Concourse: 06/09/17


Friday, June 9, 2017

Conference on Feminist & Gender studies in a global perspective:Interdisciplinary & International, February 8-11, 2018 Pondicherry, India



   Since the early 1980s when a number of feminists, including Chandra Mohanty in her essay “Under Western Eyes” urged critics to examine the interplay of the local and the global and to expose the power-relations – both historical and contemporary – in discussions of postcolonial and global feminisms, there has been an increased emphasis on understanding “global feminism” through the intersecting aspects of race, class, gender and through colonialism and anticolonial forms of nationalism. Of late, emerging feminisms and gender studies as interconnecting disciplines, have tried to incorporate the pluralities,temporality and constructedness of all identities in a shifting discourse of changing power and resistance. Identity politics based on such precarious foundations are undermined even more by the rise of nationalism. But the query is how global feminism and gender studies can, continue to offer their valuable critiques given the rise of new nationalisms across the globe, nationalisms that threaten the formation of cross-border collectivities and alignments? And might the growing class, ethnic, and religious tensions within nations impede the solidarity that global perspectives regarding feminist and gender studies seek to forge? Who gets to set the framework for these debates, and which perspectives are elided when we fail to take into account the positionality of the critic? Can global perspectives on feminism and gender alter perceptions of masculinity and male gender? Similarly, in a changing global scenario, how and where do we place indigenous/aboriginal/subaltern women’s narratives and how do new alignments of nationalism represent LGBTQ and sexuality? Finally how does the global become personal? Are there feminisms of everyday life that can address or attend to the larger global issues that construct gender and sexuality? The aim of this conference is to re-view and re-frame these and related questions from a wide range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary fields, such as literature, philosophy, history, sociology and so on.

The conference organizers seek papers from scholars exploring various subjects, including (but not limited to) the following:
  • Academic institutions and Work places.
  • Body politics, masculinity and sexuality studies.
  • Civil society and Human rights.
  • Diaspora/transnationalism and Translation
  • Feminist and Gender theories/Methodologies for a global world
  • Indigenous/Aboriginal/Subaltern narratives
  • Feminist historiographies
  • Literature, art, media, Popular art and Consumerism
  • Neoliberalism, feminism and gender
  • Social movements, Women’s writing and Political activism



  • Dr. Julia Vivienne Emberley, Ph.D.,FRSC, Professor, Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Dr. Nandi Bhatia, Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Teresa Hubel, Professor and Chair, Department of English and Cultural Studies,Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Dr. Tracy Isaacs, Professor, Philosophy and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.


Registrants at The Sahitya can participate in only one session.  The Sahitya’s International Conference on Feminist and Gender Studies in a Global
encourages the following types of submissions:
  • Research Papers: Completed research papers in any of the topic areas listed above or related areas. (15 min presentations followed by Q&A).
  • Round Table: Short presentations on any of the themes stated above (5 minute presentations). Session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.
  • Panels of Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for Future Research: Incomplete research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas. (10 minute presentations).Only for Research scholars.


  • Research Paper sessions will consist of three 15 minute presentations and a 5 minute Q & A time in a 60 minute session. The session will be divided equally between the presenters.
  • Round Table would be limited to 30 minute presentation with a maximum of 4 presenters and 10 minutes discussion time.
  • Panel sessions will provide an opportunity for five presenters to speak in a more open and conversational setting with conference attendees. Each participant will have 10 minutes for presentation.
  • Submissions for any of the sessions should include the name, department, affiliation, and email address in addition to a description of the presentation and the title page.


Before making your submission keep the following ready.
  • Title of the submission (be sure to use proper capitalization)
  • Topic area of the submission (choose a topic area from the list at the top of this page)
  • Presentation format (choose one: Paper session, Round table, Panel session)
  • Abstract of 300 words
  • Email Address (all acceptance/rejection letters are sent noted through the abstracts portal.
  • Registration would open on JULY 31, 2017 (Monday)


The conference would begin on 8th February evening (Thursday) at 6 pm and close on 11th morning (Sunday) at 11 am. A local trip is arranged on 11th
afternoon at 12 pm. Those interested may look up the trip information.


  • Last date for sending abstract: June 16, 2017 (Friday)
  • Notification for selected paper-presenters: July 16, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Opening of Registrations July 31, 2017 (Monday)
  • Closing of Early Bird registration: October 15, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Opening and Closing of Second Registration: October 16, 2017 (Monday) and November 18, 2017 (Saturday)
  • Opening and Closing of Third registration: November 19, 2017 (Sunday) and December 1, 2017 (Friday)
  • Opening and Closing of Final Registration: December 2 (Saturday) upto December 10, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Conference dates: 8-11 February, 2018. (Thursday evening- Sunday noon)

Fellowships "Digital Humanities"

Fellowships "Digital Humanities", 

Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association

Call For Applications: 
The German Literature Archive Marbach, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, and the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel collect, preserve, and provide access to more than 500 years of German and European cultural history. With the aim of intensifying their partnership, these three institutions have joined together to form a research association, supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. This cooperation provides the framework for research work on three projects entitled Writers’ Libraries, Authors’ Portraits and Text and Frame. Another objective of the research association is to develop a digital research infrastructure. For more information on the association’s research projects go to:

The three institutions are calling for applications for several fellowships in the field of Digital Humanities, ideally lasting six months (at least three, a maximum of twelve). The programme is open to all disciplines and is directed towards young scholars (graduates at Master level) from Germany and abroad. Applicants must be working on a project linked to the interests and collections of at least one of the three institutions and make use of methods and techniques from the Digital Humanities (e.g. Markup Methods for Electronic Editions, Stylometry, Topic Modelling, Visualisation). Prior to the application it is recommended to contact the respective collection department for further information on the holdings of interest.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend (€ 1,200 for graduates, € 1,800 for postgraduates); an additional travel allowance will be granted. The particular institution will support the fellow’s project with its own expertise and in finding suitable accommodation (guest houses may be available). Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic life of the particular institution and to participate in scholarly exchanges. The fellows are required to reside in Marbach, Wolfenbüttel or Weimar respectively. Unless otherwise stated, the general terms and conditions of the individual institutions apply.

Application deadline: July 15 (for a fellowship beginning at the earliest on October 15)

Application documents:

Contact Info: 
Please send your application documents and enquiries to the institution from which you are requesting the scholarship:

Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach | Postfach 1162 | D-71666 Marbach am Neckar
Tel. +49 (0) 7144/848-103 | E-Mail:

Klassik Stiftung Weimar | Postfach 2012 | D-99401 Weimar
Tel. +49 (0) 3643/545-579 | E-Mail:

Herzog August Bibliothek | Postfach 1364 | D-38299 Wolfenbüttel
Tel. +49 (0) 5331/808-237 | E-Mail: