Monday, August 13, 2018

International Seminar on the topic "Marx Today" on 02 -03 September 2018.Dept. of English, St Berchmans College, Changanacherry, Kerala

Call for Papers

The Post-Graduate and Research Department of English, S B College,Changanacherry is organizing a two-day International Seminar on 3rd and 4th of September 2018 on the Topic: “Marx Today”. The conference on Marx is organised around the life and works of Karl Marx in the context of the two hundredth year of his birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Das Kapital. Political thought and philosophy are incomplete without a Marxian dimension. Marx’s 1859 Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy posits a notion of politics that sets subjective agency in relation to its objective determinants. Marx here contends that human society “inevitably sets itself only such tasks as it is able to solve, since closer examination will always show that the problem itself arises only when the material conditions for its solution are already present or at least in the course of formation.” The problem of politics, in other words, is how to correlate specific sites of struggle to the deeper structures that condition them. However, the enduring relevance of Marxist intellectual thought remains a point of spirited debate in the ideological history of the late twentieth century. With the collapse of socialism in the Soviet Union, the emergent currency of postmodern concepts, and the rise of new social protest movements in the spheres of race, gender, and sexual orientation, Marxism came to appear the ‘signifier par excellence of theoretical hubris, redundancy and error’ (Pendakis and Szeman 2014).

In the twenty-first century however, propelled by the succession of economic and ecological crisis scenarios, Marxist criticism has experienced a critical resurgence. Fredric Jameson, David Harvey, and Alex Callinicos have provided new formal readings of Marx’s seemingly ‘inexhaustible’ text (Jameson 2011). Accompanying the apparent epistemological exhaustion of post-structuralist approaches, what palpably remains are the visible signs of an underlying crisis – secular stagnation, intensification of racism, sexism and xenophobia, militarised state repression, ecological collapse, deepening inequality and general human suffering for vast segments of the population. In the face of what some have argued is capital’s terminal crisis, our political world seems singularly unable to tackle the problems it has created and desperately needs to solve.But times of crisis are also times of possibility and the conference seeks to posit both questions and answers that address the matter of “The relevance of Marxism Today”. 

Proposals on all topics of relevance to Marxist theory and practice are welcome, including but not limited to:
  • Subalterninty
  • Postcoloniality
  • Economic Thought
  • Cultural studies
  • Marxian Literary Criticism
  • Political Thought
  • Marxism and aesthetics
  • Protests, Political Movements, Manifestos
  • Literature as praxis and theory
  • Marxism, ecology, and the Anthropocene

Papers from teachers, research scholars and students of Universities and Colleges in India are invited.

Dates to Remember
1. Deadline for the submission of Abstracts : 14/08/2018
2. Intimation of the acceptance of the Abstract : 16/08/2018
3. Deadline for the submission of full papers : 31/08/2018
4. Seminar at SB : 03, 04/ 09/2018

About the Abstract
The abstract should be in 300 words and should be sent to any of the email addresses given
below. The abstracts will be assessed by a peer review committee and the acceptance will be
intimated. The abstract should include the following
1. Name of the Presenter
2. Designation
3. Address of the Institution
4. Email and Mobile Number
5. Topic/ Title of the paper
About the Full Paper
1. Papers should be between 3000-5000 words in length.
2. The MLA 8th edition format should be followed
3. The text must be in Times New Roman, size 12, and double spaced.
We solicit your papers and participation in the seminar. Other details of the seminar will be conveyed to the participants through email and seminar brochure. Thank You,
Yours Sincerely
Dr Sabu Joseph                             Mr Thomas P J 
(Head of the Department)             (Co-ordinator)

Please Note
1. The Seminar Participation and Duty Certificates will be issued to the participants, provided they attend the seminar on both the days from 10am - 4pm.
2. Send your abstracts to : or
3. For inquiries please contact: Mr Thomas P J - +91 9447806302
Mr Anish K Joseph - +91 9846702410
Mr Nithin Varghese - +91 9497669286
Mr Amal Toms - +91 8089678867
Mr Jerin B Sebastian - +91 9496379293 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

CFP:Region/Nation/Trans-Nation: Literature-Cinema Interface January 31-Feb 2, 2019 BITS Pilani, Goa

