Climate, Conflict and Pandemic: Literary responses from India’s Northeast
The Department of English, Bodoland University is organising a two-day national seminar on the theme Climate, Conflict and Pandemic: Literary responses from India’s Northeast. The event will also focus on the various approaches to study the literary works from India’s Northeast. In the past two decades, there has been a spurt in literary works from the region that scaled the attention of readers and critics beyond the region. While conflict and trauma remain the core area that underpins most of the literary output, there are proximal intervening issues that have shaped the oeuvre of Anglophone writings as well. The translated works also provide us with an alternate trajectory to a well-established gamut of literary works dealing with women's identity, love, climate change, pandemic, nature, history and many other diverse issues. It would not be too farfetched to claim that the formative period of regional literature was shaped by the nationalistic zeal while also experiencing literary influences from the West. In the 21st Century, with an emphasis on realism, literature in northeast India is steering its focus on issues related to daily life that afflict the quotidian life of the northeasterner. Literary responses may be considered a better way of navigating around the bottlenecks (See Sanjay Barbora’s Homeland Insecurities) related to conflicts and other contentious issues & it further enables interrogating the “images of self in the encounter with radical alterity” while facilitating a “mode to imaginatively train oneself to detect the trace of the other” (See Amit Rahul Baishya’s Contemporary Literature from Northeast India). The narrative domain, therefore, opens a polyphonous discursive space to the regional writers in negotiating with the multidimensional facets of reality. As there cannot be a single narrative on an issue, the multiplicity of voices that are emerging from this region provides us with a more comprehensive picture of the issues addressed in the literary works. As such these texts can also be put into a dialogue with each other to enable a discursivity of literary representation. To highlight the various literary trends, this seminar invites paper proposals on any aspect related to Anglophone Literature and Translated works (in English) from India’s Northeast.
Ms Mitra Phukan, Writer, Translator & Columnist
Professor Nigamananda Das, Nagaland University
Professor Anjali Daimari, Gauhati University
11 AM: Inaugural Session
11:30 AM: Meet the Author: talk by Ms Mitra Phukan
2:00 PM: Lecture by Professor Nigamananda Das
3:00 PM – 5 PM: Technical session -1
10:00 AM – 12 Noon: Technical Session 2
12:00-1:00 PM: Lecture by Professor Anjali Daimari
2:00 PM- 3:30 PM: Technical Session 3
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Valedictory session
Advisor: Professor Pradip Kumar Patra, Rector, Bodoland University
Patron: Dr. Subung Basumatary, Registrar, Bodoland University
Dr Debajyoti Biswas, Bodoland University
Dr Manab Medhi, Bodoland University
Dr. Rustam Brahma, Bodoland University
Dr. Zothanchhingi Khiangte, Bodoland University
Dr Pratusha Bhowmik, Bodoland University
Dr Chandrima Sen, Bodoland University
Registration fee: There is no registration fee for participants.
Food & Accommodation: The participants will have to arrange accommodation and food on their own.
Format of Submission Form:
Name & Designation:
Title of the Presentation:
Structured Abstract (250 words):
Keywords (5 words)
Bionote (100 words)
All submissions should be sent to email@example.com on or before 25th March. Decisions will be communicated on 26th March.
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