Shakespeare: The Stage and the State | National Seminar at UGB | 26 Nov 2016

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CFP: Pragamana Journal

Pragamana, as the name suggests, is a new beginning towards the issues of Rural Development. The aim of this initiative is to disseminate information of that part of the world which resides in beautiful villages.The Journal will cover issues of rural development across the world. This is a double peer reviewed journal bearing ISSN 2393-896X available in print.

  • Word limit for submissions:
  • Articles : 5,000-10,000 words
  • Short Articles : 2,500-5,000 words
  • Case study : 2,500-6,000 words


  • Each submission must be accompanied with
  • An abstract (200-250 words)
  • Short description about the author
  • Main article
  • List of References


  • The articles must be original and unpublished.
  • The articles must be related to rural development. The authors may take in account national and international perspectives. They may relate rural development with other disciplines like health, law, technology, agriculture, climate etc.
  • The articles must be sent to by October 20th, 2016.
  • The submission must accompanied by a certificate that the contribution submitted is a piece of original research work of author and has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Formatting :
  • Main text : Times New Roman, Font Size 12 , 1.5 spaced
  • Footnotes : Times New Roman, Font Size 10 , single spaced
  • Citation Method : Bluebook 19th
  • All submissions will be subject to a plagiarism check.

Professionals, Academicians, Scholars and Students of all disciplines are eligible to contribute.

  • The deadline for submissions is October 20th, 2016.

The authors of selected papers will be directed to pay INR 500/- for the hard copy of the journal. The copy of the journal will be sent to them by post.

For any query, contact :

Tejaswini Ranjan, Editor in Chief  (, 7870428816, 9031595961 )

Thinking Literature across Continents | International Conference at NBU, 24th & 25th March, 2017


Concept Note:

The seminar takes off from a concern not about whether literature matters anymore but rather about how it matters today, exploring the configurations and incarnations in which we think it can survive and thrive. Reading literature is not about understanding through a familiar bag of literary devices emerging from receptionist, cultural, and instrumentalist ways of reading. There is a certain meditative, reflective, and investigative spirit that encourages epistemic embeddings through a deep and fresh reading of texts from across world literature (both in English and works in translation). This involves disciplinary porosity and the understanding of intermeshing discourses, both traditional and post-traditional. Thinking literature across continents is a movement and momentum that entangles paradigms, traditions, thought-structures and culturologics appropriating both Eurocentric and non-Eurocentric ways of reading and knowledge systems. It is a refusal to see literature as a simple product of transculturation or hybridisation that fits within neat binaries; rather, it straddles, mixes and disrupts. This international seminar, urges us to rethink neo-cosmopolitanism, new area studies, the “global modernism” trend in comparatism, Pacific Rim and oceanic/transatlantic studies, and glocalist/altermondialist analysis.

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • World literature and the global-localtrans Is there a notion of the post-global?
  • What is‘new comparative studies’ or advanced ‘global studies’?
  • Contemporary politics of translationand cross-continental thinking
  • Critical theory and its transcontinental connection with the doing of literature
  • Can there be a transcontinental classroom? What are its pedagogical and performative consequences?
  • Nature of academic freedom in thinking literature across continents
  • Ethics of doing literature across continents and understanding of tradition, inheritance and values


Keynote Speakers:

  • A video address by J. Hillis Miller (Distinguished Emeritus Professor, University of California, Irvine, US)
  • Francois Noudelmann (European Graduate School & University of Paris VIII, France)
  • Georges van den Abellee (University of California, Irvine, US)
  • Bruno Clement (University of Paris VIII, France)
  • Birgit Kaiser (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)


The conference will also see the release of the following books:

  • Ashis Sengupta (ed.), Islam in Performance (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)
  • Ranjan Ghosh & J. Hillis Miller, Thinking Literature across Continents (Durham: Duke University Press, 2016)
  • Ranjan Ghosh, Transcultural Poetics and the Concept of the Poet (New York: Routledge, 2017)
  • Ranjan Ghosh, Aesthetics, Politics, Pedagogy,Tagore (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)


Abstracts between 400-500 words should be sent via email to by 31st October, 2016 or by post to:Seminar Committee, Department of English, University of North Bengal, Raja Rammohunpur, P.O. North Bengal University, SILIGURI: 734013  WEST BENGAL, INDIA

Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st October, 2016. Author information is to be provided on a separate sheet, including name, affiliation, contact address, paper title and author’s bio-note. Please direct any other queries to:

Selected candidates will be informed via email by the 15th of December, 2016.

Registration Fee: 1000 INR, covers stationery, lunch and tea.