Call for Papers 

This conference traces the various modes of engagement that exist between some of the globally dominant literary and cinematic forms, without limiting itself to the age-old domain of adaptation. It tries to locate these engagements and negotiations across three geopolitical formations and locations of culture, namely region, nation and trans-nation. These three locations work as contact zones where the literature-cinema interface manifests in various forms. With the emergence of transnationalism and comparative film studies as methods in cinema studies, multiple modes of literature-cinema negotiation are becoming increasingly evident with cinema studies borrowing concepts such as ‘world literature’ and ‘comparative morphology’. In the Indian/South Asian context, these locations are entangled with issues such as the language question, regional nationalisms, the crumbling idea of a federal republic with an increasingly stronger unitary governance, linguistic identity politics as manifested in popular cinemas and literatures, translational politics and the formation/development of certain national centres for the production of various modes of translation, India’s cultural/literary/cinematic negotiations with the trans-nation before and after globalization/economic liberalization etc. 

With contemporary India as its primary site of inquiry, the conference moves towards inter-continental geopolitical engagements without considering Indian regional/national and literary/cinematic questions in isolation. Apart from thematic and ideological associations with the trans-nation, it involves participants beyond the borders of the Indian nation (from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), transforming itself into a discursive space where the conceptual apparatus meets with the narratives that inform and shape the former. Narratives from the margins will also significantly feature in the conference, with panels and plenaries on and from the Indian North-East. Moreover, a panel and a plenary will be devoted to Goa and its distinctive history of colonial and postcolonial politico-cultural engagements as manifested in indigenous literature and art.

Possible topics for presentation might be, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Transnationalism as Method
  • Comparative Cinema Studies and the transnational question
  • South Asia’s Cultural Engagement with the ‘West’
  • Cultural/Literary/Cinematic Migration within South Asia 
  • Idea of India and the Language Question
  • Linguistic Identity Politics in South and North-East India
  • North-East India and the Politics of Translation
  • South Korea’s Cultural Penetration into the Indian North-East
  • Goa’s legacy as an erstwhile Portuguese colony
  • Goa’s engagement with other Portuguese colonies (Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique)
  • Goa as a contact zone of culture
  • Histories of colonial, anti-colonial and postcolonial cultural negotiations in Goa
  • The Un-Indian Space/Region: Goa’s challenge to the Hindu Nation 
  • National and Transnational Cultures in South Indian Cinemas 
  • Regional Militancy in National (Popular) Cinema
  • Trans-Nation and Indian Modernity
  • Trans-Nation/Translation
  • Subtitling/Fan-Subbing/Dubbing/Remake as Cultural Translation
  • Internet Sharing in the Age of Post-Cinema
  • Formative Years of Film Industries and the Cultural and Literary Translation(s)
  • From Adaptation to Cultural Translation and Beyond
  • State and Non-State Actors in translation

Select conference proceedings will be published as a co-edited volume for the publication of which Oxford University Press (OUP) will be approached. 

We would like to invite abstracts for individual presentations and/or panels from Comparative and English literary studies/Cinema and Media studies/New Media studies/South Asian studies scholars. Interested speakers/presenters may mail a 250 word abstract along with a brief bio-note to

Registration and other Details

A registration fee of INR 3500 (for outstation participants) or INR 2500 (for local scholars) must be paid. This fee includes registration, conference kit, working lunch, tea and snacks for three days and participation certificate, but does not cover accommodation in Goa. Participants are supposed to find their own accommodation; conference committee can help with suggestions regarding places nearby though. We cannot offer bursary/travel grants as we expect the participants to be supported by their respective home institutions. 

Participants who are willing to attend the conference dinner hosted on the penultimate night need to pay INR 1000 additionally. 


