Saturday, March 17, 2018

CFP: Young Scholars International Conference Margins and Connections-: 7-8 February, 2019 - North East India Studies Programme School of Social Sciences JNU, New Delhi

Concept Note:
Margins are not mere physical outlying areas, or geographies at the edges of state, capital and socio-cultural worlds. They are products of various complex processes in colonial and postcolonial times and have been produced in various moments of contestations, fragmentations and negotiations. As such, margins are not inert spaces; they are active sites in which creative practices and connections have taken place. Such practices and connections include cultures, politics, histories, societies, and economies that inhabit either the border of a state or a “geo-body.” In this regard, various studies focusing on “margins” have enabled us to look at forms of state-making, subject formations, role of capital, circuits and networks, contestations and subversions, including various cultural and political practices across societies and boundaries.

Historically, “margins” such as North East India had connections with societies in the “margins” of neighbouring areas such as Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, etc. As such, these geographical spaces throw up comparable and significant insights in studying the making of such complex spaces. For instance, these geographies are sites and spaces of various forms of material and non-material transactions and connectivities, including resources, rituals and commodities.

Such transactions and connectivities continue to mark these spaces even in the contemporary times. People continue to have wider social, cultural and (in) formal economic networks, marked by routes and infrastructures that support various forms of mobility. These “margins” have also been sites and spaces where forms of state/non-state violence, contestations, projects of nation-building and developmental interventions of both state and global financial institutions simultaneously have coexisted. This has also included representing these “margins” as the “gateways” and “corridors” of capital, trade and services under the neoliberal economy. Nevertheless, these areas have also been marked by various forms of social and political movements, that resists and negotiates violence and developmental interventions.

Some of the broad concerns and issues that emerge from the above are, what are margins? In what context are margins produced and reproduced? How are margins connected to the wider processes of state, capital and cultural flows? What are the different ways through which societies respond to the shifting dynamics of margin making?


This two-day interdisciplinary international conference seeks to explore some of these issues and concerns, especially focusing on North East India and its neighboring areas such Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, etc. This conference focuses on the following themes, but are not limited to:
  • Making state, making margins
  • Circuits, networks and infrastructures
  • Capital, resource regimes and economy
  • Margins and everyday life
  • Violence, resistance and margins
  • Knowledge, power and practices
  • Margins and governance
  • Movement and mobility
  • Development, ecology and margins
  • Memory and narratives
  • Margins and gender
  • Material culture

Interested research scholars, post-doctoral scholars and early career academics are invited to submit an abstract of about 200-300 words, including a brief CV at

Participants from outside India are requested to seek funding from their institutions for travel costs. Partial funding to cover travel costs may be available for selected participants from within India based on availability of funds. Accommodation and local conveyance will be provided for selected participants.

Important dates:
Last date for abstract submission: 21 July, 2018
Intimation of abstract acceptance: 17 August, 2018
Submission of working papers from selected participants: 7 January, 2019

Organizing Team:
G. Amarjit Sharma is Assistant Professor at North East India Studies Programme, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Bhumika R, Thingminao Horam, Tammoy  Das and Robert Lunkhopao Haokip are Research Scholars at North East India Studies Programme, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 

Contact Info: 
G. Amarjit Sharma is Assistant Professor at North East India Studies Programme, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Workshop on The Future of Humanities in the 21st Century,March 24, - 25, 2018 AURO University, Gujarat

Call For Applications:

Major civilizations of the world – Indian and Greek – based their models of education on inter-relatedness of various disciplines. However, with the focus on specialization and technology, liberal arts suffered at the expense of science and technology. But recently the discipline of Liberal arts and Human sciences has attained an unprecedented popularity in various Universities all over the world. The present world of the 21st century is strongly underpinned by rapid developments in the field of science and technology and accompanied by the ever-spreading roots of a global economy. The question then arises as to what role liberal education can play in the world mired in technological innovations spawned by globalization. In this fiercely contested competitive world, it would be naïve to think of an education system without linking it to a particular profession, but concurrently, employability should never be the sole aim of education. It is here that liberal arts and human sciences can play vital role by providing a unique opportunity to young minds to explore the space unleashed by this new blend of educational disciplines. Even a cursory look at the syllabi of major Indian universities like Nalanda University reveals their interdisciplinary approach to educational transactions. This contra-disciplinarity of education has its origin in the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and the quadrium (music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy or astrology) education system of the ancient Greek period, which provides a comparative model of study in order to see the relation between things, and to reduce the opposition between science and humanities, and in so doing, it allows enough space to curious minds to sharpen their thinking, reasoning and speaking skills for a broader and deeper understanding of the problems of human society. The discipline of Liberal arts and human sciences lays emphasis on the value of individual autonomy through imbibing integral growth. It allows one to regain his/her cultural heritage, develop civilizational understandings, while also being flexible enough to acquire a new skill set to meet the demands and circumstances of the Western world. In brief, liberal arts and science and technology along with other disciplines of knowledge complement each other, as sciences take care of provision and liberal arts of vision.

