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CFP: CLAI BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013

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XIII th CLAI BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013

 

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THE JOURNEY OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE : INDIA AND BEYOND

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

 

JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY

 

KOLKATA 700032, INDIA

 

http://www.complitju.org

 

JANUARY 16-18, 2013

 

The Comparative Literature Association of India (CLAI) invites abstracts for the XIIIth CLAI Biennial International Conference on THE JOURNEY OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: INDIA AND BEYOND. The Conference is to be held at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, in collaboration with the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University.The Conference will be held from 16 to 18 January, 2013.

Concept Note

 

The discipline of Comparative Literature in India is more than sixty-five years old in its institutional form and started with the establishment of India’s first Comparative Literature department at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Over the decades, it has evolved into a vibrant, exciting and relevant discipline. It manifests resonances with the development of the discipline in other parts of the world while at the same time mapping its own distinct trajectory. The Conference seeks to take stock of pedagogical developments in Comparative Literature the world over and to map the Indian context in terms of the same. It also hopes to explore the changing contours of its relationship with other disciplines and share perspectives on the potential of Comparative Literature as an academic discipline.

 

In particular, we would like to focus on the state of Comparative Literature today. Among other things, we would like to explore how the discipline has responded to pressures of a globalised educational matrix,the competition among disciplines for resources and recognition and the pedagogical imperatives of the same.By doing so, we hope to arrive at a nuanced understanding of where our discipline is heading and also how far we are equipped to make necessary interventions in this journey.

 

We welcome well-researched and substantiated, analytical presentations on all aspects related to the development of Comparative Literature as well as to the scope of the discipline. Papers related to the history and methodology of Comparative Literature and concomitant debates are particularly encouraged. Papers involving the study of one or more authors without reference to the methods and/or history of Comparative Literature would not fit into the theme of this Conference.

Sub-themes

 

Comparative Literature and Other Disciplines

 

Comparative Literature in/and Translation

 

Comparative Literature in the Indian academia

 

Comparative Literature or Cultural Studies !!

 

Comparative Literature and Area Studies

 

The Future of Comparative Literature in ‘Bharatvarsha’ and beyond

 

Performance/Practising Comparative Literature

 

Comparative Literature : Theory & Praxis

 

Comparative Literature : Interrogating the Margins

 

What is so ‘comparative’ about Comparative Literature ?

 

Comparative Literature/World Literature Reconsidered

 

Cultural and Literary Interrelations between India and Neighbouring Countries (workshop topic – ICLA)

 

Please note that this Conference is for CLAI members only and individuals intending to present papers at the Conference must become members of CLAI (if they are not so already) before their participation can be confirmed. Details of membership are available on http://www.clai.in.

 

MODALITIES:

 

Please send abstracts (maximum 500 words) to abstractsclaikolkata@gmail.com by August 31, 2012, along with the pre-registration form. All abstracts will be acknowledged within two working days. Participants will be e-mailed intimation regarding acceptance by September 15, 2012. Those who are asked to revise their abstracts must send in reworked abstracts by September 30, 2012. Registration forms will be e-mailed to participants latest by September 30, 2012. Completed forms, registration amount and, where applicable, CLAI membership fees and forms must reach us by November 15, 2012. The funds may be paid by bank transfer or demand draft only. All queries for clarifications are to be e-mailed to queriesclaikolkata@gmail.com.

 

For further details, the following may be contacted:

 

Professor Kunal Chattopadhyay

Joint Coordinator

Ph: (+91) 9831398301

Email: kunal.chattopadhyay@gmail.com

Professor Suchorita Chattopadhyay

Joint Coordinator

Ph: (+91) 9831205770

Email: suchoritachattopadhyay@yahoo.com

 

Professor Chandra Mohan

General Secretary, CLAI

Ph: (+91) 9810683143

Email: c.mohan.7@hotmail.com

Dr Sayantan Dasgupta

Secretary, CLAI

Ph: (+91) 9831191181

Email: dasgupta.sayantan@gmail.com

 

Please follow our website for further updates : http://www.clai.in/

Registration Fees

 

Faculty Members (Outstation): Rs. 2000/-

Faculty Members (Local): Rs. 1200/-

Research Scholars and Independent Scholars (Outstation): Rs. 1200/-

Research Scholars and Independent Scholars (Local): Rs. 600/-

Students (Outstation): Rs. 750/-

Students (Local): Rs. 500/-

International Delegates : US $ 200

Call for Papers: Negotiating Cultural Memories in Canada and India

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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 canadacentreju@gmail.com
    Conference Coordinators:

Sm. Debashree Dattaray (Lecturer) debashreedattaray@gmail.com
Sm. Swagata Bhattacharya (Research Fellow) sbhat_22@yahoo.co.in
Sri Dheeman Bhattacharyya (Research Fellow) dheemanbhattacharyya@gmail.com
Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India