Submission of abstracts: September 30, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: October 15, 2018

Completion of Registration: November 15, 2018 

Submission of full paper: November 30, 2018 

Plenary Speakers
Mariano Mestman (Universidad de Buenos Aires & CONICET, Argentina- TBC)
FakrulAlam (East West University, Bangladesh) 
KanchukaDharmasiri (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
Supriya Chaudhuri (Jadavpur University)
M. Asaduddin (Jamia Millia Islamia- TBC) 
Ravi S. Vasudevan (CSDS, New Delhi) 
Moinak Biswas (Jadavpur University)
Kaushik Bhaumik (Jawaharlal Nehru University) 
GJV Prasad (Jawaharlal Nehru University) 
Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri (Gauhati University)   

Contact Details
Amitendu BhattacharyaAssistant Professor in English
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
K. K. Birla Goa Campus
NH 17 B, ZuarinagarGoa, India. 403 726
Telephone: +91-832-2580296
Mobile: +91-8378841351

Saturday, July 21, 2018

CFP: International Conference on Ecology & Culture, 15-17 Dec 2018 Amrita Vishva Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, Kollam, Kerala

Concept Note:
Has man drifted away from an Eco-centric to an anthropocentric world, thereby distorting the Dharma of existence? This International Conference, “Ecological and Cultural Cognizance: A Boulevard of Sustainable Amiability,” is an attempt to review, reconstruct and re-harmonise the equation of Nature, Man and Culture — to help chart out a strong path for an organic and sustainable future for man on this planet. When we speak of ‘ecological cognizance’ what is inevitable is the consciousness of our indigenous traditions: the spiritual, religious and cultural. This can help drive towards a future where science, technology and development go hand in hand for ecological sustainability. In academics, ‘eco-criticism’ still has an impression of an entrant, but as a literary movement, its development has been gradual and imperceptible. However, this movement has picked up a rapid pace in the United States, resulting in organisations like Association for the Study of Literature & Environment (ASLE), in 1992.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus & FSLE - India are happy to come together to explore Ecological Cognizance across various fields of study in this International Conference on Ecology & Culture (ICEC). The study of indigenous cultures and oral traditions, as well as reclaiming and preserving these cultures and traditions, provide a starting point towards a possible solution to the ecological crisis of the day. Ecological consciousness could not have been better encapsulated than in the Sanskrit mantra Tat Tvam Asi, which proclaims the age-old awareness of the unity of all things. A verse which reads, 

“Dasha-kūpa-samā-vāpī, Dasha vāpī-samo hrada,
Dasha hrada-samah putra, Dasha putra-samo drumah”

(meaning, “a pond equals ten wells; a reservoir, ten ponds. A progeny equals ten reservoirs, and a tree equals ten progenies.), underlines the ecological philosophy in ancient traditions. Nothing in creation is less important, is what every element of myth and landscape, be it the Oriental or the Occidental, the Colonial or any other, cry out. In recent times association of Nature with woman has taken us to various constructs of ‘Deep Ecology’. The Eco-critics too rise to expose the “fissures of Race, Gender and Class” in Environmentalism. The way the world of man is decapitated today, necessitates a paradigm shift in thought process across all individuals, organisations, governments, institutions and nations – all those who are in a position of power to tilt the windmills. Environmental crises of gigantic proportions have been triggered by man. And unless some radical approach is envisaged, it is a matter of time that this blue/green planet gets hurled towards a sure-footed man-made disaster.

Can there be a collective search for paradigms and pathways towards a world that is sustainable, equitable and just? How can such frameworks and visions build on an existing heritage of ideas and world-views and cultures, anchored on practices past or new? How can they be fundamentally different from today’s dominant economic and political systems, which have brought us to the brink of a catastrophic collapse in terms of socio-economic inequalities and despair?
At the crossroads today, we have to decide unerringly on the direction to take if we must have a future on Planet Earth. The leading scientists of our day concede that the key to man’s progress, science and technology, are now a near threat to life on earth itself — some even fear that man is now confronted by a dead-end situation. 

The questions arising in the minds of thinking individuals in this context, to list a few, look like:

  • Have the Homo Sapiens a future on this planet?
  • Is dearth of values the cause of this crisis?
  • Is ‘something’ wrong in the methodology and culture of ‘modernity’?
  • Have our traditional beliefs taken us astray?
  • Will what we condemn as ‘orthodoxy’ has the last laugh?
  • What holistic approach and/or philosophical basis can save mankind?

