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International Conference on Re-Examining Indology: Retrospect and Prospect

Date/Time
Date(s) – 13/03/2020 – 15/03/2020
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location
Seminar Hall

Categories

Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR, New Delhi) and Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS, Shimla)
Re-Examining Indology: Retrospect and Prospect

Overview:
Every civilization has an inbuilt mechanism to recollect and interpret its past which is a storehouse of its history and culture. This gives a sense of continuity on the basis of which traditions are built. Long before the emergence of Indology as a colonial discipline in 18th century, India had her own intellectual traditions of self-recollection, self-identification, and self-representation. These traditions were abounding with foundational texts inquiring into everything-from astronomy and grammar to the nature of ultimate reality-and developing appropriate knowledge systems for almost all aspects of human life. These texts were continuously reflected and commented upon by a chain of commentaries in various forms along with history (Itihāsa) as recollected, chronicled, and retold through various means not to speak of myth and kāvya traditions. Without bearing any formal disciplinary nomenclature such as Indology, this vibrant and living engagement with the past—a realization of its own civilizational-self (ātma-bodh)—was derived from an ‘internalist’ perspective of its agency which was an integral part of those living traditions.
Classical Indology was a result of colonial processes, centuries after the purported European ‘discovery’ of the non-European world. In those centuries preceding colonialism, much knowledge was already appropriated from India ranging from calculus to astronomy and navigation. These earlier appropriations did not figure in colonial Indological researches and Indology was reduced to a limited body of knowledge of the ancient civilization of India. This gave an impression that Indian civilization lacked a scientific temper and technological flair. Indology that was developed out of the orientalist, missionary and the colonial interests of European scholarship in India was influenced by the overall European attempt at ‘othering’ the Indian civilization as was done with Amerindians and Africans.
The Eurocentric body of knowledge about Indian civilization in its classical era did exhibit some of the best shining examples of thorough and painstaking scholarship in translating some of the key texts of Indian civilization (e.g. William Jones, Henry Thomas Colebrooke, Max Müller and others) but it was nonetheless overshadowed in terms of its implicit presuppositions such as the division between Occident and Orient, the Aryan invasion theory, and the superiority of European civilization. As subtexts to these assumptions, Indian civilization was portrayed as mythical, esoteric and other-worldly, with no sense of history, devoid of scientific temper, incapable of developing theoretical and practical sciences.

Pertinent Questions:
How should Indian scholars contribute to the generation of a new Indology in partnership with their confreres in the global arena in a manner which is true to the spirit and substance of India’s rich, varied and living cultural heritage? What would be the appropriate epistemological underpinning of such a reconstructed Bhārat-Vidyā that could serve as a vehicle to understand India’s civilizational self?
Focusing on these questions, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR, New Delhi) and Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS, Shimla) propose to organize an International Seminar to address some of the methodological, archaeological, historical, sociological, and philosophical issues involved in understanding the complexities of Indian society with particular attention to desiderata including the appropriate identification and use of source materials, knowledge systems, as well as methods of translation and interpretation.

Objectives of the Seminar:
• to focus on contemporary value/relevance of Indological research
• to take forward some major debates in Indology
• to stress inter-disciplinary potential of Indology

Issues to be discussed
• Pre-indological appropriation of Indian knowledge
• Contemporary relevance of Indian Gaṇita (Mathematics), Ayurveda (Medicine), Darśansāstra (Philosophy), and Vijñāna (Science).
• Indian concept of State

Date: March, 13,14,15, 2020.
Venue: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India.

Call for Papers:

A limited number of participants will be invited for the Seminar. Those interested in participating should send (preferably by email) an abstract (500 words) of the proposed paper along with their brief bio of around 200 words to:

1. Professor Sharad Deshpande Former Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Pune email ID sharad.unipune@gmail.com

2. Professor C K Raju, Tagore Fellow, IIAS Shimla Email: ckr@ckraju.net
With a copy to:

3. Ms. Ritika Sharma
Academic Resource Officer,
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
Tel: 0177-2831385 Email: aro@iias.ac.in
The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is 13th January 2020, till 12:00 midnight. The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants by February 2020. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the papers not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla– 171005 by 1st March 2020. IIAS, Shimla will be glad to extend its hospitality (free hospitality is provided only to the seminar participant) during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.

