Sunday, 26 March 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS : The Politics of Distribution: Migrant Labour, Development and Religious Aid in Asia     

16 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017

           Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore 

Migrant labour has been viewed as an important factor in growth, productivity and poverty reduction in Asia where rapid economic development has raised many to middle income countries. However, parallel to the growth of these economies has arisen new challenges and tensions as well as continuing underdevelopment (Rigg 2015). This includes what some scholars have identified as the formation of a labour surplus population in many parts of the world, where a decline in small agriculture and new industries generating less employment has resulted in a labour over supply that has made many “redundant” in the global production system (Ferguson 2015, Li 2010). Instead, distributive practices and “relations of dependence” (Ferguson 2015) have increased in the context of not only diminishing employment opportunities but also in uncertain and precarious employment, as is in the case of migrant labour which has often been linked to abuses over working conditions and wages.
In this sense, religious aid is one significant and diverse form of distributive practice. This is particularly the case where the rise in global civil society and non-state actors make up for many of the “structural holes” (Faist 2009) in social services neglected by the State. The absence of the State in this area, particularly in the global South, has led to an opening up of a space for alternative actors to ‘fill in the gap’, including faith-based actors where religious spaces have become simultaneously humanitarian and development spaces. This is particularly the case for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, who as ‘non-citizens’ are often marginalised in their access to formal work and social services.
The workshop will engage with Ferguson’s concept of distributive practices (Ferguson 2015) to interrogate whether it is applicable to religious aid in the Asian context as a significant form of contemporary labour. This is in recognition of the fact that cultivating the social relationships which make distributive flows possible is not a passive condition, but rather the outcome of a particular type of labour (Ferguson 2015, 97). Although having always existed in the form of remittances, kin-based sharing, patronage, “corruption” and relations of dependence on others such as NGOs and corporations, distributive practices have taken on a new amplitude with the decrease in the availability and increasing precariousness of waged labour.
The workshop will examine forms of contemporary distributive practices in Asia as they are enacted by religious actors, whether through religious aid organisations, religious networks or informal religious giving, within the context of migrant labour and how these interrelate with wider development processes in the region. Migrant labour is taken to encompass those who engage in rural-urban migration as well as what are usually assumed to be binary categories of legal and illegal, temporary and permanent, economic migrant and refugee/asylum seeker; in the recognition that these categories are often not fixed but fluid and permeable.

This workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners who are not only critically engaged with the politics of distributive practices, but who are specifically interested in exploring a politics of distribution that is grounded in and emerges out of practices in Asia. We therefore invite papers embedded in empirical case studies which explore one or more of the following lines of inquiry:
  • What are the multiple ways in which religious actors intervene in, facilitate, and mitigate the domain in which migrant labour and development processes meet in order to deliver ‘aid’ or engage in distributive practices of religious giving in Asia? What is the significance of these on our understanding of contemporary distributive practices in Asia and how they relate to economic development and livelihoods?
  • In what ways do religious understandings of development, livelihood, and human fulfilment permeate religious actors’ aid and distributive practices; are these conceptions given a distinct form and meaning? How does religious actors’ engagement in migrant labour with its own ‘development truths’ challenge or uphold prevailing ideas of development? How are these experienced, produced and negotiated by local, as well as transnational actors?
  • How are relations of dependence and belonging cultivated in religious distributive practices? How do both distributive practices and religious theologies challenge the assumptions of an emancipatory, self-sufficient liberal conception of the individual? What languages of religious belonging are used in distributive labour practices by faith-based actors and the recipients of their aid, particularly for migrants who are often marginalised by the State? What are the implications of this on conceptions of citizenship and belonging?
  • Asocial inequality is the lack of relations in a morally binding membership group, where networks of affect have been replaced by atomized individuals with little or no social attachments (Ferguson 2013). In what ways do religious actors address asocial inequality in their aid?
  • What does labour and livelihoods, understood as distributive practices, look like in Asia? What can an understanding of religious distributive practices within the context of migrant labour tell us about how social inequality and precarity in Asia might be addressed?

