Rabindranath Tagore and his Creative Genius (ACLA 2021, virtual conference)

deadline for submissions: 
October 28, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Medha Bhattacharyya, PhD, Bengal Institute of Technology, India

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference 8-11 April 2021


Rabindranath Tagore was the first Nobel Laureate of Asia. He was a multi-talented genius. He experimented in several fields of creativity namely, song, dance, poetry, dramas, short stories, novels, novellas, essays, education, painting and social reformation to name a few. Even after 150 years of his birth, how or why does humankind across the globe still find Tagore universally relevant? This panel aims to explore these diverse facets of Rabindranath Tagore as perceived from a contemporary perspective. The panel welcomes papers which examines Tagore’s works in comparison to other practitioners, either his contemporaries or in contemporary society.

Potential topics include the following but not solely restricted to them:


A comparative study between Rabindranath Tagore and other writers of his time
Tagore’s concept of World Literature and Goethe’s Comparative Literature
Rabindranath Tagore, religion and philosophy
Rabindranath Tagore and his essays
Rabindranath Tagore and his poetic greatness
Śrīniketan in comparison to other similar models of rural reconstruction
Rabindranath Tagore and TranslationTagore the dramatist
A comparative analysis of Rabindranath Tagore’s novels and those of other writers
Rabindranath Tagore and short stories
Nature and Rabindranath Tagore
The songs of Rabindranath Tagore
Tagore and painting
Tagore and nationalism—the socio-political impact
Tagore on Education.

Please submit an abstract of 150-200 words along with a short bio of about 100 words via the ACLA portal by 28 October 2021. If you have any query contact Medha Bhattacharyya, PhD



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You need to register and also enrol for ACLA membership prior to the presentation of the paper.



Dr. Medha Bhattacharyya is an Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Science and Humanities (English) at Bengal Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India. Her book Rabindranath Tagore’s Śāntiniketan Essays: Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy was recently published by Routledge.