Note: Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and the Institute reserves the right to cancel the selection/participation of a candidate found guilty at any stage.

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Three Days International Conference on Mahabharta

13-15 February, 2020

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “RELEVANCE OF BUDDHISM IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD”

30th, 31st March & 1st April, 2020

SILVER JUBILEE YEAR (1994 – 2019)

VENUE: SATYAWATI COLLEGE AUDITORIUM (UNIVERSITY OF DELHI) ORGANIZED BY DEPARTMENT OF BUDDHIST STUDIES SATYAWATI COLLEGE (EVENING) ASHOK VIHAR, PHASE-3 UNIVERSITY OF DELHI, DELHI-110052 In Collaboration with Akhil Bhartiya Ihihaas Sankalan Yojna

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International Seminar
On
Decriminalization of Indian Queer: Socio-Cultural, Political and Legal Concerns
Dates: 20-22 April, 2020
Convened by
Dr Kaustav Chakraborty, Department of English, Southfield (Loreto) College,
Darjeeling-734101

Concept-Note
The queer citizens of India witnessed a historic moment on 6 September 2018 when a five-judge panel of the Supreme Court of India declared that criminalizing queers for any consensual relationship is, in the words of the-then Chief Justice of India, “irrational, arbitrary and indefensible”. Both Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar recognized that “sexual autonomy” as an “important pillar” is an “insegregable facet of individual liberty”. “History owes an apology to the members of this community and their families, for the delay in providing redressal for the ignominy and ostracism they have suffered… The members of this community were compelled to live a life full of fear of reprisal and persecution. This was on account of the ignorance of the majority to recognise that homosexuality is a completely natural condition, part of a range of human sexuality,” observed Justice Indu Malhotra.
The civilizational culture that we call Indian has always been an inclusive one. Scholars like Ruth Vanita, Saleem Kidwai, Giti Thadani, Vinay Lal, Mrinalini Sinha and many others have already elucidated how with the domination of the European hypermasculinity, non heteronormativity has gradually been otherised – a trend that has been eventually internalized and reproduced in postcolonial India. Hence, although queer phobia is a major anxiety in contemporary India, the decriminalizing of non conformist sexuality has to be appraised as a decolonizing attempt of the Indian judiciary.
The Supreme Court Judgment while reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code asserted that constitutional rights need to be safeguarded and assured over majoritarian ethos. Decriminalization is a very significant but not sufficient move towards ensuring the equality of all Indian queer citizens and their right to live with dignity. Justice D Y Chandrachud has acknowledged that decriminalization is the “first step” for the queer community towards “an equal participation of citizenship and an equal enjoyment of living”. The most acute challenge before the decriminalized queer Indian people is that of acceptability by the mass, because a large section of Indians have internalized the colonial homophobia. Hence, sensitizing the common people regarding the queer ‘natural’ identity as well as documentation of the instances of inclusion of the queer in the Indian socio-cultural tradition needs to be initiated strategically. Moreover, in the political domain discussion has to be started regarding the recognition of the civil rights of the queer community. To some extent debates and discussion have been taking place regarding the civil rights of the transgender people, but no such initiatives can be seen regarding the gay, lesbian and bisexual people. In this context, it is also important to realize that although LGBTQ is seen as an assemblage, there are also distinct issues that are specifically related to the gay, lesbian and bisexual. Hence policy has to be framed/amended keeping in mind the queer as a collective as well as the lesbians, gays, transsexuals and bisexuals, as distinctive identities. One also needs to address the concerns of the asexual people. Most importantly, legal provisions have to be framed in order to acknowledge and safeguard the rights of these otherised people. Finally, since the entire queer movement for decriminalizing has been mostly based on the metro cities and urban India, strategies need to be framed in order to address the severe marginalization of the queer people of the rural and mofussil India. The so called queer ‘pride’ walks have been conducted in the urban areas and for most of the rural and mofussil Indians, queer still remains just as a worrying symbol of people with HIV – that is, a diseased individual. Hence, the next phase of the queer movement should focus on committing to the non-urban India and addressing the ‘multiply marginalized’ like the rural and mofussil queer individuals, Dalit queer, queer with disabilities or those from the minority communities.
The seminar aspires to bring together the academicians, scholars, creative personalities, activists, social workers, administrators and legal experts to address the requirements of the decriminalized queer citizens of India in the process of asserting their identity and to frame guidelines for the policymakers regarding the eradication of homophobia through socio-cultural, political and legal reforms. These are the specific questions that the seminar wants to address: What kind of impact has the decriminalization created on the queer community and on the ongoing theoretical debates on queer questions in India and across the world? How is the ‘mainstream’ reacting to the decriminalization? What are the major expectations of the decriminalized queer community from the nation and the countrymen? How can the large homophobic section of the citizens be provided with proper orientation so that the aspirations of the marginalized queer community get fulfilled? What should be the role of academia in addressing the queer concerns emerging in the post 377 verdict state of affairs? How should the NGOs be involved to bridge the gap between the straight and the queer? How to explore and analyze the everyday life of queers and reflect on the socio-cultural and economic ground complexities of this group of individuals or sections of society? What socio-cultural, political and legal frameworks need to be worked upon to bring the queerphobia to an end?
The feminist and the Dalit movements in India have provided us with the models of gradual progression in resisting discrimination. After the decriminalization comes to the ‘second wave’ of struggle against social taboos and for policy reformations towards the granting of the civil and political rights to the queer Indian community. It is hoped that this seminar as a queer ‘round table’ would eventually give birth to an intimate ‘queer Indian collective’ so that the future course of actions can be chalked out and the battle against discrimination can be strategically continued towards success.

