Friday, December 15, 2017

ICSSR Funded Workshop on: “Doing Ambedkarism Today: Issues of Caste, Gender, and Community” -19- 22 February 2018,CSSSC, Calcutta.

The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), is organizing a workshop on the above mentioned theme sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, for research orientation programmes intended exclusively for researchers from Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) backgrounds, from 19-22 February 2018.

Concept Note on the Workshop

In a poll conducted in 2012, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar was voted as the greatest Indian. The inspiration for several Dalit and backward caste parties and movements across India, Ambedkar is seen as a political figure that is simultaneously divisive and unifying. Whether they subscribe to his ideals or not, all major parties are compelled to pay obeisance to this icon. Over the past few decades, excellent academic and theoretical contributions have been made regarding the study of Ambedkar’s thoughts. Yet, as it is with any great thinker, there is still a need to expand Ambedkar beyond conventional readings.

How do we read Ambedkar today? How would Ambedkar want himself to be read and applied today? What are the kinds of political forces which seek to appropriate Ambedkar now and why? What are the new trends and tactics of Dalit assertion? What are the critiques that Ambedkarism and feminism pose to each other? What stake do women have in the present debates on Ambedkarism? Does it make sense to talk about unity among oppressed groups in a caste order? How does Ambedkarism engage with the emergence of other identities and contestations? How do we understand the responses of the so-called upper-castes to Ambedkarite scholarship and politics? How do equations of nationalism, region, and language play today and how to make sense of these from an Ambedkarite perspective? Is conversion an option for those who want to reject the caste order? How can Ambedkarite perspectives inform our debates on counting castes and tribes and categorizing them? Can a capitalist economy provide adequate representation for the marginalized? Has modernity exhausted itself?

The workshop invites applications from students and researchers of SC/ST backgrounds who are currently enrolled in an M Phil or PhD programme or engaged in post-doctoral research. The proposals for papers are expected to address the broad theme the questions that are laid out in the concept note. The workshop is intended to give young researchers an opportunity to share their work with the faculty of the CSSSC and other established and upcoming scholars in the field. The morning session of each day will be devoted to presentations of academics each of which will address a specific topic of significant relevance to the theme, contributing to a critical understanding of Indian politics, society, and history. The afternoon sessions are for participant presentations on pre-circulated papers. Participants will be given twenty minutes for their papers, followed by an interactive session.

Travel & Assistance

CSSSC will bear the expenses of AC three-tier rail travel, accommodation (on twin sharing basis) and food in Calcutta for all selected candidates. Priority will be given to women applicants.

Those wishing to participate in the workshop may apply with their current CV, indicating their current academic affiliation, educational qualifications and mailing address and email IDs. Applications must include a summary (500 - 750 words in Word file doc, .docx, .rtf) of the paper they intend to present at the workshop. It is also compulsory to include a scanned copy of the community certificate clearly indicating the category of the participant, i.e. SC or ST.

Application forms for the workshop are available for download on the CSSSC website.

E-mail applications must reach the organizers latest by 31st December 2017 at:

Selected participants will be contacted at the latest by mid-January 2018 and first drafts of papers are expected by 10 February 2018.

For More Details:

Two-day Faculty Development Workshop on TEACHING ENGLISH WITH TECHNOLOGY 24 & 25 January, 2018 | 9 am – 4.30 pm Research Department of English St. Joseph's College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu

Concept Note:

The unprecedented development of technology has certainly influenced English language education. The web 2.0 has revolutionized pedagogy, roles of learners, teachers, parents, and policy makers, teaching tools, learning materials, teaching and learning strategies, etc. This dramatic change has thus disrupted the conventional system of teaching and learning English. However, English language teachers are not yet fully prepared to meet the challenges in preparing the Generation Z learners for their future careers that have not yet been created. The Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2012, is growing up in a world that is entirely different from what their parents and teachers grew up in. They are constantly on smart devices. They text instead of calling; they tweet; they instagram; they whatsapp; and they even design their own apps. On the contrary, their teachers lecture, use only blackboards, and expect learners to write elaborately in exams. 

Therefore, this faculty development workshop attempts to bridge this wide gap by familiarizing the participating teachers with the web tools that help them

  • to develop course sites with multimedia resources,
  • to set up discussion forums for engaging learners in creating new knowledge, and
  • to conduct formative assessment to help learners check their learning.
  • to develop course sites with multimedia resources,
  • to set up discussion forums for engaging learners in creating new knowledge, and
  • to conduct formative assessment to help learners check their learning.

Web Tools
The participants will be trained in the following web tools: 
  1. Kahoot
  2. Edmodo
  3. Plickers
  4. Nearpod
  5. Google Sites
  6. Google Drive
  7. Google Docs
  8. Google Forms
  9. Google Sheets
  10. Google Slides
  11. Whatsapp Groups and Broadcasts

Who can participate?

English language teachers (both Arts and Science and Engineering colleges)
Teacher educators from B.Ed colleges
Ph.D. research scholars


Hands-on training in using technology for learning and teaching
Take-home ideas for using technology in classrooms
Training manuals on web 2.0 tools
Network of teachers interested in educational technology

How to Register?

Registration fee is Rs 1000 per participant. Registration is restricted to only 40 participants on first come first served basis. Registration is done online. To register


Fill-in your details in the online registration form on or before 05.01.2018

Print the filled-in registration form sent to you by email

Pay the registration fee. Either draw a demand draft in favour of The Principal, St. Joseph's College payable at Tiruchirappalli or pay through internet banking [Account Name - ; Account Number - ; IFSC Code - ; Bank, Branch - ; Branch Code- ]
Send the printed registration form along with the DD or the acknowledgement slip for online transfer to The Head, Department of English, St. Joseph's College, Trichy 620002 on or before 10.01.2018.


Dr J. John Love Joy

Dr M. S. Xavier Pradheep Singh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
St. Joseph's College (Autonomous)

For Registration

Dr M. S. Xavier Pradheep Singh
Assistant Professor,
Department of English,
St. Joseph's College (Autonomous),
Tiruchirappalli, India
Call / Whatsapp: 8220777313

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Call for Papers on Literature and the Mystical Foundations of Authority-UGC-SAP-DSA-I sponsored National Young Researchers’ Conference 2017 22-23 February 2018; JNU, New Delhi.

‘No, you don’t understand,’ the Knight said, looking a little vexed. ‘That’s what the name is called. The name really is “The Aged Aged Man.”’
‘Then I ought to have said “That’s what the song is called”?’ Alice corrected herself.
‘No, you oughtn’t: that’s quite another thing! The song is called “Ways and Means”: but that’s only what it’s called, you know!’
—Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

Concept Note:

The White Knight’s formula, which is characterized by Giorgio Agamben as ‘the name of the name is not the name’ sums up the problem of the mystical and ineffable in language. Is it possible in language to express the very fact of the existence of language? The ineffability that all mystical literature essentially discloses is the unnameable opening that must precede language. Walter Benjamin, in a letter to Martin Buber, admits that he ‘can understand writing as such as poetic, prophetic, objective in terms of its effect, but in any case only as magical, that is as un-mediated’. Poetry and prophecy alone are capable of the ‘purest disclosure of language’s dignity and nature’. If literature as such has a relation to the mystical, not through its transmitted content but as pure disclosure, the study of its effectiveness must be channelled through certain critical considerations which this conference will try to outline. 

Contemporary religious discourse in the Indian subcontinent assumes a monopoly over the mystical but in most cases only to legitimize power. The discourse of godmen and saints is almost always willingly co-opted by the state. Literature, on the other hand, now more than ever, is under attack and censorship, usually in the name of ‘hurting religious sentiments’. In a world where censorship has become commonplace, both by state and religious authorities, it is crucial to ask what exactly is the nature of the threat art poses to power? How are we to understand the contemporary prevalence of censorship as rooted in a conflict over the provenance of the mystical?

