Transnational Literature: Conference 2021

Transnational Literature and Writing Conference: Follow the Sun, 28th-30th January 2021

The journal is currently closed to submissions, as we prepare to launch Issue 12 from our new home at Bath Spa University. Submissions will re-open in Dec 2020.If you would like to stay in touch, as we prepare, please visit our Facebook page, or email

In the meantime, we are delighted to be sharing news about our upcoming conference:

Join keynote speaker Aminatta Forna and the Editors of Transnational Literature, plus scholars and writers from all over the world at Transnational Literature and Writing: Follow the Sun. The conference is hosted by TRACE at Bath Spa University and Paper Nations. However, the conference has no fixed abode, as it will take place entirely online. The opening event will happen as the day begins in Adelaide, Australia; subsequent events will be programmed to ‘follow the sun’ as the morning travels around the world. Delegates will join in, as the conference passes through their time zone, and watch anything they’ve missed on replay.

The key theme of Follow the Sun is ‘place and displacement’. This was inspired by a phrase used by Aminatta Forna. She said that in 2020, ‘we have seen place displaced’: on the one hand, many of us have become used to meeting online and are able to attend a conference which is untethered to place; on the other, many of us find it increasingly hard to move freely in the physical world as borders are closed and movement is controlled. In one sense, we are able to ‘follow the sun’, in another we are more bound than ever to our localities.

We will have 16 events, and more than 40 speakers; from panels on erasing borders, to performances on individual isolation and alienation, plus the opportunity to participate in an additional Masterclass, with limited availability, on performance poetry in the online world. The conference will spark conversation, build networks and present some of the most interesting voices in the field of Transnational Literature and Writing.

Ticket Sales via Eventbright:

Conference, plus Masterclass (28th, 29th & 30th Jan 2021)

Early Bird Tickets (available until 15th Dec): £300

Full Price Tickets (available after 15th Dec): £390

Conference Only (28th & 29th Jan 2021)

Early Bird Tickets (available until 15th Dec):

Global North Standard: £45

Global North Low-income: £20

Global South: £3

Full Price Tickets (available after 15th Dec):

Global North Standard: £58.50

Global North Low-income: £26

Global South: £3.90

Low-income is self-defining, and is likely to include students, or part-time workers etc.

To find out more about our privacy policy and how your data will be managed, view TRACE’s website.

Social Media: #FollowTheSun2021

The Call for Papers for our June 2021 issue will go live in Dec 2020.

Transnational Literature is supported by GALA, TRACE, and JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, to whom we offer our thanks.

The Transnational Journal
The Transnational Journal
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The first issue of Transnational Literature was published in November 2008 by the then-Flinders Humanities Research Centre, under the editorship of Dr Gillian Dooley.