One Day National Conference on Popular Culture: Texts and Contexts (Hybrid)

deadline for submissions: 
April 20, 2023
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Organised by the Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri, in collaboration with Department of English, The Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata

One Day National Conference on
Popular Culture: Texts and Contexts (Hybrid)

Organised by the Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri,  in collaboration with  Department of English, The Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata

Venue: Salesian College, Siliguri (Hybrid)

Popular texts, which include print, visual and graphic literature, expand into art, fashion and music, and often engage with various political, historical and social contexts, to become significant indicators and suppliers of cultural meaning.
In India, recent mainstream movies like Pathaan (2023), move away from the recurring narratives of communalism, indicating signs of a cultural rebellion and revival for India's democracy (Ravinder K Jain). Similarly, African American popular artists like Beyonce, Donald Glover, and so on, have been using lyrical and visual content in their songs 'Formation' and 'This is America,' respectively, as a form of social commentary, and activism and dissent for African Americans in America. Furthermore, the universality of the themes of canonical works by Shakespeare and Jane Austen, can be seen through the popular Indian adaptations of the works, like Haider (Hindi - 2014 - Hamlet) and Kandukondain Kandukondain (Tamil - 2000 - Sense and Sensibility). Similarly, the popular Norwegian Netflix Series, Ragnarok (2020 - running) reimagines Norse mythology in present-day Norway and is an eco critical text that represents the climate crisis of today.Record of Ragnarok (Japanese Manga - 2019 - running) and Thor (Marvel Comics), also, have adapted Norse mythology into popular forms of literature.
Art, long seen as 'high culture', has also had a symbiotic relationship with popular culture best seen through the works of artists like Andy Warhol, Tom Sachs and even Pablo Picasso. This infusion and osmosis of popular culture can also be seen in fashion, recognized in works of fashion icons like Virgil Abloh, Jerry Lorenzo and Ye (formerly as Kanye West). Furthermore, the popularity of K-pop and its visual aesthetics (music videos and fashion) has shook the dominance of American pop music on the global stage, and its influence has also attempted to redefine masculinity at a larger scale within heteronormative regimes (Stolze) similar to the American counterparts Prince and Harry Styles. However, this has also led to discussions on double standards, sexuality and heterosexual privilege. Additionally, the emergence of controversial internet personalities like Andrew Tate, the popularity of their content and their influence among young adults, has further given rise to debates on misogyny and feminism. Instances like these reiterate that these texts, in the popular domain, not only represent but also influence culture, in various contexts.

The conference titled Popular Culture: Texts and Contexts, to be organised by the Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri in collaboration with IQAC, Salesian College, Siliguri and the Department of English, The Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata, invites abstracts (250 - 300 words) along with a bio note (50-100 words), on topics which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Gender and Sexuality in Popular culture

  • Canon, Classics and Popular Culture

  • Music, Visuals and Graphic in Popular Culture

  • Aesthetics, Art and Fashion in Popular culture  

  • Dissent and Popular Culture

  • Meme, Cyberculture and Popular Culture 

  • History, Nation and Popular Culture

  • Eastern Himalaya and Popular Culture

Abstracts are to be submitted to:

Last date for abstract submission: 20 April, 2023
Intimation to presenters by: 27 April, 2023
Last date of registration by presenters: 2 May, 2023
Full papers to be submitted by: 25  May, 2023
Conference date: 27 May, 2023 

Selected papers could be published in the form of an edited and peer -reviewed anthology.

Registration fees are as follows:
Faculty presenters: 800*
Faculty presenters (Online): 500**
Research Scholars Presenters: 600*
Research Scholars Presenters (Online): 350**

*Registration fee for offline presenters will include a notepad kit and lunch on the day of the conference. It does not cover lodging and travel expenses.
**We have limited slots for online presenters.

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