Thursday, November 30, 2023

CFP: Edited Volume on Deconstructing the #Gender-Based #Violence in #South #Asian #Literature and #Popular #Culture

Gender-based violence is a worldwide issue with an extended past that is predominantly an outcome of social norms and power disparities. In countries as different as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, studies find that violence is frequently viewed as physical chastisement—the husband’s right to ‘correct’ an erring wife (Heise 1999). Unfortunately, it is one of many societal concerns that literature has long addressed. According to the analysis of a report by CARE and International Rescue, gender-based violence has arisen amid the pandemic and quarantines (Haneef and Kalyanpur 2020). Authors from different corners of the world have examined the complexities of violence and its effects on individuals and society in everything from classic works to modern novels. Some worth mentioning examples would be Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) by Maya Angelou, Kindred (1979) by Octavia E. Butler, Milk and Honey (2014) by Rupi Kaur, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (2017) by Roxane Gay, Speak: The Graphic Novel (2018) by Laurie Halse Anderson, My Dark Vanessa (2020) by Kate Elizabeth Russell, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands (2022) by Kate Beaton, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy. Reading literature offers readers an opportunity to empathise with characters’ experiences and gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the emotional and psychological aspects of gender-based violence often in the forms of ‘slow violence’ (Nixon 2011). Literature can aid readers in developing empathy for survivors through fictional narratives and in understanding the value of services and support for victims. Additionally, literature frequently offers a voice to marginalised people, highlighting their experiences and encouraging societal change. Gavey’s study Just Sex? The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape (2005) argues that cultural scaffolding continues to make rape not only possible but probable and that this support provides an alibi for minimalizing rape and creating a norm for masculine sex. (Zare 3). Hence, in a way, the intertwined relationship between violence and its impacts passes through lopsided twists and turns.


Apart from literature, popular culture has also played a pivotal role in necessitating the trajectories of violence and perpetrations. Through films, television shows, and online media, gender-based violence is frequently portrayed in popular culture. A recent graphic anthology Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back! (2014) depicts the various ways of violence in fourteen provocative sketch-stories. Scenes of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse might be shown, feeding false narratives and diminishing viewers' awareness of how severe these behaviours are.


This edited collection will examine how gender-based violence has been portrayed in literature and popular culture in the South Asian Context, emphasising the adverse impacts on society as well as its possibility to be changed. We are looking for chapters that deepen our understanding of different dimensions of Gender-based Violence.


Possible topics may include, but not are not limited to:

• Violence in South Asian Autobiographies

• Trauma Narratives in South Asian Narratives

• Domestic Violence in South Asian Comics

• Trafficking, Trauma, and Torment in South Asian Web-series

• Physical and Psychological Abuse in South Asian Popular Culture

• Pain, Paranoia, and Partner Violence in South Asian Movies

• Film and Fiction: Perpetrators and Victims

• Mini-narratives on Facebook and Instagram

Last Date of Submission of Full Manuscript: 31st December 2023

Decision on Submission: 1st March 2024

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Full papers should be no longer than 8000 words.

Authors are requested to follow MLA 8th Edition. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

We will publish the Edited Volume with a reputed publication house.

Call For Chapters : Hindu Heritage of Delhi: Exploring the Past and Present


About the Book

The capital of Bhārat, Delhi—officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi—is a mosaic of different historical and cultural landscapes. From its ancient antecedents to the colonial times, Delhi has been witness to tremendous historical upheavals, all of which shaped its culture and gave it a unique identity. However, much of Delhi’s heritage and culture is associated with the Sultanate or Mughal period, while the ancient and post-colonial history of the city is largely relegated to the margins. Since the Islamic history of the city has been the main theme of study among historians for many decades, the Hindu heritage of the city has not found a significant place in academic engagement or writing. Another aspect of the city that has found significant mention is the colonial period, particularly with regard to colonial architecture. Delhi, however, is not only the city of Sultans, colonial and post-colonial settlers. It is also the city of the Pandavas, the Tomars, and the Chauhans. It is a city of temples and popular street foods. Delhi is a thriving centre of Hindu religious heritage, be it the Shri Kilkari Baba Bhairavnath Ji Temple near present-day Purana Qila, the Kalka Mata Temple in present-day Kalkaji, and the Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place which trace their origins to the period of the Mahabharata or modern-day temples like the Birla Mandir and the Akshardham Temple. The city indeed boasts of some incredible Hindu places of worship. It also comprises some important historical structures of the period of the Mahabharata, including the Indraprastha region, as well as the areas ruled by the Tomars and Chauhans, who not only built forts and palaces, such as Lal Kot (later known as Qila Rai Pithora), but also added to the religious landscape of the city. King Anangpal I of the Tomar Dynasty constructed numerous temples in his capital city of Lal Kot, which were eventually destroyed during the Islamic invasions. The culture and heritage of the Pandavas, the Tomars, and the Chauhans warrants a more detailed analysis, and so does the contemporary cultural landscape of Bhārat’s capital city.

