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[UPDATE] International Conference on Contemporary English Studies: Society, Culture and Language March 6-8, 2013
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Department of English, Assam University & Forum for English Studies, Assam University
The Department of English, Assam University and the Forum for English Studies, Assam University will jointly organize a three-day International Conference on “Contemporary English Studies: Society, Culture and Language.” The conference would include a key-note speech and other invited lectures by eminent scholars as well as presentations by participants. The maximum number of participants which the conference could welcome is approximately 200. Proposals for participation from interested faculty members, research scholars and other academicians engaged with the various branches/areas of English studies are welcome.
The Concept Note:
By the first decade of the twenty first century, English Studies has become a complex design of contesting and complementing ideas and interests. In fact, the very shift from “English” to “English Studies” in current usages foregrounds the fact that the area under consideration is no longer a unified and uniform one. While till the advent of postcolonial and other related approaches academic engagement with English meant the study of British and American literature and some bit of history of the language, today literatures in English from the former colonies like India, Africa, Canada and Australia are getting attention and priority. Interestingly, texts originally written in the indigenous languages, too, are being studied and here, the theory and practice of translation have become significant tools. The rise in identity politics and awareness in the international scenario has also considerably promoted the study of writings based on identity politics, such as feminist, multi-ethnic, queer and various other subaltern groups. Thus the English canon has begun to expand and renew itself in its journey from the “Eurocentric” to the “multicultural.” Even within British literature, texts that were traditionally ignored, neglected or unknown, are emerging as interesting records of human transaction.
• English Studies and Social Sciences: Concerns and Trends
Submission Deadline: The submission deadline has been extended. A Three-hundred
Registration Fee: The participants are required to pay a registration fee of Rs 2500/- (Rupees Two Thousand Five Hundred only) either through online or bank draft in favour of ICCES 2013 payable at State Bank of India, Dargakona Branch (Code 14260. IFSC: SBIN0014260. MICR: 788002522. Swipe Code: SBININBB481. Current A/C no. 32610757743). The bank draft may be sent either to the Convenor or to the Joint Convenor. The Registration amount includes seminar kit, lunch and tea during the conference and an abstract volume. The participants will have to bear their own travel and accommodation expenses.
Early bird Registration fee of selected participants within January 31, 2013 is Rs.2500/.
Sanjukta Dasgupta is a Professor of English at the University of Calcutta. Her areas of interest include English, American and Indian English literature; Gender studies; Colonial and Postcolonial women’s writing, Women and/in Indian Films, Migration and Diaspora studies, Translation Studies and Creative Writing.
Prof. Dasgupta has also established herself as a poet, critic and translator of repute and has contributed publications to journals of distinction in India and abroad. She has been a recipient of the British Council Charles Wallace Scholar grant, Fulbright postdoctoral research fellowship, Fulbright Alumni Initiative Award, Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Suny, Oswego, NYS, Australia India Council Fellowship, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Women’s Research and Gender studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Associate Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Visiting Fellow at the Women Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi. She is the Managing Editor of FAMILIES: A Journal of Representations, a Fulbright Alumni Initiative project journal launched in 2002.
Prof. Dasgupta has visited, delivered lectures and talks and presented papers in Nepal, Bangladesh, Melbourne, Malta, Stockholm and at Charles University, Prague, Oxford University, UK, Jagiellonski University and Pedagogical University, Krakow, Poland and also at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK. She has taught a summer course on postcolonial theory and literary criticism at the State University of New York, Oswego, NYS as a Visiting Professor.
Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee taught English Literature at an undergraduate college in Silchar and Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He also worked as the Secretary of Sahitya Akademi’s Eastern Regional Office at Kolkata, as the Editor of Sahitya Akademi’s Journal, Indian Literature, in Delhi and as the Director of National Book Trust at Delhi. At present he functions as the Director of K K Birla Foundation, Delhi. His English translation of Mahashweta Devi’s The Armenian Champak Tree, Sunil Gangopadhyay’s The Dreadful Beauty, Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s The Ghost of Gosain Bagan and Bengali translation of U R Anantamurthy’s short story collection, Surya Sarathi have been critically acclaimed. He co-edits CIIL’s web- journal Translation Today and is a Member of the Programme Advisory Committee of the National Translation Mission launched by the Goverment of India. He co-edited Barbed Wire Fence: Stories of Displacement from the Barak Valley of Assam (2012). He was awarded the diploma for excellence in translation by the International Board for Books for Young People ( IBBY) in its Congress held at London in 2012 for his English translation of Bhayankar Sundar ( The Dreadful Beauty ) by Sunil Gangopadhyay. He co-edited with A J Thomas four volumes of The Best Of Indian Literature published by Sahitya Akademi in 2012.
David Johnston submitted his doctorate on Buero Vallejo and Unamuno in 1982. He taught Spanish in the universities of Ulster, Hull and Strathclyde before taking up the Musgrave Chair in Hispanic Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland in 1991. His principal research interests lie in theatre, and the theory and practice of literary translation. He is committed to the idea of practice as research, both in terms of performance and of translation as a writing practice, and much of his work deals with the ways in which theory and practice are mutually illuminating.
Mahesh Dattani is the first playwright in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi award. Born and brought up in Bangalore, Dattani’s foray in the world of drama began in 1984 when he founded his playgroup 'Playpen'. Apart from theatre, Shri Mahesh Dattani is also active in the field of film making. His films have been appreciated all over the world. His film 'Dance Like A Man' has won the award for the best film in English awarded by the National Panorama. Besides being a playwright and a director, Shri Mahesh Dattani adorns the mantle of a teacher with equal ease. He teaches theatre courses at the summer session programmes of the Portland University, Oregon, USA. He also imparts training in the field of acting, directing and play writing at his own theatre studio in Bangalore.
Pramod Kumar Pandey is a Professor at the Centre for Linguistics, and holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics, an M.Litt., in English, an M.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in English. He has been engaged in teaching and research for the past 29 years. He was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Fellowship, Bellagio, Italy, 2003, and Guest Scientist, Department of Linguistics, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, 2003, in the Fifth Plan period. His research interests include Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology, Linguistic Theory, English Language Teaching, Writing systems, and Research Methodology.
Chief Patron: Somnath Dasgupta, Vice Chancellor, Assam University
About Assam University: Assam University is a Central University established in 1994 by an act of the Indian Parliament. It is a teaching cum affiliating university with academic jurisdiction over five districts of Southern Assam, India. The University is located at a distance of 17 kilometres from Silchar town, the second largest city of Assam, India. The Department of English is one of the oldest and prestigious departments of the University. Interested participants may browse the University’s website www.aus.ac.in for additional information. There are regular flight connections between Silchar and Kolkata and Silchar and Guwahati, and on alternative days between Silchar and Agartala, Silchr and Jorhat, Silchar and Imphal and Silchar and Dibrugarh. Besides, there are also road and train connections with Guwahati and Agartala. The weather in early March is usually pleasant here.