Call for Papers

On Literature

HONG KONG & WORLD LITERATURE—Call for Abstracts (Deadline: 30 March 2020)

The 2020 Backreading Hong Kong Symposium, co-organised by the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and the literary journal Cha, will take place on Saturday 16 May 2020 (tentative venue: Phonology Lab at HKBU). The theme of the symposium is “Hong Kong and World Literature”.

The topic of the symposium encourages us to explore the relationship between ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘World Literature’ in at least two potentially intersecting directions. On the one hand, we are interested in papers that examine how Hong Kong is represented, in dialogue with, translated, and contested by World Literature. What aspects of the city particularly capture the international literary imagination? On the other hand, how does Hong Kong and its literature incorporate the World to articulate unique and urgent Hong Kong narratives? How has World Literature informed local writers to create their cross-cultural worlding texts? Is there a third (or a fourth, a fifth) way possible to conceptualise the interaction of ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘World Literature’? What can we say about Hong Kong literature, Anglophone literature, Sinophone Literature, and World Literature?

Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute presentations can be sent to Tammy Lai-Ming Ho ( for consideration before Monday 23 March 2020. Please also send us a bio of no more than 50 words. Scholars whose papers have been selected will be notified by 1 April 2020.

The languages of the 2020 symposium will be Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and English. We welcome both established and early-career academics to take part. The one-day symposium will also include panel discussions and a poetry reading.

Selection Committee:

Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (HKBU)
Chris Song (Co-creator of the Backreading Hong Kong Annual Symposium)



Tammy Lai-Ming Ho and Chris Song