English in a World of Strangers:

Rethinking World Anglophone Studies

 

Goethe University Frankfurt, 21-24 May, 2020

31st Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien / GAPS)

Goethe University Frankfurt, 21-24 May, 2020

Conference convenors:
Dr. Pavan Kumar Malreddy and Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler
Institute for English and American Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt

In an increasingly globalized world characterized by multipolar power structures, trans-cultural flows and interlaced digital pathways, English has long since become a worldly language. A whole universe of discourse predicated on the question of who owns Eng-lish has been thrown into doubt: more than a billion people worldwide ‘do’ English in new and often unexpected ways, and anglophone literatures and cultures all over the world have become veritable contact zones characterized by multilingualism, trans-languaging and syncretic language practices.

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