Concourse: January 2018


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CFP:International Conference on “Performance Art and the Prospects of Folkloric Tribal Culture of Eastern India” -20 & 21 March 2018-Department of English, Vidyasagar University, Medinipur, West Bengal, India.

“The fourth world is at present incipient, not fully realized; seeds, not yet wholly grown. This fourth world of aesthetics needs to organize itself as “non-aligned,” neither capitalist, whether of the US, European, or Chinese brand, nor communist/socialist, nor fundamentalist-religious whether Islamic, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, or whatever. The vanguard of this new fourth world are — and here I hope you won’t think me too arrogant — performance theorists and performance artists who practice collaborative performance research; persons who know that playing deeply is a way of finding and embodying new knowledge. What would be the manifesto of this Performance Fourth World? It has four axioms:
  • To perform is to explore, to play, to experiment with new relationships.
  • To perform is to cross borders. These borders are not only geographical, but emotional, ideological, political, and personal.
  • To perform is to engage in lifelong active study. To grasp every possibility as a script — something to be played with, interpreted, and reformed/remade.
  • To perform is to become someone else and yourself at the same time. To empathize, react, grow, and change.”

Richard Schechner, from “Performance in the 21st century”

Concept Note:
A group of spectators sits around an empty space. An oil lamp hangs from each of the four posts on four corners of the surrounded space. This is how folkloric tribal performances improvise their own stage and create a symbolic stockade to mark off its distance from the viewers. The Mundaris, Kurmis, Shabars et al. continue to represent their folk cultural forms in such spartan conditions. Any piece of behaviour/ doing/action that is marked off or framed can possibly be called performance. Framing contextualizes performance and enables us to comprehend it as an entity. The flexibility of space and dรฉcor realizes the community’s potential for adaptation to changing order and fosters re-contextualization of its cultural identity.

Folk memory on the one hand carries over the wisdom of the former age to newer constitutions of identity and on the other seems to be unaffected by institutional forms of inequality based on class, caste and ethnicity. It is the unique capacity of folk culture to address the universal from its vantage form of the local that makes it an indispensable part of contemporary Indian society. In spite of the distinctiveness of the specific tribal ways of life, the spirit of tribal folklore underlines global values that natural religion can offer to other faiths. From performatives of their daily social and religious life to performances of entertainment – all presentations of tribal culture express the organic interrelatedness of god, man, nature and spirit. Representations of these forms appear not to be suitable for traditional models of theatre that – a la Richard Schechner – regard the spectator merely as a customer and divide space into exclusive hierarchies of class, race, ethnicity and aesthetic forms. Folklore in eastern India is a cultural category that accommodates non-confrontational coexistence as much of cultivated and folk traditions as of Brahmanical, caste Hindu, Muslim, tribal and Christian cultural practices. Folkloric performance therefore becomes a tool of cultural intervention or a crucial site for juxtaposition of cultures. It blurs the boundary between the oral and the literary. Mahasweta Devi, for example, re-constructs the “Book of the Hunter” (“Vyaad Kaand”) of Mukundaram’s medieval Bengali epic Chandi Mangala to bring to life the lost oral tradition of the Shabar tribe. Nilakanth Ghoshal uses the folklore of Bhadu to rewrite Bhumi Kanya (Earth maiden). Some of the oral forms are inscribed, creating a gap between the word and the speaker for creative imaginations to fill. A sort of post-modern endeavour is required to ensure that folk forms can be sustained as living traditions in which collective identities are constructively affirmed.