This book is an attempt to explore the Hindu heritage of the city of Delhi—its history, architecture, archaeology, handicrafts, museums, cuisines, traditions, and so on. The book proposes to look at the city’s history and culture from an alternative perspective and add value to the academic discourse on Delhi and its neighbourhood.



·       Hindu Histories of Delhi: The Mahabharat period, rule of the Tomar Dynasty, the period of the Chauhan Dynasty; Hindu Kings of Delhi and their contribution to city histories

·       Hindu Religious Structures: Temples, forts and palaces, public utility works, other structures of ancient or contemporary relevance

·       Inscriptions, Archaeology, Numismatics: Sanskrit inscriptions, Archaeological Sites in and around Delhi, coins and seals of Hindu dynasties of Delhi

·       Artifacts and Handicrafts: Traditional handicrafts, clothes, ornaments, and jewellery  

·       Cuisines of Delhi: Traditional Hindu cuisine, history of street food, impact of Hindu culture on the cuisines of Delhi

·       Museums of Delhi: Exhibits displaying Hindu heritage and culture

·       Arts and Performing Arts: Paintings, Music, and Dance

·       Languages and Literature: Linguistic and Literary traditions

·       Role of Institutions in Promoting the Hindu Heritage of Delhi: Heritage institutions and their impact, Heritage Walks at Hindu heritage sites


Chapter Submissions

Academics and research scholars from institutions of repute are invited to submit a proposal in 350-500 words along with key words, which will be peer-reviewed. Successful candidates will be invited to submit a full chapter. Scholars are advised to go through the themes and guidelines carefully before submitting the proposal. The proposal must be strictly academic in nature.


Submission Roadmap

30 December 2023: Submission of proposals

10 January 2024: End of the peer review process of proposals

15 March 2024: Full chapter submission

25 March 2023: Peer review and feedback on full chapter

20 April 2023: Final chapter submission


Submission Guidelines

·       Abstract: 350-500 words (with key words)

·       Chapter Length: 7000-8000 words (including key words, in-text citations, and references)

·       Font: Times New Roman, 12 point, 1.5 spacing

·       Citations: In-text in APA format (

·       References: End of the Chapter in APA format

·       Images, Tables, and Graphs: Maximum 4 images, 3 tables or graphs per chapter

·       Deadlines: To be adhered to as per the Submission Roadmap


(The contributor shall be solely responsible for their research findings published in the book. Neither the editor nor the publisher will take responsibility for any unverified research.)


Chapter Format

Main Sections

1.      Title

2.      Name/s with Complete Affiliation and Contact Details

3.      Abstract with Key Words

4.      Introduction: The Introduction should clearly justify the rationale of the study with appropriate theoretical background.

5.      Literature Review: This section should include the explanation and analysis of existing literature.  

6.      Methodology: This section should explain the methodology used for research.

7.      Key Findings: This section must include the key findings of the research.

8.      Discussion: This should include the overall discussion and analysis of the key findings.

9.      Conclusion: The conclusion should clearly state the major findings of the paper and its overall outcome.

Other Sections

References: In APA format only.

Appendices: If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc.


Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements:

·       The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.

·       The submission file is in Microsoft Word document format.

·       Where available, provide URLs for the references.

·       The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Submission Guidelines and Chapter Format.


