CfP: Seminar on Literature from Northeast India: Texts and Contexts @ IIAS Shimla [May 6-7]: Submit by March 17: Expired

Seminar on Northeast literatureA two-day national seminar on ‘Literature from Northeast India: Texts and Contexts’ is being organized at Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla on 6-7 May 2019 to discuss the implications of contemporary critical approaches to literature with respect to the idea of periphery and margin.

About the Seminar:

Globalization and the emergence of technology-led information society have impacted the forms and contents of art and culture in the contemporary world. However, there are some distinct trends of writing that thrive on being different, driving home the idea that every country, and every local community with different cultures and histories and tries to create a ‘space’ away from the mainstream (called ‘subaltern’ by Antonio Gramsci).
The present seminar attains significance in bring to the forefront different perspectives of such writings from two specific contexts – language (translingual), society and location (tribal communities of the Northeast).
The seminar not only makes a case for examining literature with a pre-existing, pre-compiled traditional literary history but also examine them critically from the point of view of the caste, class, the minority, the marginal and the quintessential ‘subaltern’.
There this seminar will be a fresh academic exercise that will produce new insights into the study of literary texts from a diverse set of theoretical and analytical frameworks.


The seminar will focus on the following thematic areas: This abstract should foreground a problematic and provoke a discussion around the land questions outlined earlier.

  •  Literature from Northeast India.
  • Revisiting the Subaltern – ‘Indian literature’ from the periphery.
  • Critical approaches to the literature from the periphery.
  • Contextualizing our understanding of ‘marginal’ experiences.
  • Cultural expressions in the writings from the periphery.
  • Literature as a socio-political expression of disadvantaged communities.
  • Methodological concerns and research ethics in literary criticism.
  • Meanings of peripheral voice.
Call for Papers:

Those interested in participating should send (preferably by email) an abstract (500-700 words) of the proposed paper along with their brief C.V. (of around 200 words) to:

  • Professor Baharul Islam, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, Kundeswari, Kashipur 244713 (Uttarakhand) India. Phone: +91-7088270882/7900444090-93 Ext: 229 , Cell: +91 83928-11111 / + 91 9435072356; Email:
  • Ms. Ritika Sharma, Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla- 171005. Tel: 0177-2831385, Mob: +91-9044827297; Email:
Important Dates:
  • Last date for submission of abstract: March 17, 2019.
  • Shortlisted candidates intimidated: April 1, 2019.
  • Submission of Full Papers: April 30, 2019.


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