This conference seeks to address issues related to the sustenance of tribal folk art forms of eastern India in performance. It will recognize the necessity of informing these forms with epistemological ideas born of new researches in performance art and theory as well as scour the possibility of how elements of these forms in turn can contribute to the enrichment of performance art in totality. Abstracts (250 words) for papers of 15 min duration are invited on the theme of the conference. Presenters can use the following sub-themes (not inclusive) as guidelines:

  • Tribal identity, folk art and performance
  • Performative, Performance and Performativity of Tribal cultural practices
  • Religious equity and tribal folkloric performance
  • Gender equity and tribal folkloric performance
  • Globalization and tribal folklore in performance
  • Colonization and tribal folk performances
  • Nation, Resistance and tribal folk performances
  • Borderlands and tribal folk performance
  • Psychogeography and tribal folk practices
  • Traditional history and tribal folklore in practice

The Conference Proceedings will be published in the Rupkatha Journal (indexed by Scopus, EBSCO, MLA, ERIHPLUS)
Selected papers will go into an anthology to be brought out by an international publisher.

Registration Fee:
Rs 500/- per head.
We cannot provide but we can suggest places to stay in like (name a few hotels etc).

Send your abstracts for consideration to any of the following members by 15 Feb 2018:

Mr Rony Patra, M: 9434042124; Email:
Mr Mir Ahammad Ali, M: 9046425106; Email:
Ms Anjali Atto, M: 9064898574; Email:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

CFP: International Conference on Language, Literature & Culture “Mapping Cultural Identities: Translations and Intersections” 25-26 May 2018, Bucharest, Romania

Call for papers

This two-day International Conference brings together scholars and graduates researching the intersections of cultural studies, imagology and translations, with a focus on cultural images constructions, various ways of approaching the concept of ethnicity and translation practices in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere of “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University in Bucharest.

In the context of globalization, the issue of cultural identity has aroused increasing attention. Cultural Translation, as means of cultural (de)construction supports the cultural differences and enriches both cultural identities. We encourage the cultural identity approach to translation, in expectation of treating ethnic cultural identity construction from a wider perspective, measuring the literary reception, investigating different layers of cultural identities and revealing both self-images and the images of the Other.

International Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture intends to blur the limits of conventional discourses and approaches, and features densely theoretical and analytical writing that focuses on the aspects of English language and literature in any or all possible contexts, employing interdisciplinary approach to address / approach the research problems with methods of and insights borrowed from multiple disciplines. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, scholars and students from all areas of language, literature, culture and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session, or observer. All submissions to the conference will be reviewed by at least two independent peers for technical merit and content.

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to: 

  • Anthropology and ethnography in cultural studies
  • Classical Literature
  • Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Cultural identity
  • Culture and the social construct of gender
  • Diasporic Literature
  • Drama and Dramaturgy
  • Effective Teaching Methodologies in Language and Literature Classrooms
  • Interdisciplinarity and multiculturalism in Translation
  • Interdisciplinarity in Language Teaching and Translation
  • Intersectionality and Identity Politics
  • Intersections of the translations and cultural studies in literary reception
  • Language and Gender
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Language and Power
  • Language and the New Media
  • Language Varieties
  • Language, Culture and Translation
  • Language, Identity and Culture
  • Language, Power and Ideology
  • Literary Criticism
  • Literature and Film
  • Literature and Gender
  • Literature and History
  • Literature and Other Arts
  • Machine learning for natural language
  • Media
  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • Memory, place and belonging, ethnic, cultural and religious minorities
  • Multicultural past and present
  • Multicultural Poetry and Prose
  • Nation and Nationality
  • Overlapping culture-areas
  • Poetry and Prose
  • Policies of diversity
  • Practices of Language Teacher Education
  • Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching of Language and Literature
  • Text analysis, understanding, summarization and generation
  • Text mining and information extraction, summarization and retrieval
  • The analysis of language and language use as providing a window into non-linguistic
  • cognitive processes and structures
  • The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
  • The transformative nature of the role of language and communication in human cognition
  • Transculturalism
  • Translating human values and social traditions
  • Translation Studies
  • Women’s Writings 

A 200-word abstract and 5 keywords for a 20-minute paper should be submitted as an email attachment to In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of the paper, abstract, 5 keywords and a brief bio data.

All participants are requested to submit a proposal by April 20, 2018.

The papers presented at the conference will be published in a volume.