Dear colleagues and friends! Let us find an answer to the crisis that stares us on the face.‘Amrita’ welcomes every one of you with FSLE-India to Her Amritapuri Campus. Your views, conference papers and presence, enlightening presentations, discussions and life-saving solutions can save posterity, and ascertain for them a healthy, happy and meaningful living.Your papers should be largely related but not exclusively limited to the following themes:

Thrust Area
• Literature & Environment
• Pastoral & Wilderness
• Eco-Spirituality
• Orientalism & Nature
• Deep Ecology
• Myth & Landscape
• Oral Traditions
• Sustainable Environmental Models
• Environmental Philosophy
• Environmental Justice
• Literature of the Wild - Representing the Other - Animals in Literature

Abstracts of not more than 500 words with five key words must be mailed to:
➢ The full paper must be within 4000-6000 words. Use the latest MLA style of referencing.
➢ Please use 12 point Times New Roman and avoid footnotes.
➢ Selected Papers will be published in an edited volume with ISBN no. (Not in the form of Conference proceedings instead a complete edited book after the conference).
➢ Authors are requested to attach their bio-note (in third person, not exceeding 100 words) separately.

Abstract Submission: August 15, 2018
Acceptance Notification: August 25, 2018
Full Paper Submission: October 30, 2018
Final Draft (Considered for the publication-Only for those whose full papers selected): January 10, 2019 

Registration details will be provided after the acceptance of Abstracts only to the selected candidates.
Last date of Registration is September 01, 2018

For Further details Contact:
Rishikesh Kumar Singh (Convener)
Dr. Beena S. Nair(Convener) 

Monday, July 9, 2018

CFP:GIAN Workshop on Language policy, language in human rights, language imperialism, languages and linguistic genocide in education, language ecology.-Nov 19, 2018 to Dec 1, 2018. NALSAR, Hyderabad.

There are around 7,000 spoken languages in the world today. According to some UNESCO prognoses, before the year 2100 at least 50% of them will either be extinct or very seriously endangered so that only the oldest generations know something of them. Many researchers anticipate a much higher percentage, up to 90-95%. India has one of the highest percentages of endangered languages in the world. Why do languages disappear? The course analyses reasons for this. Globalisation, growthism, and the world’s military, economic and other structural inequalities: linguistic imperialism and internal colonialism are some drivers of this. The media,and lack of linguistic human rights in education are important direct causal factors. Most formal education of speakers of Indigenous/tribal, minority and minoritised (= ITM) children – if they have access to it in the first place - is organised subtractively, using a dominant language (e.g. English, Hindi, or a regional language in India) as the teaching language. All serious research recommends instead mother-tongue-based multilingual education – this is the most important linguistic human right. Current ITM education violates the right to education and can be seen as linguistic genocide educationally, psychologically, linguistically and socially, according to at least two definitions of genocide in the UN Genocide Convention. It can also be seen as a crime against humanity. Much of the detailed knowledge about how to maintain biodiversity and healthy ecosystems is encoded in the small ITM and local languages. When they disappear, the knowledge is not transferred to the replacing languages. Thus maintaining and revitalising the endangered languages is vital for the future of humankind on the planet.

 Presenting fundamental knowledge about linguistic imperialism, and the limitations on language  rights in international human rights instruments and in court cases, especially in relation to            education.

 Analysing the role of English nationally and internationally, and ideologies that legitimate linguistic imperialism and lack of language rights.

 Presenting solid language planning and language policy research from all over the world,  particularly in school and higher education, that leads to increased social justice.

 To enhance the capability of participants to plan social and educational policies that respect  linguistic human rights.

The Faculty
Robert Phillipson is an Emeritus Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. British by origin, he studied at Cambridge and Leeds Universities, UK, and has a doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. His main books are Linguistic imperialism (1992), English-only Europe? Challenging language policy (2003), and Linguistic imperialism continued (2009). Recent co-edited publications: Why English? Confronting the Hydra (2016) and Language Rights (four volumes, 1668 pages, with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, 2017). He has collaborated with Indian scholars for four decades. He was awarded the UNESCO Linguapax prize in 2010. 
For details see:

Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas has been actively involved in minorities’ struggle for language rights for five decades. She has published in 51 languages. Some books: Bilingualism or Not: the Education of Minorities (1984); Linguistic Genocide in Education - or Worldwide Diversity and Human Rights? (2000); Indigenous Children’s Education as Linguistic Genocide and a Crime Against Humanity? A Global View (2010) with Robert Dunbar; Multilingual Education for Social Justice: Globalising the Local (2009), ed. with Ajit Mohanty, Minati Panda, and Robert Phillipson; Multilingual Education Works: from the Periphery to the Centre (2010, ed. with Kathleen Heugh). She was awarded the UNESCO Linguapax prize in 2003.
For more, see

