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

Keynote Speakers and Writers:
Arundhati Roy,* Sinan Antoon, Kim Scott, Patrice Nganang, Zukiswa Wanner

In an increasingly globalized world characterized by multipolar power structures, transcultural 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 English 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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