Friday, 16 February 2018

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018

You are Cordially Invited...

National Seminar
Organized by
Research Department of English
St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu

19, 20 February 2018

The Research Dept. of English is organizing a National Seminar on “The Textuality of History and the Historicity of Texts” on 19th & 20th February 2018 in order to help Research Guides and Research Scholars provide a theoretical framework to their research projects. The Resource Persons will deliver lectures on critical theory; the Participants will present papers on literature written in any part of the world, providing a theoretical framework to their arguments.

THE PREAMBLE

Louis Montrose defines “historicity of texts” as cultural specificity and social embedment of all modes of writing and “textuality of history” as fictionality and constructedness of history. This approach of New Historicism is similar to Foucault’s notion of social structures as determined by dominant discursive practices. Recent research has highlighted the fact that there is no such thing as objective history, because history is basically a narrative, which, like language, is produced in a context and is influenced by the social, economic and political interests of the dominant groups/institutions.

The selection of events also plays a vital role in the text. It is interesting to note that Stephen Greenblatt turns to history to explain the formal structures of literary texts while Hayden White investigates the formal literary structures of history describing the poetics of history. In fact, words exist within a context. Stephen Greenblatt’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an example.

Edward Said’s contrapuntal reading of texts and his views on “latent” and “manifest” Orientalism, Homi K. Bhabha’s investigation of “ambivalence” and “mimicry” in colonial discourses, and Gayatri Spivak’s views on the predicament of the female subaltern emphasize the need for fixing the text in its context. Therefore, Research Guides and Research Scholars must orient their analysis towards the study of how creative artists present their themes vis-à-vis the text, context and metacontext (e.g. Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide and the Ibis Trilogy; Jeyamohan’s Vellai Yaanai; Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and The Enchantress of Florence; Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude). The greatness of literature lies precisely in the interplay between literary context and metacontext. 

OBJECTIVES
To discuss the major principles of literary theory and to establish methods of literary research
To promote and strengthen interdisciplinary research through familiarity with texts across disciplines, continents, and cultures
To explore the various schools of contemporary literary criticism
To discuss the concepts of History, Nation, Diaspora, Culture and Existence
To study the process of the text becoming the “product” and “maker” of the historical context

PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS

The Proceedings of the Conference will be published with ISBN by the Research Dept. of English and Folklore Resources & Research Centre, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Palayamkottai. Copies of the book will be sent to Paper Presenters by post in July 2018.

Editors: Dr. V. S. Joseph Albert and Dr. Lizie Williams

Length of the Paper: Maximum 2000 words
Format: Times New Roman—12 font—MS WORD—1.5 Spacing—A 4 Size
Parenthetical Documentation as given in MLA Handbook should be followed.
The paper should be sent on or before 13th February 2018 by email to vsjalbert@gmail.com

PROGRAMME

19th February 2018

09.00 a.m. - REGISTRATION
09.30 a.m. - INAUGURATION
Prayer        - Dept. Choir
Welcome Address - Dr. Lizie Williams, Head of the Dept. of English, SXC
Presidential Address - Rev. Dr. V. Britto, S.J. Principal, SXC
Felicitations - Rev. Dr. A. Antonysamy, S.J. Secretary, SXC

NET/SET Preparatory Classes @ Bharathi Women's College

BHARATHI WOMEN'S COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS)
 No.1, Prakasam Salai, [Near Stanley Hospital]
Broadway, George Town, Chennai-600108

PG AND RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
Invites you for a
TWO DAY ORIENTATION PROGRAMME
on
STRATEGIES AND APPROACHES
TO CRACK NET/ SET IN ENGLISH Papers II & III

15 & 16 February, 2018

by
Dr. D. E. Benet

Associate Professor of English
National College (Autonomous)
Tiruchirapalli

Venue: Conference Hall
Administrative Block

Students, ( PG, M.Phil and Ph. D. Scholars) and Staff members
are welcome to attend the programme on payment of Rs. 400/-
in person on 15/02/2018 from 8.30 a.m. onwards
(Inclusive of Lunch and refreshments).
Interested participants can confirm their participation through email.

on or before 12/02/2018.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

On Dystopias!

Popular Dystopias in Literature: An Overview

A dystopia is a vision of society, often a future society, that is the opposite of paradise, or utopia. It is a vision of society gone horribly wrong.

Nineteen Eighty-Four bears some similarity to H. G. Wells’s dystopic When the Sleeper Wakes (1899), in which the protagonist is transported into a world of technological tyranny two hundred years into the future.

It has also often been pointed out that in creating Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell drew on earlier dystopian novels.

Indeed, Wells had been Orwell’s favorite author when he was young. He shared not only Wells’s fascination with utopian thinking but also his critical attitude toward the British class system.

A more significant influence on Orwell’s novel was probably We (1924), by Russian novelist Evgeny Zamyatin. In Zamyatin’s dystopia, individuality has been all but obliterated; personal names have been replaced by numbers; people’s lives are regulated down to the minutest details.

Those who do not conform are tortured into submission by corrective brain treatment with X-rays, or publicly executed by a chemical process that might be described as vaporization, the word used in _Nineteen Eighty-Four_ about the sudden disappearance of unwanted persons. Orwell reviewed Zamyatin’s novel in 1946 and found that it was a better novel than Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) insofar as it provided a more credible motive for the power elite to stay on top than Huxley had done.

In Orwell’s view no totalitarian system could exist without a ruling class motivated by power hunger, the wish to exercise power over others and keep it at any cost.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953), by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel, in which the theme of totalitarian suppression of the masses is reflected in the storyline, one which includes burning of books (which are illegal) as the basis for the plot.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

On Nobel Laureate William Golding

William Golding was a British novelist, poet, and Nobel Prize laureate. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.

With the appearance of Lord of the Flies (1954), Golding’s first published novel, the author began his career as both a campus cult favorite and one of the most distinctive and debated literary talents of his era.

While the story has been compared to such previous works as Robinson Crusoe and High Wind in Jamaica, Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies is actually the author’s ‘‘answer’’ to nineteenth-century writer R. M. Ballantyne’s children’s classic The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean.

These two books share the same basic plot line and even some of the same character names. Although some similarities exist, Lord of the Flies totally reverses Ballantyne’s concept of the purity and innocence of youth and humanity’s ability to remain civilized under the worst conditions.

In Lord of the Flies, Golding presented the central theme of his collective works: the conflict between the forces of light and dark within the human soul. Although the novel did not gain popularity in the United States until several years after its original publication, it has now become a modern classic, most often studied in high schools and colleges.

Lord of the Flies shows that when people are abandoned in a faraway place, far from traditional external authorities, their deepest nature is exposed. The novel has been interpreted by some as being Golding’s response to the popular artistic notion of the 1950s that youth was a basically innocent collective and that they are the victims of adult society (as seen in J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye). In 1960, C. B. Cox deemed Lord of the Flies as ‘‘probably the most important novel to be published . . . in the 1950s.’

Monday, 5 February 2018

On Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison


Toni Morrison is a celebrated American author and professor, famous for her epic novels about the African American experience.

She is both a Pulitzer Prize– and Nobel Prize–winning author, the first black woman to win the Nobel!

Influences on Toni Morrison: Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960) was an American folklorist and writer. She is often associated with the Harlem Group and a major influence for authors Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Hurston’s books include Mules and Men (1935) and Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937).

Known for its epic themes and vivid dialogue, Morrison’s fiction explores the roles of black women in a racist, male-dominated society.

Sula (1974), is a novel by Toni Morrison. In this contemporary novel themes and characters are presented in an evocative structure of opposites.

Song of Solomon (1977), is a novel by Toni Morrison. This contemporary tale focuses on the dynamics of the Southern African American family.

Jazz (1992), is a novel by Toni Morrison. Morrison translates several jazz conventions, including the improvised solo, into literary form in this novel set in 1920s Harlem.

Paradise (1998), is a novel by Toni Morrison. This novel explores the history and tensions of the fictional town of Ruby, Oklahoma, an all-black town near which a women’s commune has recently been established in an old convent. In following the lives and deaths of the women from this convent, Morrison makes use of several realitybending elements of magic realism.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

On Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul


V. S. Naipaul is a British novelist and travel writer of Indian and Trinidadian descent, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

Influences on Naipaul: One author Naipaul has publicly cited as an influence is Joseph Conrad, another British immigrant (from Poland) whose novels forced the British, and the world, to examine the disturbing implications of empire.

Critics have noted that the dark, brooding atmosphere, tropical settings, and alienated perspective in Naipaul’s prose resemble similar qualities in Conrad’s writing, including the latter’s most famous work of fiction, Heart of Darkness (1899).

