representations past and present, or narratives from and of the Global South? How do literary productions from the Global South participate in renewing and challenging existing Western and Eurocentric representations? What worldviews and perspectives on world issues, including Western societies, emerge from literatures of the Global South?

Topics include:

  • (Re)Inventing the Global South
  • Self-representations of the Global South
  • Representations of the ‘West’ and the ‘North’ in literatures from the Global South 
  • Global perspectives on/from the South
  • Real and imagined spaces

How do world literatures move away from a nation-based understanding of literary production and what models do they assert in its place? What are the historic and emerging modes and methodologies for acknowledging, assessing and exploring transnational literatures?

Topics include:

  • Travel, translation and translatability of cultures
  • Multilingual writers
  • Exophonic writing
  • Diasporic literatures
  • Literary migrations and networks

In what way(s) are world literatures enriched and/or affected by globalisation in its various forms (eg. political, cultural, financial, social, environmental)? How is the present resurgence of nationalism and populism across the globe represented in contemporary world literatures? What is the place of world literatures from the Global South in an increasingly digital world? 

Topics include:

  • Ecocriticism from the Global South 
  • Science fiction from the Global South
  • New media in the Global South
  • Digital platforms, new genres and world literatures

What dialogues, interactions and conflicts characterise the relationship between world literatures from the Global South and other art forms (eg. film, visual art, music, dance, etc)? How do these productions participate in challenging traditional understandings of genres and forms? What are the potential new generic and formal avenues offered by contemporary literatures from the Global South?

Topics include:

  • Global South and film adaptations of literary texts
  • The Global South through iconotexts
  • Global South across disciplines

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 deadline extended to 15 March 2019. 

For all enquiries, please contact us.

Key dates

Registrations now open

Call for papers open

1 December 2018

Proposals of abstracts close

15 March 2019

Notification of proposal acceptance

From 1 March 2019

Early bird registrations close

15 April 2019

Normal registrations open

16 April 2019

Normal registrations close

30 June 2019
Late registrations open 1 July 2019
Late registrations close 31 July 2019

Postgraduate workshops

22 August 2019

Third International Congress of the World Literature Association: World Literatures and the Global South

23–25 August 2019

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.

Pricing (AUD)

Early bird











Postgraduate workshop


Conference dinner



The following hotels provide discounts for our conference registrants. Please note that places are limited. We encourage you to book as early as possible to take advantage of the discounts*.

Adina Apartment Hotel, Sydney

Discount code: WLC2019

2 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+ 61 2 8396 9800
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Atlas Serviced Apartments Camperdown

Discount code: SYDUCON19 (15% discount)

13 Layton Street
Camperdown NSW 2050
+61 2 9281 6888

Novotel Sydney Central

Discount code: SYDN0819

169-179 Thomas Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9281 6888

The Collectionist Hotel

Discount code: WLC2019
Early Booker Discount (book by 21 July): 25% off Bar** 
Regular Discount (book between 22 July–21 Aug): 15% off Bar**
**subject to availability

9-13 Marsden Street
Camperdown NSW 2050
+61 2 7922 3845

*Conference registrants must book their own accommodation by contacting the hotel directly via phone and/or email in order to quote the conference discount code.

The following is a list of accommodation options that are within 5–15 minutes of the University of Sydney by public transport, or a 15–30 minute walk.

Hotel Contact

Adina Apartment Hotel
Sydney Chippendale

74-80 Ivy Street
Chippendale NSW 2008

+61 2 9311 8800

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Darlington @ University of Sydney

152 City Road
Darlington NSW 2008

+61 2 8091 9959

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IBIS Sydney World Square

382-384 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9282 0000


Mercure Sydney

818-820 George Street
Chippendale NSW 2009

+61 2 9217 6666


Meriton Serviced Apartments, Campbell Street

6 Campbell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9277 1125


Rydges Camperdown

9 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050

+61 2 9516 1522


Sydney Central YHA

11 Rawson Place
Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9218 9000


The Ryals Hotel

253 Broadway
Glebe NSW 2037

+61 2 9640 6888

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Urbanest Glebe

25 Arundel Street
Glebe NSW 2037

+61 2 8091 9959

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Vulcan Hotel

500 Wattle Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

+61 2 9211 3283


YHA Australia Glebe

262-264 Glebe Point Road
Glebe NSW 2037

+61 2 9692 8418


St Paul's College's Events Stays provides conference guests with short-term accommodation on the University's Camperdown/Darlington campus. It is a 10–15 minute walk to the centre of the University of Sydney.

St Paul's College – Short Stays and Conferences

Discount code: WLC2019*

9 City Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
+61 2 9550 7444

*Conference registrants must book their own accommodation by contacting the hotel directly via phone and/or email in order to quote the conference discount code.

Our people

  • Professor Liu Shusheng, Peking University
  • Professor Zhao Baisheng, Peking University


Headshot of Professor Yixu Lu
Head of School of Languages and Cultures


Conference Committee