1st Rupkatha International Open Conference on Recent Advances in Interdisciplinary Humanities, 2020

deadline for submissions: 
August 7, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Rupkatha Indian Institute of Technology Patna Department of Humanities and Social Sciences & Siksha O Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
contact email: 

About the Conference RIOC 2020

RIOC, the first international scholarly conference sponsored by Rupkatha, seeks to address advances in research in Interdisciplinary Humanities. After the launch of our non-profit scholarly venture with the Rupkatha Journal, we now consider it a sacred duty to respond to the call of times by organizing this conference to interact and understand our present situation and the emerging future in a fuller and critical manner. The objective is to create a dialogue and affect the social and cultural discourse at a crucial phase of our history. 

In opposition to the closed-door format of traditional conference halls Rupkatha shall make the conference Open Access by streaming all presentations and discussions Live. Unlike uncurated webinars, curation and content archiving shall be done by Rupkatha in accordance with international publication standards

Mission of the Conference

RIOC is being floated as a virtual platform for the latest innovative and critical research in Humanities. If the lack of advanced non-Anglophone discourses in linguistic, philosophical, phenomenological and computational research is regretted Rupkatha none the less resolves to promote all kind of experimental analyses and novel thinking. The recent pandemic will definitely affect our discourse more deeply than ever. We are not sure in what ways the pandemic will shape our future with its collateral damages. There is little for celebration but much for introspection. This conference can offer a halting point for such reflections. Much responsibility rests on young researchers. For several decades, the academic atmosphere in the Humanities has been dominated by the thick smog of western critical theories which fail to address the local issues and local cultural experience. This is why Rupkatha emphasizes on translation studies directed towards, and not out of, the Anglocentric direction. Rupkatha encourages the vernaculars, language consciousness and identity against the linguistic invasion of the internet and cultural imperialism.  Whereas other disciplines have progressed through transparency and scientific temperament, the Humanitiesin many countries are stuck in ideological quagmire and stagnant factions.

We shall not discourage conventional politics and polemical discourse in criticism. But we should be aware that the neoliberal economy demands uniformity and conformation. Globalization itself, as the instance of Indian global influence demonstrates, can provide us with tools to resist modeling and encourage or preserve difference.

In the context of the pandemic and given the uncertainty of the situation we decided to keep the conference open for a wide range of areas. Submissions can be made on any topic listed below but are not restricted to the areas mentioned.

Conference Archive

Rupkatha also intends to diversify into e-publishing and hard format publishing under its banner for effective and wider dissemination of research and reference.

Proceedings will be published in the Rupkatha Journal, indexed by Scopus and WoS.

Focal Areas

  • Contemporary Crises in the Discourse of the Humanities
  • Pandemic, Plague Studies
  • Women’s issues
  • Translations, ESL and identities

Areas of discussion include, but are not limited to:

  1. Pandemic, globalization, race discrimination
  2. Postnationalism and Manichaean discourse
  3. Immigrations, refugees, Diaspora
  4. Women and gender issues, subaltern, feminism
  5. Environmental ecology, North East, indigenous studies issues
  6. Evolutionary ethics, space, creativity studies, and psychosocial projections 
  7. Language studies, ELT, Translation studies