The Cultures of New India

deadline for submissions: 
January 7, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Shri Ramswaroop Mmeorial University

Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University

Invites you to the

First International Literary Conference

 (Sponsored by the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy and the South Asian Diaspora International Researchers' Network, Monash University, Australia)


The Cultures of New India

18th-19th February 2017 (

In his book, India Shastra, Shashi Tharoor makes a claim that in the increasingly cut-throat competition amongst nations to become a super power “India is much better placed to take advantage of this world than most”. It goes without saying that the 21st century has been a century of Indian success. It has undoubtedly established itself as, what many economists say, an “attractive investment destination” for global investors. In the postmillennial age, the mainstream media has kickstarted several campaigns, like Incredible India, India Shining and Brand India, etc. to galvanize the image of India in the world. These campaigns have undoubtedly achieved euphoric success in the makeover of India as a powerful nation.  One could witness a radical change in the new India, eg., emergence of new cities, easy availability of multinational brands, a new class of young wealthy people, accompanied with an unprecedented living standard in almost every walk of life. But then, the New India is also known as a land of paradoxes, a land underpinned by poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and immense unemployment. It is, therefore, very vital to examine the cultures of New India in order to understand its nature, complexities and functioning. It needs to be examined how culture has responded to the existing inequalities of this New India. What role have language, literature, films and popular cultures played in projecting and disseminating the image of the New India across the globe?  

The present International Conference aims at exploring the new landscape of India and its working cultures. Proposals of 250-300 words are invited on any one of the following issues:

  • Languages of Indian Culture
  • Gender and the New India
  • Post-Liberalization and Indian Novels in English
  • Representations of Youth Culture
  • Communalism and New India
  • Bollywood and Indian Cultures
  • Cultures of Social Media
  • Culture and Human Behaviour

List of Speakers: Prof . Tabish Khair (Aarhus Univ., Denmark), Dr Claire Chambers(York Univ., UK), Prof. A.K. Singh (IGNOU, New Delhi), Prof. Saikat Majumdar (Stanford Univ./Ashoka Univ.), Prof Nancy Ellen Batty (Canada)


The City of Lucknow:

Lucknow, fondly known as the ‘City of Nawabs’ or the ‘City of Tehzeeb’, has always been a city filled with varied cultures. The city is famously known by other names, such as The Constantinople of India, Shiraz-i-Hind and the Golden City of the East. It was administered by the Delhi Sultanate during the Mughal rule, and in the later stages, it was given to the Nawabs of Awadh. In the year 1857, it went into the hands of the British Empire. Lucknow is extremely popular for Chikan and Lucknavi Zardozi. Both of these are two kinds of stylish and delicate Indian embroideries. It is easily accessible from all parts of India.

Venue:  Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Lucknow-Deva Road (U.P.), India. The University is situated on the outskirts of Lucknow city. It is 25 kms. from the Charbagh railway station, and 37 kms. from the Chaudhary Charan Singh International airport.

Climate: February is characterized by a pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging between 23°C to 29°C over the course of the month.

What to Send: An abstract of 250-300 words (Times New Roman, font size: 12) should be sent in the following order:

a)      Title of the abstract, b) author’s name and Institutional affiliation, c)email address

d)     Body of the abstract.

Acceptance: Acceptance will be sent by the Convener or the Co-Convener of the Organizing Committee.


Important Dates:          Abstract Submission: 7th January 2017

                                 Last Date for Registration Fee: 12th January, 2017.

                                 Final Paper Submission:30th January, 2017



Registration Fee:   Rs. 1800/- for Indian Nationals

                            USD 100/- for Foreign Scholars (including postgraduate students & research scholars)

                             Rs. 1500/- for Research Scholars (India-based)

Registration includes: conference participation; conference certificate; conference kit; lunch and refreshments


Mode of Payment:


Registration fee is to be made by Demand Draft drawn on any Nationalized Bank in favour of “Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University” payable at Lucknow


         Bank Name: Bank  of India

        Account No. : 752920110000006

        IFS Code: BKID0007529

Branch Name & Address: Handori Branch, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University Campus, Barabanki (UP), India

       Type of Account: Current Account



Kindly ensure that the Demand Drafts are made as per requirement and sent to the following address:

Dr. Vijaya Sethi (The Dean),

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,

Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University,

Village Hadauri,  Post  Tindola,  Lucknow-Deva Road,

Barabanki- 225003 (Uttar Pradesh) India.

 Travel Arrangements: Accommodations are not available.

The Organizing Committee shall not provide any free accommodation and travel grant to any selected delegate. A number of hotels have rooms reserved for the Conference at a discounted rate. Accommodation bookings should be made directly through the hotel. To make the process as efficient as possible, please provide your check in/out dates as well as your preferred hotel and second choice. List of hotels would be displayed on the Conference website by mid December, 2016.

Enquiries may be addressed to:



• In case of joint authorship, the second author must also register for participation in the Conference.