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Welcome to NBUSEMINAR: a portal for teachers and researchers of the humanities, arts and social sciences, working in colleges/universities in India. This site is one of the multimedia projects from the Department of English, University B.T. & Evening College, North Bengal University. It was born out of a sincere effort to digitally support and enhance college and university-level teaching and research in North Bengal. 

This site was designed for local scholars in January 2010, but for some time has been getting an average of a thousand hits every day from all over the world. In 2012, people from 95 countries visited this site. Nbuseminar has grown over time and has facilitated the convergence of the national academic community, while keeping firm foot in North Bengal. My sincerest thanks to visitors who have been following this site and helping with bits of information.

Anindya Bhattacharya

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This page shares information on seminars/workshops/book projects in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences only. Click on the Alerts tab in the menu bar. This site works in two ways:

  • If you have registered for email alerts (click the SIGN ME UP! button at the bottom of this page) the site automatically sends you emails when a new Call for Papers update is posted.
  • If there’s a book project/journal/ a conference in your college please be a good Samaritan and choose from these four options:
  1. email the details to anindya_north@yahoo.co.uk. A pdf copy of the brochure would be excellent!
  2. paste them on the “Leave a Reply” space below 
  3. paste on the wall of the Facebook avatar of NBUSEMINAR. 
  4. if you are technologically challenged please mail the brochure to The Department of English, University BT & Evening College, Keshab Road, Gunjabari, Cooch Behar 736101 (West Bengal). 

Displayed on this forum, your project can have significant inputs.

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This site also works as an Academic Website Indexer. You’ll find some useful resources links here (Click Website Index below the site header). Feel free to suggest links. Interesting sites with rich multimedia/animation/videos are preferred. Nevertheless, you can always suggest resource-heavy and helpful conventional pages. 
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The NbuTube page is a zone for sharing academic YouTube links. The NbuTube platform is dedicated to the cause of open access digital education. For now we are redirecting scholars to Yale University Open Courses. Click on the animated NbuTube banner to watch their theory classes.

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Open Access eJournals

The DOAJ Project (Directory of Open Access Journals) has been linked to this page. You can search in these journals using the JURN search bar linked here. Some Indian eJournals are also linked here.

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Bookshelf

A window to the world of scholarship, from North Bengal and beyond.

Authors/editors wishing to showcase their books on this page and get it reviewed by our community members please send two copies of the book to the department address. For any information feel free to write to anindya_north@yahoo.co.uk.

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This page links to websites of ALL academic staff colleges of India that conduct Orientation and Refresher courses regularly, and thus is a great time-saver for college teachers who find it difficult to locate institutions running such courses at a particular time. Below the list I’ll also post whatever ASC news I get from friends.

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Email, file sharing and Chat are not outdated, but they have been brought under one umbrella in Facebook. Click on the Community tab to see how this connection can benefit you. “Like” this Facebook page to post a Call for Papers for a conference / journal / book project and to know about such projects in India

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With Professor Soumyajit Samanta (Head, Dept. of English, North Bengal University) at the helm, we expect to begin some more good projects in the future. It is his inspiration and constant prodding that keep the projects (and us) running.

Please bookmark this site and help to improve it with valuable comments.


Recent Posts

James Joyce: a Significant Addition to the Modernism Bookshelf

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James Joyce: A Critical Study of his Novels, Poetry and Play 

by Prof. Soumyajit Samanta | Department of English, NBU

(excerpt from the PREFACE )

The relevance and appeal of Joyce has always been modernist studies as he has always been extolled as a priest of High Modernism, i.e. if we go by literary canons. But Joyce is in many ways an exponent of both, high and low, popular cultures. Hence the mystery of his texts is encoded in a hybrid mix of both categories. Joyce’s letters, prose writings and his drama evince ways and forms of subversion of the Logos in multiple forms.

Dismantling of authority and its reification in its myriad forms have been the tenor of Joycean prose, which illuminates the hybrid forms of marginal discourse as well highlighting the local, popular, regional idiosyncrasies. Joyce has wafted out of the ivory tower of aesthetics and found beauty in the ruggedness of the primary and the ordinary.

Stephen the artist is both unique as well as ubiquitous among us as we move from being to becoming. Art and its appreciation becomes a dynamic process, scintillating and arresting in its multivalent forms until it finally reaches the mind of the artist. Joyce has recasted and relived the medieval in the modern much in the tenor of Umberto Eco albeit differing in its essentials. The Joycean artist-hero has been re-incarnated in the humdrum vibrations of the average Leopold Bloom. He has even re-invented himself in FinnegansWake, whose personality defies literary, historical, anthropological, mythical and popular demarcations.

In this encyclopedic medley of narratives it is difficult to locate the persona of Joyce as he flits in and out of contraries and parallelisms of discourses- a pulsating carnivalesque of discord and concord. The Joycean novel accelerates towards metanarrative but more often than not, the discourse always explodes in a multiplicity of voices, resisting genres, literary types and the closure of literary theories as well as as that of aesthetics. Joycean prose celebrates and exults in the liberation of the word and language as such.

It is often hazarded that Joyce has wrecked the novel in its classic form and nomenclature. But he has also broached a new kind of creative activity. For him any kind of creativity is consequent on act of creative dismantling or decentering of the artist. This de-legitimization or deconstruction of the ego-centric perception of the artist may be located in the materiality of his being and in his writing. The Joycean artist is historically located in the aftermath of the two World Wars; against the ideological onslaught of Logocentrism and its attendant ideology. As against the biblical enunciation- let there be light – runs Joycean echo – let there be word and beauty was enunciated through the creation of images by the artist in hallowed moments of epiphany. Softly we tread. We dare not disturb the artist, nor the object of beauty. We only hear the waterfall or the peals of a girl’s laughter or the bubbling of a gentle stream where a girl is bathing. The quintessential Joyce is incarnated in the three phases of Aquinian aesthetics: integritas, consonantia, claritas. The final impact of Joycean prose can only be a feeling of joy or radiance – a textasy or textasis.

Monograph | New Delhi: Atlantic, 2014 | Buy from Flipkart

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