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CFP: Caste, Gender and Sexuality in Asia


Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific
Issue 33

Call for Contributions on Caste, Gender and Sexuality in Asia

For centuries now, caste system has been one of the most influential and deciding factors as a pattern of social stratification and segregation in most of the Asian countries. The system is so deeply rooted that each and every aspect of human life in these societies is affected and shaped by it. Each caste in the hierarchy comes up with its own social and cultural norms for the members of its community. Women are the most vulnerable and the worst affected members of the caste based societies. While women in general suffer internal oppression and gender bias, women of the casteist societies bear the multiple burdens of their caste, class, religion, region and work apart from gender discrimination. Moreover caste not only prescribes the roles but also assigns duties and responsibilities and prescribes food, dress and other codes of conduct for people, especially women. In a similar manner is constructed the male gender with different set of roles and responsibilities. The sexuality of genders is also defined and decided according to the caste hierarchy. In some contexts, certain genders and gender roles are forcibly thrust on people to perform certain roles depending on their caste and vulnerability to exploitation. In recent times, these societies are transforming gradually owing to political, cultural, economic and social developments. In this context, caste and gender have become some of the most important concepts of the social and cultural discourse. While on one hand there are efforts on for casteless societies, on the other hand assertion of caste identities is also becoming a crucial strategy of resistance against caste and gender hegemony. We look forward to discuss the following issues in INTERSECTIONS:

  • How does caste system contribute to the construction of gender roles and sexuality?
  • How do the narratives of gender oppression debate framework of caste and vice-versa?
  • How do the rewritings, retellings and translations of classical/canonical texts write alternative histories from gender and caste perspectives?
  • How does oral tradition construct or deconstruct caste, gender and sexuality?
  • How are the creative representations of sexuality influenced by notions of caste and gender?
  • How do the various movements and voices centered on caste and gender intersect or conflict in changing societies?
  • How are politics and governing influenced by caste and gender?
  • How have the developments like globalization, liberalization and English education influenced the categories of caste and gender?
  • What is the role of religions in shaping the gender and conversion in caste-ridden societies where both caste and religion define gender and sexuality?
  • How does the postcolonial debate function in terms of caste and gender?

These and any other questions related to caste, gender and sexuality are welcome to be discussed.

The online nature of the journal allows for added flexibility in including images, video clips, and other supplemental materials.

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2012

Go here for submission details.

Call for Papers: Negotiating Cultural Memories in Canada and India


Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

The Centre for Canadian Studies
Department of Comparative Literature
Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

International Conference on Building Bridges: Negotiating Cultural Memories in Canada and India
February 16 – 18, 2011

Cultural memory as a form of knowledge system is seen as a pre-text for modern expression/s, negotiating with interdisciplinary approaches from the point of view of evolutionary psychology, politics, literature and philosophy and environmental studies. The objective of the conference is to focus on the construction, evolution, evaluation and representation of issues pertaining to various cultural memories and how these become important tools in negotiating “modernity” with its various ramifications in Canada and India.

The conference will further focus on issues such as Globalisation, Ecocriticism, Ecofeminism in relation to the changing face of cultural expressions of diverse groups like immigrants, the First Peoples, sexual minorities in Canada and India. The Conference would invite a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate the changing face of disseminating knowledge which involves a process of negotiation and precisely this process of negotiation is what we have already defined as “modernity”.

Our objective is to capture the dynamics of how individual works of authors, ‘texts’, genres, cultural productions by various groups address this negotiation. We shall also look at literatures of various disciplines other than humanities such as science, technology, medical and technical terminologies, etc. We know that language as a broad category react and participate in this ‘process’. Addressing the problematics of language transmission (which has its own politics), would add further credibility to the contemporanaeity of such a conference. This would also help us contextualise pertinent issues that need to be taken cognizance of, both in Canada and in India.

The thrust areas of the conference would also address the various gaps in scholarship, especially, between mainstream pedagogic practices and grassroots activism. The conference would also emphasize upon emerging areas/trends of critical investigation, such as literature and cultural productions of the First Peoples of Canada and India, contribution of digital archives, and the socio-political and cultural concerns of fast-emerging groups in Canada and India which need to be dealt with outside the majority/minority discourse.