The seminar would invite speakers to address issues related to the following sub-themes:

· Impact of the decriminalization on the queer community
· Aspirations of the decriminalized Indian queer: Re-assessing the current and historical theoretical debates; empirical work illustrating the everyday complexities of Indian queers.
· Responses of the ‘mainstream’ regarding the decriminalizing of the queer
· Making the queer visible in Socio-cultural domain: instances of Historical inclusion; queer and indigeneity; literary and folk representations; depiction in various forms of art, architecture and cinema
· Equally but differently Oppressed: Distinct Problems faced by the gays, lesbians, transsexuals and bisexuals in India; the Western categories of queer vis-à-vis the Indian construction of sexuality based identities like ‘Kinnar’, ‘Jogta’, ‘Jogti’, ‘Shiv-shakthis’ ‘Hijra’, ‘Aravani’, ‘Kothi’, ‘Napunsak’ etc.
· Multiple marginalizations: Addressing the concerns of the queers of rural and mofussil India, queer people with disabilities, Dalit queer, queer individuals of the minority communities, asexual individuals etc.
· Role of the government and nongovernmental organizations in eradicating homophobia
· The ‘Second Wave’: Future Plan of actions for a vibrant queer movement in India towards socio-cultural, political and legal reforms; suggestions for policy formations/ amendments.

CALL FOR PAPERS

A limited number of participants will be invited for the Seminar. Those interested in participating should send -by email-an abstract of 500 words of the proposed paper along with their brief C.V. (of around 200 words) to:
1. Dr Kaustav Chakraborty, Department of English, Southfield (Loreto) College, Darjeeling-734101 Email: kaustavchakraborty2011@gmail.com

With a copy to:
2. Ms. Ritika Sharma
Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla- 171005 Tel: 0177-2831385 Email: aro@iias.ac.in
The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is 2nd February 2020 till 12:00 midnight. The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants by March 2020. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the papers not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla– 171005 by 5th April 2020. IIAS, Shimla will be glad to extend its hospitality (free hospitality is provided only to the seminar participant) during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.
Note: Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and the Institute reserves the right to cancel the selection/participation of a candidate found guilty at any stage

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Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR, New Delhi) and Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS, Shimla)
Re-Examining Indology: Retrospect and Prospect

Overview:
Every civilization has an inbuilt mechanism to recollect and interpret its past which is a storehouse of its history and culture. This gives a sense of continuity on the basis of which traditions are built. Long before the emergence of Indology as a colonial discipline in 18th century India had her own intellectual traditions of self-recollection, self-identification, and self-representation. These traditions were abounding with foundational texts inquiring into everything-from astronomy and grammar to the nature of ultimate reality-and developing appropriate knowledge systems for almost all aspects of human life. These texts were continuously reflected and commented upon by a chain of commentaries in various forms along with history (Itihāsa) as recollected, chronicled, and retold through various means not to speak of myth and kāvya traditions. Without bearing any formal disciplinary nomenclature such as Indology, this vibrant and living engagement with the past—a realization of its own civilizational-self (ātma-bodh)—was derived from an ‘internalist’ perspective of its agency which was an integral part of those living traditions.

