Global Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in Postcolonial Literature

global hungers poster

Global Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in Postcolonial Literature -

June 25, 2018

Keynote Address

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Leela Gandhi

Call for papers

This one-day conference showcases interdisciplinary research in the fields of postcolonial, comparative, and world literatures on the topic of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Themes to be addressed at the conference include:

  • the colonial manipulation of hunger as an ideological battleground
  • hunger as refusal, non-assimilation, fasting and hunger strike
  • biopolitics as resistance
  • subaltern space and identity
  • urban infrastructure and class apartheid
  • refugee and related human rights crises
  • environmental disasters
  • representation of poverty in literature, cinema, and the visual and performance arts




This conference is related to Professor Ankhi Mukherjee’s AHRC-funded project, “The Psychic Life of the Poor: A City Unseen in Mumbai, London, and New York”:

Please send a 300-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a brief CV to Professor Ankhi Mukherjee (, copying Dr David Barnes, the research assistant on this project ( The deadline for submission is Monday, April 30, 2018.