MELOW CONFERENCE 2020
THE 19TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF
MELOW (THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF THE MULTI-ETHNIC LITERATURES OF THE WORLD)
to be held at Panjab University, CHANDIGARH, INDIA, from 21-23 FEBRUARY 2020
CONNECTIONS/DISCONNECTIONS: LITERARY TRADITIONS, CONTINUITIES & DISRUPTIONS
What comprises the “immortal” element in literature? What is it that goes into the making of a classic? Why do some texts tower high above the mass-produced run-of-the-mill texts? Why is it that some books cause barely a ripple when they see the light of the day, fading away into insignificance soon after, while on the contrary, some texts remain evergreen through the ages. What exactly constitutes the timelessness of books that remain alive from generation to generation?
The conference will discuss topics related to the timeless and the temporal in the world of literature, continuities and disruptions in the literary tradition, and the making and breaking of literary canons. We propose panels that look at (a) theoretical considerations of the canon and changing literary values down the ages; (b) books that have been part of the canon promoted by academicians and other custodians of literature; (c) those that were initially neglected or censored or considered suspect but found their way into the mainstream with the passage of time; (d) authors/texts not given their due, but who deserve to be included among the literary greats; (e) adaptations and revisions of significant literary texts; (f) texts that defy the existing canon and anticipate a new tradition. Other related issues may also be considered.
We propose to divide the conference papers into the following panels:
PANEL A: Theoretical Approaches to Value Judgements in Literature.
PANEL B: The Timeless and the Temporal: Literary Traditions Then and Now.
PANEL C: Continuities and Disruptions in Literary Traditions.
PANEL D: Anticipating New Canons: Defying the Existing and Setting Trends for the New.
PANEL E: Adaptations, Revisions, and Reworking of Landmark Texts.
PANEL F: Related issues not covered in the above categories.
Abstracts of 200 words on the above areas may be sent in the TEXT BOX of the email (not as attachment) to email@example.com
SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE: A limited no. of need-based subsidies are available for delegates from abroad. Those interested may apply for the same when submitting their abstracts.
MODE OF ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:
The subject line of your message should read thus: ABSTRACT 2020: [YOUR NAME] and [If you wish to compete for the ISM Award* state if you are an Indian citizen below 40]
The format given below is to be followed for the submission of abstract:
PANEL HEAD under which abstract may be considered (A, B, C, D, E, or F, as given above):
MELUS/MELOW conferences attended earlier (in which year and where)
Are you currently a member of MELOW? Or do you need a fresh / renewed membership? Please specify.
Competing for ISM Award*: YES or NO
Name of Delegate
Official designation (Designation/Dept/College)
Title of Abstract
ABSTRACT [Text] 200 words approx.
Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 15 September 2019.
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed before they are accepted. Do not send full papers. Once acceptance letters are sent, full papers (approx 3,000 words) will be invited only from participants (under 40 years of age) competing for the Isaac Sequeira Memorial Award. The rest of the delegates need to bring their complete papers along at the time of the conference.
* ISAAC SEQUEIRA MEMORIAL AWARD:
In the memory of the late Prof Isaac Sequeira, MELOW annually awards a prize for the best paper presented by a young scholar at its conference. The award comprises a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 5,000.
The competition is open to Indian citizens who are members of MELOW. The competing participant / delegate should be below forty years at the time of the conference. The abstract should be submitted by the stipulated deadline in the required format. If it is selected for the ‘long list’ the complete paper will be invited by a given deadline and assessed and shortlisted before it is presented at the conference.
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