Interrogating the People: Politics and Culture

deadline for submissions: 
June 10, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
School of Liberal Studies, UPES
contact email: 

The School of Liberal Studies, UPES, Dehradun invites applications for its 1st Annual Cultural Studies Workshop (CSW) to be held between October 6-10, 2023, at Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The theme for this year’s workshop is ‘Interrogating The People: Politics and Culture’. 

The workshop is framed as an annual pedagogic event spread over six days (five days of discussion with one break day). The objective of the workshop is to bring together 20 Ph.D. students, post-doctoral and early career researchers, faculty members, and eminent scholars in the field of Cultural Studies as well as in the humanities and social sciences to ideate on the broad theme of the workshop. In exceptional cases, candidates with reliable documentary proof of admission to a 2023-24 Ph.D programme may be considered. The focus will be on the two lives of the people: everyday, flesh-and-blood, empirical people, and the concept of the people that draws its life from the enunciative act of the Constitution (‘We, the people of ...’). The workshop will be thematically structured.
Day  1:  Who is the People?
Day  2:  Democracy and the Contesting People
Day  3:  Imaging the People
Day 4:   The Consenting People and the Crisis of Liberal Deliberation
Day 5:   Neoliberalism, Climate Change, and the Migrating People

At the School of Liberal Studies, we view Cultural Studies as an inter-discipline, and a configuration of discourses with a persistent thrust on the questions of democracy, marginality, and power. Hence, it must be made clear that the proposed CSW is by no means exclusively for scholars of Cultural Studies.
The workshop will bring together 20 participants from across India. Apart from local hospitality, participants will also be provided AC two-tier train fare.
Guidelines for proposal submission

Your proposal should consist of:
Proposed title of your paper
Abstract (500-750 words)
A short bio-note of 250 words mentioning your university/organisational affiliation and contact details 

A consolidated PDF (abstract plus bio-note) should be sent to Tuhina Thapliyal, School of Liberal Studies at 

Please use this subject title in your submission email: Proposal_CSW_2023

Application Deadline: June 10, 2023

Selected participants will be notified by end of June 2023. 

Final papers of 3500-4000 words must be submitted by September 15, 2023.

*Failure to submit the final paper will result in cancellation of participation.