Classical Indology was a result of colonial processes, centuries after the purported European ‘discovery’ of the non-European world. In those centuries preceding colonialism, much knowledge was already appropriated from India ranging from calculus to astronomy and navigation. Indology totally neglected these earlier appropriations and sought to reduce the ancient civilization of India to a limited body of knowledge for the purposes of dominating it and ruling it. This body of knowledge developed out of the orientalist, missionary and the colonial interests of European scholarship in India which in turn was influenced by the overall European attempt at ‘othering’ the Indian civilization as was done with Amerindians and Africans.
The Eurocentric body of knowledge about Indian civilization in its classical era did exhibit some of the best shining examples of thorough and painstaking scholarship in translating some of the key texts of Indian civilization (e.g. William Jones, Henry Thomas Colebrooke, Max Müller and others) but it was nonetheless overshadowed in terms of its implicit presuppositions such as the division between Occident and Orient, the Aryan invasion theory, and the superiority
of European civilization. As subtexts to these assumptions, Indian civilization was portrayed as mythical, esoteric and other-worldly, with no sense of history, devoid of scientific temper, incapable of developing theoretical and practical sciences.

Pertinent Questions:
How should Indian scholars contribute to the generation of a new Indology in partnership with their confreres in the global arena in a manner which is true to the spirit and substance of India’s rich, varied and living cultural heritage? What would be the appropriate epistemological underpinning of such a reconstructed Bhārat-Vidyā that could serve as a vehicle to understand India’s civilizational self?
Focusing on these questions, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR, New Delhi) and Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS, Shimla) propose to organize an International Seminar to address some of the methodological, archaeological, historical, sociological, and philosophical issues involved in understanding the complexities of Indian society with particular attention to desiderata including the appropriate identification and use of source materials, knowledge systems, as well as methods of translation and interpretation.

Objectives of the Seminar:
• to focus on contemporary value/relevance of Indological research
• to take forward some major debates in Indology
• to stress inter-disciplinary potential of Indology

Issues to be discussed
• Pre-indological appropriation of Indian knowledge
• Contemporary relevance of Indian Gaṇita (Mathematics), Ayurveda (Medicine), Darśansāstra (Philosophy), and Vijñāna (Science).
• Indian concept of State

Date: March, 13,14,15, 2020.
Venue: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India.

Call for Papers:

A limited number of participants will be invited for the Seminar. Those interested in participating should send (preferably by email) an abstract (500 words) of the proposed paper along with their brief bio of around 200 words to:

1. Professor Sharad Deshpande Former Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Pune email ID sharad.unipune@gmail.com

2. Professor C K Raju, Tagore Fellow, IIAS Shimla Email: ckr@ckraju.net
With a copy to:

3. Ms. Ritika Sharma
Academic Resource Officer,
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
Tel: 0177-2831385 Email: aro@iias.ac.in
The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is 13th January 2020, till 12:00 midnight. The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants by February 2020. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the papers not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla– 171005 by 1st March 2020. IIAS, Shimla will be glad to extend its hospitality (free hospitality is provided only to the seminar participant) during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.

Note: Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and the Institute reserves the right to cancel the selection/participation of a candidate found guilty at any stage.

