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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

CFP: Sanglap Journal Vol. 1 No. 2 (December 2014)

Theme: Democracy, Resistance, and the Practice of Literature

Recent world politics has witnessed the rise of a certain style of authoritarianism: a cult of masculine leadership, a popular rhetoric of foreign investment and development, and a phobia of the illegal immigrant made into an ethical obligation. These contradictory forms of politics – the paean to multinational corporations, free trade, and ‘bloc’-ing of power and the simultaneous mobilization of hyper-nationalism in the form of censoring books and throttling subversive aesthetic practices – characterise the conception and practice of what may be called authoritarian democracy. Considering the democratically elected basis of this authoritarianism, it becomes all the more important to ask if democracy paves the way for it. How do we understand and tackle this contradictory figure of a democratic authoritarianism? What score does this neo-authoritarianism have to settle with its historical past? In what ways does this political practice speak to the historical emergence of nationhood and global colonialism in imperialist Britain or Germany? In these dark days of democracy, we need to reconsider the question, which has been doing the rounds for some time now: is parliamentary democracy yet another hegemonic tool of late-capitalism?

Where do we locate democracy today? Is it right to say that the real democratic space unfolds itself in people’s movements and not in the electoral process? If this is the case, a radical conception of democracy would have to account for a shift of emphasis from the locus of governance to that of resistance and co-option. How are we going to account for the corporatization of people’s movement? Democracy may not always be the means but it can be one of the ends for the various acts of resistance such as the working class, anti-colonial, nationalist, feminist, LGBT, or constitutional multiculturalism. In our sour and hungry times, when state aggression is overpowering the geographical marking (Russia’s in Ukraine or Israel’s in Palestine), or strangling the voice of internal resistance (North Eastern regions in India), not to mention religious fundamentalism, we need to rethink the old questions of democracy and resistance. With Boko Haram or the Taliban practice, we have seen how resistance itself can produce a dangerous authoritarianism which further complicates the relations between democracy, authoritarianism and resistance. How do we historicize and ethically theorize resistance in relation to both democracy and an authoritarianism which borders on fascism?

We invite investigations into democracy, resistance and authoritarianism through the lens of literature and other cultural and aesthetic practices. Not only do we seek papers that attempt to locate such complex in ‘literary’ representations, but also those which tap into what can arguably be called the inherently democratic nature of literary and cultural practice. Does the generic flexibility of literature permit a complete freedom of expression? What does the dead and reborn literary author have to say about the unstable fulcrum of democracy and authoritarianism? ‘Sãhitya,’ the Sanskrit word for ‘literature’ is replete with suggestions of the collective and that of togetherness and this brings us back to the fundamental question: what is the nature of the ‘community’ literature and other aesthetic practices can open up? Is this community premised on a principle of equality? The slogans, banners and popular rhetoric in protest marches have always borrowed from literary and philosophical traditions. The literary has often been constitutive to acts of resistance so much so that we can perhaps say that the spectacle of democratic resistance offers an aesthetic experience in itself. In recent times, the digital culture of protest has mobilized the poetics of new media. We can consider here, the blogs, songs and poems playing a crucial role in the 2013 Shahbag protests in Bangladesh.

In this call for papers, we look forward to contributions which help us think through the potentialities of a literary democracy and an aesthetic of resistance. The submissions may cover any of the following threads, without being limited to them:

  • Democracy, resistance, and the nation-state
  • Representation of democracy and resistance in literary works
  • Democracy and globalization
  • Resistance and decolonization
  • Resistance as an aesthetic practice
  • Literary community and democracy
  • Cultures of dissent
  • New media and the forms of protest
  • Resistance and gender discourse
  • Late capitalism and the cultures of postmodernity
  • The sacred and the secular
  • Democracy and world literature

The last date for submitting articles is October 10, 2014. Decisions will be communicated to the authors by the end of November, 2014. For details regarding the mode of submission, please consult Submission Guidelines.

The articles should be strictly within 7,000 words (excluding endnotes and references), sent with an abstract not exceeding 200 words and 5 keywords to editors@sanglap-journal.in.

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