An International Webinar on South Asian Literature: Emerging Trends and Global Perspectives

deadline for submissions: 
May 25, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, West Bengal & Centre for Endangered Languages, SKB University in collaboration with Language Center, Green University of Bangladesh, Dhaka on 03/ 06/ 2021 – 04/ 06/ 2021
contact email: 

The geopolitical space called ‘South Asia’ has resulted in a literature that is the product of various forms of contact i.e. travel, pilgrimage, colonization, trade etc. Social movements and historical changes have triggered transformations globally and it reinvigorated the ongoing dialogue regarding the true interpretation of South Asian literature. Philosophers like Merleau Ponty (phenomenologist), Martin Buber (existentialist) or Bakhtin all helped in reconceptualised understanding of human relations and thereby, in turn leading to a greater understanding of South Asian literature from newer and emerging perspectives. Thus interpreted, the literature is now perceived as a junction of historical, political, cultural discourses of the tumultuous space of South Asia and at the same time, has served as a macrocosmic backdrop of entire world literature. It has emerged as a foreground for debates and dialogues regarding Identity, Gender, the Queer, Women writings, Subaltern and Dalit Consciousness, Religious and Cultural perspectives, Diaspora Writings and so on. Translations too, have become an important tool in carrying the message conveyed in the regional texts of South Asia to the readers all over the world.

The researchers of South Asian literature have often wondered whether a comparative schema is necessary for the interpretation of texts or it should be a ‘local’ study conducted upon temporal and spatial planes. South Asia has been a fertile ground for numerous social movements such as agrarian, labour-centric, anti-imperial, religious, linguistic, Dalit and women’s movements which, in turn, has influenced the writing and interpretation of literature of this area. Moreover, these interpretations have resulted in a discourse at the Global level which has raised questions having worldwide implication. For instance, how is a Dalit Movement in India comparable to the racist subjugation in the USA or UK? Again, how different is the third world feminist issues from those raised by the Anglo-Americans or the French feminists? Today the readers/critics are led to wonder whether movements in South Asia are only derivatives of global moments and can only be understood comparatively, or are there context specificities that mark their singularities?

The aim of the Webinar is to highlight the changing dimensions of South Asian studies while interrogating the various movements that have represented South Asia as a field of study both at the local and the global level. We invite papers that question the various burgeoning trends in South Asian studies and those that relate to its global impact. Particularly we are interested in papers that negotiate the interdisciplinary domains of this broad area of research. We encourage scholars (Early Career professionals, and MA, MPhil, PhD scholars) from the varied disciplines such as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Law, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, South Asian Studies to contribute and enrich the webinar.


We welcome papers related to but not limited to

  • Bhasha Literatures
  • Literature from Afganisthan
  • Bangladeshi Literature
  • Indian English Literature
  • Nepali Literature
  • Pakistani Literaure
  • Sri Lankan Literaure
  • Literature of South Asian Diaspora
  • Literature in Translation


 These papers may be interpreted from perspectives like

  • Regional and linguistic movements in South Asia
  • Migrations and movements
  • Intellectual movements and their cultural forms (art, literature, film, etc.)
  • Social reform movements (religion, caste, gender, peasant)
  • Political movements (human rights, women’s rights, Gender issues) 
  • Postcolonial movements
  • Neo-religious or neo-spiritual movements in South Asia
  • Movements of protest
  • Border Issues



Important Dates:

Last Date of Abstract Submission: 25/ 05/ 2021


List of Selected Abstracts: 29/ 05/ 2021


International Webinar: 03/ 06/ 2021 – 04/ 06/ 2021 (Link will be provided in due time) 


Last Date for Submission of Full Paper: 15/06/2021


Publication: Selected papers (subject to Peer review) are to be published in the Inaugural Issues of two Departmental E-Journals –

i)                   “Akademos: A Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies” (to be published in July 2021)

ii)                   “Providence: A Journal of World Literature and Culture” (to be published in October,2021)


Submission Guidelines:

All abstracts (with 5 keywords) and full, original, unpublished scholarly articles are to be mailed to within the stipulated time.


Papers are to be formatted as per MLA 8 stylesheet. Title Times New Roman 14 and Body Times New Roman 12


Please Mention your designation and Email in the abstract.