In a follow-up on its successful international conference on “De-centring English Studies: Studying Literature in the Global South”, held in January 2017 (keynoted by Prof. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New York University), the P.G. Department of English, Utkal University has decided to announce its second international conference, in which the focus will be on the discourse of criticism as it exists in its dialectical relationship with literary and visual culture. The dates of the conference are 23-24 January 2018.
Within the overall framework of the secular and political function of the critical act, the conference will engage with and explore the following issues:
- The politics of literary representation
- Literary study as an exercise in ‘radical semiotics’ or the tracing of ‘politics’ in the ‘letter’ of the text
- Translation as an act of interpretation and (re)writing
- Revisiting the aesthetics and politics debates in Europe in the 1930s
- Revisiting the Marxism and Scrutiny debate in England in the 1930s
- The realist canon of Indian literature as radical intervention
- Literary radicalism in India in the 1940s
- The role of criticism when confronted with an explicitly political discourse (feminist, dalit, minority texts etc.)
- The ‘universals’ of radical criticism and the ‘particulars’ of place or locality
- Class, gender, race and sexuality: commonalities or forces pulling in different directions?
- ‘Universalism’ versus ‘nationalism’ and/or ‘nativism’
- History and politics: the ‘untranscendable horizon’ of all literature?
- The politics of modernist or exilic literature or the memoir
- The politics of postmodernism
- Political readings of culture (postcolonialism, Marxism, feminism etc.)
The conference invites papers exploring one or more of the issues listed above in relation to literary, cultural and cinematic texts of the last two hundred years. Critical and metacritical readings of critics, seminal critical concepts and texts from the West as well as from India will be on the agenda. Papers seeking to engage with Indian aesthetics from a political standpoint are welcome.
- Paper Presenters (India): INR 1700/-
- Foreign Participants/Paper Presenters: USD 100
- For Utkal University Scholars: INR 1000/-
- Students of the Department: INR 200/-
Prof. Himansu S Mohapatra
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