Should you need further information, please contact the organizers at or visit or

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Funded ICSSR sponsored National Workshop on Research Methodology,20th Feb-01st March 2018, CSSRM,Ambedkar University Delhi

Aims and Objectives

The workshop aims to dwell into a set of theoretical perspectives that inspire ethnographic and qualitative research, engage with the set of sensibilities and values that underlie research in these traditions and in acquiring a collection of skills such as rapport building, knowledge on specific data collection methods, maintaining data/notes in different forms, analysing the data and writing.

The objectives of the workshop are:
(1) To make participants gain an understanding of the current theoretical basis that underlie qualitative research and ethnography
(2) To equip the participants with knowledge and skill of using one or more qualitative methods including ethnography
(3) To build the capacity of participants to analyse qualitative data, and
(4) To facilitate the participants to learn different forms of writing that involves qualitative research.

Course Contents

Theoretical basis of qualitative research
Data collection methods in qualitative research
Rigour in qualitative research and ethnography
Analysis in qualitative research
Using Atlas-Ti for analysis of qualitative data
Writing Qualitative Research

Course Transaction
A combination of lecture, interaction, self-study, out-door exercise, demonstration and in-class hands-on exercises.

Eligibility Criteria
Current MPhil and PhD research scholars registered in a social science discipline/area of study. Preference will be given to applicants registered with universities in Delhi or neighboring states.

Outstation participants are eligible for sleeper class train or actual bus fare as per ICSSR norms. Reimbursement shall be made only on submission of proof of confirmed train tickets or original bus tickets.

Board and Lodging
Outstation participants would be provided modest facilities for stay (twin sharing) and food on request. Local participants would be provided only lunch and tea/snacks during the programme break.

Key dates
Last date for receipt of filled application forms: 02 Feb 2018
Date for intimation of selected applicants: 03 Feb 2018
Date for confirmation of participation by selected participants: 07 Feb 2018
Dates of workshop: 20th Feb to 01st Mar 2018.

How to Apply
(1) Send scanned copy of duly filled application form available at by email to or by post to
The Course Director (ICSSR Research Methodology Workshop), Centre for Social Science Research Methods, Ambedkar University Delhi, Lothian Road, Kashmere Gate, Delhi, 110006 on or before 02 Feb 2018.
(2) Application has to be forwarded by competent authority
(3) Application form has to be sent along with a copy of MPhil/PhD registration certificate and
(4) A synopsis on current state of their research.

More information: Click here (pdf)
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International Conference on Human Rights, Gender Studies Law & Social Sciences Feb 22-24, 2018,Chandigarh, India

Welcome to ICHGLS - 2018
The International Conference on Human Rights, Gender Studies, Law & Social Sciences 2018 (ICHGLS - 2018 ) to be organized by International Multidisciplinary Research Foundation (IMRF) in collaboration with International bodies shall be one of the significant conferences in Human Rights, Gender Studies, Law & Social Sciences Community held in conjunction with the UGC Approved - Human Rights International Research Journal (Refereed Journal - SE Impact Factor 2.54)

The Conference is designed with Special Invited Research Lectures, Paper Presentations and Poster Presentations. International Conference on Human Rights, Gender Studies, Law & Social Sciences -2018 is honored by bringing UGC Approved - Human Rights International Research Journal Vol-6 Spl Issue with ISSN 2320 – 6942 with all papers accepted for publication. The main intention is to reflect the pioneering state of research in Human Rights, Gender Studies, Law & Social Sciences. 

Some non-technical talks connected with promotion of research in Human Rights, Gender Studies, Law & Social Sciences will also be convened. 