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Department of Sanskrit,

Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University), New Delhi, India

with the collaboration of Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR) and Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) organises

THREE DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on THE INTELLECTUAL TRADITIONS OF KASHMIR

14, 15 & 16 February, 2020 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

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National Conference on “Understanding Disability and Mental Health Towards Inclusion & Empowerment”

16-17 January 2020

AN INTROSPECTION

The radical shift in thinking about disability from a social welfare perspective to a human rights perspective is the result of the landmark legislation of 2016. The Rights of Persons with Disability Act stresses nondiscrimination, full participation and effective inclusion in every aspect of life. Its strongly emphasizes the need of understanding the value of differences and acceptance of disabilities as part of human diversity. It advocates accessibility, gender equality and facilitation of evolving capacities of children with disabilities and co morbid conditions. The emergence of comprehensive mental health needs is well articulated in the current national research and data. Most of these conditions remain invisible and get stigmatized, unnoticed or undetected. The confluence of disability, mental health needs with the vibrant efforts towards inclusion and empowerment brings forth a remarkable opportunity to study and support human exceptionality. This unique conference aims to bridge the gap in advocacy, early identification of mental illness and disability, an march towards strategic planning and appraisal of good practices. Such an approach shall embark on a people first perspective with infinite potentials waiting to be tapped in every human being. Your participation and solidarity in celebrating diversity shall go a long way in further propelling an inclusive culture for all.

SUB-THEMES:  Interdisciplinary Approach for Mental Health Services & Psychosocial Wellbeing.  Implementation of the RPWD ACT 2016…Challenges, Provisions and Practices  Mental Health: Concept, Intervention and Good Practices  Policy Issues in Access to Education, Safety and Health at all Levels  Co-Morbidities in Persons with Disabilities  Delivery of Services, Challenges, Lessons Learnt (CBR Services Model)  Practitioners’ Voices through Success Stories and Issues in Guidance and Counseling  Breaking stigma through awareness and attitude building  Certification Issues and Implementation  Addressing socio-cultural context in shaping human behaviour  Developing resource centers and community support units  Good Practices Model of School Mental Health Promotion

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INTERNATIONAL PĀLI CONFERENCE
March 31 – April 01, 2020
The Compassionate message of Lord Buddha

About the Conference Venue

Lumbini Buddhist University, Lumbini (Nepal) : From the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, it is the autonomous and public institution of higher learning committed with the mission to educate the people of Nepal and enrich the global learning community through the application of core Buddhist values and to promote the World Peace.

Important Dates

Last Date for submission of Abstract : Feb 03, 2020

Last Date for submission of Full Paper : March 02, 2020

Contact Details

📧 palidivaso@gmail.com rprasadpali@gmail.com ktpp483@gmail.com

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IIAS Annual Integration Conference
On
River in the Literary Cultures of India
23-24 March 2020

Convened by Dr. Arzuman Ara, Assistant Professor, EFL University, Shillong Campus.

Concept Note

River as a living entity is deeply entrenched in our literary and cultural consciousness. In Indian culture, river is divine; it gives and nurtures life. The river-consciousness is so pervasive in our cultural imaginary that it finds a place of importance in day today life in the form of riddles, idioms, phrases, and also in folklores, songs, and fictional narratives. The mythic and the spiritual meet in the origin of rivers and many shrines that adorn their banks. Rivers in India are also pivotal to our ritual culture. The holiness and purifying power of rivers resonate in the common chant in Hindu ritual practice:

गंगे च यमुने चैव गोदावरि सरस्वति । नर्मदे सिंधु कावेरि जलेऽस्मिन् सन्निधिं कुरु ।। (Sri Bruhannardiya Puran)
(O rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri, please enrich the water I am bathing with, with your presence).

The sloka from Sri Bruhannardiya Puran is not simply an utterance but a deep reflection that validates the idea of cleaning the unclean thereby cleansing all our sins or impurities. Further, the river goddess is also a source of our happiness in this world and the means of our liberation from worldly life (Moksha). So in worshipping the Holi river Ganga we seek her blessings:

नमामि गंगे तव पादपंकजं सुरासुरैर्वन्दितदिव्यरूपाम्।
भुक्तिं च मुक्तिं च ददासि नित्यं भावानुसारेण सदा नराणाम् ।
(O Mother Ganga, the bestower of all worldly happiness, pleasures and Moksha as per the different levels of bhav of the worshipper, all Deities and demons worship your Holy feet, I too offer obeisance at your Holy feet).

Besides the life giving force of the rivers, we often, celebrate the confluence of Ganga-Jamuna referring to India’s syncretic culture (Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb). From the religious-spiritual to cultural syncretism, rivers in India become living symbols for creative writers across centuries. In folk literature rivers become source of many stories being the cause of both uniting and dividing people. Particularly in the Bhatiali songs of Bengal, the river stands witness to the unfolding drama of a women’s life. The same consciousness historically extends to the lives of widows in Kashi in 19th century bhasa literatures. Rivers have become living symbols for not of joy but also sorrow as in compositions that underline the devastating power of the river (an example could be Keki N Daruwalla’s “The Ghagara in Spate”). In creative writing across bhasas there are innumerable river poems (contrary to Ghagara, Mayadhar Mansingh, the Odia poet’s “Mahanadire Nauka Vihar”, [Boat Ride in Mahanadi] could be an example of romantic escapism). Writings on/about rivers could be either celebration of life or about the devastation that a river brings to many homes. Rivers become powerful images of our religious spiritual culture both historically and culturally as in case of Narmada, Godavari and Kaveri (an example could be Gita Mehata’s River Sutra). The river has been witness to the flow of life in unbound suffering of the common people in Tarashakar Bandopodhaya’s Hansuli Banker Upakatha. Similarly, another Bengali novel Padma Nadir Majhi by Manik Bondopadhaya is a strong statement about the life of the fishing community. In many of the Partition narratives the river becomes the silent observer and a border-marker in the politico-historical experience of the country.

The river as a metaphor unfolds the drama of life as it captures our imagination in diverse ways. Besides creative writing, rivers in India have been part of popular and folk cultures through songs. Phupen Hazarika’s compositions on Brahmaputra, Akshaya Mohanty’s on Mahanadi and of many others from other languages charm us and also remind us of our cultural longing and belonging. The rivers come to life through visual culture in films, documentaries and in many ritual bath celebrations such as Kumba or Sagar Mela. From epic period to the present time, in the diverse aspects of our cultural journey over centuries, rivers have been central to many of

cultural practices, narratives, compositions and so on. River becomes part of our shared heritage and culture. The “river-ness” of a river gives rise to a number of metaphors, allegories and images. The flow of the river is often compared to the flow of life and of time that underlines continuity of life. The river in this sense becomes an entity of eternity as Tennyson’s ruminates, “…man may come and man may go,/but I go on forever.”

Themes of the Seminar:-

The seminar is aimed at bringing together cultural and creative conversations as we explore the centrality of rivers in our cultural life. The Seminar would invite papers on the following themes:
1. River in India’s creative and cultural Imaginary
2. River as a Living Culture: Myths, Cultural Practices and Holiness of Rivers in India
3. River and Narrative Culture: Bhasa Literatures
4. River and Folk Cultures
5. River and Gender
6. River and Children
7. River and Popular Culture
8. River and Visual Culture
9. Identity, Agency and River: Community Consciousness
10. Territory and trans-territory figurations in River literature
11. River and Historical Consciousness

CALL FOR PAPERS

A limited number of participants will be invited for the Seminar. Those interested in participating should send -by email-an abstract of 500 words of the proposed paper along with their brief C.V. (of around 200 words) to:

1. Dr Arzuman Ara,
Assistant Professor,
EFL University, Shillong Campus. Email: arzumanara@eflushc.ac.in
With a copy to:

2. Ms. Ritika Sharma,
Academic Resource Officer,
Indian Institute of Advanced Study,
Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla- 171005
Tel: 0177-2831385 Email: aro@iias.ac.in

The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is 5 January 2020 till 12:00 midnight. The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants in February 2020. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the papers not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla– 171005 by 9th March, 2020. IIAS, Shimla will be glad to extend its hospitality (free hospitality is provided only to the seminar participant) during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.

Note: Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and the Institute reserves the right to cancel the selection/participation of a candidate found guilty at any stage.

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Dear Sir/Ma’am,

Greetings!!

Jims Engineering Management Technical Campus (JMTEC)- School of Law , Greater Noida is conducting a One Day National Conference on ‘Emerging Trends in International Law: Issues & Challenges‘ on 21st April 2018, at JIMS Engineering Management Technical Campus (JMTEC)-School of Law and seeks your participation in this intellectual endeavour.

About The Conference:

International Law seeks to achieve peaceful and sustainable coexistence worldwide. However, the attainment of peace and tranquility in the present scenario is a serious global challenge. We need to rethink about the current International Law, its institutional and normative structure, functions and their shortcomings.

Progressive development and codification of International Law has developed international entities like States, Trans border Organisations, Multinational Corporations that are paving way for globalization and easy accessibility across the globe.

It is a known fact that none of the nations can survive in seclusion and there is an obligation to establish a well knitted inter-state relationship. There is a constant strife between new international economic order and traditional interpretation of international principles.

Establishment of United Nations has also segregated bi-polar world into a non-aligned globe for protecting the future generations. International Law is blamed to favour developed nations rather than LDCs or the third world countries. In modern age of technological advancement and rise of new treaty based International Law from its traditional customary nature, the discipline has posed many challenges like:

  • Identification of Customary International Law.
  • Fragmentation of International Law.
  • Issues related to Private International Law.
  • Rise of Non-State Actors and increase in International Humanitarian Crisis, International Refugee Crisis.
  • Issues of developing and developed countries divide in International Trade and Investment Treaties.
  • Issues of Environment and Climate Change which is affecting the World Food Security and Public Health at large due to Global Emissions.

Themes and Sub-themes

The main aim of the National Conference is to deliberate on the below mentioned indicative themes, subthemes and closely connected/ related issues:

1. Challenges before Public International Law
a. Identification of Customary International Law
b. Fragmentation of International Law
c. Codification and Progressive Development of International Law for better future and International Relations

2. International Law in Cyber Space
a. Legality of International Application of Bit coins and Cyber Governance
b. Towards uniform International Law in Cyber Space and Data Protection
c. Data Protection and Security Law in International Regime

3. International Investment and Trade Law
a. Relevance of WTO in the Multilateral Trading System
b. Overlapping of National Treatment and MFN Clause due to Multiple Bilateral Investment Treaties
c. Modern Challenges in Investment Disputes
d. Issues and Challenges in Modern Investment Treaty of India and other countries

4. International Environmental Law Issues and Challenges
a. Towards Uniform International Environment Treaty: Challenges After Paris Agreement
b. Role of International Court of Justice in the development of International Environmental Law

5International Refugee Law
a. Rights of Refugees in Developing Nations
b. Statelessness & its Impact
c. Role of UNHCR in Refugee Protection

6. International Maritime Law
a. Offshore Energy: Solar Parks and other Amenities from Legal Perspective
b. Maritime Cross Border Insolvency
c. Maritime Safety and Security: Legal Implications to Ships and Cargo

Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines

 Abstract and Full paper should be E-mailed at: conferencelaw.jims@jagannath.org
 Abstract should not exceed more than 300 words and must contain rationale, objective, methodology and the central theme
 Abstract and Paper should be of in Times New Roman with Font size 12 for main Text and 10 for footnotes
 Maximum word limit for Research Paper is 3500 words. ILI mode of Citation should be followed.
 Papers to be discussed should be the original work of the author
 Joint authorship is permitted, subject to a maximum of one co-author
 Three best paper presentations will be awarded certificate of Appreciation
 The Selected Papers will be published in the form of Book of Proceedings

Important Dates

• Last Date of Abstract Submission: 17th March, 2018
• Confirmation of Accepted Abstracts: 20th March, 2018
• Last Date of Registration and NEFT: 10th April, 2018
• Last date of Submission of Full paper: 5th April, 2018
• Date of Conference : 21st April, 2018

Registration Fee

Students – Rs. 500
Research Scholars – Rs. 1000
Lawyers, Academicians and other Professionals – Rs.1000
Co-Author – Rs. 500 (Additional)

Mode of Payment (Through NEFT):

Bank Name: Yes Bank, Shop No G1 and G2, Greater Noida, Shopping Complex, Surajpur, Kasna Road, PIN- 201310
Account No: 013394600000460
IFS Code: YESB0000133

Contact

Email: conferencelaw.jims@jagannath.org

Student Co-ordinators

  • Ms. Navdisha Seghal; Mob. 8800155895
  • Ms. Chitra Agarwal; Mob. 9911217397
  • Mr. Keshav Gaur; Mob. 9891310320
  • Ms.Shubi Singh; Mob. 7042406702

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