CfP: Conference on Cosmopolitan Cultures and Oceanic Thought at JMI, New Delhi [Nov 23-24]: Submit by Jul 30: Expired

About on Conference

The proposed conference concerns itself with mobility, circulation and cosmopolitanism in the Indian Ocean space while engaging with traditions of reflection and intellection in the global south in order to think about an alternative history of concepts for the social sciences.
Edouard Glissant in the Caribbean draws upon the histories of movement and enslavement in the ocean; Frantz Fanon thinks with France, Algeria and Martinique simultaneously; and Mandela draws upon Nehru, even as Nehru thinks with Julius Nyerere and Kenneth Kaunda.
This is an exigent need since we do not think often enough of how a University in the global south should think its intellectual project, its syllabi and pedagogy what would it mean to think with the connected histories of the global south through the movement of people, ideas and material through the ocean? Yet again, what would it mean to derive a conceptual vocabulary from these sedimented histories, where we can address our amnesia, born of the colonial wound, towards Indian, Chinese, Islamic and Caribbean thought?

Call for papers
  • Interconnected-ness in Narrative traditions and folk cultures of the global south
  • Cross-current of Ideas in Theatre and Cinemas from the Global South
  • Trade, Commerce and Identities
  • Sufi orders, and the Spread of Islamic Thoughts: Travelogues, Hajj Narratives, Ziyarat Narratives
  • Sanskrit cosmopolis, Arabic cosmopolis and the Indian ocean world
  • Trajectories of Budhhist Thoughts across the Indian Ocean
  • Traders, Merchants, Merchant Guilds and their Role in Identity formation
  • Intertwined Networks of kinship, religion, commerce and scholarship
  • Transoceanic Movements and Anticolonial Struggles in GlobalSouth
  • Global Economy, Migrant Labour and Transnational Identities
  • Sail Boats to Steam ships- Transformation through Technology
  • Movements of material goods and its impact on configurations of culture
  • Islands and archipelagic imagination
  • Creolisation
  • Indigeneity and Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Wang Hui and other social theorists from Lu Xun to Mo Yan
  • Anglophone Literature from China, Africa, India to the Caribbean Islands
  • Slavery and caste
  • Literary and Cultural narratives of Indian Ocean
Important dates
  • Submission of Abstracts: 30 July 2019
  • Intimation of Accepted Abstracts: 30 August 2020
  • Submission of Full-Length Papers: 30 September 2020
  • Students/Research Scholars: INR.1500/- INR.2000/-
  • Academic delegates/ Faculties: INR.3000/- INR.5000/-
  • Foreign Delegates: USD.200/- 300/-

Email: oceanic.conference[at]gmail.com

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