The Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar is organizing an Online Symposium on Decolonizing Traveling Theory from July 15 to 17, 2021.
National Institute of Technology (NIT) Silchar, an institute of national importance under the NIT Act, was established in 1967 as Regional Engineering College (REC) Silchar in Assam. In the year 2002, it was upgraded to the status of NIT from REC. NIT Silchar is situated on the banks of river Barak and a sprawling campus spread over 600 acres of land on Silchar outskirts. The landscape of NIT Silchar is beautiful with natural lakes and hillocks, surrounded by tea gardens.
This symposium seeks to stimulate these debates by employing new methodological and epistemological tools from ‘Indian’ analytic traditions. It is hoped that the symposium will serve as a testing ground for ‘critical thinking as an epistemic paradigm to foreground ‘an Indian way of thinking (cf. A. K. Ramanujan) through ‘travel(ing) theory’.
Toward this, the symposium explores (but is not limited to) the following set of problems:
- What are the ‘Indian’ textual-cultural-analytical traditions very broadly defined that engage with the discourse of traveling? What epistemic break do such cults offer? How do we make sense of their ‘affordances’ from within the ‘Indian’ philosophical traditions?
- How does ‘cultural difference’ play out in such contexts? What notions of indigeneity both with reference to traveling practices and theorizations thereof does it invoke? To what extent, if at all, is this indigenization fraught with the articulation of ‘alternative modernity (c.f. D.P. Gaonker) and/or postcoloniality?
- How do we decolonize ‘travel(ing) theory’? How is this wrought with diverse meanings in the Indian context? What ‘epistemic ruptures’ come in the way of such decolonizing projects?
Call for Abstracts
To participate in the symposium, please send a 300-word abstract and a 100-word bio-note by clicking here.
The last date to submit your abstracts is June 18, 2021.
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