As in that work, some of Naipaul’s European characters come emotionally undone as their pretensions are exposed in the alien African setting. A Bend in the River bears direct comparison with Heart of Darkness in the journey each work’s protagonist undertakes. However, some critics have interpreted Naipaul’s work as a defense of the colonial project rather than an indictment of its bitter consequences.

Literature of Displacement: Naipaul has contributed richly to the body of modern literature dealing with the theme of displacement, exile, and rootlessness, as dealt with by major authors such as James Joyce, Albert Camus, Ezra Pound, Vladimir Nabokov, Milan Kundera, and Conrad.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

NET Revision Classes @ Trichy


Interesting Snippets on James Joyce

James Joyce was an Irish expatriate author, considered to be one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

Such his influence on his contemporaries, that even Thomas Mann  - who had won the 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature, was eulogized and praised as the “Peer and Contemporary of writers like James Joyce”!!!

In 1922, James Joyce’s novel Ulysses and T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘‘The Waste Land’’ are both published,defining for many the Modernist literary movement.                                         

Ulysses (1922), Joyce’s modernist masterpiece, was deemed pornographic in the United States, and its publication in America was banned until 1934.
                                                   
Dubliners (1914), a short-story collection by James Joyce. This famous collection of short stories explores revolutionary moments, or epiphanies, within the individual.

The Devil to Pay in the Backlands (1956), is a novel by Joao Guimaraes Rosa. In this novel, considered to be the Brazilian equivalent of James Joyce’s modernist landmark Ulysses, a bandit from the Brazilian hinterlands tells his life story to a stranger.

James Joyce explored the colonialist theme of Robinson Crusoe as early as 1911, but ironically, his comments were not published until 1964. Since then, writers such as Toni Morrison, Derek Walcott, and Edward Said have viewed the novel as an allegory of colonialism.

Interestingly, James Joyce decided to write in English at a time when many Irish writers chose to write in Gaelic instead. Write an essay analyzing his reasons for writing in English, seen by many Irish of the period as the “language of the colonizer.” (Remember Chinua Achebe & Ngugi wa Thiongo’ on the English Language?)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Samuel Johnson – An Interesting Insight!

Samuel Johnson

In 1911, A.C. Bradley, a Shakespearean scholar, presented ‘‘Jane Austen: A Lecture.’’ In it, Bradley praised Austen’s narrative skill and compared her to Samuel Johnson.

At the beginning of his career, Beckett spent his time in Dublin reading, in his own word, ‘‘wildly.’’ From Johann Goethe to Franz Grillparzer to Giovanni Guarini, he finally settled into a single-minded concentration upon the life and work of Samuel Johnson.

The Life of Johnson (1791), is a biography by James Boswell. Boswell’s biography of his close friend and English poet, Samuel Johnson, was revolutionary in his use of quoted material and vivid details to paint the picture of a living, breathing human rather than a dry historical figure.

Well, Samuel Johnson is still popular for his crushing critique of Donne’s poetry in his ‘‘Life of Cowley’’ (1779). In this famous essay, Johnson used the term ‘‘metaphysical’’ as a term of abuse to describe poets whose aim, he believed, was to show off their own cleverness and learning and to construct paradoxes so outlandish and pretentious as to be ludicrous, indecent, or both.

Again, it was Samuel Johnson, who first called Dryden the Father of English criticism, considered him the English poet who crystallized the potential for beauty and majesty in the English language: According to Johnson, ‘‘he found it brick, and he left it marble.’’

Moral issues dominated critical discussion of Restoration comedy. Critics such as Samuel Johnson and Thomas Macaulay took the high moral road in condemning Etherege’s work, fearing the dangers of ‘‘mixed characters’’ on impressionable young minds. Indeed, this was a view that was common up to the early twentieth century.

Goldsmith furnished The Bee with miscellaneous essays, short pieces of fiction, and book and play reviews for its eight-issue run. One such essay by Goldsmith praising the works of Samuel Johnson and Tobias Smollett came to Smollett’s attention, and he invited Goldsmith to contribute to his Critical Review.

Goldsmith had a wonderful rendezvous with a coterie of well-known intellectuals led by Samuel Johnson who called themselves The Club (later the Literary Club), a group that included the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, writers James Boswell, Edmund Burke, and Thomas Percy, and actor and theater manager David Garrick.