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 2 June 2017. Please submit your proposal, using the provided proposal template to Ms Tay Minghua at Successful applicants will be notified by early July 2017 and will be required to send in a draft paper by 20 October 2017.

Workshop Convenors
Dr May Ngo
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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Dr Bernardo Brown
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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Ms TAY Minghua
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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Contact Person(s)
Minghua TAY

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Residential Workshop: Summer School on Marxism-2017
Module- II: “Doing Marxism Today”
Dates: (09 days) 3rd to 12th June, 2017
Venue: NCR(Tentative)
Closing date for applications: 10th April 2017 (midnight IST)

Who can apply: Anybody can apply!!
Application Requirement: The only condition is to answer atleast two questions out of the given questions. [The language will be mainly English and Hindi due to logistical constraints.]

Course Content
1. On Epistemology & Praxis
i) Marxist Epistemologies
ii) Different schools of Marxism
iii) Praxis
2. On Cultural Question
iv) Identity – On Subjectivity
v) Gender – Reproduction, affectivity & Gender
vi) Religion – Marxism & Religion
vii) Caste – Caste in Capitalism
3. On Political Theory
viii) Class & Organization
ix) Theorizations on Power
x) State & Capital
xi) Hegemony & Politics
xii) Justice, Rights & Law
xiii) On Social Movements
4. On Economic theory
xiv) Neoliberalism
xv) Advanced Capitalism under Globalization
xvi) On Capitalist Development 

The course will employ multiple methods of teaching over and above the regular classroom pedagogy. Methods such as classroom teaching, group discussions, multimedia, theater etc. will be used.

Answer any two of the following questions
1. Using the distinction between mode of appropriation and exploitation, assess critically the nature of ‘socialism’ that evolved in the Soviet Union?
2. Take the following four paragraphs from Communist Manifesto and assess critically whether and how far the analysis of Marx and Engels have been borne out by the evolution of capitalism.
i.) Modern industry has established the world market, for which the discovery of America paved the way. This market has given an immense development to commerce, to navigation, to communication by land. This development has, in its turn, reacted on the extension of industry; and in proportion as industry, commerce, navigation, railways extended, in the same proportion the bourgeoisie developed, increased its capital, and pushed into the background every class handed down from the Middle Ages.
ii.) We see, therefore, how the modern bourgeoisie is itself the product of a long course of development, of a series of revolutions in the modes of production and of exchange. The bourgeoisie, historically, has played a most revolutionary part……….
iii.) The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors”, and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment”. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom – Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.
iv.) The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage labourers.
3. How does the Indian experience help us think about the relation between democracy and capitalism from a Marxian standpoint?
4. How would you understand the organization of production process and capital accumulation keeping in mind the ideas of relative and absolute surplus value production in India?
5. Is there is a decline of revolutionary working class politics in South Asia or the working class politics needs to be rephrased to organize a struggle that would transcend the capitalist system? In what way would you suggest modification of the constituents of the revolutionary block? Do you think that this requires any modification of the concept of the party, its internal constitution and its relation with the ‘revolutionary’ masses?

Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. Simple food will be provided. Boarding and lodging as well as course materials will be taken care of by the host organizations. Participants coming from outside Delhi will be reimbursed part of their travel expenses, their travel from their respective locations to Delhi and back. Travel from Delhi to the venue and back will be arranged by the organizers.

PLEASE NOTE: The course is strictly residential. Participants are expected to stay at the venue even if they are from nearby. All participants are expected to stay through the entire course and not leave halfway unless there are compelling reasons like a sudden family emergency. Applicants must remember that leaving midway without sufficiently valid reason is likely to affect the prospects of others from their university/organization that might apply for other courses at SAU in the future. These restrictions are designed to ensure equity and inclusiveness across all participants.

How to Apply
Application with your name, institutional affiliation, address, education qualification and answer to the questions may be sent to the following email id: such that it reaches us before midnight IST latest by 10th April 2017. In case if you have queries you can mail or write it down to:

Atul Chandra, Project Assistant/Senior Researcher, Room No: 337 ‘A’, Third Floor, Akbar Bhawan, South Asian University, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-21

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

 International Conference
Barcelona, 30 November- 1st December 2017

A remarkable number of films and television shows display more than one language (Inglourious Basterds, Jane the Virgin, The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones…); they include different languages or a language with significant internal variation. The translation of such written and audiovisual texts poses important theoretical and practical challenges, since language variation can manifest itself in different forms and fulfil various functions, which might be stylistic, pragmatic or discursive. These texts are often referred to as multilingual, polylingual, plurilingual or even heterolingual.