Contact Details

Email your proposals to

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Dr Chandni Sengupta

Historian and Author; Guest Faculty, Southern New Hampshire University, USA

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Friday, November 24, 2023



The many emergent voices in Indian media shape contemporary discourses on gender, consumption, economy, narratives, race, language, caste and identities. Such voices help contribute to how we view and understand the world, especially in the way inequalities are encountered and perpetuated by contemporary media, resulting in representational signals that reimagine the status quo. In this, the role of film, social media and brand communications appear to have been more significant, when compared to their conventional mainstream counterparts, such as print and broadcast media. The second edition of SCMC’s Pramana Research Conference strives to examine the contemporary construction of inclusivity in both cultural and business contexts, simultaneously looking at media representations as well as consumption practices. In a combined Call for Papers to educators, researchers and academicians, the Pramana Conference aims to explore the role and potential of ‘change agents’ as guides who influence the consumers’ imagination of intersectionality and inclusivity, unravel socio-cultural marginalization.

Theme 1: The Marginalized in Contemporary Indian Media

Social and cultural marginalizations of various types exist in all complex societies, including India; and with the advent of modern public life, many such enduring, yet historically changing, deeply ingrained marginalizations practiced in the subcontinent have been matters of significant discussion. The presence of constitutional and legal safeguards has not however amounted to such consciousness permeating into the social fabric, which continues to promote socially ingrained privileges, while keeping the conversation about discrimination and marginalization on the periphery. Many media industries remained overwhelmingly populated by privileged, educated social elites (Kureel 2021, Kumar 2009) and popular cinema narratives remained aligned to privileged social groups, with few tokenistic representations of lower social groups. The Mandal agitations of early 1990s and the immediately preceding militant anti-caste movements compelled representational space to lower caste and class groups, their realities and specificities. Simultaneously, this is also the moment when Dalit literature burst onto the Indian literary scene as an unavoidable force to reckon with. It is in the longue-durée context of this gradual emergence of representation of caste, gender and the marginalized in Indian public life that we want to situate our discussion of the politics of representation in contemporary Indian media: including in cinema, broadcast media, print and digital journalism, digital content and social media platforms. We especially want to delve into the use of the contemporary mediascape by socially marginalized groups for self-assertion and representation.

Topics (but not limited to):

  • Contemporary Media Representation: Portrayals of the Marginalized in News, Entertainment, and Popular Culture;
  • The Marginalized in the Digital Spaces: Online Platforms and Social Media Networks;
  • Marginalized Groups and Journalism: Study of Caste-based Biases etc. and Reporting in Indian Media;
  • Social Media Activism: Assessment of Social Media's Role in Mobilizing Anti-caste Movements etc. and Raising Awareness;
  • The Marginalized, Media, and Policy: Evaluation of Policies Addressing caste-related and other issues in the media sector;
  • Intersectionality, Class and Caste: Analysis of how these intersect with other identity markers in media representations;
  • Marginalization and Hate: Examination of dogwhistling, hate speech and cyberbullying on Social Media;
  • Media Initiatives for Social Change: Case studies of media projects promoting inclusivity and social equality.

Theme 2: Inclusivity in Brand Ecosystems: Structural and Marketplace Influences, Representational Narratives, and New-age Brand Philosophies

The integration of social awareness has emerged as a pivotal guiding principle for contemporary marketing strategies and this has led practitioners to shift their branding strategies towards content and communication that cater to varied sub-cultures and socially disadvantaged consumer groups. Despite this, many societal groups remain stereotyped, misportrayed and under-represented, with invasive and harmful imagery continuing to surface in the world of brand communication, media and branded content. Presently, there is a growing body of case studies and anecdotal evidence that show that inclusive marketing practices have a discernible impact across various dimensions of marketing (Thompson 2021). Many scholars specializing in marketing, such as Licsandru and Cui (2018) and Kuppelwieser and Klaus (2020), further developed and enhanced the theoretical framework underlying this notion. Despite extensive global research conducted in various areas such as inclusive marketing, there remains a notable dearth of comprehensive research in the field of inclusive branding and communication within mainstream marketing theory. We would like to enhance the field’s research potentials through the exploration of connections between existing research-based studies on inclusive brand communication and the development of research frameworks which aim at broadening the scope of inclusive brand communication as a practical domain. The track will focus on understanding the role of inclusivity’s contribution to social progress and brand growth, and its influence in shaping effective brand communication.

