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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.



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.




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

CFP: Negotiating Margins: African American & Dalit Writings


Osmania University Centre for International Programmes
Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad
International Conference
Negotiating Margins: African American & Dalit Writings
17 – 19 December 2012
Call for Papers
The Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), Hyderabad, India is organizing an International Conference from 17 – 19, December 2012 on “Negotiating Margins: African American and Dalit Writings”. Participants desirous of attending the conference should submit a soft copy of the abstract of the proposed presentation in about 300 words along with a brief bio-note by 5th July, 2012 to oucipprogrammes@gmail.com with a subject heading “Negotiating Margins”. The broad areas covered by the conference include:
 Democracy and Subaltern Consciousness in African American and Dalit Writings.
 Issues and Perspectives of Subaltern Consciousness.
 Literature of Marginality: Dalit and African American Writings.
 Woman, Caste and Race.
 Constructions of Self.
 The Subaltern Consciousness and the Crisis of leadership.
 America and India the Subaltern Renaissance.
 Politics of Empowerment and Subaltern issues.
 Ambedkar and W.E.B. DuBois: Comparative analysis.

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: 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