The TRAFILM project aims to describe the reality of the translation of multilingual audiovisual texts. We aim to discover professional and social practices along with the norms and criteria of this specific translation challenge. We also hope to validate and refine existing theoretical models on audiovisual translation and multilingualism by describing and analysing a rich collection of data. The TraFilm Conference is conceived of as a meeting point for exchanges, research experiences and proposals for an increasingly important topic within Translation Studies.


We invite proposals for papers on any of the following topics: 
• The translation of language combinations within the same film, TV product, or written work of fiction.
• The translation (or nontranslation) of constructed languages, i.e., languages made up by the author within a work of fiction.
• The translation of conditioned language utterances within a work of fiction, i.e. when communication is conditioned by cognitive or articulatory hindrances, because of the effects of overexcitement, intoxication, exhaustion, psychological condition, speech impairment. 
• The rendering of dialects and/or sociolects within a work of fiction or non-fiction, when they are used as distinct forms of communication from a standard language operating as the main language of the source text. 
Translation creativity when dealing with stylistic and/or linguistic varieties and language combinations 
• Instances of code-switching, diglossia, bilingualism, heritage languages within works of fiction or as parts of translation of non-fiction. 
• The stylistic and functional effects and implications of linguistic variety as explained in the previous points, above, e.g. humour, stereotyping, xenophobia, censorship, character portrayal, narrative and rhetorical devices. 
• Reports of professional experiences and practices on translation and multilingualism.

Abstracts (up to 300 words), along with the author’s name, communication information, and short bio-bibliographical note should be sent to with the indication “Trafilm Conference Proposal” on the subject line. 

Important dates

Submission of abstracts: 18th April 
Notification of acceptance: 30th May 
Early bird registration: 30th June


Participant: 110€ (early bird)  - 140€ (after 30th June)
Student concession: 40€ (early bird) - 60€ (after 30th June)

Organizing committee

Montse Corrius (Universitat de Vic-UCC, Spain)
Eva Espasa (Universitat de Vic-UCC, Spain)
Miquel Pujol (Universitat de Vic-UCC, Spain)
Laura Santamaria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) 
Patrick Zabalbeascoa (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain) 

Scientific committee

Frederic Chaume (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
Irene De Higes (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
Jorge Díaz-Cintas (University College London, United Kingdom)
Elena Di Giovanni (Università di Macerata, Italy)
Eva Duran-Eppler (Roehampton University, United Kingdom)
Irene Ranzato (Università la Sapienza, Italy)
Marta Mateo (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain)
Stavroula Sokoli (Hellenic Open University, Greece)

Keynote speakers

Michael Cronin (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Reyne Meylaerts (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Marta Mateo (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain) 


Espai UVic
Via Augusta, 123, 08006 Barcelona.
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017



       Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) is one of the earliest and largest premier inter-disciplinary research institutions working on social science research in India. Established in 1972, ISEC has been instrumental in carrying out robust and competent research studies on various issues in social sciences. It has also been providing valuable policy feedback to bring about integrated social, economic and political transformation, with emphasis on equity and justice. Through both macro and micro-level studies, with inter-disciplinary approaches, the Institute’s mandate is to generate knowledge and provide information to improve the quality of policy-making and serve as a centre for excellence in research and training in social sciences. The Institute has been accredited with a team of renowned economists, sociologists, political scientists and educationists who are well known for their scholarship. Capacity building among the young researchers is one of the main thrust areas of the Institute.

The core objective of this initiative is to make the young students (post graduate level) to undergo internship in various social science disciplines to understand nuances of and participate in the inter-disciplinary social science research.

This is achieved through: 

Providing a platform for understanding the rigour in the social science disciplines and enhance the understanding towards analyzing and addressing the social problems through hands-on training.
Facilitate, instruct and orient the students in developing the research questions either for further studies or for independent research activity.
Interaction with faculty, researchers and PhD scholars of nine different academic centres of ISEC.
First hand exposure in the arena of research and policy interplay and understand how research and policy complement and/or contradict with each other.

Internship demands a full time commitment for two months between 1 April 2017 and 31 July 2017. There will however be sufficient flexibility regarding the timing of programme. The student will be required to assist and discuss with the concerned faculty.
The selected candidates will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs.5,000/- based on strict attendance and diligence.  Free accommodation for a period of two months can be provided if accommodation is available.  Out-station students may be given preference for allotment of accommodation. Selected outstation candidates will be reimbursed to and fro second class sleeper train charges upon production of ticket/travel proof.  The interns will have to bear expenditure on food and all other expenses during stay.

Essential qualifications:
Students of social sciences should preferably be in the middle of their post graduation.  In exceptional cases, those who have completed post-graduation recently or those pursuing M.Phil may also be considered.
Areas for Research:
Economics, Trade and Development; Decentralised Governance and Education, Decentralization, and Development; Urban Studies, Bangalore Surveys; Economic Value of Eco-system Services, Green Accounting, Population and Health.

How to apply:
Application form can be downloaded from here; Application form (.pdf). The filled-in application accompanied by two recommendation letters issued by the Head of the Department and a senior faculty member from the Department should be submitted to
The Registrar, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Dr VKRV Rao Road, Nagarabhavi PO, Bangalore 560 072.
Last date
Filled-in applications will be received until March 20, 2017.
Application Form (.pdf)

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

12th International Conference 
Theatricality in Theatre and Other Mimetic Forms
4-6 April 2017
Organised by  
Department of Performing Arts
In Collaboration With

Bangalore University is located in the Garden City of Bangalore aptly hailed as the “I.T. Capital of India”, was established in July 1964 as an off shoot of the University of Mysore, Bangalore University has completed Fifty-two years of fruitful existence and has come to be hailed as one of the largest universities of Asia. Though originally intended to be a federal university, it has eventually emerged as an affiliating University. The University was first accredited in 2002 by NAAC with Five Star Status, re-accredited in the years 2008 and Nov. 2016 in 2nd and 3rd Cycles with ‘A’ Grade.

Bangalore University has achieved milestones by establishing MOUs with Universities and Institutions of national and international repute. To cater to a student population of over three lakhs, the University is striving to provide access, expansion and excellence in higher education. The vision of the University is to make distinctive and significant contributions to the cause of higher education in Humanities, Social Science, Law, Commerce, Science & Technology. The University is providing quality teaching and encouragement to research in frontier areas with social relevance that would reflect its mission and goals aptly symbolized by its emblem ‘JNANAM VIGNANA SAHITHAM’.

The Department

The Department of Performing Arts was started in the year 1973. The Department is located at Kala Bhavana, Jnanbharathi Campus, Bangalore. The Department has well equipped class rooms and labs. It also has ‘theatre on wheels’, a programme that provides a platform for students to perform plays based on contemporary issues in different parts of Karnataka. The syllabi and the performances of the Department focus on modern trends and innovations in the field of Performing Arts. Along with this, the Department also has important outreach activities like the annual National and International conference, World Theatre Day, Drama productions and presentation of Ballets and Music concerts.

 Call for Papers

Theatre research is and always has been an interdisciplinary area of research. The present conference continuing this tradition would like to place the theatrical performances along with other performing arts Theatricality is one of the basic foundations of theatre, and is what defines it. But it is also used as a mode of representation or as a medium in other mimetic forms. Especially with the entry of new media forms in the wake of technological developments, it seems to be relying exclusively on the mode of theatricality to reach out in the era of late capitalism. The question that this seminar poses is whether theatre research which hitherto grappled with the notion of theatricality could throw light on the uses of modes of theatricality in the new media. Are “real” events staged before camera as theatrical events and not as social events? There is live streaming of certain events over internet, which amounts to theatricality. Thus there is urgency in understanding the question of theatricality in theatre and other mimetic forms. 
We call for papers exploring the issue of theatricality in various mimetic forms.  Questions regarding expanding the notion of theatricality to cover these developments or limit to it, or use the conceptual tools generated in theatre research to address them, could be presented. The following are the suggested topics but the researchers need not limit themselves to the following

  • Changing notions of Theatricality,  
  • Dance and theatricality. Art shows as theatricality. 
  • Television shows and theatricality. 
  • Theatricality in the age of technology
  • Theatricality in Life.
  • Cinema and theatricality. 
  • Theatre and Tourism.   
  • Theatre and Mass Media.
  • Theatre and new media. 
  • Theatricality of domestic disputes in media.
  • Deconstructing power: Role of theatre and other mimetic forms.
  • Decentralizing power rhetoric/ Rhetoric of power: Role of theatre and other mimetic forms, Social preformation as theatre and other mimetic forms.
  • Theatre and other mimetic forms and their participation in social construction, Performatives in theatre and other mimetic forms.
  • Social changes through theatre and other mimetic forms.
  • Radical theatre and social performatives, Defining performative in social sphere, Power in cognitive sphere and role of rhetoric, Power establishment in rhetoric performative, Discrimination of people’s rhetoric through theatre of power.
  • Cinema of the oppressed and performativity of the censor board. Power rhetoric in television and radio.

Important  Instructions for Abstract Submission.
Abstract not exceeding 500 words should be sent latest by 25th March 2017 through email to the following email address:
The authors should state their institutional affiliation, designation, postal address, e-mail, fax and mobile number.
The organizing committee reserves the right to accept/reject the abstract without giving any reasons
 Last date to send full papers and for registration: 30th March 2017
Selected papers will be published with ISBN 
Registration fee: General Conference: Rs.2500/-    50$ for foreign delegates
Research scholars: Rs.1000/-     25$ for foreign delegates.

For more details, visit: Bangalore University website or contact:

Dr. V. Nagesh Bettakote 
Conference Coordinator 
Department of Performing Arts, Bangalore University,
Jnanabharathi Campus, BENGALURU-560056
Phone: (O) 080-22961708/1701, Mob: 9902130384

International Conference
"Digital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas"

October 18-20, 2017
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / Casa de América (Madrid)
International Film Conference (IV TECMERIN Academic Meeting)

Over the past twenty years, digital technology has become the standard in the film production, circulation, and consumption processes. Within this context, Hispanic cinemas have undergone deep changes, both within the countries with an established cinematic tradition, as well as in those that, due to several reasons, had not developed a robust cinematography throughout the 20th century. The analogue paradigm became deeply contested and a new digital framework, which was widely discussed by institutions, film critics, and academics, emerged. This moment coincides with the widespread generalization of national and transnational neoliberal policies that, far from backing diversity, have increased the gap between those “connected” and those “disconnected” (to draw upon Néstor García Canclini’s term); a gap also experienced by those that, even if connected, still occupy subaltern positions.

The speeding of these processes has resulted in an increase of mobility, at work both in the geographical displacement of film professionals and in the emergence of new narratives models that deal with questions of belonging and uprooting, springing precisely from these experiences of displacement. The cinemas of the Global South, and, most specifically, Hispanic cinemas, have actively taken part in these processes, ultimately playing a relevant role in terms of narrative and aesthetic models, and the production, circulation and consumption of film.

Following the main research axes of the R+D project “Transnational relations in Hispanic digital cinemas: the axes of Spain, Mexico, and Argentina” (CSO2014-52750-P), the International Conference Digital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas welcomes proposals across the following lines of inquiry:

  • The representation of migrations, displacements, exile, and diaspora.
  • Transnational flows of cultural, economic, and human capital in the production and circulation of cinema. 
  • The reconfiguration of the regional, national, and transnational Hispanic interactions within the new century.
  • Public discourses and film policies within the region.
  • Hybridization and identity in the narratives on colonization, decolonization, and revolutionary processes.
  •  Activism and digital praxis.
  • Genres, authors, stars.
  • Film cultures and cinephilia: festivals, publications, and digital platforms.
  • Minor cinemas: indigenismo, experimental, and/or militant cinemas.
  • Historiographic, theoretical, and methodological problems of so-called Hispanic, Iberian, and Latin American cinemas.

Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes and may be in Spanish, Portuguese or English. Those interested in participating in the conference should send a title and an abstract proposal of 250 words to, before May 28th, 2017

Please send the abstract as an attachment to your e-mail. The file must include the title, name of the presenter (and co-presenters if any), institutional affiliation, and e-mail. Proposals for panels (4 papers or 3 presentations plus respondent) are welcome and must include a title for the panel itself and the different papers, thenames of the participants and a brief summary of both the panel and the individual proposals.

Deadline for submissions: May 28, 2017
Research Group TECMERIN from the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

contact email:

For more information you can check our website:

Hosted by the Spanish Government Funded Research Project "Las relaciones transnacionales en el cine digital hispanoamericano: los ejes de España, México y Argentina" (CSO2014-52750-P). Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Workshop: Performing Shakespeare: Theory and Praxis

Dept. of English
Assam University, Silchar
10th – 14th April 2017

As a sequel to the much appreciated workshop on Theater Appreciation: Theory and Praxis, the Department of English, Assam University, Silchar is organizing a five-day workshop on Performing Shakespeare: Theory and Praxis from 10th to 14th April 2017

 The objective of the Workshop is to acquaint participants with the enduring enigma that is William Shakespeare and expose them to the technicalities of adapting and performing Shakespeare for the twenty-first century stage.
William Shakespeare’s plays have often been described as the richest, the purest, the fairest, that imagination has ever inspired in any language and the dramatic genius of Shakespeare has remained unparalleled in the canons of world literature. But is Shakespeare our contemporary? Ben Jonson believed that Shakespeare’s dramaturgy “was not of an age but for all time”. Prophetic words certainly, and the innumerable adaptations of the Bard’s plays in the last four hundred years, both for stage and screen, across languages and cultures, bear rich witness to his relevance. Shakespearean criticism reached a new level towards the end of the Nineteenth century and has continued to proliferate in diverse fields ever since. During the Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries the focus of Shakespearean Studies has shifted from the literary-text to the theatrical and performative.

In keeping with this trend, the Workshop will provide a stimulating forum for interaction on the theoretical and performative aspects of adapting Shakespeare for the modern stage. The technical sessions of the workshop would include demonstrations and lectures on various aspects of Shakespearean theatre, such as, acting methodologies, stage craft, style, history and historiography of Shakespearean adaptation so that the participants can derive a first-hand experience of learning the intricacies of the art.

The Workshop will have practical classes on how to translate a Shakespearean text into a performance thereby enhancing the participant’s skills of stage composition. A play by Shakespeare, for instance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, shall be selected for the purpose and the participants will learn to translate a certain portion into performance keeping in mind the theoretical and performative aspects of the text. The workshop will end with performance/s of a Shakespearean play complete with music, set, props and costumes designed and innovated with available resources.

Deadline for submissions:March 30, 2017

Contact email:

Dept. of English
Assam University, Silchar

Saturday, 11 March 2017

The 3rd International Conference on Postdisciplinary Approaches 2018

Knowledge as Disobedience, Expression and Creativity
2-5 February 2018, Auckland University of Technology
Auckland, New Zealand

What is this conference about?

Following the success of the 1st International Conference on Postdisciplinary Approaches held in Neuchatel, Switzerland (19-22 June, 2013) and the second conference hosted by the Copenhagen Business School (22-24 June, 2015), we are delighted to announce that the 3rd event will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, from 2-5 February 2018. The theme for our Auckland gathering is Knowledge as Disobedience, Expression and Creativity. We welcome all types of presentations that address postdisciplinarity in a range of contexts – including, but not limited to, epistmology and knowledge production, practice and action, ways of being and becoming, and relational theory. We particularly encourage non-western perspectives vis-à-vis oral literature, art and performance.  

Postdisciplinarity has been previously articulated as an invitation to different interpretations, critical analysis, and creative problem solving – extending also to questioning conventional processes of knowledge making. To appreciate the breadth and scope of postdisciplinary approaches, we invite you to read the special issue which emerged out of the first conference in Neuchatel – published recently in Tourism Analysis (link:Volume 21, Number 4).