Stephen Mallarme once wrote that ‘nothing takes place but the place’. Only the work of poets, writers and mystics, is able to bring about the manifestation of language as the space on which the political can be founded. Can the existence of state power and control over literature thought to be premised on a complicated relationship of jealousy, rivalry, dominance, and subservience? In Indian history we have stories of Sufi saints like Baba Shah Palangposh in the seventeenth century whose miraculous powers and knowledge of the ghaib or the unseen was used to prop up the military campaigns of various sultans and satraps in the Deccan. As Azfar Moin has pointed out in his book The Millennial Sovereign, the Mughal Emperors relied on Sufi saints of various orders, like the Nakshbandis and the Chishtis, to legitimize their rule. Even today, godmen and saints play a vital role in propping up political parties and solidifying vote banks. How does their mystical and spiritual appeal translate itself into the political? Can the ever-expanding corpus of what Srinivas Aravamudan called ‘Guru English’ be considered as a form of the literary utilized by such godmen to propagate their creeds and sell their products?

The triumphant return of the mystical can be seen in popular culture’s fascination with the elaborate mythologies of cinematic franchises like The Avengers among others. Can the popularity of such a hyper-technologized cinema be reconciled with its various mystical elements? The relation of the mystical to violence, law, and even technology is also what we wish to consider in this conference. What needs to be proposed are concepts of art and literature which do not merely subvert an existent authority. Rather, literature has to be thought as the provenance of the mystical and thus authority’s inaccessible ground. Can a critique of power be developed which proceeds from this perspective? This conference thus invites papers that engage with the mystical disclosure of literature and art from India and the rest of the world. Our aim is to open up, in a critical and rigorous way, the questions of ineffability, violence, law, language, and sovereignty. We invite papers on mystical texts, esoteric and religious works, popular religious literature, and any other texts which engage with the problems we have outlined above.

Papers can include but not be restricted to the following themes:
• Modern interpretations, adaptations or translations of Sufi and Bhakti texts
• Popular religious literature 
• Problems of censorship and laws protecting religious sentiments
• Questions of sovereignty and political repression of literary texts
• Mystical elements in literary texts
• Scientism and pseudo-scientism in religious discourses
• Esoteric and occult practices or texts
• Discourses surrounding madness and insanity
• ‘Guru English’
• Messianic and pseudo-messianic discourses
• The space of literature and the role of the university
• Secularism and its discontents
• Subaltern mystical and occult practices
• Superstition and the magical
• Cinema and the technological mystical

Abstracts: of not more than 300 words, along with a brief bio (100 words) of the presenter, must be emailed to the conference coordinators at Please write ‘NYRC 2018 Abstract’ in the subject heading of the e-mail while sending the abstract.

Important Dates:
Last date of submission of abstract: 5 January 2018
Notification of acceptance of abstract: 10 January 2018
Last date of submission of full paper: 5 February 2018

Participants must be registered MPhil/PhD candidates at a recognized university, postdoctoral fellows, young career academics, or independent researchers. Unfortunately, BA/MA students cannot present papers in this conference.
Accommodation for outstation candidates (on a twin-sharing basis) will be arranged and paid for by the organizers from 21–24 February 2018. 

Outstation participants will be provided a travel allowance based on return railway Sleeper Class fare between their point of origin and New Delhi, or actual fare incurred, whichever is less, irrespective of whether the participant has travelled by air, or by a higher class in rail. Please note that, if the travel has been conducted by rail, for reimbursement the tickets must have been booked directly from the IRCTC website or the railway counter, and no rail tickets booked from an intermediate site or through a travel agency will be reimbursed. The participants must provide copies of their tickets (and boarding passes, if the journey is conducted by air) for reimbursement. 

• Queries can be addressed to the Conference coordinators at

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies April 6-8, 2018 Green State University Bowling , Ohio

Concept Note:

Borders are meant to separate. They delineate one from another. Issues of power arise when that delineation creates or exploits a marginalized “other.” Recent debates across the US and the world illustrate the importance of borders to establish and protect concepts of nationalism and safety; the plan for a “transparent” wall on the southern border of the United States, the refugee crisis which led to the limit of free movement in Europe, and the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar are all examples of the rise of xenophobia and global humanitarian crises. 