Papers are invited in all areas relating to the general theme of the conference. We have identified certain areas and some of them are listed below:

  • Citizenship, Identity and Nation
  • Community and the Individual
  • Justice
  • The poetics of fashion
  • Culinary activities
  • Societies, integration/disintegration, inclusion/exclusion
  • Politics of Marginalization
  • Globalisation
  • Ecofeminism
  • Language
  • Translation
  • Testimonials
  • Travel Narratives
  • Paintings
  • Performance Texts
  • The Verbal and the Visual
  • The New Media (Blog/Online journals/ Online networks)
  • Alternative sexualities
  • Dislocation
  • Metropolis, cities, towns and ruralis
  • Advertisements
  • Science and technology

    The title and a brief abstract (200-300 words) of the proposed paper may be sent as an email attachment by 1st October, 2010 to
    Conference Coordinators:

Sm. Debashree Dattaray (Lecturer)
Sm. Swagata Bhattacharya (Research Fellow)
Sri Dheeman Bhattacharyya (Research Fellow)
Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

CFP: Call for Papers


Seminar on Popular fiction

Improbable plots? Making sense of contemporary popular fiction

4-6 March 2010

Further details »

The notion of popular fiction calls forth several associations which highlight its distinction from “serious” or “high” literature. It is seen as one form of popular or mass culture that emerged with the rise of industrial capitalism, the mass media and the mass culture industry and as therefore indubitably encompassing the process of production, mass marketing and mass reception. The textual strategies deployed in works of popular fiction, the generic forms, formulaic plots, stereotyped characters and clichéd language, beg the question about their function in the social, political and economic milieu within which they participate in powerful ideologies and discourses as they successfully reach out to stir the hearts and fire the desires of millions of readers.

The shifting trajectories of popularity of individual works, or rather of authors, and the transmutation of genres underscore their connection to the concerns of the specific historical period. From adventure in primitive or exotic landscapes to encounters with alien, technologised universes in outer space, from the civilisational horrors of colonial and imperialist wars to the apocalyptic terrors of planetary ones, from tear-jerking romance in the security of the monogamous family to erotic transgressions of family ties and sexual norms, from the perilous mysteries of burgeoning cities to the global sites of espionage and organized crime, from the gothic worlds of witchcraft and sorcery to the dark fantasies of the digital age, the imagined worlds of popular fiction seem to set themselves off from and simultaneously point a finger at the everyday realities of its readers.

What are the driving forces of such texts and their readers in today’s globalised world? How do they relate to other popular cultural forms, such as film, music, the emergent forms of digital entertainment? The conference aims at bringing together interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives that turn the spotlight on contemporary popular fiction in order to explore its preferred genres and modes of engagement with the preoccupations and predicaments of the current age.

[Deadline for submission of abstracts (200-300 words): 15 December 2009]

Further details

This is a call for papers for a conference being organised by the Department in March 2009. The conference is planned as a concluding event to the year long course on the theme “Popular Fiction” offered to M.A. and M.Phil students. A conceptual outline for the conference is given below.

Please send the title and a brief abstract (200-300 words) of your proposed paper by 15 December 2009. Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation. Given the shortage of resources, the Department is unable to offer travel fare. However, we would provide local hospitality in the University Guesthouse for outstation participants. A selection of papers of the conference will be subsequently published.

CFP: Call for Papers


IIT, Delhi: International Conference on EXCELLENCE IN SCHOOL EDUCATION



Last date of submission of Abstract:         November 1, 2009

For submission of Research Papers:          November 15, 2009

Intimation of acceptance of Papers:           November 30, 2009

For registration for the Conference:           December 15, 2009

Conference:                                                            December28-30, 2009


  1. Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged.
  2. All papers should be submitted through e-mail
  3. A soft copy of the abstract not exceeding 200 words should be mailed on or before November 1, 2009 to:
  4. The authors of the short listed papers will be communicated by November 30, 2009.
  5. All manuscripts should be in English, typed in MS Office Word in Times New Roman, font size 12 in double space. All tables must be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals with appropriate titles. Footnotes should be listed consecutively in the text with super script Arabic numerals.
  6. Manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words.
  7. Papers should contain an abstract not exceeding 200 words and conforming to the Harvard style of writing or the style of American Psychological Association.
  8. The cover page should contain the title, abstract of not more than 200 words full authorship, authors’ academic degree, professional titles and e-mail addresses
  9. A brief resume of author should accompany the abstract.

Publication of Papers: Selected papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the conference proceedings/ edited volume. A CD containing all the accepted papers will be given to the participants.

Registration Fees         Before Dec 2, 2009         After Dec 2 2009

Teachers, Principals    Rs. 2500                                             Rs. 3000

and Owner-Managers

For Full time Research              Rs. 500                    Rs. 750

Scholars/ Students

For Industry Delegates              Rs. 3000                       Rs. 3500

For International Delegates       $ 100                            $ 125

The registration fees will include the conference kit, lunch and refreshments on all three days plus conference dinner on first two days. The participants will have to send the duly filled registration form and the demand draft drawn in favor of “Indian Institute of Technology Delhi” payable at New Delhi before December 15, 2009.