The Two day Seminar cum Workshop aims at bringing together a cross section of teachers, thinkers, social entrepreneurs, and leaders of industry to deliberate dialogically upon the importance of liberal arts and human sciences education in the 21st century. It will try to seek new yet cogent models of education that can act as a bridge to cover the demands of the rapidly changing world. Focus will be on sharing the learning skills required for teaching of interdisciplinary courses.
The two day Seminar cum Workshop is primarily meant for teachers and will be used as a dialogic platform to discuss:
  • Challenges to Humanities
  • Curriculum design for future Humanities
  • Major learning problems in the field
  • Teaching strategies to overcome existing problems
  • Experiential Learning
  • Evaluation techniques
  • Internships for learning outside the classrooms

Many international and national scholars, faculty members and thinkers of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences have agreed to participate in the Seminar cum Workshop.

AURO University is established in 2009 under the Gujarat Private Universities Act, for value based education. Its mission of providing integral and transformational education to the students focused on providing to students an environment for self-development; based on their aptitudes and interests; provide a platform to be mentors and guides who shape the country’s future leaders by imparting knowledge and skills; opportunities for research on emerging trends and industry practices; intellectual competence, reality-based knowledge, personal integrity; students who strive for excellence and aspire to become socially responsible future leaders.

Last date of Paper Submission: 15th March 2018
Acceptance Date: 18th March 2018
Last date of Registration: 20th March 2018
Dates of the Seminar cum Workshop: 24th-25th March 2018

Faculty/Professionals: 1500/-
Research Scholars: 1000/-
The Registration fee has to be submitted only through online mode (RTGS / NEFT) to:
State Bank of India   
Account Holder: Auro University
Account No.: 31703674530  
IFSC: SBIN0002636
Bhatha Branch                         
Surat, Gujarat

Saturday, March 3, 2018

International Conference On Performing the Political, Politicizing the Performance-27th to 30th March 2018, Bangalore University

Concept Note:
Theatre has always been political in nature. The birth of theatre, as stated in Natyashastra, when analysed sounds highly political in nature today. Similarly the secular arguments about birth of theatre that it is rituals/religion which are responsible for emergence of performance based theatrical genres, would also become political in the light of what the socialist thinker Rammanohar Lohia says "politics is short-term religion and religion is long-term politics". Thus the theatre has always been political in nature, though we would like to call it as a means of entertainment. Even the seemingly apolitical entertainment oriented theatre would be political in the sense that they would be peddling the dominant political discourse of the day. Overtly political theatre, which claims that theatre has to respond to the present political system to build a better political future, is also found all over the world. The world has also witnessed from wielding of censorship weapon on theatre, banning the theatre altogether to killing or incarcerating theatre personalities.   Anyone who has witnessed the theatre culture from close quarters would also vouch for the fact that it is highly political in nature.

This conference aims to put-together research around the issues of politics and theatre, politics of theatre, political theatre, ideology and theatre, theatre of politics, politics in theatre, questions of representation in theatre, politics of performance, performing politics etc.
Sub themes:
1. Street theatre
2. Translating politically
3. Politics of Individual plays
4. Politics of a Dramatist
5. Role of a theatre group in political transformations
6. Suppression of Theatre
7. Censoring theatre
8. Attack on artists, performance, and screening
9. Ideologies of theatre
10. Theatre movements and Political movements
11. Politics of entertainment
12. Political issues on stage
13. Performing the Political
14. Politicizing the performance

27th March 2018                        Inauguration and Staging of plays
28th March 2018                   Plenary Session and staging of a play
29th March 2018            Technical Sessions and staging of a play
30th March 2018                          Staging of plays and Valedictory

Important Dates and other details
Abstract and full papers shall be sent to on or before 15th March 2018.
Registration fee- General Conference          : Rs. 2000/-
Foreigners delegates                                                  : $ 75
Research Scholars                                          : Rs. 1000/-

DD shall be drawn in favour of Prof. Nagesh Bettakote, Conference Coordinator, Department of Performing Arts, Bangalore University, Bengaluru – 560056.

For details please contact:
Dr. Pavithra 9738450401
Mr.Jagadish 9845172822

Thursday, March 1, 2018

CFP: Convergence and Divergence: Indian Writing in a Global Context- March 15, 2018 to March 16, 2018 Pondicherry University

Focus of the Conference:
The focus of this seminar is to examine how the aesthetic and cultural parameters of Indian literature both writing in English and writing in translation are represented in a global context. The other investigation that the seminar would like to focus on is the reception and consumption of these literatures in India and academic departments devoted to Indian/South Asian writing in the West and other regions. We are interested in queries such as the role of academics and scholars in promoting Indian literatures and processing it in the global context; the nature of canon formations; the pedagogy of courses devoted to these areas nationally and internationally, the cross cultural interactions that follow and so on

Thrust Areas:
Paper Presentations related to the following possible areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:
Region and Nation; Gender and Sexuality; Translations
Indigenous/Aboriginal/Subaltern narratives; Pedagogical Methods; Canon Formations