Call for Papers
Original research papers in the following disciplines but not confined, related to Human Rights, Gender Studies, Law & Social Sciences from Post Graduate Students, Research Scholars, Faculty, Scientists are invited for presentation.​

Human rights |Gender equality | Gender-based violence |Gender-biased sex selection

Human Rights of Women and Children |Status of Indigenous People| Human Trafficking |Child Labour | Child Sexual Abuse |Conflict between IPR and Human Rights | Racial Discrimination | Human Rights of Migrant Workers | Human Rights of Aged and Disabled | International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law | Juvenile Justice Issues | Literary Portrayals of Justice, Security & Human Rights | Media & Culture

Migration Studies & Globalization | Psychological Interventions for Victims of Political Torture | Psychology & Law |Political Violence & Social Movements | Race, Ethnicity & Justice | Theoretical & Philosophical Perspectives on Justice and Human Rights |Restorative Justice

Legal theory - Philosophy | Positive law and non-positive law discussions |Economic analysis |Sociology
Legal systems - Civil law |Common law and equity | Religious law | Sharia law |
Legal subjects - International law | Constitutional and administrative law | Criminal law | Contract law
Tort law |Property law | Equity and trusts etc., and allied fields

Social Sciences 
Anthropology |Archaeology |Criminology |Demography |Economics |Geography (human) |History International relations |Jurisprudence |Linguistics |Pedagogy |Political science |Psychology |Science education |Sociology | Public Administration |Journalism etc., and allied subjects.

Submission of Papers
Participants intending to present papers in conference are requested to submit soft copy of the abstract incorporating the motivation, method of solution and important findings of their investigation to

Important Dates

Participation is for limited number. 

To reserve your participation with the notified fee and with out any late charges register the earliest

Last date to submit Abstract : 30/01/2018
Last date to Register : 10/02/2018

Contact Us 
If you need more information, have questions, or would like to offer a suggestion, please be in touch. 

You can contact us via phone, email.

We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 
Tel: +91 9618777011, +91 9533421234
HQ : Vijayawada, Amaravathi, Andhra Pradesh, India

Friday, January 19, 2018

Call for papers - 1st International e-Conference on Translation Translation in and for Society. Investigating Sociological and Cultural Aspects in Literary and Specialised Domains 26-28 September 2018.

Call For Papers:

The University of Cordoba (Spain) and KU Leuven (Belgium) are proud to announce the First International e-conference with the title: Translation in Society and for Society. Investigating Sociological and Cultural Aspects in Literary and Specialised Domains.

Following the remarkable success of the e-Conference CNERU for young researchers (Cordoba, 4-5 April 2017), this virtual conference aims to create a shared space for reflection on topics related to sociological aspects concerning translation theory and practice. The conference will be held in English using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with Blackboard opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join the conference.

Aim and Scope

The “Sociological Turn” in Translation Studies is a phenomenon that has interested the discipline since the 1990s (Snell-Hornby 2006; Wolf and Fukari 2007; Wolf 2010; Angelelli 2014). The success of the first ATISA conference “The Sociological Turn in Translation and Interpreting Studies” (2010) opened up new avenues of research, shifting the focus from textual aspects of translation to a broader analysis of social factors that have an impact on the translator and translations as social products. According to Wolf (2010), the Sociology of Translation has interested research in the field of “T&I training institutions, working conditions, professional institutions and their social role, questions of ethics in translation, (auto)biographies of translators and interpreters, larger accounts such as translation on the global market, sociopolitical aspects of translation, translation and its role in activism, etc.”. The scholar distinguishes three kinds of translation sociology:

  • The sociology of the agents of translation – focusing on translation activity from the point of view of institutional and individual agents;
  • The sociology of the translation process – focusing on the social environment and constraints (such as censorship) affecting the production of all types of translation, such as multimodal translation in which different codes coexist in new and changing textual formats;
  • The sociology of translation as a cultural product – focusing on reception, promotion and literary criticism across time and space.

Drawing on the new ways in which these three developments are outlining translation research and practice, this conference aims to shed light on the productive and multi-faceted cross-fertilisation of Translation Studies and Sociology. 