Topics (but not limited to):

  • Exploring the internal and external motivation of brands to leverage inclusive marketing and communication;
  • Effectiveness and efficiency of media platform to communicate inclusivity and consumers perception of the same;
  • Inclusivity in Corporate Communications, employee relations and stakeholder relationships;
  • Role of inclusive marketing communication in Advocacy and Internal Communication stakeholder management etc.;
  • Marginalized groups in social and cultural space, Advertising, and Marketing: Exploration of marginalized-centric marketing strategies and their effects on consumers;
  • Marginalized, Labour and Media Industry: The stratifications of Marginalized, class, linguistic, regions and caste in the labour hierarchy of various Indian media;
  • Factors driving the effectiveness of inclusive advertising campaigns, DEI (Diversity, equity, and inclusion) in the media agencies;
  • Role of AI (artificial intelligence) as enabling or hindering advertising inclusivity;
  • Discussing the power dynamics between communication industry, government, politics, and consumer activists in promoting, negotiating, or resisting diversity and inclusivity movements.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstract Submission: Interested contributors are invited to submit an abstract of their proposed paper (250-300 words) along with a brief bio-note (50 words).

Language: English

Completed papers should be between 6,000 to 8,000 words, inclusive of references and citations can be submitted for a Conference compendium. Submissions must adhere to the APA style guidelines. We welcome original research, discussion notes, unpublished work, working papers etc.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30th November, 2023

Notification of Acceptance: 15th December, 2023

Conference Date: 19th and 20th January, 2024

Submission Process:

Please submit your abstract and bio-note as a Word document to Submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review process, and selected researchers will be notified duly.

Conference Venue:

Symbiosis Campus in Viman Nagar situated in Pune.


The conference registration details will be announced after the acceptance of abstracts.


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Please submit your abstract and bio-note as a Word document to Submissions will undergo a double-blind
peer-review process, and selected researchers will be notified duly.

Symbiosis Campus in Viman Nagar situated in Pune.

The conference registration details will be announced after the acceptance of

For any inquiries regarding the conference or submission process, please

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Thursday, November 23, 2023

CFP: Modern Education System and the Marginalized in Swaraj India -University of Science and Technology Meghalaya, February 2024


Concept Note:

India's journey towards independence from colonial rule was not only a political struggle but also a quest for social, economic and cultural regeneration and transformation. Education played a crucial role in this pursuit, serving as a powerful tool to reform and empower individuals, cultivate national consciousness, and drive social progress. Education was a key element in the vision of India's leaders, who recognized that knowledge and enlightenment were essential for breaking free from the shackles of colonialism. Throughout the freedom struggle, education became a vehicle for awakening and mobilizing the masses, instilling a sense of national identity, and fostering a collective spirit of resistance against British rule. Parallel to this was the vital role of education in shaping the values of democracy, equality, and social justice that India aspired to embody after attaining independence. Educational institutions became spaces for nurturing citizens who would contribute to building a new India, free from the shackles of colonialism and deep-rooted social inequalities. In the seventy-five years, education continued to be the cornerstone of India's development agenda. The government recognized the urgent need to address the country's high illiteracy rates and educational disparities. The establishment of a robust public education system, expansion of access to schooling, and initiatives like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for All) program demonstrated the commitment to provide universalisation of elementary education and quality education to all children, regardless of their background.

However, the modern education system has become a significant topic of discussion about its treatment of marginalized citizens in modern India. As societies strive for progress and development, it is crucial to examine how educational institutions cater to the needs and aspirations of those on the margins of society. One of the key concerns surrounding the modern education system is its potential to perpetuate existing social inequalities. Marginalized groups, including subaltern caste groups, Tribes, women, ethnic and religious minorities, differently abled, and LGBTQ+ individuals, often face systemic barriers that limit their access to quality education. These barriers can include discriminatory attitudes, lack of inclusive policies and practices in educational institutions, limited representation of diverse voices and experiences, within the curriculum and financial constraints. These can be addressed by inclusive policies and practices in higher education which is an essential aspect for creating an equitable and diverse society. In the context of India, with its rich cultural heritage and vast socio-economic disparities, ensuring non-discrimination and inclusive programmes in higher education becomes a critical imperative.

The curriculum itself is often criticized for being pro-upper caste and class or biased towards a particular dominant culture, thereby fostering prejudice and neglecting the histories, cultures, and contributions of marginalized communities. Such biased pedagogic practices and lack of representation can result in feelings of alienation, exclusion and a distorted sense of self for marginalized students. Another important aspect is the question of educational resources and opportunities. Marginalized individuals often have limited access to quality schools, well-trained teachers, technological resources, and extracurricular activities that can foster holistic development. This disparity in resources further exacerbates the educational divide between privileged and marginalized students. Thus adopting inclusive pedagogies that emphasize active learning, participatory approaches, and the integration of diverse perspectives can create inclusive learning environments. Curricular reform should incorporate themes of social justice, diversity, and sustainable development to prepare students to become socially conscious and responsible citizens.

Addressing the question of the Marginalised in the modern education system requires a multi-faceted approach. It involves conceptualising, designing and implementing inclusive policies and practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. There should be efforts made to bridge the resource gap by investing in educational resources and infrastructure amongst marginalized communities, providing financial assistance, and training teachers to be culturally responsive and sensitive to the needs of all students. Further, building partnerships between educational institutions and marginalized communities can promote inclusivity. Collaborative initiatives, such as community-based learning, mentoring programs, and outreach activities, can bridge the gap between academia and marginalized groups, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment.

Furthermore, fostering dialogue and amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals within educational institutions can lead to a more inclusive and empowering learning environment. By engaging in open discussions and actively listening to the concerns and experiences of marginalized groups, we can collectively work towards a more equitable and just modern education system. Ultimately, the question of the Marginalised in Swaraj India urges us to critically evaluate and transform the modern education system, ensuring that it becomes a catalyst for social empowerment, equality, and the realization of the full potential of all individuals, regardless of their background or identity.

Themes of the Panel 12 for the year 2024 are as follows:

Theme 1: Recognising Barriers in Education for the Marginalised: To examine the structural, social, and economic barriers that hinder marginalized communities' (SCs, STs, Women, Disabled etc.) access to quality education in Swaraj India. This section will involve papers analyzing existing literature, policies, and empirical data to gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized groups.

Theme 2: Measuring the Impact of Educational Marginalisation: To evaluate the socio-economic and political impact of educational marginalization on marginalized communities such as SCs, STs, Women, Disabled etc. in Swaraj India. This section will involve empirical papers based on surveys, interviews, and focus group discussions with community members, educators, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders.

Theme 3: Searching Strategies and Best Practices for Inclusive Education: To identify and document innovative strategies, programs, and policies implemented at local, regional, or national levels that have successfully addressed educational disparities for marginalized communities such as SCs, STs, Women, Disabled etc. This section will aim to have papers that highlight success stories and provide insights into replicable models for inclusive education.

Theme 4: Framing Policies and Programmes for Educational Marginalisation: In this section, papers will be selected based on the research findings, to formulate evidence-based policy recommendations that can help address the identified barriers and promote inclusive education for marginalized communities such as SCs, STs, Women, Disabled etc. These recommendations will be targeted towards policymakers, educational institutions, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders involved in the education sector.

Important Dates:

Last Date for Abstracts: 20th November 2023.

Full Draft Papers:                   30th December 2023.

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Venue: 47th Indian Social Science Congress to be held at University of Science and Technology Meghalaya, 5-9 February 2024



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Outstation Chairperson: Prof. Yagati Chinna Rao, JNU

Outstation Convener: Dr. L David Lal, IIIT Guwahati


47th Indian Social Science Congress to be held at University of Science and Technology Meghalaya, 5-9 February 2024

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National Conference on “#Human Rights, #Language and #Culture: Advancements in Contemporary Times”(Hybrid) Jan-2024-S.G.T. University, New Delhi

 Call for Papers

for a Two-day National Conference on

Human Rights, Language and Culture: Advancements in Contemporary Times

Concept Note

"Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free, though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man."

- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

Humans and their constant strife for emancipation, physical or psychological, has been a major sculptor for social and individual relations throughout history. This struggle extends beyond the absence of immediately apparent restraints and encompasses the freedom to think, express oneself, and exercise one's rights. Today, human rights discourse acknowledges the significance of both physical and psychological well-being as a fundamental aspect of human rights, as is enshrined in various international declarations and conventions. It implies that restrictions on these freedoms, whether through censorship, discrimination, or cultural norms, infringe upon a person's human rights.

Language and culture serve as powerful tools contributing to both communication and cognitive development to further human rights discourse. Discrimination or suppression of languages can lead to the restriction of thought and expression. Recognizing and protecting linguistic diversity ensures individual freedom and access to cultural heritage. Cultural practices, traditions, and norms also have the potential to foster or impede mental freedom. Contemporary advancements in human rights discourse involve challenging cultural norms that infringe upon individual freedoms, such as gender-based discrimination or restrictions on freedom of expression within specific cultural contexts and reconciling communal diversity with human rights principles.

The intersection of human rights, language, and culture bears significant relevance in an increasingly globalized contemporary world. In a world characterized by increasing intercultural connectivity and diversity, the study and promotion of human rights in various cultural and linguistic contexts becomes of paramount importance. This conference aims to provide a platform for scholars, activists, and practitioners to explore and discuss the advancements, challenges, and innovations related to human rights, language, and culture in contemporary times. We invite submissions investigating this shared ground between fields of human language, literature, communication, and cultural studies. Below is a prospective but not exhaustive list of relevant topics. We encourage a broad range of abstracts not limited to the list below.

Language rights and linguistic diversity.

Language barriers and integration challenges in a multicultural society.

Indigenous languages and cultural heritage.

The importance of legal documentation in regional languages for cross-cultural accessibility.

Representation of the human rights discourse through visual culture like movies, cartoon strips, songs, and graphic narratives.

Explorations of nationalism through depictions of Civil services, armed forces, and Swadesi industries in Indian literature.

Constitutional language in a globalised world.

Narratives of public employees.

Gender, identity, and human rights.  

Human rights and migrant experience.

Human rights and processes of its linguistic interpretation.  

Linguistic and cultural exchange in diaspora communities.

Narratives centred on constitutional accessibility.

Multilingual education and inclusive pedagogies.

Effective policy advocacy for linguistic and cultural rights.

Explorations of citizen rights discourse in Indian Literature.



Interested scholars should submit a 300-word abstract with the paper’s title and a brief biographical note of 100 words to by December 10, 2023. We shall revert to selected abstracts by December 16, 2023. Selected scholars shall have to submit full papers 3000-4000 words in length (formatted according to MLA 9th edition) by January 10, 2023.

The mode of the conference shall be flexible. All presenters and participants shall be conferred with certificates. The conference proceedings shall be published in book form. Kindly pay the applicable registration fee at the QR code appended with this file.


  • Dates of conference                               :           January 22-23, 2024
  • Deadline for abstract submission            :           December 10, 2023
  • Revert to selected scholars                     :           December 16, 2023
  • Deadline for full papers                         :           January 10, 2024
  • Mode of Conference                              :           Flexible (Offline+ Online)

Conference Registration Fee





SGTU Faculty/ Students

Early-bird Discount

By December 31, 2023



On Spot Registration




Early-bird Discount

By December 31, 2023


On Spot Registration



Professionals/Research Scholars

Early-bird Discount

By December 31, 2023


On Spot Registration



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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

CFP: Rethinking the Global in #English #Studies-2024

English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK)

December 12–14, 2024

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea



Kandice Chuh, CUNY Graduate Center, USA

Ato Quayson, Stanford University, USA

Hye-Joon Yoon, Yonsei University, Korea


The recent scholarly attention to the global turn in English studies calls forth new interpretive frameworks to decentralize, decolonize, and pluralize the interconnectivity among language, culture, and texts. Yet the administration of transnational reading often operates under the binaries of the center and the periphery, metropole and colony, global and local when in fact those connections may be understood as asymmetrical and coterminous. The recent spread of the pandemic, the geo-ecological crisis of the Anthropocene, and the surge of generative AI further challenge the ways in which literary studies can be (re)mapped in dialectical and multidirectional modalities. 

What does it mean to study English literature from a “global” perspective when, to quote Dipesh Chakrabarty, we live in a “new geological era, one in which humans act as a main determinant of the environment of the planet”? Does planetary consciousness overwrite our attempts to understand the networks of ideas, things, and human agencies, or rather, mark those transcultural conjunctions as legible? How might we circumnavigate the ways in which the local, regional, national, transnational, global, and planetary converge and rupture? For the ELLAK 70th anniversary international conference, we invite scholars and graduate students to participate in a discursive dialogue about what it means to engage in literary, cultural, translation, and film studies in the age of globalism and globalization. We especially welcome papers that discuss the “plasticity” of literary studies, or namely, the capacity to generate new forms and ideas on a global scale.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Global turn in literary studies;
  • Transnational, cross-cultural, and translational boundaries in (English) literary studies, both spatial and temporal; 
  • Postcolonial discourse, ethnic studies, critical race theory; 
  • Planetary crisis, climate change, environmental justice, ecological (de)subjects; 
  • Sexuality, queer theory, disability studies; 
  • Plasticity of humans, objects, and planet; 
  • Biopolitics and neoliberalism        
  • Translation studies and the movement of language and texts; 
  • English literature and world literature; 
  • Teaching and reading English literature and language in the non-Anglophone world, especially in Asia;
  • Reading the Korean Wave from global literary/cultural perspectives.

Proposals should be submitted by February 16, 2024, to

An individual paper proposal should include:

  • Title of the paper;
  • An abstract of the paper (150–200 words);
  • Following information on the speaker: full name, title, affiliation, email address, and brief bio (up to 150 words).

 A session proposal should include: 

  • Title of the session; 
  • A brief description of the session (up to 150 words); 
  • Titles of the papers (3–4 papers per session);
  • Abstracts of the papers (150–200 words each);
  • Following information on each participant (the organizer/moderator and the speakers): full name, title, affiliation, email address, and brief bio (up to 150 words).

(Before you submit a session proposal, please ensure that all participants have agreed to attend the conference in person.)

Saturday, November 11, 2023

CFP: Graduate Conference: Remembering Histories: Memory, Transmission and Identities-Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi

 The discursive nature of history has been exposed through multiple theoretical lenses, subjectivities, and socio-political positions that have expressed its polylogic dimensions. The post-structuralist turn of humanities with the advent of fields such as trauma and memory studies also brought to the fore the role and politics of remembering as a mode of narrating and understanding claims to history. Understood both as an individual and collective-social practice, history is dynamic and open to contestations. Understanding history is therefore an attempt to understand ongoing negotiations with a past that continues to linger beyond its assumed temporal limits. Often, this continues across generations especially when ideas of power and politics, justice and healing get inexplicably intertwined with remembering. This inheritance of a past calls forth a need to analyse the multigenerational character of individual and collective memory.

Drawing on Jan Assmann’s notion of cultural memory, and Marianne Hirsch’s concept of postmemory, this conference seeks to stir discussions on the dynamic space and relationship between history and remembering with a special focus on transmission of history, via memory, through time and generations.

The conference will explore questions such as:
How is history a mode of remembering? 
How are collective identities meshed out of experiencing the unfolding of history?
How is memory mediated at individual and collective levels?
How is remembering a clinical and ethical enterprise? In what ways do testimonies and literary texts navigate the politics of memory?


● Transgenerational memory and history

● History and ‘counter’ history

● Modes and politics of remembering

● Literature and History

● Testimonial literature

● Trauma and memory

● Individual and collective trauma

● Remembering and forgetting

● Mass media

● Representation, language, and memory

● Material Memory

● Oral history

● History of emotions

Submission Guidelines:

We invite abstracts of maximum 250 words related to the theme along with a short bio note. 
All papers must be original to the best of their knowledge and adhere to the MLA 9th edition. 
The time limit for each presentation is 10 minutes. Any kind of plagiarism is not allowed.

Note: Due to monetary constraints, the organizers won’t be responsible for any expenses borne by the participants. Participants would have to look after their own transportation and accommodation.

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstracts: 25th November, 2023
Intimation of Accepted Abstracts: 5th December, 2023
Submission of Full Length Papers: 10th January, 2023
Intimation of Accepted Full Length Papers: 20th January, 2023
Paper presentation and Panel Discussion: 29th January, 2024


Submission form:


For further queries, contact:

Aswathi Alappat (President)-

Harsha (President)-

Himangi Patnaik (General Secretary)-

Narjis Bint Islam (Joint Secretary)-