Students are encouraged to present panel sessions on the following possible themes but are free to explore within the overall broad area of the conference:
The Role of Translation; The Relevance of Canons; The Process of Canon Formations;
The Importance of Bhasa/Regional Literature; The Inclusion/Exclusion of Other Literatures

Registration Fee:
Faculty Members (international): Rs. 7500; Research Scholars (International): Rs. 5000
Faculty Members (National and SAARC Countries): Rs. 5000
M.Phil & Research Scholars (National and SAARC Countries): Rs 3000
Students (National and International): Rs 1000
University faculty & scholars: Rs 500; Students of the Department: Rs 300

Abstracts: Word Limit for Paper presentations and Panels: 250 words. Note panel sessions should include names of all participants.
Dates to be noted:
  • Last date for Abstracts: March 3, 2018
  • Confirmation of Abstracts: March 6, 2018
Time Limit for Presentation: 10 minutes
Kindly note that TA/DA/ cannot be provided due to financial constraint. 

Contact Info: 
Dr.H. Kalpana
Associate Profesor
Department of English
Pondicherry University

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CFP:Encountering the Archive: Simulations, Manipulations, and Debunking April 5-6, 2018 School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU.

Concept Note:
At an hour when China is deciding to rate its citizens based on digital data records and social media is beginning to look like quasi-archives of its users, one must return to questions of information keeping and the archive that plague our everyday. Both Foucault and Derrida remind us of the archive’s claim to authority, their architectural prowess, and their claims to the production of knowledge itself. Derrida traces the archive to its Greek roots of Arkhe as the site “..there where things commence- physical, historical, or ontological principle- but also according to the law, there where men and gods command, there where authority, social order are exercised, in this place from which order is given- nomological principle”. From the impressive Greek edifices, archives today have come to signify any process of storing and accumulating information, digital or analogue, electronic or otherwise, that can be tabulated, computed and phished out when demanded.

The archive is both dogmatically transparent and astutely concealed. On one hand, the archive organizes and stores its data with finesse, thereby inviting its users to glean from it. And yet, the archiving medium, made fragile by time, belies such an easy invitation. The archive encoded through specific medium, like data servers, paper, pen, tapes, microfilms etc., posit themselves as protecting, or concealing material, readily available for use. This dialectic between storage and retrieval complicates the objectives of an archive, so that every archive must find its own synthesis between these two purposes. This dialectic becomes all the more prominent when we view the troubled relationship between the contemporary and the archive, between the object’s waxing and waning in time. The contemporary, in many ways, averts historicization. It is both what we are intimate with, and yet remains in darkness, a relationship of profound dissonance, disjunction and anachronism. Therefore, to archive in the contemporary then is find ourselves in a temporal bind.

In art practice comprising visual, cinema, theatre and performance studies, we have explored the term “archive” through a multiplicity of methodologies. With the shift from artist-as-curator to artist as archivist, we investigate the realm of images (still/moving, analogue/digital, etc.) as they relate to the archive, and how they have charted a shift away from paper-based archives since the latter half of the nineteenth century. We study how their forms, the systems that produce them, the modes and techniques of perception and the circulation networks they engage in have produced a new imagination of the archive. In this we also ask where is the archive – are they the primary spaces from archives and museums, to newer modalities of cloud and hard drives, or the site and the field – the repository of all those unfound traces? With the coming of technologies of mechanical reproduction, archives collecting audio-visual documents such as photographs, films, videos and sound recordings are caught in the double bind of preserving the past, and the threat of preserving too much of it, generating only “an archive of noise”, which escapes the control of the archons, historians or artists who use them. We are persistently raising the question whether performance is that which disappears or that which persists transmitted through a non-archival system of transfer, a kind of knowing-in-the-flesh called the repertoire. These bring about a shift in our understanding of the archivist, who Ginzburg would now identify with the hunter, who is a reader of obtuse signs who had to reconstruct shapes and movements of invisible prey from detritus (foot tracks, excreta, etc.) and commit such knowledge to motor-reflex memory.

In a New historicist tenor where we embrace that “the real” is never accessible as such, this conference invites debates, performances and artwork around the spectral presence of the archive, which we must at the same time concretize and dissolve.

Suggested topics for these may include (though not limited to):
• Archive and the Field
• De-colonizing, de-brahmanizing and queering the archive
• Materiality of the modern archive
• Database aesthetics and the archive 
• The body and the archive 
• The artist as archivist 
• Archive and the production of knowledge 
• Memory and the archive 
• Waste/ Detritus/ Noise and its relation to the archive
• Found footage and documentary film-making

We invite proposals from ALL disciplines, in the form of 250-300 word abstracts or video clips or audio recordings of 6-7mins or in a visual template(interested participants will be mailed the template). Please mail your proposals by 23:59 hrs. 15th March, 2018.

Due to paucity of funds, we would not be able to give travel allowance to outstation candidates. However, your food and lodging will be looked after. There is no registration fee to take part in this conference.