De-territorializing Diversities: Cultures, Literatures & Languages of the Indigenous(February 6 & 7 2013)

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Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi, India
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Historically, diverse and multicultural India has partnered many in addressing the paradoxes of identity and ethnicity of its first peoples and the indigenous. Colonial histories, pluralistic economies, multicultural social landscape and displaced indigenous interests, intersect its dominant discourses in dynamic expressions through its literature, language, cinema, folklore and other cultural matrices.
This two-day trans-disciplinary international conference explores the dynamics of the problematic relationship within discourses hitherto marginalized and combating extinction. These 'other' voices, their lived experiences and ideological burdens need to be excavated and resurrected through meaningful explorations. We invite scholars/ littérateurs/practitioners/folklorists and cultural scientists from all disciplines and professions to deliberate and share their personal and research experiences in a collective, deliberative and dialogical academic environment. This conference offers the opportunity to consider at the level of both theory and practice, new means for managing diversities, establishing a sense of belonging and new methods for engaging the 'other'.
The subjects under consideration will be drawn from but are not limited to the written and the oral, cinema, theatre, sound, music, festival performances, geography, art, economics, history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, systems study, cultural studies perspectives, third-world aesthetics, subaltern studies, new media, political activism, religion, utopian studies, and the like. These are indicators only and contributions in related areas are also welcome.

Papers are invited, but not restricted to the following sub-themes:

• Managing Diversities: tradition and innovation
• Common/Uncommon registers: India and other nations
• Stories of healing and reconciliation
• Re-imagined/ing communities
• Endangered Cultures: Erasure & Extinction
• Tangible and intangible discourses & cultures
• Marginalised aesthetics, literatures & pedagogies
• Geographies of non-urban: migration and movement
• Indigenous practices and social division / cohesion
• Colonial impacts and Postcolonial perspectives
• Emerging Voices/Noises: indigenous cosmopolitanism & literary nationalism
• Indigenous rhetoric and theory
• Indigenous art and artists
• Life Writing and native literatures
• Cultural memories: Knowledge Keeping and preservation
• Cinematic representations and stereotypes
• Using Local Literatures in English
• Pedagogy of/about the indigenous
• Taking indigenous cultures to the classroom

Details of abstract submission, travel & hospitality
• Please email a 300-word abstract with the requisite information (paper title, name, designation, affiliation, contact information
: Address, email ID & phone no.) along with a 75-word bio note to latest by 31st October 2012. Early submissions are welcome.
• The subject line of your email should read "Abstract MACONF 2013: (YOUR NAME)
• All abstracts will be peer reviewed before acceptance.
• In your proposal, please outline your presentation plan and any audio - visual and space needs. We also seek proposals for panels, workshops and performances that address the central theme of the conference.
• Presentation time for the delegates will be to 15 – 20 minutes.
• Accepted abstracts will require a full draft paper, double-spaced, in not less than 3000 words and not exceeding 4000 words to be submitted electronically in MS-Word by 20th December 2012. Select papers presented at the conference will be published as part of a digital or paperback book.
• Local Delegates from Delhi and those who do not need accommodation are required to pay registration fees of Rs 800 which will entitle them to the conference kit and meals.
• Delegates from India and abroad requiring accommodation are required to pay Rs. 1500/ USD 60 which will entitle them to accommodation, conference kit & meals.
• Overseas delegates may contact us at the given email id for payment details.
• Mode of payment will be via Demand Draft drawn on any nationalized bank payable to Maharaja Agrasen College, Delhi payable at Delhi latest by 20th December 2012.
• Delegates will have to fund their own travel to Delhi, India: venue of the conference.
• Boarding and Lodging (on shared basis) will be provided to limited delegates at University guesthouses/hostels etc from the afternoon of 5th February till forenoon of 8th February, 2013. Early registration and confirmation on a first - cum- first serve basis will be the criteria for the same.

Important Dates
Last Date for Abstracts 31st October, 2012
Intimation of acceptance 15th November, 2012
Last Date for Registration Fees 20th December 2012
Last Date for complete paper 20th December 2012
Conference 6th and 7th February, 2013
(Wednesday & Thursday)

Invited Speakers
1. Dr Jeannette Armstrong, first indigenous woman novelist of Canada & Director, Enowkin Center, Pentictin, Kelowna, Canada
2. Prof. Julie Cruikshank, author and anthropologist, Canada.
3. Prof. Malashri Lal, Dean, Academic Activities & Projects, University of Delhi
4. Prof. Anjali Gera Roy, IIT, Kharagpur
5. Dr Sukrita Paul Kumar, poet and critic, Delhi
6. Prof. Jawahar Handoo, President, Indian Folklore Congress, Mysore
7. Prof. Ronald Strickland, Michigan Technological University USA
8. Dr Deana Reder, Simon Frazer University, Canada
9. Dr Beatrice Smith, Michigan Technological University, USA
10. Prof Saugata Bhaduri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
11. Dr Nancy Wachowich, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
12. Dr Simi Malhotra, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

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Hope to see you at MAC in Delhi!

Prem Kumari Srivastava Gitanjali Chawla
Convenor Organizing Secretary