We invite papers related but not limited to the following topics:

  • Translation and interdisciplinarity: the sociological approach
  • Legal and sworn translation with the new migration flows
  • Gender issues in translation
  • Sociological aspects related to multimodal translation
  • The role of multimedial translation in a mass-media society
  • The reception and promotion of translation
  • Imagology and translation
  • Translation for the cultural industry
  • Ethical challenges for translators in the 21st century
  • The status of the translation profession
  • Industrial translation vs. professional translation
  • Pros and cons of machine translation and its impact on the market
  • Translation and power relations
  • Translation of minorized languages and cultures

Submissions are invited for 20-minute presentations. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words (excluding references). Please submit your abstract including the title of the paper, author name, affiliation and e-mail address to:;

Do not forget to fill in the following form in order to submit your abstract (Abstract_Form)

Selected papers will be published in an edited volume following a peer-review process.

Key dates
• Abstract submission deadline: 31 March 2018
• Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2018
• Registration open: 15 May 2018
• Early-bird registration available until: 31 August 2018

Conference fees
Early registration fee (before 31 August 2018): €20
Fee after 31 August 2018: €30
For More Details:

CFP:Intersectionalities/Interconnections/Liminalities- Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities,October 25-27, 2018. Georgia, United States



The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University of West Georgia (UWG) invite you to celebrate the 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, October 25-27, 2018

We welcome submissions from across the Humanities, Fine Arts, and the Social and Natural Sciences, dealing with INTERSECTIONALITIES/INTERCONNECTIONS/LIMINALITIES and the many relations and intersections between them. Papers, exhibits, performances and screenings may be submitted by scholars, graduate students, writers, artists, and performers.  

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Juanamarรญa Cordones-Cook
Professor Juanamarรญa Cordones-Cook is the University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor, the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages and a member of the Academy of Letters of Uruguay. Her scholarship includes contemporary Spanish American literature, theater, and visual arts with a focus on Afro-Hispanic writers and artists. Along with an extensive publication record of journal articles and award-winning books, Cordones-Cook’s research also incorporates image, sound, and movement, having produced and directed oral histories and documentaries. An Emmy nominated filmmaker, Professor Cordones-Cook has built a panoramic compendium and archive of Havana’s Black Renaissance with over twenty documentaries on artists and writers of the African Diaspora with emphasis on Cuba.


We encourage presentations about Intersectionalities/Interconnections/Liminalities on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Africana and Indigenous Studies
  • Literary studies of all periods, places, and times
  • African, Maghrib and Saharan Studies
  • Haitian studies
  • Filmography
  • Afro-Hispanic Studies
  • Opposing concepts such as: war/peace; love/hate; local/global; citizens/immigrants; etc.
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Imperialism and the Natural Sciences
  • Cultural studies
  • Migration, immigration and globalization
  • Feminism, queer and postcolonial theory
  • Linguistics, language and bilingualism
  • Eco-criticism
  • Memory, memorials, and commemoration
  • Study abroad
  • Anthropology
  • Geography and cartography
  • History, historiography, and historical revisions
  • The visual arts, including film studies, photography and graphic design
  • Environmental Studies and Urban Studies
  • Health and travel concerns     
  • Theatre, scenes and landscapes
  • Philosophy
  • Myths and mythology
  • Music, including musical history and theory
  • Economics, including commerce, marketing and trade

We especially welcome presentations about Haitian Studies to honor Dr. Flore Zephir. Dr. Albert Valdman, Director of the IU Creole Institute, will participate in this important recognition.

For individual proposals please submit a one-page, double-spaced abstract to Dr. Ana Zapata-Calle at  Include the presenter’s name, institution, email address, phone number, and any audio-visual or technical requirements for the presentation on a separate page. Papers in French, German and Spanish are welcomed as part of a pre-organized panel.

Submissions for panels of 3-4 presenters are especially welcome.  For panel proposals please submit the panel title, abstracts, and contact information for all speakers and for the panel moderator.  Proposals are due by May 15th, 2018.

Organizing committee:
Dr. Ana Zapata-Calle (University of West Georgia)

Dr. Tomaz Cunningham (Jackson State University)
Dr. Kyle Lawton (University of West Georgia)

2018 registration fees:
  • All UWG faculty and All graduate students: $65
  • Faculty, scholars, and other participants:  $110

Contact Info: 
Dr. Ana Zapata-Calle
Contact Email: