CFP: Indigenous Peoples in the Post-colonial World (India) (7/31/07; 1/2/08-1/5/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Iyer, Nalini
contact email: 
NIYER@seattleu.edu

This call for papers posted on behalf of Professor Geoffrey V. Davis

(University of Aachen, Germany)

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Call for Papers

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CHOTRO

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Indigenous Peoples in the Post-Colonial World

Language - Literature - Culture - History

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Bhasha Resarch and Publications Centre,

Vadodara, India

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in association with

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Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts

National Manuscript Mission of India

European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies =
(EACLALS) and

Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies =
(IACLALS)

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announces a conference to be held January 2nd - January 5th 2008 at the =

Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Delhi, India

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This conference, as the Bhili tribal term "chotro" implies, aims to =
"bring together" writers, artists and scholars from all over the world =
interested in the languages and literatures, the cultures and histories =
of the indigenous peoples of the post-colonial world. It is being hosted =
by an international group of sponsors and will be held at a prestigious =
venue in Delhi's government quarter. A number of eminent Indian writers =
will address the conference.

The Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, established by Professor =
Ganesh Devy, has since its inception worked specifically with and on =
behalf of the Adivasi or tribal people of India, who have long been =
neglected in India itself and whose cultural expression remains little =
known both in India and abroad. Bhasha has undertaken to document the =
linguistic, literary and artistic heritage of tribal communities in =
India; it has collaborated with national academies of art and literature =
and research institutes to encourage research in tribal art and =
literature; it has pioneered the publication of literary and educational =
materials in tribal languages; and it has set up the Adivasi Academi at =
Tejgadh (Gujarat) for the promotion of tribal languages, literature, =
arts and culture and as an institute of formal education. In the process =
its work has taken it much beyond the confines of linguistic and =
literary studies.

Together with its co-sponsors Bhasha now seeks to initiate discussion of =
the experience of indigenous peoples on a global scale and in a =
comparative, cross-cultural perspective.=20

The proposed conference will provide an opportunity for an international =
exchange of ideas between indigenous peoples and those interested in =
their cultural expression, for there are indeed many parallels between, =
for example, the Aborigines of Australia, the First Nations of Canada =
and the Adivasi of India. It is hoped that the conference will for the =
first time situate the experience of the Adivasi in the wider context of =
the post-colonial world.=20

In drawing attention to the cultural traditions and the response of =
indigenous people to their dispossession the world over, the conference =
will at the same time provide new orientation and inspiration for =
post-colonial studies.=20

Contributions are sought on the following topics:

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orature; stories of origin / creation myths; cosmology / knowledge =
systems;

life histories; storytelling / folk tales; poetry; drama and =
performance;

aesthetics / interculturality; threatened languages / language death;

language development / scripts; subaltern history; cultural and human =
rights;

publishing in aboriginal / tribal languages; translation from aboriginal =
/ tribal languages; marginalization of aboriginal / tribal cultural =
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Practical Arrangements:

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Registration: The registration form can be downloaded from =
http://www.bhasharesearch.org.in <http://www.bhasharesearch.org.in/> =
or http://www.eaclals.org <http://www.eaclals.org/> and should be =
returned as an attachment by email to Sonal Baxi (Bhasha) at: =
sonal.bhasha_at_gmail.com.

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Conference Fee: There will be a conference fee of EUR 50 / US $ 60, =
payable on arrival (this is for scholars from outside India only; it =
does not apply to scholars from within India.) Accommodation, food and =
local transport will be provided free of charge.

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Abstracts: Abstracts of approx. 100 words should be sent by email before =
the 31st July 2007 to Professor Geoffrey V. Davis (University of Aachen, =
Germany). Email address: davis_at_anglistik.rwth-aachen.de =
<mailto:davis_at_anglistik.rwth-aachen.de>=20

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Acceptance of contributions: Notification of acceptance of papers =
together with a formal invitation to attend will be sent out from Bhasha =
by 15th August 2007.

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Visa Requirements: Foreign nationals requiring visas can download Indian =
visa forms from the website of the Indian embassy in their country of =
residence.

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Publication: The conference proceedings will be published jointly by =
Rodopi, Amsterdam & New York in their Cross/Cultures: Readings in the =
Post/Colonial Literatures in English series and by an Indian publisher.

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Submission of finalized papers for publication: 31st March 2008

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