These debates have shed light on the porous nature of geographical borders, forcing citizens to decide who gets to come in and who gets forced out. Because the world is full of such borders, it is also full of borderlands, geographical and cultural areas occupying multiple physical spaces at once. Gloria Anzaldúa uses the term borderlands to refer to the geographical area that is most susceptible to “la mezcla” [hybridity], neither fully of Mexico nor fully of the United States. Those who occupy borderlands frequently occupy multiple geographical and cultural spaces. 

Anzaldúa also expands the concept of border, defining it as, “a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland can be a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants.”1 In this sense, “border” and “borderland” accommodate people who do not identify with and within established borders, who instead occupy both worlds simultaneously and are expected to abide by compound cultural expectations. Many people occupy multiple cultural landscapes, identifying with all and none. This liminality between nation, bodies, flesh and machine, living and dead, and the fluid spectrum stretching between binaries can be political, geographic, imposed, claimed, and used for pride or marginalization (or both). These liminalities are sites of critical exploration that illuminate what it means to occupy cultural, personal, and spiritual borderlands. There are countless voices that do not bear one identity, but multiple, and those identities are often shifting from moment to moment. Bringing these voices and stories forward is crucial to understanding the relationship between borders and borderlands.

Through examination of cultural representations, treatments, and uses of borders in the arts and social justice movements, we can understand ourselves, our futures, and our relation to one another and to ourselves. The tasks of defining and dismantling concepts of borders have never been more important. Through multiple theoretical lenses and the exploration of popular culture, we can take a critical look at how and why borders, borderlands, and their usefulness as a means of engaging with intersectional identities are emerging as vital areas of study.

 We welcome papers, panels, art presentations/installations, and other creative work, including but not limited to the following subject areas: 
  • Global Borderlands
  • Cross-Disciplinary Discourses 
  • Liminal Identities
  • Refugee Crises
  • Media (film, television, video games, music and music videos, news, comic books, literature, social media, fan fiction, humor) 
  • Imagination and Representation
  • Alternative Time (dystopian futures, alternative presents, apocalypse narratives, time travel narratives)
  • Science Fiction (technology, humanity, the Uncanny Valley, cyborg liminality, artificial intelligence) 
  • Material and Visual Culture; and Fashion (trends, vintage, historical styles)
  • Politics (rhetoric, ideology, policy) 
  • Popular Culture (representations of borderlands in film, television, and popular fiction)
  • Gender and Sexual Identity (binary and non-binary conceptions of gender and sexuality) 
  • Race and Ethnicity (multi-ethnic identities, immigration) 
  • Disability Studies (neurological spectrums and other binary and non-binary borders)
  • Digital Humanities 
  • Spirituality and Religious Studies 

Abstracts should be up to 250 words and should be submitted no later than December 22, 2017. Questions may be directed to 

To submit your abstract, use the BGSU ScholarWorks page for this event at the link below.

Dr. Susana Peña, Director
School of Cultural and Critical Studies
228 Shatzel Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 4340


Research Travel Grants 2018-19: -Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Call For Applications:

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is now accepting applications for our 2018-2019 research travel grants:

The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, the History of Medicine Collections, and the Human Rights Archive will each award up to $1,500 per recipient to fund travel and other expenses related to visiting the Rubenstein Library. The Rubenstein also offers the Eleanore and Harold Jantz Fellowship, a $1,500 award for researchers whose work would benefit from use of the Jantz Collections. Please review the guidelines for each Center regarding which collections and what topics are eligible.

Anyone who wishes to use materials from the designated collections for historical research is eligible to apply, regardless of academic status. Writers, creative and performing artists, film makers and journalists are welcome to apply for the research travel grants. Research Travel Grants support projects that present creative approaches, including historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products and artistic works. All applicants must reside beyond a 100-mile radius of Durham, N.C., and may not currently be a student or employee of Duke University.

Grant money may be used for: transportation expenses (including air, train or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle; parking fees); accommodations; and meals. Expenses will be reimbursed once the grant recipient has completed his or her research visit(s) and has submitted original receipts.

The deadline for application is January 31, 2018 by 5:00 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2018. Grants must be used between April 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Contact Info:

Kelly Wooten
Research Services and Collection Development Librarian
Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke University, Durham, NC


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Global Conference: Music &....Nationalism. 29- 30 June 2018 Palermo, Italy

Concept Note:
The spectre of national anthems being sung at mass events, political rallies and the use of pop music and established musicians providing endorsements at political rallies suggest that the relationship between music and the spirit nationalism is as strong as it has been since its emergence as a feature of 19th century romantic music. This conference aims to bring together interdisciplinary research perspectives on the relationship between music and nationalism.
Current political change and visions of the reconfiguration of political landscapes at the local and global scale provide the opportunity for a new critical reassessment of the relationship between music and nationalism. Has music become such a transnational force that the effect of music as tool to engender nationalism in the public psyche no longer has any efficacy? What are the current trends in the relationship between music and political movements? Is the role of sentimentalism as a counter to intellectualism still the same in nationalistic music as it was in the romantic period? Is the relationship between the use and abuse of music and nationalism still fraught with the dangers common to the political propaganda of the 19th and 20th centuries in the glorification of the nation state?  Does music have a role to play at all in contemporary politics? It is the aim of this conference to explore these and related questions and issues.

Part of the Progressive Connexions series Music &…., we invite submissions that may deal with but are not limited to:

  • ~ National anthems
  • ~ Nationalism, music and identity formation
  • ~ Music and the building of the nation state
  • ~ Specific political ideologies and music (e.g.Fascism, communism, anarchism)
  • ~ Composers
  • ~ Nationalism and the choral tradition
  • ~ Historical perspectives
  • ~ Music and political propaganda
  • ~ Sentimentalism, emotionalism and anti-intellectualism
  • ~ Transnational music
  • ~ Mythologies
  • ~ Opera and nationalism
  • ~ Music as a tool for assimilation
  • ~ Music, nationalism and ethics
  • ~ Aesthetics
  • ~ Protest music, activist anthems, musics of resistance
  • ~ Folk music traditions, folk idioms and heritage
  • ~ Nationalism and popular music cultures (e.g. Brit pop, J-pop, punk music, heavy metal etc.)
  • ~ Nationalism, music and mass events
  • ~ Nationalism, music and sport
  • ~ Musicology and nationalism
  • ~ Media representations of music and nationalism
  • ~ Lyrics and meaning
  • ~ Warfare and conflict
  • ~ Memory, remembrance, emotion
  • ~ Music, nationalism and film

Our main goal is to facilitate dialogue and spark innovative collaborations and discussions at an international level, in a dynamic and interactive setting. Thus, we welcome participants from all relevant disciplines, professions and vocations (NGO personnel, aid workers, researchers, mental and physical health professionals, educators, human rights activists, counsellors, social workers, policy makers, journalists, lawyers, politicians, business owners, military personnel, composers, customs workers and members of the border patrol, labour specialists, historians, sociologists, psychologists, economists, anthropologists, ethnographers social media experts, artists and many more)

What to Send
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring people together in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, panels, q&a’s, performances etc.

300 word abstracts, proposals, presentations, scores, compositions, mp3’s/flacs and other forms of contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday 19th January 2018.
Whilst we welcome proposals for live performances, our options are unfortunately limited by the facilities available at the venue as well as any cost considerations relating to staging the performance. If you are interested in staging a live performance, please contact us and let us know what you have in mind.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 2nd Feburary 2018.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2018.

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled:  Music and Nationalism Submission

Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:

Dr Niall Scott:

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and fees.

Sponsored by: Progressive Connexions

Contact Info: 

Dr Robert Fisher
Progressive Connexions
 Contact Email: