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CFP: Call for Papers


Seminar on Popular fiction

Improbable plots? Making sense of contemporary popular fiction

4-6 March 2010

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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: educonference09@gmail.com
  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 http://www.iitd.ac.in/events/conf.html 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

email: educonference09@gmail.com

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

website: http://www.lscac.msu.ac.th

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: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. 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 lscac@msu.ac.th 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