Thinking other-wise with/in English Studies. 13 & 14 May, 2011.

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Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka 1342, Bangladesh

Thinking other-wise with/in English Studies

13 & 14 May, 2011
Department of English
Jahangirnagar University
Savar, Dhaka 1342, Bangladesh

Dr. Shamsad Mortuza

Thematic Introduction:
This interdisciplinary conference will provide a forum for discussion of the issues faced by those involved with English Studies. The complicity of English departments with the agents of power is no secret. The inherent contradictions and challenges of English departments, especially those located in the margin, seem to both accept and reject the power structures in which they operate. The 'glocal' sponsorship of language programs, the pull of the job market, and the ethical responsibilities of graduates coming out of the English departments force us to think 'other-wise.'

Paper or panel proposals may address any aspect of thinking 'otherwise' with/in English Studies including, but not limited to, the following:

English Studies and the Curriculum Debate

English Studies and Language

English Studies and Subject Formation: authorship and readership; identity construction: affect, anxiety, depression, melancholy, the sublime

English Studies and New Genres and Forms: reception, production and consumption of texts

English Studies and Theoria: the theories, the anti-theories or the alter-native theories

English Studies and Body Politics: social body; cultural body; political body; physical body

English Studies and Theology

English Studies and Economies: political economy, general economy, commodity fetishism

English Studies and New Media: aesthetic mappings, film, visual arts, new media

English Studies and Technologies

English Studies and Translation

English Studies and South Asian Writing


Plenary Speakers:
Confirmed plenary session speakers include:

Prof. Fakrul ALAM, University of Dhaka

Dr. Arun GUPTO, Writer and Activist, Nepal.

Prof. Syed Manzoorul ISLAM, University of Dhaka

Prof. Rajagopalan RADHAKRISHNAN, Chancellor's Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine

Dr. R. Raj RAO, Professor and Writer, Pune University

Prof. William ROWE, Anniversary Professor, Birkbeck College, University of London

Dr. Sharmila SEN, Executive Editor-at-Large, Harvard University Press

Submission Information:

Abstracts of 20-minute papers, panel proposals, and proposals for thematic workshops are due by Tuesday, 08 March 2011.

All presentations should be accessible to a multidisciplinary audience.

Please paste the abstract (200-300 words) or proposal (300-400 words) into the body of an e-mail message and submit to both and

Panels should consist of three papers and may include a respondent.

Please include your name(s), contact information, department(s), and institution(s).

Prospective conference participants will be notified by Saturday, 12 March, 2011.

The publication of a selection of papers following the conference is planned.


Registration fees: $100 (overseas participants); BDT 1500 (Bangladeshi participants); BDT 800 (student participants).

All participants need to be registered. The registration fee is non-refundable. The registration fee from the overseas participant will cover accommodation, the conference volume, and breakfast and lunch on 12, 13 and 14 May 2011. The registration fee from the Bangladeshi participant will cover the conference volume, lunch and conference tea on 13 and 14 May 2011.

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Members: Prof. Shaheen M Kabir | Mohammad Raihan Sharif | Rumana Hossain | Sabbir Ahmed | Chowdhury Sabera Sultana | Golam Rabbani | Mashrur Shahid Hossain, Chair, Department of English, JU