Rethinking Social Exclusion: Issues and Perspectives
A Three-Day National Level Interdisciplinary Conference Organised by the Department of English, Sikkim University, Gangtok, Sikkim-737102
Social Exclusion is a complex and multi-dimensional process which involves the denial of resources, rights, goods and services, and equal opportunities to people belonging to certain sections of the society. This denial of not just material resources but deprivation and discrimination that is otherwise taken as normal or taken for granted by many of us, have resulted in the exclusion of vulnerable groups of people. This resultant ‘othering’ can have serious implications in terms of the lived quality of life, thereby creating a divide in the social fabric. Although the term ‘social exclusion’ had a European origin, the term can be highly relevant for India where exclusionary practices are systemically inherent within the social structure where caste in the form of ‘varna’ and ‘jati’ is more than mere occupational identification. The hierarchies in Indian social institutions and normative value systems have led to the exclusion of socially disadvantaged sections like Dalits, tribals, minorities, women, widows, sex-workers, single mothers, LGBT and the differently-abled. Amartya Sen laments the literature on social exclusion as still “somewhat disorganized and indisciplined” (Sen 2000: 1); and so the term which had originally referred to “mentally and physically handicapped, suicidal people, aged, invalids, abused children, substance abusers, single parents, asocial persons, marginal and other social “misfits” (Sen 2000:1) is today a term which is used to study social, economic, cultural and politically marginalized. Theorists like S.K. Thorat, Zoya Hasan, Baviskar and Mathew have discussed in great detail the ramifications of social exclusion within a welfarist framework and see the need to include the socially excluded groups within the mainstream. Despite efforts by the government on inclusionary practices like reservation and economic empowerment measures, and several other major policy formulations, much needs to be done.
The proposed conference is an attempt to rethink the whole gamut of social exclusion amidst the outbreak of the pandemic covid-19 since late December 2019. The pandemic caused forced social isolation due to the fear of transmission and the lockdown approach may have been one of the strategies to contain the pandemic by governments around the world. However, what has been revealed in the process is a whole gamut of social exclusion faced by migrants, the elderly, children, people of particular race and religion, and those engaged in informal job sectors. The discrimination and stigmatization of people with the disease has been a common sight. Although technology was meant to create bridge spatial barriers yet this digital architecture has further accentuated the divide due to lack of skills among the elderly. Digital pedagogy for students belonging to the economically weaker sections, social exclusion has threatened to seep out from the enclosed domestic spaces of home to the domain of public classrooms.
Against such a backdrop, this Three-Day National Level Interdisciplinary Conference aims to grapple with the following issues:
- To create awareness through intellectual discourse on the dynamics of social exclusion thorough the intersectionality of caste, class, gender, religion, region and ethnicity.
- To analyse the hidden barriers which seek to prevent social inclusion and discuss remedial measures through discussions of lived experiences and reality.
- To promote suggestions for sustainable development through democratizing resources and opportunities.
- To recognize the politics of difference and gradually move towards the politics of recognition.
- To instil respect towards plurality of cultures and respect differences bringing about a paradigm shift to foster social inclusion.
Papers are invited on any issue/perspective related to the following areas, though not restricted to the same:
- Identifying Social Exclusion and Inclusion through caste politics.
- Pandemic and redefining of social exclusion.
- North-East and the discourse of social exclusion.
- Poverty, marginalization and social exclusion.
- Disability and Social Exclusion.
- Gender Politics and Social Exclusion.
- Regional Literature and the politics of exclusion.
- Translation and representation of Minority.
- Sexual Inclusion and exclusion
- Marginalization and Peripheralization.
- Social Exclusion and academic social responsibility.
- Social exclusion in graphic narratives.
- Social Exclusion and Digital Divide.
- Strategies for combating social exclusion.
- Whither Social Exclusion?
Conference Dates: 15th, 16th, and 17th November, 2021
Conference Mode: Offline
Last Date for Submission of Abstracts: 3rd November, 2021
Acceptance of Abstract: 6th November, 2021
Submission of full paper: 14th November, 2021
Abstracts should include the title of the presentation, name and affiliation of the author. Abstracts should be of not more than 350 words and should be followed by at least 5 keywords. Abstracts should be submitted to the following email id: email@example.com
Guidelines for full paper submission:
Manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words including citations and bibliography. Use Times New Roman 12 font, all paragraphs should be justified with 1.5 spacing. Please follow MLA 8th edition style for referencing.
In order to present paper at the seminar, the participants will have to pay a registration fees:
Students and Research Scholars: ₹1500/-
Online Presenters: ₹1000/-
In case of joint papers, the presenters need to pay the registration fees separately as separate certificates will be issued for each participant. The details of payment will be shared after acceptance of abstract.
The Organizing Committee will not provide accommodation to the outstation participants, however, we may assist in arranging a convenient hotel to stay in Gangtok.