The registration form is enclosed. The form can also be downloaded from under the head ‘Excellence in School Education’. Accommodation The participants have to make their own arrangements for stay. The organizers are in the process of tying up with some leading hotels in the city the details of which would be communicated to the participants. Some rooms on twin sharing basis are available at the IIT Guest House at nominal rates. It will be offered on first cum first served basis. Address all Communication to: Priyanka Dewan 507, Department of Management Studies, Vishwakarma Bhawan, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, IIT Delhi, New Delhi-110016 Contact: 011-26591170, +919582337659


CFP: Call for Papers


CFP: Language and Society

International Conference

International Conference on Language, Society, and Culture in Asian Contexts

January 6 -7, 2010 at Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham Province, Thailand


Organized by

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mahasarakham University, Thailand and Centre for Study of Foreign Languages, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, India


Conference Overview: It is undeniable that Asia is an indispensable part of our intricate global civilization. Asian languages, societies, and cultures have never failed to be the sources and foundations of modern development (i.e., art, literature, medicine, religion). However, in spite of this fact, there is a rapid decline and disappearance of Asian languages, societies, and cultures. Attempts should be made to preserve them as world heritage as much as the rainforest, ancient cities, and endangered wildlife. By doing so, we are helping to maintain multicultural and diverse characteristics of human civilization as a whole. With this in mind, the conference aims to raise awareness of the essence and significance of Asian languages, societies, and cultures, especially those which have been overlooked or marginalized as inferior to those in the Western world. Since foreign language teaching plays an important role as a medium in launching Asian languages, societies, and cultures into the world stage where those languages operate, foreign languages taught and studied in Asia are also the main focus of this conference.

Aim of the Conference: This International Conference would like to bring together scholars from different areas of knowledge related to society, language, literature and culture in Asia and analyze them with a view to identifying co-influences and differences.

Areas to be Covered:

• Asian linguistics

• Language and translation

• Literature

• Folklore and storytelling

• History

• Philosophy

• Cultural diversity

• Ethnic diversity

• Community development

• Sustainable development

• Alternative development

• Foreign language teaching

Working Language: English

Format of Presentations: The abstract should not exceed 300 words, while the full paper should be between 10-15 pages (including references, notes, and tables). Biographical data should not exceed 100 words. Your work must be double-spaced and typed using 12 pt. Times New Roman font. All submissions must be written in APA style, i.e., conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Visit the following website for reference to APA style: With the abstract and paper submissions, please include: the title of your paper or poster display; your name and title; institution; e-mail address; and mailing address.

Important Dates: Abstracts and papers are requested to be sent as an e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word document) to by October 30, 2009 (abstracts) and by December 15, 2009 (full papers). In the content of your e-mail message, please specify the area of your presentation along with the format. Accepted abstracts will be notified by November 15, 2009.

All papers will be reviewed by the Program Review Committee. Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings (CD-ROM).

**The conference committee reserves the right to edit typographical errors in the abstracts and papers prior to publication.**

Registration Fee: Types of Registration

Early Bird

(by November 30)


(after November 30)

International Participants

US $100

US $150

Thai Participants

1,500 Baht

2,000 Baht

Thai Students

1,000 Baht

1,500 Baht

cfp: Book on Indian English Novelists of 1981 And After


A book on Indian English novels post Rushdie’s MC.

Children of Midnight: Indian English Novelists of 1981 And After (October 31, 2009)

full name / name of organization:

Dr. Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal and Dr. Ludmila Volna

contact email:,

Children of Midnight: Indian English Novelists of
1981 And After
The publication of Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children in 1981 assertively changed the fate of Indian English fiction. It has now become a force to count with. New explorations in the narrative technique in addition to a great variety of themes has made it sure that this creativity has left its indelible impression on the world literary map. The novelists since Midnight’s Children have struck diverse notes in their novels. There is a greater deciphering of the individual’s alienated soul in the world. Marooned colonized/feminine/weak/Dalit/Black/queer individual struggling against the colonial/patriarchal/powerful/ Brahmin/white/orthodox market forces is the favourite subject of the fiction-writers. The masters of Post-1981 Indian English fiction have exerted themselves to present the inner emotional ripples of their characters. It is not that the earlier novelists’ voice was mute to the interior struggles of the individual. Nevertheless, contemporary voices are more vocal in expressing the inner torments of the marginalized and their murmurings are taken more seriously the world over. The novel has moved from homogeneity of themes and techniques to heterogeneity of subjects and methodology. There is an evolution from the simple to the complex.
The present anthology of critical research papers which will be entitled Children of Midnight: Indian English Novelists of 1981 And After seeks to explore the works of major Indian English fiction writers published since 1981. Previously unpublished research papers on the subject are invited which will follow the latest edition of MLA stylesheet for citation purpose with the references given in the parenthetical form in the text and with Works cited at the end. Papers should be marked by a sharp critical acumen and analyze the novels in the light of the contemporary critical thought.
Papers together with a brief bioprofile should be sent to Dr. Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal {Feroze Gandhi College Rae Bareli U.P., India, } and/or to Dr. Ludmila Volna {Charles University Prague, Czech Republic, ) before 31 October 2009.


