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IIAS Annual Integration Conference
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


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.

Link:to the website for details


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Dear Sir/Ma’am,


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


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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International Conference on

Re-invisioning Education: Challenges and Opportunities

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(13-14, March, 2018)


Organized By

Department of Education, Mizoram University, Aizawl-796004


The Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO declares that since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed. On the same line Gndhiji said that to reach peace, teach peace. Now a day the world is gripped by the conflict, violence and war on Terrorism. No region is free from these problems. We have seen that heinous acts are often committed under the veil of public mandates when in fact they are the wishes of the few people in power, be they economic, political, military, or even religious leaders. To have a peaceful global social order, it is desired that there must be tolerance to diversities and respect to human rights among all people and at all places. Thus, there is an urgent need for a culture of peace globally. The most significant way of promoting a global culture of peace is through education in the educational institutions; starting from primary level to University. Peace education needs to be accepted in all parts of the world, in all societies and countries in creating culture of peace.

Peace education should encompass values such as non-discrimination, equality, justice, non- violence, tolerance and respect for human rights and dignity. Quality education based on peace approach implies that it must prevail in all learning environments. The role of teachers in maintaining peace environment in the educational institutions and nurturing values of peace and to get the values reflected in real life among the students is vital. The teachers must be empowered with right kind of knowledge, attitude and skills to discharge this task in very effective manner. Hence, educating the teachers, through pre-service and in-service trainings is the need of the hour. This will be possible only when the teacher training institutions and the teacher educators are empowered. In nut shell, the teachers, would be teachers and the teacher educators are required to be empowered with right kind of knowledge, understanding, attitude, and skills for not only inculcation of peace related values but also to make the students to follow in their lives in true spirit. To fulfil this objective, it is essential to design curriculum for teacher trainees and plan the pedagogical approach to be followed for effective transaction of peace related values at different levels of education.

India is characterised by its diversity. The North-Eastern part of India reflects much heterogeneity in terms ethnicity, religion, language and dialect, and socio-cultural practices. Many a times, conflicts, insurgency activities, anti-national activities etc are being reported from this part of our country, which concerns all conscious citizens of our country. The feeling of nationalism and human society can be possible when one has the values of peace, respects human rights and tolerates the diversity.

In this context the Department of Education, Mizoram University proposes to organize a Two- Day International Conference on Education for Peace, Human Rights, and Tolerance. The conference shall deliberate on the above issues in the national and international context. Teacher educators, teachers, Academicians, Scholars, NGOs, Administrators and Policy Makers will be invited in the deliberations to critically reflect on the theme and open up different perspectives. The conference, hopefully, shall come out with suggestions to government of India for taking suitable measures.


  1. Global scenario on issues of Peace, Human Rights, and Tolerance
  2. Peace education: Need of the Hour
  3. Philosophical underpinning of Peace in Humanity
  4. Teacher as an agent for Promoting Peace
  5. Curriculum for different levels Teacher Education on Peace Education
  6. Pedagogical Approaches for Peace Education
  7. Any topic related to the Theme.


Mizoram University (MZU) was established on 2nd July 2001 by the Mizoram University Act, 2000 which appeared in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary) on 25th April, 2000 as a Central University having His Excellency, the President of India as its Visitor. Visits from eminent dignitaries, scholars and researchers, activists, politician from India and abroad constantly take place in the University. On 21st February 2014, the University for its First Accreditation was awarded grade ‘A’ by NAAC, Bangalore. Mizoram University ranked 94th in overall ranking and 58th among the universities for the year 2017 by National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.


At present the University has 34 academic departments organised under 9 Schools of Studies with the vision of emerging as the hub of higher education. The Department of Education was established in 1979 under the School of Education and Humanities. At present, the Department is offering five programmes- B.Ed. M.Ed., M.A, M.Phil. And Ph.D. in Education.


Aizawl can be reached by Air through Kolkata/Guwahati. Direct flights are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Guwahati. Connected flights are also available from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. The MZU is approximately 20 Km away from Lengpui Airport towards Aizawl city. Pre-paid taxis are easily available from the Airport to reach the University by paying fare of Rs. 1500. Silchar is the nearest railway station to Aizawl. The journey (by road) from Silchar to Aizawl takes around 6 Hrs. Sumos (share basis) are available from Mizoram Circuit House, Sonai Road, Silchar. Temperature varies between 15to 25 degrees Celsius during March. Mizoram has great natural beauty and is also very rich in flora and fauna.


Lodging and boarding will be provided free of cost to the delegates only in the University guest house for the out-stationed participants on seminar days.


Last Date for Abstract Submission : 15-01-2018 Confirmation of Acceptance of Abstract: 25-01-2018 Last Date for Full Paper Submission : 15-02-2018

Registration Fee:




Delegates from Academia with Paper

Rs. 2000
Rs 2500(On Spot)

USD200 USD300(On Spot)

Research Scholar

Rs750 Rs1000(On Spot)

USD100 USD150(On Spot)

Registration fee includes Accommodation, Conference Kits, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Certificates

Mode of Payment and Bank Details:

Participants can pay the registration fee by Cheque/DD /Swipe/Net Banking in favour of Dr. Lokanath Mishra, Department of Education, Mizoram University, Aizawl. Foreign participants can avail spot registration on arrival. In case of out station participants depositing the registration fee via Cheque/Swipe/Net Banking, must produce the receipt of payment at the time of registration.

Bank name: United Bank of India
Bank Branch: Mizoram University Branch Bank Account No.: 1548010027432
Bank Code: MZUH61

Publication Details:

The organizers plan to publish the proceedings of the conference in the form of a book with ISBN. As such, all presenters will have to submit one hard copy of the presented paper at the time of registration. However, participants who intend to publish their paper will have to furnish some additional details and must adhere to the following guidelines:

• The paper must be typed in Times New Roman 12 Format with 1.5 line spacing.
• The Abstracts must be within 250 words with at least3 key words.
• The name, designation and affiliation of the writer should be typed in BOLD at the right-hand side of the page just below the main Title of the paper.
• All Papers must strictly follow the APA Style in case of reference and type.
• The contributors must declare an Anti-plagiarism to ensure the authenticity of the paper.
• All papers submitted for Consideration of Publication must be within 3000-4000 words limit.
• Only selected papers will be published in the Conference Volume.
• For any modifications, the organizers will contact the writers via email only.
•All Papers and queries (if any) must be directed to the following Email Ids: educonf18.mzu@gmail.com
Best Paper Award:
The organizers plan to award the Best Paper Presenter with a Memento and a Certificate. The awardee would be judged by the Resource Persons and Rapporteurs at the end of the sessions.



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Interdisciplinary National Seminar

Research for Social Development: Ideas, Implementation and Issues

Organized by:

Centre for Social Science Research

Parishkar College of Global Excellence, Jaipur, Rajasthan

In Association with:

Social Science Research Association of India (SSRAI), Jaipur, Rajasthan

Concept Note :

(An informal group of Indian Social Scientists)

February 9-10, 2018

Social Development needs approach based planning and implementation strategies; research may help in approach building. There may be lakhs of scholars and agencies belonging to Social Science research domain, yet there is a scope of search for quality initiations and outcomes. The research, being pursued at university level, is larger in number and variety of areas covered; but quality is somehow missing. Besides, repetition of areas and content therein proves futile. Summing up, the hope of improvisation in social development through research is absent. There are issues responsible for failure or lesser than expected outcomes of research quality herein; but most of such constraints are self-devised by traditional researchers who have diverted the newbie researchers to commence with a layman approach research instead of producing a refined one. Some of the issues are –

  • Irrelevance of area and problem of research (especially for doctoral research)
  • V ague planning (objectives and assumptions)
  • Dilemma of research methodology (Quality v/s Quantity)
  • lack of research skills and aptitude
  • Lack of Academic Unity between Action and Research
  • Lack of understanding about the utility of the work conducted
  • lack of financial resources
  • Lack of coordination

Therefore, the quality and utility of the research are somehow missing in majority of the institutions in general and researchers in particular. We, the organizers are not critics to analyze and blame institutions and individual, but expect qualitative improvement and commitment from both.

Contrarily, there are people/researchers/ agencies in the country who have been engaged sincerely to commence research and resulting marvelous outcomes. Thus, the aim of this seminar is to share and discuss such research works which may be worth contributing to socio-economic development. Also, it is an objective to initiate theme based discourses in order to frame and propose area wise/ sector planning and contribute accordingly. This is also a purpose to assemble like-minded researchers to initiate research in clubbed manner involving two or more human centric disciplines to assure integrated outcomes.

The seminar intends to cater to the needs and issues of all sectors of society right from rural development scenario to the issues pertaining to urban sprawl. The focus of such innovative research is an attempt to encourage practices including research design, data collection, analysis and presentation and covered disciplines such as Social Psychology, Sociology, Political Science (including Public Health and Public Policy) and International Studies, Social Geography (Area Studies, Demography, Environmental and Urban Planning), Economics (Management and Business Studies) and statistics (methods and computing).

When social scientists speak of “Quality Research” the guidelines refer to how the mechanism is mentioned and understood. This seminar is being organised to provide a platform to share and discuss research in order to enhance quality on one hand and to let the others learn from these deliberations on the other. Besides, it is also a motto to create a healthy opportunity for “Sharing-Learning-working together” in order to produce refined and useful research.



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13th International Seminar on

Urban Development



10 March to 12 March 2018

Organised by

Institute for Social Development & Research

Gari Hotwar, Ranchi – 835217 (Jharkhand)

Mob. 9504330794, 8987663300, 9006688743

E mail: isdr.ranchi@gmail.com OR isdr.ranchi@yahoo.com

Web : isdr.in

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24-Mar-2018 to 26-Mar-2018
Venue of Event:



The Second Chapter of International Conference (24-26 March 2018) on “Retrieving the Voices from the Margins: Thinkers/Writers of Modern India” is intended to focus on critically examining the relevance of the vision of those modern Indian thinkers/writers/artists whose dharma-centric world-views as represented in their works/texts have so far been neglected in the domain of cultural/literary studies in contemporary Bharat/India. In the first chapter of the Conference which was held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (11-13 August 2017) in collaboration with Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, the emphasis was on the critical examination of the worldviews of the thinkers of modern India whose civilizatioanlly and socially significant vision remains hitherto occluded or ignored in the dominant academic discourses in India. In the second IIAS Shimla Chapter of the Conference, due emphasis will be laid on the significance of the interrelated literary, cultural and philosophical worldviews of the hitherto neglected writers/thinkers of modern India in contemporary socio-cultural contexts.

Objectives and Significance of the Conference:-

  1. To critically examine voices and worldviews of the hitherto marginalized/neglected Indian writers/thinkers having a bearing on literary/cultural studies at present with special reference to such issues as identity, nation/nationalism, class, caste, gender, ecology, literature, language, culture and society etc). Even the hitherto less or unexplored aspects of the works of some of the major modern writers/thinkers, having a bearing on the above issues may also be analysed.
  2. To focus on, how in the works of the hitherto ignored modern writers, the modern is re-inscribed and reconstructed in accordance with polycentric Indian wisdom traditions.
  3. To critically analyse the significance of the world-views of the  hitherto ignored modern Indian writers in contemporary literary/cultural/social/political/ecological contexts.

Suggested Themes:-

The invited scholars are expected to critically examine the continuing significance of the works of the hitherto neglected Indian writers/thinkers in contemporary contexts such as :

  1.           Redefining the modern in accordance with Indian knowledge traditions/epistemologies.
  2.           Cultural and textual poetics and politics of representing nation/nationalism/post-nation/global.
  3.           Trajectories and tendencies of representations of gender/caste/class/identity/ecology/the sacred and the secular.
  4.           The need for the conceptualization of a holistic “dharma-centric”(righteousness-oriented) transformative poetics and politics to  reorient literary/cultural studies.
  5.           Significance of the worldviews of the hitherto marginalized voices and visions today- in national or global contexts.

The speakers may focus on any unexplored aspect of the works of  such modern  writers/thinkers/ katha-vaachakas ( the list is not exhaustive as it is only  illustrative) as,  to give only a few examples, as  Dean Mahomet, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee ( hitherto less or unexplored aspects), Brahmabandhav Upadhyay, Pandit Gopinath Kaviraj, Pandita Ramabai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gandhi, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Sister Nivedita, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Dr Rammanohar Lohia, Narayana Guru,  V. D. Savarkar, Dr B R Ambedkar (hitherto less or unexplored aspects), Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Sumitranandan Pant, U. R. Ananthamurthy, Ananda Coomaraswami, Mahadevi Verma, Jaishankar Prasad, G.M.Muktibodh, Ramadhari Singh Dinakar, Gopinath Kaviraj, Premchand, Vidya Niwas Mishra, Yashadev Shalya, Vasudev Sharana Agrawala, G. C. Pandey, Phanishwaranath Renu, Baba Nagarjun, Nirmal Verma, S.H.Vatsyayana Agyeya, Vijay Tendulkar, M.T.Vasudevan Nayar,  Shrilal Shukla, Sharad Joshi, Harshankar Parsai,  Qurratulain Hyder, Rahi Masum Raza, Shamsur-Rahman Faruqi, Asghar Ali Engineer,  Narendra Kohli, Rewa Prasad Dwivedi, Ramesh Chandra Shah, Mukund Lath,  S.L.Bhyrappa, Gopinath Mohanty, M.T.Vasudevan Nayar, Nandalal Bose, Abanindranath Tagore, Jaimini Roy,  Gurdayal Singh,  Bhalachandra Nemade, B.S.Mardhekar, Arun Kolatkar, Fakirmohan Senapati, Subramanya Bharathi, V.Basheer, O.V.Vijayan,  Sant Shri Morari Bapu, Acharya Mahaprgya,  Swami Rambhadracharya, Shri Ramesh Bhai Ojha,  Swami Awadheshanandaji, Pandit Madhusudan Ojha, Pandit Motilal Shastri, Dharampal, Namdeo Dhasal, Arjun Dangle, D.R.Nagaraj, Sharankumar Limbale and others. There will be special focus on the significance of the contributions made by Kapil Kapoor, Rajiv Malhotra, Makarand Paranjape, Ramesh Chandra Shah, David Frawley, Koenraad Elst, Ram Swarup, Sitaram Goel, and others.

No of Days and Sessions:-

      Days: Three (24-26 March 2018)

            Sessions:- Total Six Sessions excluding the Inaugural and Valedictory Sessions

            Tentative Sessions;

            24 March 2018: Inaugural Session ( 9-11 AM)

First Academic Session: Towards a Transformative Indian Poetics: Literary and Cultural Theories and Practices

Second Academic Session: The Local, the National and the Global: Alternative Articulations

            25 March 2018:

Third Academic Session: Interrogating Caste and Gender: Towards Swaraj

Fourth Academic Session: Rearticulating the Sacred: The Sacred and the Secular

            26 March 2018:

Fifth Academic Session:- The Ecological Imperative: Voices from the Margins

Sixth Academic Session:- Culture- in- Performance


  1. Professor Chandrakala Padia, Chairperson IIAS Shimla and Professor, Dept of Political Science Banaras Hindu University Varanasi (U.P.)
  2. Professor Sudhir Kumar, Professor of English, DES-MDRC,Panjab University Chandigarh-160014

Outcome of the Conference:-

The papers read/ presentations made during the two chapters of the International Conference will be duly edited in the form of two volumes to be submitted to IIAS for publication after the second chapter of the Conference. The Introduction to the proposed 2-Volumes will be written by the two conveners after the collection of papers presented in both the chapters of the Conference.

The proposed two-volumes will highlight the significance of the world-views of those modern Indian writers/thinkers whose significance has yet not been properly understood and recognized. In this sense, the proposed two-volumes will add to the field of literary and cultural studies in India -opening up further scope of research and learning.

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 (200-250 words maximum) of the proposed paper on any aspect related to the theme note, with special reference to any Indian Writer/Thinker/Indian Literary- Cultural Theory along with their C.V. to the following Email ID:



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