CFP: Water and the Indian Worlds (France) (5/15/06; 9/2/06-9/3/06)

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Ana Mendes
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Call for Papers : =AB Water and the Indian Worlds =BB

SARI (Society of Activities and Research on the Indian worlds) invites 2=
0-minute presentations on the theme of =AB Water and the Indian Worlds =
=BB for its annual conference to be held in Jonzac (South-west France) o=
n September 2nd and 3rd, 2006.

Thematic outline :

The Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, sacred rivers like the Ganges and the=
 Bhramaputra, all compose an aquatic geography involving exchanges, pass=
ages, irrigation and agriculture. Water also defines cultural, symbolic =
and ritual spaces. Natural phenomena involving water (seasonal weather, for example monsoons, disasters like t=
he recent tsunami, or the frequent floods and droughts) are all part of =
the subcontinental reality. Moreover, water scarcity and excess often
work as metaphors in literary texts and films, and the birth of ecocriti=
cism in the 1990s in postcolonial criticism made us aware of its importa=
nce. Possible topics for consideration include :

- Water as a literary trope and a cinematographic theme

- Water in graphic arts and sculpture

- Water and ecocriticism

- Water in the history of the Indian subcontinent

- Maritime and fluvial economy

- Water in the news : natural disasters and phenomena

- Water and religious practices

SARI is an interdisciplinary research centre based in France and dedicat=
ed to the study of the Indian subcontinent (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh,=
 Nepal, Sri Lanka, as well as the diaspora).

Please submit 300-word abstracts (no full papers) and a short bio to Pat=
ricia Barbe-Girault ( Deadline for proposals=
: May 15th, 2006. Notification of acceptance: June 15th.

Organizing committee: C=E9cile L=E9onard, Dr Nelly Gillet, Dr Patricia B=
arbe-Girault (treasurer of SARI).

Information-SARI:, Michel Naumann (Univ Rabelais=

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