Important dates
Course Commencement: Nov 19, 2018 to Dec 1, 2018.
Last date for registration: Oct 10, 2018.
Course Fee1 (for reading material): INR 2000 (students); INR 3000 ( others)

You Should Attend if you are… 
 Students/faculty/researcher/administrator in the Department of Law,Development Studies, Human Rights, Education, Applied Linguistics,Language Education, Sociology, Political Science,          Language Policy and Language Planning.
 Activists working for Human Rights and Educational Rights of the children from tribal   communities.

Course Coordinator:
Dr Uma Maheshwari Chimirala is a teacher at NALSAR University of Law. Her doctoral work analysed the language and cognitive components of the collaborative dialogue in a collaborative text construction across languages. She makes a compelling case for a languages curriculum. Her current research investigates the relationship between language, engagement in academic tasks and achievement across languages. 
Contact details:

 Note: Out Station participants will be provided accommodation on payment of Rs 5000 only 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

CFP:GIAN Workshop on Studying Gender, Digital Labor and Globalization: Theory and Method, 30th July-10th August, 2018, SPPU, Pune

In this course, we’ll be exploring the ways that gender and technology have defined and redefined each other socially and culturally. The course therefore introduces students to some key issues in Feminism and Technology within the context Globalization. Students will explore key themes along suggested frameworks by examining specific contexts of gender and technology in India as these contexts are shaped by globalization and by national and regional cultures, policy and economic realities. The class members will also be connected with existing international collectives such as the Fembot collective ( and Femtechnet ( and local organizations such as the Center for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India ( for potential longer term collaborations.

Students will be engaged in reading, writing, discussion and in active research around these issues along four main themes:
 Discourse: how the discourses around gender and women’s issues are being produced in India
through use of social media
 Labor: gendered labor and its role in digital globalization
 Body: space, place, technology and the gendered body
 Methodology- an introduction to feminist methods

Dates 30th July-10th August, 2018 (10 days)
Number of participants for the course will be limited to Thirty

  Understanding Concepts of Gender, Digital Labour.
 Subaltern Studies
 Memory Work and Field Notes
 Method Activity and Readings
 Final Evaluation

You Should Attend If… 
 You are a MA/MSc/PhD student/ faculty member of Media, Journalism,Communication,                                Sociology , Womens Studies and allied disciplines.
 You are working Professional engaged with research in Media and
          Communication,Gender and Technology and Feminist Methodologies .
 You are corporate Professional working in related research wing of any Private or Public                             Organizations

Fees The participation fees for taking the course is as follows:
 Participants from abroad : US $300
 Industry/ Research Organizations: Rs. 2,000
 Academic Institutions/ Faculty: Rs. 1000
 Students & Research Scholars: Rs. 500
 Students from SPPU : No fees
Above fees include all instructional materials, computer use for tutorials, 24 hr free internet facility, tea and light snacks.

The Faculty
Radhika Gajjala (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1998) is Professor of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University, USA. She has published books on Cyberculture and the Subaltern (Lexington Press, 2012) and Cyberselves: Feminist Ethnographies of South Asian Women was published (Altamire, 2004). She has co-edited collections on Cyberfeminism 2.0 (2012), Global Media,Culture and Identity (2011),South Asian Technospaces (2008) and Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice (2008).Her research has covered topics such as microfinance online, digital financialization to P2P lending and borrowing based in social media and neoliberal entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, ICT4D and leisure, women’s prosumption throughonline platforms of leisure and so on.She is currently continuing work on three books that are interrelated (the reason why the books must be worked on parallel – long story…) ”Philanthropy 2.0″, “Tangled yarn and tangled wires,” and “Digital Diasporas: Labor, Affect and Technomediation of ‘South Asia'.During 2015-2016 she is Fulbright Professor of Digital Culture at University of Bergen, Norway.For publications and such see -

Course Co-ordinator

Prof. Madhavi Reddy
Phone: 9922758708
020 25696348