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Purifying the Dialect of the Tribe: Cross-Cultural Concerns in Colonial and Postcolonial India

Date:
17-मई-2017 to 19-मई-2017

Different regions of what now constitutes India came under the British rule, no doubt; but, they were also either hegemonized by or were hegemonic towards, other internecine cultures. With the advent of colonial modernity came one of the major new ideologies, that of linguistic (Modern Indian Languages) nationalism in line with European (Modern European Languages) nationalism. It is not as if, for nearly four centuries, these languages and their cultures  had not mutated under diverse social and political pressures: Pali (Buddhism), Perso-Arabic (Mughal /Islam). But communities inhabiting ever-changing kingdoms and sultanates are not known to have made much of their linguistic identities, and they were somewhat polyglot. But, linguistic identities, along with those of others, hardened under the impact of European colonialism. The nascent forms of linguistic nationalism in India fought their own local battles, but, in time, these were quickly turned into identitarian modes of resistance in the face of newer, pan-Indian anti-colonial struggles. Even so, the stamp of European grids were never gotten rid of, giving rise to the idea of a ‘national’ literature, Bangla, Kashmiri, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Odia etc. Simultaneously, radical revisions and inventions following the impact of English education brought in a whole range of new modes of cultural expressions into each of the Indian languages. The past was both repudiated and reinvented; the modern and foreign were welcomed but domesticated.

Against this backdrop, primary and perhaps radical questions must be posed concerning sahitya / literature and literary traditions as the primary metaphoric place where tradition, collective memory, and identity take shape in their different Indian languages in terms of a sense of belonging to a collective multilingual place / space. What does it mean to be Indians? What has literature, and the literary, nay, cultural tradition to do with this? Indians speak and write different languages, and yet in the same language they have different cultures all merging into one multi-lateral, differential identity. Is it possible to retrace those processes from the early nineteenth century onward?

These are urgent issues needing to be posed as the very basis of any idea of Indian political unity in respect of all national, linguistic, cultural differences of all the linguistic “states” involved, or to be involved in these important processes. There are linguistic and cultural differences marked as borderlines between national traditions and identities, yet those borderlines seem often blurred so that distinctions are not always easily made. On the other hand, the historically stratified Indian literary production, the Indian tradition, shows that there are common emblems, symbols, genres, modes of writing, themes which must be considered as belonging to a whole, to one literary tradition expressing itself in different languages.

THEMES AND ISSUES

  • New disciplines, European education and textbooks
  • Newspapers and periodical press, literary periodicals
  • The older, indigenous cognitive category, ‘Sahitya’ vis-à-vis European notions of the ‘literary’
  • the emergence of  the ‘literary field,’ and augmenting  ‘cultural capital’ in mutually symbiotic  linguistic regions.
  • Reinventing and Understanding the Past: Regional histories to literary histories
  • Language-Dialect Controversies
  • New genres and conventions in mutual linguistic interface
  • Prose and its uses across kindred linguistic cultures
  • Popular, folk and other forms of entertainment
  • Caste, tribe and gender
  • Of desaja / bidesia  and jatiya and bejatiya bhasas etc

 

A limited number of participants will be invited for the seminar. We especially encourage young scholars to apply. Those interested in participating should send an abstract (500 words maximum) of the proposed paper along with their C.V. to the following Email ID:

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Regional Cultures and New Media Technologies

Date:
26-अप्रैल-2017 to 28-अप्रैल-2017

The National Seminar  on “Regional Cultures and New Media Technologies’ is an attempt to address the cultural continuum that lies between the local/immediate, the national capital or cultural production hubs and the many linkages in the vast web that connects them. The term ‘regional’ used here is not the same as ‘peripheral’ if one were to follow the mainstream vs margins discourse.  The attempt here is to map the forms of cultural expressions of communities both as processes of storytelling and dialogue within as well as the wider communities without. We take the term ‘Region’ as inherently ‘unsteady’, ‘diffuse’ and are constantly reformulated by linguistic, cultural and geo political communities.

More empirically, the context for this conference is the remarkable growth in the regional or local forms of cultural expressions since the rise of new technologies in the last four decades. This marks not only a shift from the analog format to the digital, but also the rise of the global web through the internet. For example, the growth of Bhojpuri cinema and music among several other languages and dialects in the Hindi heartland and other regions such as the distant Ladakh, Manipur, Mizoram or Malappuram in Kerala are surely evidences of the new opportunities of empowerment that the digital media has provided. This could only have been achieved through technologies – cell phones, thumb drive – laptop/notebook, and even live concerts where the gigantic video projections allow large audiences to enjoy the proximity of the performer in ways akin to small and exclusive cultural gatherings.

The story of growth among the regional languages and cultures is however not linear – much is being lost even as much is gained. Empirical evidence from the field suggests that the regional languages and cultures are also going through a process of reorientation and modification or are altogether shedding old forms and canons. The regional languages and cultures are also absorbing influences from the ‘mainstream’ as well as the adjacent cultures but also those that are culled from inconceivably distant sources made easily available anywhere through the internet. This process and its outcomes are themselves puzzling enough and deserve extensive research and analysis. But the unavoidable question remains – what exactly is the meaning of such growth in a wider social-political context?

These are questions that warrant engagement at both the empirical level and theoretical/philosophical levels. How these industries/ markets/practices come into being and are mobilized provides valuable lessons about the hybrid geographies of conflict and cooperation that shape our democracy. The conference is thus an occasion to bring in perspectives, perceptions and factual reports from different parts of the country and attempt at achieving a broader and comparative perspective. These digital cultures provide valuable and previously inaccessible insights on the local, regional, and global forces shaping and sustaining linguistic and subaltern communities.

The conference thus has place for intellectual contributions on the structure of the new cultural industries and markets, the sociology-anthropology of the cultures seen through the producing as well as the audience communities, the technology-culture linkages, the implicit or explicit politics of the new genres and the industries, the aesthetic assessments and the recent shifts in public taste as well as the contribution of these cultures to the wider processes of democratization in its most overt as well as tacit sense.

The Conference organizers aim to bring out a volume on Regional Cultures of selected papers. Panels will be organized around these themes:

‘Mainstream’ Vs ‘Regional’

Economies of local market

Opportunities and entrepreneurship in the new media economy

Video Cultures and new Digital Practices

Local Television

Soundscapes and new media culture

New Audience Practices and Digital Culture

Subaltern Communities and New Media Technologies

Devotional Media

Traditional Media and Digital Narratives

A limited number of participants will be invited for the seminar. We especially encourage young scholars to apply. Those interested in participating should send an abstract and title (250 words maximum) of the proposed paper along with their C.V. to the following Email ID:

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Anthropological Histories and Tribal Worlds in India

Date:
27-मार्च-2017 to 29-मार्च-2017

Histories of ‘tribal’ peoples in India have been struggling continuously to respond to the increasingly complex present-day predicaments of peoples so described. If the task of History is to speak empathetically from conceptions of the past to the human condition in the present, this task is extremely fraught in the case of tribal peoples. They are mostly invisible in the statist archives and are definitionally the constitutive other of historical temporality and politics. Ethnography, History’s mirror twin, in its post-foundational avatar, has thus emerged as a critical site from which to challenge the protocols of History which do not admit terms from the life-worlds of the tribal peoples as legitimate grounds from where to write histories. The field of Anthropological History has provided a hopeful and exciting site from where to pluralize the practices of writing about tribal pasts.

Anthropological histories of tribal peoples have interrogated the epistemic and administrative practices that have constructed the category of the primitive tribal, including that of History and Anthropology, explored the emergence and sustenance of and changes in the identification claims of tribal peoples, and gestured towards the alternate imaginations of the past in the self-presentations of these communities. These attempts have striven to re-center the modern historical/political as irreducibly plural and heterogeneous with the tribal as an acutely critical and dissonant sign within.

Yet, the project of fashioning meaningful anthropological histories for tribal peoples has also thrown up serious philosophical, methodological and political questions.

  • How can we intimate the inextricable imbrications of our lived temporalities in historical prose so that the tribal worlds are neither fetishized as locations of singular, unique, pristine-utopian and authentic subjectivities nor completely assimilated into the disciplinary historical?
  • Will the study of alternate cosmologies which engage with the historical but whose center of gravity lies elsewhere reaffirm a stereotype or signal a move that is politically more powerful? How might the political/historical be reimagined in this enterprise and can we risk that move?
  • Can we look beyond translating tribal worlds and write from the entanglements of our shared temporalities; and from this vantage, what might the languages and vocabularies of the tribal-modern look like?
  • What manners of texts could be crafted in this radical reworking of the historical roles and relationship of History and Ethnography and their critical interruption of each other?
  • How might we explore tribal cosmologies and yet attend to tribal peoples’ present-day identifications and conditions of marginalization effectively and consistently?
  • How will the explorations of the everyday of the tribal pasts change our sense of tribal victimhood and/or habitual rebellion, and of resistance, tropes within which tribal histories invariably get frozen? What kind of subjectivities come into view?
  • Without setting up an inward-looking domain of ‘tribal studies’, how can we stay with the focus on tribal histories and still dialogue with other comparable non-tribal worlds and concerns that speak to our common dilemmas?

This conference will seek to bring together scholars to critically reflect on the nature, form and purpose of anthropological histories of tribal peoples. In doing so, it will hope to focus on the questions of tribal archives and subjectivities, the nature of ethno-historical narratives and the political, and the problems and prospects of the craft of the historian-ethnographer. In the context of the continuing crises in the life-worlds of tribal peoples in contemporary India, this task is of critical significance.

Prospective participants might consider the following interconnected themes (which may also serve as titles for sessions) in this context:

Issues in Anthropological Histories of Tribal Peoples

Tribal Cosmologies and Archives

History and Alternate Tribal Styles of the Past

Tribes and Modernity

Tribal Histories and the Political

Prospects for Hybrid Histories and Translating Tribal Worlds

A limited number of participants will be invited for the seminar. We especially encourage young scholars to apply. Those interested in participating should send an abstract (1000 words maximum) of the proposed paper along with their C.V. to the following Email ID:

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National Workshop on “Mandan Mishra’s Brahmasiddhi”

from 18-24 March, 2017 at JNU, New Delhi contact: Prof. Deo Shankar Navin mandanmishra2017@gmail.com…….Concept Note…… Application Form.

Link:

http://icpr.in

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Three Day National Seminar on Meaning of Life, from 16-18 March, 2017 organized by Amity Institute of Education, Amity University Noida, U.P.

contact: Dr. Alka Mudgal-amuddgal@amity.edu

Link:

http://icpr.in/ICPR_Seminar_Amity.pdf

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The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry
(www.themuse.webs.com) is inviting submissions for June 2017 issue.

1. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio-data.

2. The research papers/essays should be up to 3000 words.

3. Email for submission: themuseindia@gmail.com

Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

If a work is selected for publication by us, the copyright will revert
to the author after the publication of the work.

Previously published works (only poetry) may also be sent, but in such
case the copyright of the previously published work must be with the
author



The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry
(Readership in 130 countries)
website: www.themuse.webs.com
Blog:http: www.themusepoetry.wordpress.com
in.linkedin.com/pub/the-muse-an-international-journal-of-poetry/96/80a/524/

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Riding In The Sand : A Three Day Educational Trip

Udaipur | Ajmer | Pushkar | Jaipur

24- 26 March, 2017

If you have been longing to spend your long weekend with a slight twist of grabbing extra knowledge combined with taste of Rajasthan, then you should surely join us. During this trip you would spend, 3 days leaning lots of thing about culture, heritage of the Rajasthan doing lots of fun.

Riding In the Sand, is a programme aims to provide a learning opportunity combined with fun. This trip will help you to explore yourself and enrich your network and leaning with fellow travelers. A Programme is aimed to engage delegate to learn something new about the destination as well programme will also provide platform to show their opinion, skills, and qualities through Informal Discussion and cultural Evening.

All the candidates will be awarded with certificate and their experience will be shared on our blog. Selected candidates will be awarded paid internship at Jus Dicere.

Registration & Fees

Amount                       :         INR 6500/- (Six Thousand Five Hundred Rupee)

Inclusion                     :         Registration Kit, Accommodation (Twin Sharing), Food, Field Trip & Entry Charges, Local Transportation, Certification

Last Dare                    :          March 5, 2017

Important Note           :        Delegate have to make necessary arrangement of traveling to Udaipur and From Jaipur.

Register Now at : www.jdicere.com/tour

For More Details Click Here (https://www.jdicere.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Brochure-1-.pdf)

If you need any clarification feel free to write us at social@jdicere.com or call/Whatsapp us at +91 8744099951

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