The 3rd International Conference on Postdisciplinary Approaches is open to academics from all walks of life, regardless of disciplinary background or affiliation. Researchers are invited to present in the form of research papers, movies or audio-visual material, exhibitions, performances, music, literary writings such as poetry or short stories and other creative expressions. A combination of several of these is also very much welcome. We recognise that there are a number of different ways in which research can be communicated; we are committed to accommodating such needs.
If you are planning to join us, please pre-register by clicking on the REGISTER INTEREST button (at the bottom of this page). This will help us with the conference organisation and to determine the final registration costs. Please note that the conference will be limited to 120 delegates. 

The aim of the 3rd International Conference on Postdisciplinary Approaches is to extend the boundaries of what constitutes ‘legitimate’ knowledge. The conference is open to academics from all walks of life, regardless of disciplinary background or affiliation. We welcome presentations dealing with postdisciplinarity approaches to knowledge as disobedience, expression and creativity.

Researchers are invited to present their knowledge production and passion in the form of research papers, movies or audio-visual material, exhibitions, performances, music, literary writings, such as poetry or short stories and other creative contributions. A combination of these forms of expression is much welcomed. We recognise that there are a number of different ways in which research can be communicated, and we are committed to accommodating the needs of individual and group expressions.

Important dates and information

Abstract submission opens 30 April, 2017 and closes 15 October, 2017
Registration opens 1 May, 2017 with the following options:
The “I am keen & I am IN!” registration opens 1 May and closes 31 July, 2017
       Price: NZD$ 850.00 [Student: NZD$700.00]
The “I am definitely COMING” registration opens 1 August and closes 30 November, 2017
       Price: NZD$ 950.00 [Student: NZD$ 800.00]
The “I will be LATE” registration opens 1 December, 2017 and will remain open until 2 February, 2018
       Price: NZD$ 1,050.00 [Student: NZD$ 900.00].
Please note that this conference will be limited to 120 participants. The review process will take approximately 4 weeks – the sooner we receive your proposal, the sooner we can get back to you regarding the acceptance of your presentation so that you can make most of the discounted registrations.

Submissions of presentations

Submissions and registrations will be processed via our website

The submission system will be up and running by 30 April, 2017.
Instructions for presentations

All presentations should address/reflect postdisciplinarity and the theme of knowledge as disobedience, expression and creativity. Send us a brief explanation of how your ideas link to the themes of this conference and an example of what & how you would like to present. This will enable the members of the Scientific Committee to assess the relevance and quality of your work, and plan the logistics for the event.

 For research papers: submit an abstract between 200-300 words including references.

 For audio-visual presentations or similar: submit a summary between 150-200 words describing the aims and/or the conceptual basis of your work. An example/trailer of any audio-visual material may be useful (e.g. 3-5 min visual summary).

 For exhibitions and performances: submit a summary between 150-200 words describing the aims and/or the conceptual basis of your work. A visual example (e.g., a photo/drawing) may be required.

 For music, literary writings such as poetry or short stories: submit a brief text (150-200 words) explaining the connection of your work to the themes of the conference. A sample of your work may be required.

 More information regarding submissions will be available online in April.
 There will be a prize for the most creative and disobedient presentation!

Publication opportunities

Aside from the Conference Proceedings, we will work towards producing a special issue based on selected presentations at the Postdisciplinarity Conference 2018. The details of specific publications will be announced at a later stage. Please check our website for regular updates.

We are working hard on making this a fun, inclusive and empowering event. Forget PowerPoints and endless streams of talks… You will be immersed in flows of inspiration, sparked by vibrant conversations and stimulating ideas. Liberate your mind!

We are looking forward to welcoming you in 2018!

Nga mihi
The Auckland postdisciplinary team

Dr Tomas Pernecky, AUT---           Email:

Local Organising Committee:

Dr Heike Schänzel, AUT
Dr Shelagh Mooney, AUT
Dr Nancy McIntyre, AUT
Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera, AUT
Dr Tomas Pernecky, AUT.

We are looking forward to seeing you in summery Auckland in 2018!​