Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Reading Challenge for Children @ BC, Chennai

British Council, Chennai
Reading Challenge for Children!

Saturday, 21 October 2017 to Saturday, 16 December 2017

This October there’s something strange happening at the library – and that’s where the Animal Agents come in!

The Animal Agents love solving mysteries and they need your CHILD to help them crack their biggest case yet. From solving the case of the graffiti writing to the strange case of a missing lunch, children will join in the fun with the Animal Agents by reading along. As children read library books on the challenge, they will receive a host of stickers, some with mysterious smells. By collecting these clues in their detective folder, young readers will help the Animal Agents find out what's really been going on behind the scenes!

Join the Reading Challenge 2017 and help the agents uncover the truth. Reading for pleasure opens up a new world for children and engages their imaginative potential. Everything changes when we read!

Confy on Tribal Studies @ Tripura University


24, 25 NOVEMBER 2017

Jointly Organized by

(A Central University)
Suryamaninagar, Tripura-799022, India

Tribal Research & Cultural Institute, Govt. of Tripura, Agartala.
Seminar e-mail:
Funded by
Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

Sub Themes of the Seminar:

·        Conceptual and methodological understanding of Tribal Society.
·        Conceptual and methodological understanding of Modernization and Globalization.
·        Modernization and Cultural, Social, Occupational, Academic, Psychological, Religious and Moral aspects of tribal society.
·        Globalization and Cultural, Social, Occupational, Academic, Psychological, Religious and Moral aspects of tribal society.
·        Impact of Modernization on different Tribal Groups of Tripura.
·        Impact of Globalization on different Tribal Groups of Tripura.
·        Modernization and Gender aspects
·        Globalization and Gender aspects.
·        Public Policy, Entitlement and empowerment of the Tribes in the context of Globalization.
·        The role of institutions, including the interrelation between local communities, educational & training institutes, NGOs and the state
·        (various Government departments) to modernize and globalize the tribal society.
·        Vulnerability and challenges due to the pressure of Modernization and Globalization.
Date and Venue:

November 24th -25th, 2017 at Tripura University Campus, Suryamaninagar, Tripura.
Important Dates:
Last date of submission of Abstract: 10/11/2017
Last date for communication regarding acceptance of paper: 15.11.2017
Last date of submission of full paper: 17.11.2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

'Memory banks' of the Past...

Working with memory involves the recovery of the past experience that was forgotten or repressed by official historiography. 

Bernard Lewis pointed out, as early as 1975 that there are functions of ‘historiography as memory’. He distinguishes between:

1.      Remembered history
2.      Recovered history, and
3.      Invented history

One of the most thought-provoking considerations of the relation of history and memory is Peter Burke’s seminar article, ‘History as Social Memory’ (1989) which anticipated many later developments of cultural memory studies.

In this context, I was pleasantly surprised to find a critical piece on ‘The Struggle of memory over forgetting’ by Sadanand Menon, in The Hindu, Sunday Magazine, 15 October 2017.

It goes thus…

The struggle of memory over forgetting is a political thought. It is often used in circumstances of conflict and traumatic events where hegemonic forces actively connive in the erasure of memory to construct a brand new triumphal narrative. The kind of palpable erasures of the past that are so evident, say, in the new narratives around Palestine or Jaffna or Kashmir. For the ‘victim’ communities, holding on to their memory through devices like song, gesture, word and the photographic image (or film), becomes a mnemonics of resistance. The act of archiving here becomes integral to the politics of survival and defying a dominant discourse.

The possibility of referring to our cultural pasts in an unbiased way, without the baggage of prejudice or the weight of a master-narrative, is possible only when we have access to material from our past that has survived the vagaries of both time as well as deliberate doctoring and tweaking. In our times, this has become highly dependent on ‘ethical’ archives, which honestly retain, store and preserve all elements of cultural memory without ascribing undue weightage to this or that aspect. To take a recent example from Uttar Pradesh, the trick they have invented of producing tourism brochures or textbooks invisibilising the Taj Mahal.

Fragments of film

One of the potent ‘memory banks’ of the past hundred years has been cinema. India has been fully a part of that experience and is, at present, a country that annually produces the most number of films. We also boast of millions of film-crazy audiences in multiple languages who swear by the medium and support the roughly Rs. 15,000 crore industry. Yet, Indian cinema has tragically been unable to preserve its recent past in any meaningful way for the present or the future.

Yesterday, a hugely important week-long workshop on film conservation and preservation concluded in Chennai. Organised at the initiative of the Film Heritage Foundation, Mumbai, and with collaboration from the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), this workshop for 50 participants and involving over 20 international experts in the field, is part of a chain of such events triggered by a looming sense of crisis. Of the 1,700 Indian films of the silent era — from Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra in 1913 to Alam Ara in 1931 – only five or six are available today, and that too in fragments. Even Ardeshir Irani’s Alam Ara with the great Zubeida barely has a trace left, with almost the entire film in cellulose nitrate melted for its silver. But that’s too far back to travel. Works of contemporary masters, from Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak to Kumar Shahani, Mani Kaul, Aravindan and John Abraham have evaporated. Why, even Mani Ratnam is in search of his early iconic films.

Workshop on 'Translating Performance Texts'

Workshop on Translating Performance Texts
13 - 18 November 2017
Organized by Project Palagaan, CR & SS, UGC-UPE-II, Jadavpur University
in collaboration with CAS (Phase-III)
Dept. of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University

The problems encountered in translating a performance text call for an additional dimension as compared to traditional translation. The source text has to be transcribed in its original language in the first place. But Performative aspects of oratures become important parts of the final text. Thus the presence of the translator during the performance becomes important.

Project Palagaan has been performing extensive field research for the past few years to collect audio-visual forms and to transcribe them. This week-long translation workshop will look to encounter the problems associated with translating these texts. The workshop, through an extensive process of translation will look to cater questions like: What are the types of original texts in translating a performance text? How can a translator capture the performative aspects of a transcribed performance text? What are the processes through which a translator can differentiate between the literary and performative aspects of a performance text?

The week-long workshop will look to bring in translators, translation studies scholars and scholars interested in studying performance texts under a roof to address these problems. The workshop will end with a panel discussion on the process while the translated texts as well as critical insights on the process will be subsequently published in an edited volume.

Students, scholars, researchers and translation professionals are invited to send in a short statement of purpose in not more than 100 words stating why they want to participate in this workshop. A short bio-note is to be attached to the mail. All mails are to be sent to within 30th October, 2017. There will be provision of a token daily allowance/ honorarium for all the participants. Outstation participants will be assisted in dealing with issues regarding accommodation.

Deadline: 30th October, 2017

Contact: +919051765463 & +919432661243

Monday, 16 October 2017

Student Assignment

நம் மொழியின் தொன்மையும் மேன்மையும்!

R. Aishwarya

தயவு செய்து இக்கட்டுரையை படித்து நம் வரலாற்றையும் நம் மொழியின் தொன்மையையும் மேன்மையையும் அறிந்துக் கொள்ளுமாறு தாழ்மையுடன் கேட்டுகொள்கிறேன்.

Name and Place of the Library:  Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram, Chennai

Description of the Library: Anna Centenary Library is Asia’s largest library. It is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. It was constructed at an estimate of Rs. 175 crores. It was inaugurated by Dr. Karunanidhi, our former Chief Minister, in honour of his mentor and our former Chief Minister Shri C. N. Annadurai.

This library is fully air-conditioned with 5,50,000 books. We are so proud to have this library in our state. This library was considered as “One of the milestones in Karunanidhi’s political life. It was very useful for the students who are taking all kinds of competitive exams. There are numerous articles and magazines on a variety of subjects for exams like IAS, IPS, IFS and TNPSC exams. A few of the magazines are: Competitive Success Review, Yojana, Thittam and Thamizharasu.

Librarian's  Name:   Ms. Vanaja, 2nd Floor, Tamil section.

Various Sections of the Library:

1.         Braille section -This section consists about 1500 braille printed books.
2.         Own-book reading section.
3.         Children section.
4.         Periodicals section.
5.         Tamil books section.
6.         English book section.

Tamil books section is in second floor of the library. This section contains about 1 lakh books in various departments.English book section contains about 4,50,000 books in 3rd to 7th floor. Braille books are in ‘A’ wing of this library. This library was daily visited by about 2,700 persons.

Third floor: General, Computer Science, Library and Information Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics, Religion, Socialogy, Statistics, Political Science, etc.

Fourth floor: Economics, Law, Public Administration, Education, Languages and Linguistics, Literature, Folklore, etc.

Fifth floor: General Science, Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Fossils And Pre-Historic Life, Life Science (Biology), Plants(Botany), Animals (Zoology), Applied Science-Basic, Medicine & Health, etc.

Sixth floor: Engineering, Agriculture, Home And Family Management, Veterinary Science, Management & Public Relation, Acounting, Fine Arts, Architecture, Photo Graphy & Computer, Arts, Music, Sports, Games & Entertainment, etc.

Seventh floor: History, Geography, Travelogue, Biography & Government Oriental Manuscript Library.

நான் இந்த நூலகத்திற்கு சென்றதையே மிகவும் பெருமையாக கருதுகிறேன்நீங்கள் வகுப்பில், 'காலையில் சென்று மாலை வரை படியுங்கள் அங்கு எல்லா வசதிகளும் உள்ளது,' என்று சொன்னீர்கள்அதை வைத்து நான் என் மனதிற்கு எட்டிய கற்பனைகளுடன் சென்றேன்.

Workshop on Writing @ Trivandrum

The PG Department of English
Govt College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram
Invites you for a

Three-Day National Workshop
The Alchemy of Writing: Innovative Techniques and Practices

6 – 8 November 2017

Sponsored by the Directorate of Collegiate Education
Government of Kerala

Venue: Seminar Hall, Govt College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram

About the Workshop: The National Workshop on ‘Writing,’ is an attempt to focus on equipping teacher participants with the necessary skills needed to facilitate students to understand various kinds of writing styles for different purposes, to develop their own unique writing styles, how to conceptualise content matter and on honing writing skills in general.

There is no registration fee for the workshop. Those who wish to participate, please send in your name, designation, and official address to on or before 04 November 2017.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Four Steps to Developing a Healthy Reading Habit!

The ‘Leaders for Tomorrow’ programme at Kanyakumari, [5, 6, 7 October 2017] saw hosts of committed students from all walks of life, gather in large numbers with zeal and enthusiasm, verve and vigor, to be shaped and carved, honed and refined, for a bright future of their choice.

All eyes were ardently attentive to Dr. Jesudoss Manalan, Librarian, Bishop Heber, who gave a motivating talk on the topic, ‘Love for Books and Developing One’s Reading Habit.’

Excerpts from his motivating talk –

'Reading is for the mind, as exercise is to the body.' 

I’ve never regretted the fact that I became a Librarian!

Whenever we get letters of compliments from our past students we feel delighted and happy. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

I wish to tell you that, you should not only have a love for books, but also for fellow human beings.

We as Librarians, play a noble role in helping individuals to grow.

At Bishop Heber, we have more than 10, 000 students. Yesterday, (04 October 2017), 1170 students visited the library. They just have to swipe their card, and their entry is clocked. I am not worried about the 1170 students who checked in, yesterday. What about the remaining 8900 students? What about their reading habits? That’s the challenge! To bring the student to the library.

It’s a process! It’s a learning process! It’s a mental process!

It improves your power of concentration, refreshes your mind, sharpens your intellect, improves your spelling, strengthens creativity, promotes fluency, increases your imagination, stimulates intellectual thoughts, helps academic achievements, etc.

A good reader is therefore a good learner.

Habit, is when you do something over and over again.

Let reading become a daily habit for you – a routine behavior.

Schools & Colleges

Are places that have a great responsibility in promoting reading habits amongst youngsters.

So create a conducive atmosphere for yourself right at your home/hostel/workplace to read books.

I tell students, ‘Please pay at least a casual visit to the library. You need not sit and read! Just pay a visit! There might be some serious learners, who might inspire you to read!’

Dr. Manalan outlined four steps towards developing a healthy reading habit.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

'The World is Quiet Here!' A Docu' Tribute to the Library @ Heber

A lovelyyy YouTube documentary by a student, dedicated to the monumental Library at Heber, and to its carving patron Dr. Jesudoss Manalan, Librarian of Bishop Heber, [and winner of the Best Librarian Award]. Indeed, this video reminds us of the importance of the Library in the lives of every Learner transcending all ages and clime!

Well, YES! “The world is quiet here.” 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Call for Students..! 'Write India Season 2'!



Passage by the author:
Life is an exam where the syllabus is unknown and question papers are not set.

Rules by the author:
1. The story must allow the reader to take something positive away from it. It could be hope, a sense of happiness, a life lesson, or anything else that fires your imagination.
2. Write because the world will be better with your story in it. May the words be with you!

Write India rules:
1. Read carefully the passage provided by the author. You can use it anywhere in your story.
2. Each author has provided some rules. If your story does not abide by the rules, it shall be considered disqualified.
3. DO NOT tamper the Author passage. Entries with 'split' passage or with any kind of change in the passage will be disqualified.
4. Stick to a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 3000 words.
5. The story must be written in English. Be careful with your editing, grammar and punctuation. Though we are primarily looking for good storytellers, language skill will strengthen your case in case of a tie.
6. Please submit your story before or on the last day of the contest for it to be considered. Only entries submitted till midnight of every 30th will be considered.
7. If you send more than one entry for a particular author, please remember we will be considering only the last/updated entry for that month.
8. DO NOT upload or email scanned or JPEG files of your story. Such entries will be disqualified.
9. If you are submitting your story at, please mention: name, age, city, profession, gender.

What is Write India?

Write India is a collaborative writing initiative by Times Internet Limited (TIL), which will have a set of 10 celebrity authors writing the passage of short stories. These passages will be later opened to public for completion. Every month we will select one winner from the entries received with the help of the ‘Celebrity Author of the Month’.


This Campaign is valid for users who are Indian citizens entitled to enter into any contract and are aged 18 years and above.

Participants below eighteen years of age may participate in the campaign with parental or guardian guidance and approval.

To participate in the Campaign, the Participant must register at this link with the following details: Name, Contact Number, Email id, Gender and Profession etc.

Upload your story HERE

Campaign Details

This is a life time opportunity for participants who wish to unleash a writer in them.
The Write India initiative is the country’s first ever short story competition of this kind, providing a writing platform unlike any other.
Participant may become a published writer under the tutelage of India’s most coveted authors.
Each month our designated ‘Author of The Month’ will share a passage with Participants.

Confy @ BITS Pilani

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani

International Conference On Media, Culture and Ethics
(MCE - 2018)

9, 10 February 2018

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani, established in the year 1964, is an all-India Institute for Higher education deemed to be a university by the Government of India. BITS offers admission in three tiers: First Degree, Higher Degree and Doctoral Degree. Its campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai provide to over 12,000 students an all-round educational and co-curricular experience that is second to none in India. It offers UG, PG and PhD level programmes in Science, Engineering, Pharmacy, Management, Economics & Finance and Social Sciences.

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus consists of 16 faculty members with different specializations. The department is involved in research and teaching. It offers Higher degree programmes leading to the award of Doctoral and Master’s degrees. The department offers about 50 courses related to Humanities, Social Sciences, and interdisciplinary subjects every semester. All the students are required to do a minimum of three courses in Humanities and Social Sciences before their graduation.

Conference Theme

Media and popular culture percolate in all aspects of our waking time. The unrelenting exposure predominantly guides our perception of reality, the formation of our values, our beliefs and attitudes and above all it defines self and society. This has become extraordinarily powerful educating agent among majority of the population. The speed with which it is influencing the society has blinded us. Hence, it becomes imperative to have the complete and true reflection of the cultures in which the stories are set. Authenticity and ethical guidelines also need to be employed seriously to the propagation of content through different forms of media. As the professional practitioners, it is of utmost importance not only to know our content and its relevance in today's context but also be good human beings, ethically cognizant of our responsibilities for others and world at large.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Confy @ CIIL, Mysuru

International Conference of 
South Asian Languages and Literatures

8 – 10 January 2018

Call for Papers

The Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru (India) is happy to host the International Conference of South Asian Languages and Literatures (ICOSAL-13) during January 8-10, 2018.

The International Conference of South Asian Languages and Literatures (ICOSAL) is an international forum of scholars from across the globe that deliberates on various aspects of the languages and literatures of South Asia. The previous conferences have attracted a large number of senior and young Indian and foreign scholars. Four of the past twelve conferences were hosted by the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University. Eight conferences of ICOSAL have been held in India at Punjabi University, University of Hyderabad, Annamalai University, Osmania University, Punjabi University (second time), Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University and again in University of Hyderabad.

We encourage submissions on any current research on South Asian Languages and Literatures. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Anthropological Linguistics;
Applied Linguistics;
Clinical Linguistics;
Cognitive Linguistics;
Computational Linguistics;
Corpus Linguistics;
Discourse Analysis;
Forensic Linguistics;
Genetic Classification;
Historical Linguistics;

MCC Alumnus Prof. Radhakrishnan Speaks @ University of Kerala

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Symposium on Himalayan Languages @ University of Lucknow

Call for Papers
24th Himalayan Languages Symposium
Department of Linguistics, University of Lucknow
Lucknow, India
8 – 10 June 2018

Concept Note

A previous HLSymposium 
South Asia has an abundance of languages; each one a linguistic marvel in its own with the one-of-a-kind culture of its people reflecting in it. The Himalayan region is no exception. With languages that developed uniquely due to difficult terrains, equally difficult weather conditions or maybe contact with tourists through the ages, the Himalayan languages have their own beautiful stories to tell. The Himalayan Languages Symposium is the platform to share these stories because HLS is a multidisciplinary conference that covers a broad range of topics of the Himalayan languages.

This year, the platform is at Lucknow. The 24th Himalayan Languages Symposium (HLS24) will be held at University of Lucknow, hosted by the Department of Linguistics. In accordance with what is mentioned in the official website of Himalayan Languages Symposium (, we are now accepting abstracts of research work conducted in any language of the greater Himalayan region, e.g. Burushaski, Kusunda, Tibeto-Burman, Indo-Iranian, Austroasiatic, Kradai, Andamanese, Nihali, Dravidian etc. Contributions are also invited from related disciplines such as history, anthropology, archaeology and prehistory focusing on the greater Himalayan region.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Recognising the Multiplicity of our Past...

The Many Shades of Darkness and Light

Tabish Khair, Indian Novelist

If we do not recognise the multiplicity of our past,
we cannot accept the multiplicity of our present

For most Europeans and Europeanised peoples, Western modernity starts assuming shape with something called the Enlightenment, which, riding the steed of Pure Reason, sweeps away the preceding ‘Dark Ages’ of Europe. Similarly, for religious Muslims, the revelations of Islam mark a decisive break in Arabia from an earlier age of ignorance and superstition, often referred to as ‘Jahillia’.

Both the ideas are based on a perception of historical changes, but they also tinker with historical facts. In that sense, they are ideological: not ‘fake’, but a particular reading of the material realities that they set out to chronicle. Their light is real, but it blinds us to many things too.

For instance, it has been increasingly contested whether the European Dark Ages were as dark as the rhetoric of the Enlightenment assumes. It has also been doubted whether the Enlightenment shed as much light on the world as its champions claim. For instance, some of the darkest deeds to be perpetuated against non-Europeans were justified in the light of the notion of ‘historical progress’ demanded by the Enlightenment. Finally, even the movement away from religion to reason was not as clear-cut as it is assumed: well into the 19th century, Christianity (particularly Protestantism) was justified in terms of divinely illuminated reason as against the dark heathen superstitions of other faiths, and this logic has survived in subtler forms even today.

In a similar way, the Islamic notion of a prior age of Jahillia is partly a construct. While it might have applied to some Arab tribes most directly influenced by the coming of Islam, it was not as if pre-Islamic Arabia was simply a den of darkness and ignorance. There were developed forms of culture, poetry, worship and social organisation in so-called Jahillia too, all of which many religious Arab Muslims are not willing to consider as part of their own inheritance today. Once again, this notion of a past Jahillia has enabled extremists in Muslim societies to treat other people in brutal ways: a recent consequence was the 2001 destruction of the ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan statues by the Taliban in Afghanistan, not to mention the persecution of some supposed ‘idolators’ in Islamic State-occupied territories.

Achievements and an Error

Both the notions — the Dark Ages followed by the Enlightenment and Jahillia followed by the illumination of Islam — are based on some real developments and achievements. Europe did move, slowly and often contradictorily, from religious and feudal authority to a greater tendency to reason and hence, finally, to allotting all individuals a theoretically equivalent (democratic) space as a human right rather than as a divine boon. Similarly, many parts of pre-Islamic Arabia (‘Jahillia’) did move from incessant social strife and a certain lack of cohesion to the far more organised, and hence hugely successful, politico-religious systems enabled by Islam. It might also be, as many religious Muslims claim, that early Islam marked some distinctively progressive and egalitarian values compared to the predominant tribalism of so-called Jahillia.