CFP: Socio-Cultural Approaches to Translation


Here is the cfp for the Hyderabad Central Univ seminar on Socio-Cultural Approaches to Translation: Indian and European Perspectives

Socio-Cultural Approaches to Translation: Indian and European Perspectives
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India  –  10 -12 February 2010
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2009

In recent times translation has taken on a more central role in societies, whether in India or in the rest of the world. Far from being considered as a linguistic activity only it is now seen as bridging, and sometimes broadening, gaps between different cultures. In Translation Studies, its socio-cultural dimension has been taken into account. It has been shown translation may bring new inputs into local cultures to the extent that it may even reshape them. It may develop national cultures to the detriment of more regional ones, or the reverse, or also play ambivalent roles. In contexts where many languages coexist, its role as a vehicle for mediation and communication is sometimes questioned as it may elevate one language to a higher status while downplaying the others. It may reinforce jingoism or enculturation, prejudices or awareness of differences. In other words translation modifies, or preserves, the perception of the other. Hence, translating as an activity and translation as the result of this activity are inseparable from the concept of culture.

From this viewpoint words are not taken for themselves but for their communicative functions. Translation methods and strategies, different linguistic systems and their constraints in terms of meaning and construction, worldviews, etc. are still analyzed, but in so far as they reveal and contribute to a particular case of intercultural communication.

Besides, translations never only affect words. Texts do not appear on their own but accompany or are accompanied by pre-textual elements such as book covers, figures, diagrams, colour, real products, etc. so that translation studies should analyze translations in their overall environments. As can be seen, the concept of translation that is developed here is all-embracing. Is translation only an inter-linguistic process or does it also constitutes an inter-semiotic activity across cultures and languages?

The time has now come to analyze and estimate the socio-cultural value of translation in terms of its contribution to the receiving cultures, and also the translated cultures at times.  One of the possibilities to understand a culture is to learn its language(s) and the sign systems operating within it. Another complementary one is to study what parts of it are preserved in translating. Besides being a daily activity, translation is thus a means for understanding and maybe improving inter-linguistic, inter-semiotic and intercultural communication. The question whether cultural synthesis can be achieved deserves attention.

Aim of the conference: This international conference would like to bring together Indian and non-Indian perspectives on translation with a view to setting up a platform for discussion, comparison and long-term collaboration. It aims to analyze how different cultures interact and interfere with one another through translation.

Venue: Centre for Study of Foreign Languages, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.

Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and is served by an international airport.


– Prof. J. PRABHAKARA RAO, Coordinator, Centre for Study of Foreign Languages, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500 046, INDIA, <>.
– Prof. Jean PEETERS, Université de Bretagne-Sud,  4, rue Jean Zay, BP 92 116 , 56 321 Lorient Cédex, FRANCE,  <>.

Scientific committee:

Prof. J. PRABHAKARA RAO, University of Hyderabad, India.
Prof. Pramod Talgeri, Vice-President, Inter-Disciplinary University, Pune
Prof. B.R. Bapuji, CALTS, University of Hyderabad, India
Prof. Jean PEETERS, Université de Bretagne-Sud, France.
Prof. Michel BALLARD, Université d’Artois, France
Prof. Teresa TOMASZKIEWICZ, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.

Scholars in the fields of Translation Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociolinguistics, Languages, Indology or with an interest in Intercultural Communication.
No. of Participants: 10 (from Europe) + 10 (from India)
Working language:    English

Hospitality: The hosting Institution, i.e. Centre for Study of Foreign Languages, University of Hyderabad will provide local hospitality to participants.

Registration fee: Indians: Rs.1,000/-, Non-Indians: Rs.2,000/-

Paper Proposals: The conference encourages paper proposals in relation with the above-mentioned theme.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31st October, 2009. Participants intending to give a paper should email an abstract of 600 words maximum as an attached file (MSWord format or RTF) to:
<> and <>.

The maximum number of papers is 20 (10 Indian and 10 non Indian). The proposals will be assessed by the scientific committee on the basis of their relevance to the conference’s topic.

The scientific committee will return its decision by 30th November, 2009.
The papers should be no longer than 25 minute and will be followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
A selection of papers will be published.