Goldsmith died at the Temple on April 4, 1774. His death occasioned widespread grief. ‘‘Epigrams, epitaphs and monodies to his memory were without end,’’ wrote Sir Joshua Reynolds in his character sketch. ‘‘Let not his frailties be remembered,’’ *Samuel Johnson declared,* ‘‘he was a very great man.’’

On his Life and Work

Known in his day as the ‘‘Great Cham (sovereign or monarch) of Literature,’’ Johnson displayed a vigorous reasoning intelligence, a keen understanding of human frailty, and a deep Christian morality.

Monday, 22 January 2018

'Selfie' @ Anna Adarsh College, Chennai!

It was a pioneering and one-of-its-kind production from the Department of English, Anna Adarsh College for Women, Anna Nagar, Chennai. Titled, 'SELFIE,' the play was directed by Mathivanan Rajendran & Nikhil Kedia.

The setting was perfect to a tee, at the Parmadevi Goyal Auditorium, and there was pin-drop silence as the theatre-beings walked on to the stage, with a chorus of HASHTAGS, beginning with, ‘THE SHOW STARTS NOW’ and a string of hashtag echoes to different tunes on stage.

Problems of all hues and colours beset a group of college students even as they gear up to face a future filled with grave uncertainties, turmoil, problems and challenges. But, the major problem with them all is that, they were all worried that they weren’t that good enough! Not that presentable type, which the world wants! Parallel screams on similar tunes echo to a different beat all across the stage.

‘I doubt myself! I don’t look good. What will people think of me’
‘I’m so conscious of my imperfections that I arrive early and disappear into the background.’

The girls are a harried lot as a diet high on calories makes them obese. The higher the cost, the higher the calories. So yes! Does your cuppa cost you Rupees Thirty? Then you’ve got 300 calories for takes!

Mom says, “It’s what on the inside that matters! But it’s actually ugly that comes from the inside. Beauty is from the outside. Yes, it is!” screams a voice, disgruntled and perturbed with each passing day. 
To another girl, it’s a different tune, when she says, “I just don’t want to end up with the thoughts of ending up with nobody!”

To yet another girl, “As I see it, the word SeLFIE is just two letters away from the word selfish!”

The extent to which the digital has swayed the characters is shown through numerous examples. One such shot –

Is this seat taken?
Is this seat taken?
You… adiye you…
No! not at all!
Bespeaks to the linguistic crossfertilisation of the theatrical enterprise which had rapturous applause to every vibrant tune of the performers on stage!

A girl, who gets drunk along with her friends at a party, forgetfully posts her pictures in an inebriated condition on social media, and then regrets the same. She then ruminates,

‘Once you send something on social media, there’s no possibility of taking it back!
You know what! How much I would love to bury my face under a blanket!
Until one day we exist in the clouds… Hungry for answers!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

NET Preparatory Classes @ Soka Ikeda College, Chennai

The PG Department of English
Soka Ikeda College, Chennai

Invites

All NET/JRF/SET Aspirants

For a

THREE-DAY INTENSIVE

NET/SET Preparatory Classes

By

Dr. Benet & Team

26 to 28 January 2018

At

SOKA IKEDA COLLEGE
Of
ARTS & SCIENCE FOR WOMEN

Registration Fee: Rs. 500/- [can be done in person, or by DD]

All Participants will be provided with Tea, Snacks and Lunch.

Last date for registration: 20 January 2018

For more details, contact

Prof. Sandhya Lakshmi @ 9444104824

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Hindu Lit for Life @ Chennai

The Hindu Lit for Life

THE SHARPEST LITERATURE FESTIVAL IN INDIA

14, 15, 16 January 2018

For three days in January, every year, Chennai sees frenetic activity with writers, novelists, artists, performers and literary enthusiasts descending upon this coastal city of Tamil Nadu. The Hindu Lit for Life takes over the metropolis and its people with performances, conversations, discussions and workshops.

In 2010, The Hindu began its first-ever edition of this Literary Festival. The brainchild of Dr. Nirmala Lakshman, Director, The Hindu Group, a Festival that started as a one-day show in 2010, has burgeoned into a three-day bonanza, hosting brilliant authors and thinkers from all over the world.

The Festival has expanded its reach every year exploring fiction, non-fiction, politics, history, arts, cinema — in fact all genres that celebrate ideas. Over the course of its journey, The Hindu Lit for Life has enriched the literary space in Chennai by looking at books and beyond.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Confy @ MS University, Udaipur

Planetary Futures and the Global South
 IASA Bienniel Conference
Mohanlal Sukhadia University,Udaipur
16-18 January 2018

 In association with:
DAAD-Global South Network, University of Tuebingen
JNU-UPE-II Project “Asian Crossroads: Indic Neighbourhoods, Global Connections,”
Project on Science and Spirituality, JNU
Samvad India Foundation, New Delhi

 India has been called the “cross-roads” of the entire region of the Indian ocean oecumene, literally on the “road to everywhere.”[1] For almost every important intellectual, political, and cultural current from East to the West and from West to the East, India became the point of transition, mediation, or even fruition. This is as true of the evolution of British colonialism in Asia and Australia as it is of prior times. The question, however, is how these connections might play out in the future, but also in terms of how futures are to be imagined, designed, and executed from hereon. It is this exciting discursive terrain of future studies that this conference fouces on, with special referene to India, Australia, and the Global South.

The aim of this conference is to study some of these cross currents of Global Futures, to document available knowledge about them, explore alternative futures for Indic-Australian inter-relationships,and to create new paradigms for understanding theglobalisation of both India and Australia in this light. Our main objective, then, would be to try to explore Indic-Australian connections from colonialism to global futures and begin to explore the range of ideas and processes implicit to these processes. With this view we plan to engage with the history, politics, and cultural formations of cross-connections between India, Australia, and the Global South, including Africa and Latin America, giving primacy to oceanic and cross-continentalintellectual and cultural traffic. In addition, the conference will focus on issues such as traditional knowledge systems, spiritual and sacred practices, Indo-Australasiannationalisms, transfers of science, technology, and culture, and relations in social practices, arts, and media in the region, especially as they impact our thinking on Global Futures.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Confy @ JNU

“India and Ireland: Colonialism, Nationalism And Modernity”
an international conference organized by
Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
with support from the Irish Embassy, New Delhi
Partners: UGC Special Assistance Programme,
India Habitat Centre, Sahitya Akademi,
Samvad India Foundation
7 - 10 January, 2007

THEME NOTE

In colonized countries, internationalist perspectives of “brotherhood” and “commonality of circumstance” were a regular practice. In nineteenth- and early twentieth-century discourses of nationalism, cross-cultural identifications of sodalities of the oppressed gave the particular challenges of a nationalist movement a global significance, and sometimes, an ethical basis.

As we know, such compacts and identifications across the globe allowed native intellectuals to challenge the rhetoric of humanism and liberalism which glossed colonial speech. Yet present-day theoreticians of culture and revisionist historians have shown a wariness towards un-critical parallelisms of ex-colonial countries. Such intellectual angles have questioned the frameworks which easily navigate between settler communities like Ireland and non-settler colonies like India.

However, “India and Ireland” as a framework of cultural, political, social and historical enquiry gives rise to challenging questions which further portrays the multidimensional nature of colonialist discourse, the diverse landscapes of nationalist imaginations, and the complex answers provided by native intellectuality in the face of growing modernity. Indeed, read contrapuntally, the problems of cross-colonial identifications which have been highlighted in recent criticism may only be the first step in recognizing the alternative codes of similarity which guides the Indian and the Irish postcolonial and modern subject today.

Rich in intercultural allusions, Irish and Indian discourses of identity intricately weave the Celtic and the Oriental, the European and the Eastern, sometimes seeking affiliation in precolonial and ancient history. The present conference seeks to navigate these and other areas of Indo-Irish dialogue.

Confy @ Osmania University, Hyderabad

Three-day International Conference on Commonwealth Literature
8-10 February 2018
Osmania University, Hyderabad
Concept Note

“A room without books is like a body without soul.” (Cicero)

In today’s multicultural and multi-lingual society, the focus of literary studies has drastically changed. The focus has shifted to postcolonial theory, lesbian and homosexual writing, diaspora, ethnic studies and corporate fiction. In the last three decades, writers across the globe have enriched the literary scene by dealing with contemporary themes and issues. Some of these writers are Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, David Malouf, J.M. Coetzee, Gunter Grass, Kazuo Ishiguro, Milan Kundera, Rohinton Mistry, Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, V.S. Naipaul, Michael Ondaatje, Zadie Smith and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Today Indian English literature has registered a remarkable growth and many of our writers like Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri have achieved international recognition. As Indian writing in English has come of age, it is time to examine where it stands in terms of other literatures in the world, and what are the reasons of its popularity.

Comparative Approach

Some of the books published during last three decades have made indelible impact on us. We now are the citizens of the world and can no longer afford to neglect the excellence of other literatures in the world. Just as national literature is the reflection of the national history, so is the world literature a by-product of comparative literature. We are glocal—both local and global. While comparing Indian writers/ movements with overseas writers/ movements, we are mainly concerned with relationships, resemblances and differences. Such an approach will give wider dimensions to the realm of contemporary literature.

Humanities/ Social Sciences

The conference is both comparative and interdisciplinary in character. Literature is closely related to humanities and social sciences. Certain political and social movements have all-pervading influence on common people as also on literary milieu. A writer is essentially the conscience bearer and moral watchman of his people. The conference will therefore discuss, apart from literature, like Terrorism, Popular Culture, Human Rights, Feminism, in all spheres of knowledge. Papers are therefore invited from scholars in the disciplines of History, Political Science, Philosophy and Psychology, within the larger framework of the theme of the conference.

Call for Papers

•       Landmarks in Indian and World Literature 1990-2018
•       Globalism and Literature
•       Diversity, Multiculturalism
•       Local, Glocal and Global Identity

•       Feminism
•       Eco-Criticism
•       Diaspora literature
•       Minority literature
•       Subaltern Studies
•       Comparative literature
•       Special sessions on Canadian, Irish, African and Australian literatures

Highlights

•       Renowned Keynote Speakers and Resource Persons
•       Plenary Lectures
•       Panel Discussions
•       Release of the Journal
•       Readings by Creative Writers
•       Book Releases/Book-Exhibition
•       Conference Dinner
•       Cultural Evening

Creative Writing Session

A number of creative writers will participate in the session. Ms. Roswitha, German writer in India, will deliver a special lecture on her recent novel.

Publication

Select Papers presented at the Conference will be brought out as a volume of essays—an ISBN publication—or as a special issue of the U.G.C.-approved bi-annual journal The Commonwealth Review. However, articles of only the subscribers will be considered for inclusion.

The aim of this International Conference is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing an exciting diversity of countries, cultures and languages to meet and exchange views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue.

Objectives

The deliberations of the conference will be useful for sharpening the research tools and strategies by the teachers and research scholars. The conference will discuss multiculturalism focusing on the ideological issues of caste, gender, religion, and the social movements affecting the new literatures written in different languages and regions with a view to bringing out the multicultural diversity of the globe. It is hoped that the conference will enlighten the delegates and scholars about the nature of the new literatures, the ideological and cultural deep structures lying behind them, and the way the multiculturalism of the writers has questioned the established beliefs and systems to uphold humanism based on the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

The City of Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the Capital of Telangana, is a historical city—well-known for pearls. It is a seat of learning and has more than seven universities. A multicultural city, it is famous for grandeur and royalty. Places to visit include Char Minar, Salar Jung Museum, Fort and the Lake. Weather in November is pleasant. Accommodation will be provided in the OUCIP Guest House on twin-sharing basis.

Book Exhibition

There will be a Book Exhibition where members can display their publications. Members who wish to get their books released may send copies of the books preferably in advance.

What to send

A 200-word abstract should be submitted by 30 December 2017 along with the information in this order: a) author b) affiliation c) email address d) title of the abstract. Abstracts may be sent to: iscstudies@gmail.com

Acceptance

Acceptance will be sent by the Academic Committee, within three days from the receipt of the abstract. Submission of registration fee and travel bookings may follow.Certificate of Participation in the International Conference will be given to all registered delegates. Convener, Academic Committee: Professor Jagdish Batra, Jindal Global University. Sonepat.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: 20 December 2017

Registration Fee: 10 January 2018

Registration Fee

Foreign delegates

USD 300, includes accommodation for 4-5 nights, hospitality and conference kit

India delegates

Rs. 3500 per person. It includes Conference fee, accommodation, Conference kit and hospitality.
Rs. 2500 per person, not needing accommodation. It includes Conference fee, Conference kit and hospitality.

Research scholars, not employed and below 30: Local Rs. 2000;
Outstation with accommodation Rs. 3000.
Spot registration will not be possible.
Late Fee after 10 January 2018: Rs. 300

Kindly note that we are not in a position to assist with the conference travel or subsistence. Participants are requested to approach their institutions for travel grant and conference fee.
For all queries, contact:

Secretary, ISCS: iscstudies@gmail.com
Dr. Suman Bala:balasum@gmail.com      Mobile: 0-9891097657