“Against the Grain: Dissidence, Dissonance, and Difference in Asia-Pacific Writing and Translation”
Metro Manila, 22-25 October 2015

The Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) with the University of the Philippines (UP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts(NCCA) extend an invitation for presentations in the 8th international Asia Pacific Writers and Translators gathering to be held in Metro Manila on 22-25 October 2015. Sponsors include De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, the British Council, Ateneo de Manila University, and Anvil Publishing. This gathering offers a space in which to establish new literary connections and strengthen exiting ties in the Asia Pacific region but not limited to it.
The Sri Lankan-born Man Booker Prize finalist Romesh Gunesekera, and Philippine writers Jose Dalisay and Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, are invited keynote speakers.
The APWT gathering will consist of panel sessions of 70-90 minutes, each allowing four or five presentations on topics of interest to writers. Panels on translation are also very welcome. Presentations should be informal but thorough, and 10-minutes short. An open discussion with other panelists and the audience follows. This gathering is NOT a venue for academic/critical papers; writers make up the audience, some of whom may not be academics.
The APWT also enjoins participation in its literary readings/performances. Writing workshops will also be offered, details to be available later.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Literature in a time of terror
Taboo and transgression
Writing violence, writing trauma
Writing across disciplines
Writing within/without/beyond the canon
Regional literature
Transmedial translation
Translating Westward, translating in-country
The writing life
Publishing outside the center
Powerpoint is discouraged.
Please submit your proposal, in one or two paragraphs, about your chosen topic and how specifically it can connect to our theme. This will enable us to place you in a panel of similar topics. The broader and more relevant the appeal, the more likely the acceptance of your proposal. The organizers may request modification of your proposal for a more effective and interesting fit.
Please also send a bionote (80 to 150 words) and a high resolution photograph for the gathering’s program.
Deadline for submissionof proposals is on 30 June 2015, at the latest.
Please direct all submissions and inquiries, subject headed PRESENTATION PROPOSALor NON PANELIST REGISTRATION INTEREST to apwt2015@gmail. com.
All participants are reminded that the APWT has no funds for travel and lodging of participants, and has traditionally subsisted on the private initiative of its members. You are encouraged to seek sponsorship for your participation.
Conference Fee
A modest fee will be collected to help sustain the association’s other activites. The fees for resident nationals of the host country are always discounted:
Full 3days: US$50 registration for APWT members; US$80 for non members.
One day: US$40.
You may opt to pay in US dollars or Philippine pesos at the current exchange rate through:
Landbank UP Diliman E.O.
G/F Southeast Corner
Bulwagang Rizal Bldg
CAL, UP Campus
Diliman, Quezon City
Landbank Swift Code: TLBPPHMMXXX
Peso Account:
DECL Foundation Inc.
US Dollar Account:
Department of English and Comparative Literature Foundation Inc
Registration for Non-panelists
Please register your interest if you would like to only attend the gathering.
Formal Letter of Invitation
We will send individual letters of invitation upon acceptance of your proposal, or upon request if you require this to apply for funding.
We will provide a list of affordable hotels and their rates close to the conference venue.