Narrating Partition in South Asia: Recent Trends and Perspectives

deadline for submissions: 
November 3, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur
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Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur

7th Inter-University Students’ and Researchers’ Conference 2021


Narrating Partition in South Asia: Recent Trends and Perspectives


Etymological connotation of the word Partition is commonly understood, not just as the division of a state into two or more entities but also as divisions of cultures and society where at least one successor state assumes continuity with the pre-divided whole. The most famous partition cases in the history of the Indian subcontinent happened due to the British colonization and independence movement, respectively in 1905 the partition of Bengal, and the independent division of India and Pakistan in 1947. The part of East Pakistan later emerged as an independent country after its separation from West Pakistan. So, the geopolitical space of Bengal suffered partition three times respectively in 1905 due to the British policy of divide and rule, then in 1947 as part of West Pakistan, and lastly in 1971 under independent movement for Bangladesh. However, the protracted conflict that results from any partition or struggle for partition has its link to political, cultural, sectarian violence and ethnic nationalism. As a result, its impact on cultural and critical narratives are varied: the statistics of division as a source of political and social disintegration - a source of widespread violence, trauma, and displacement - and as an ongoing source that perpetuates ethnic and national identities. Therefore, the critical studies on partition are more extensive not only on post-colonial theory and world literary criticism, but also on history, political theory, philosophy, and sociology.

This conference invites college/university students and research scholars to discuss the diverse narrative of partition in South Asia while emphasizing its recent trends and perspectives. The subthemes are as follows.

  • Partition and Women
  • Impact of Partition on psychology
  • Partition and Regional literature
  • Partition and Ethnic conflict
  • Partition in Popular culture
  • The notion of Nation and Nationalism
  • Memory and literature
  • Displacement and relocation
  • Impact of Partition on economy and development.
  • Influence of imperial discourse on Partition.

The conference will be held online in the 1st / 2nd week of December 2021. The exact dates will be notified soon.


Submission Guidelines:

We invite abstracts of papers from college/university students and research scholars in about 250 to 300 words. The abstract should be submitted as an attachment in MS-Word using Times New Roman, Font 12 via email to the convenor of this conference Sri Bidhu Chand Murmu, Assistant Professor, Department of English at  The rest of the details will be informed by email to those whose papers will be selected.

***Important Dates:

Last date of submission of Abstracts: 3rd November 2021

Notification of acceptance of Abstract: 8th November 2021

***Publication of selected papers is a matter under discussion.