Ripeness is all | International Shakespeare Conference at Bankura University | 7-8 November 2016


Ripeness is all  | Discoursing Shakespeare and the Politics of Cultural Gerontology

International Conference organised by the Department of English, Bankura University in collaboration with ICSSR, New Delhi and British Council Kolkata

7-8 November, 2016

Concept Note

In view of the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (1616-2016), it is felt that organising a national conference on Shakespeare is essentially pertinent. Despite the apparent exhaustion of critical thoughts on Shakespeare, a distinctively new area can be identified in the context of Shakespeare studies. Shakespeare has been interrogated from the standpoint of stage practice (Andrew Gurr’s The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642), adaptations and creative rewritings of his plays (Margaret Jane Kidnie’s Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptations, Russell Jackson’s Shakespeare Films in the Making), embeddness of Shakespeare in distinctive philosophical schools of thought (Stanley Stewart’s Shakespeare and Philosophy), Shakespeare studies in terms of literary artifice (Helen Vendler’s The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, G.T.Wright’s Shakespeare’s Metrical Art), it is possible to negotiate Shakespeare in relation to cultural gerontology.
Gerontology is a significant sociopolitical problem that engages scholars in disseminating multifaceted critical analysis of aging. Though gerontology as a distinctive discipline seems to be inextricably related to the domain of sociopolitical analysis, literary theoreticians are keen on envisaging cultural parameters of aging.
Cultural configurations of aging in Early Modern England necessitate a nuanced understanding of the dialogue among aging Queen Elizabeth’s “politics of longevity”, intergenerational politics of late Tudor England and the combative self-awareness of an aging subject. Elizabeth’s negotiations with aging (as reflected in her desire to refashion/ invent her own image) to combat the cultural anxieties of aging “excited some of the period’s most creative literary talents to a vigorous rethinking of the way we as individuals experience and regard our own aging bodies” (Martin,28). Pastoral literature of Early Modern England could be mapped as a potential site of contestations and negotiations, where elderly shepherds selfconsciously challenge and combat the cultural stereotyping of aging to maintain their subjectivity. The gerontological imagination of that era takes issue with the complex pattern of negotiations between the culturally “constituted” beliefs and a growing sense of an individual’s “constitution”. Critics like Nina Tauton (Fictions of Old Age in Early Modern Literature), Anthony Ellis (Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama), and Maurice Charney (Wrinkled Deep in Time: Aging in Shakespeare) have dealt with the issues of aging and its cultural and material contexts in Early Modern Literature, especially drama. “It seems to me” observes Maurice Charney “that Shakespeare was preoccupied with issues of aging that must have an acute relation to his own sense of growing old”. In fact Shakespeare’s plays are too full of old men: the wise old man Polonius in Hamlet, the comic buffoonery of an old man like John Falstaff in Henry IV, the irascible sublimity of an old king like Lear, the magic making wonders of an old man like Prospero, or even the Senior Duke in As You Like It are some of the glaring examples who can be discussed and interpreted in terms of cultural gerontology.

The conference will address, but not limited to, the following issues:
 Transcultural Rewriting and Aging
 Reinventing Aging: Subjectivism and Shakespeare
 Gerontology as a Cultural Genre: Early Modern Era and Shakespeare
 Anxiety, Agony and Denouement: Revisiting Shakespeare
 Shapes of Lateness: Aging and the Last Plays of Shakespeare
 Construction of Aging and Shakespeare
 Land, Inheritance and Possession: Shakespeare Studies
 Kingship, Aging and Shakespeare: Sir John Falstaff and Prince Hal
 Grief, Insanity and Dementia: Study of Aged Kings in Shakespeare
 Anxiety of Aging and Immortality: Remapping Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Please send your abstracts (not exceeding 250 words) by email to / with “Shakespeare conference submission” in the subject line by 15 September, 2016.
Key Dates
Last date for submission of Abstract : 15/09/2016
Notification of Acceptance : 30/09/2016
Conference Date : 7-8 November, 2016.
Registration Fees
For Paper Presenters : Rs. 600/For
Attending the Conference : Rs. 400/Accommodation:
Though it is not possible to provide accommodation, the conference team will help arranging suitable accommodation on the basis of prior information by 30th September. Please contact /
Travelling Allowance: No TA/DA would be provided to the delegates.
Conference Venue: Department of English, Bankura University, New Campus (beside NH60), P.O. Purandarpur, Dist: Bankura, 722155, West Bengal, India.

How to Reach
The nearest railway station is Bankura, which can be reached from Howrah by Rupasi
Bangla Express, Aranyak Express, Purulia Express. Delegates may avail auto rickshaw, bus service and private taxi service from Bankura station to reach the university. Moreover, three bus services especially designated for Bankura University ply through the town via Bankura Station. Alternatively regular train service from Howrah to Durgapur is available. From Durgapur one can avail a bus service to reach Bankura.

All accepted papers of this conference will be published by CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARS.

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Facebook: Facebook page of Department of English, Bankura University.
For further queries, please contact Mr. Sukhendu Das at 9832850405/8436435235
Mr. NirupamHazra 9477405073

The Apollonian eJournal | Plan for 2016-17 and CFPs

The Apollonian eJournal (ISSN 2393-9001) has published its plan for 2016-17 and invites papers for all seven forthcoming issues:

  • Vol. 3 Issues 1 & 2 (March-June 2016) Joint OPEN ISSUE
  • Vol. 3 Issue 3 (September 2016) OPEN ISSUE
  • Vol. 3 Issue 4 (December 2016) Special Issue on The Nation & Its Discontents

  • Vol. 4 Issue 1 (March, 2017) Special Issue on Inter-faith Dialogue in India: Theological Revisioning
  • Vol. 4 Issue 2 (June 2017) Special Issue on Reviving History: Contemporary Representations of “The Past” on Page, Stage, and Screen
  • Vol. 4 Issue 3 (September, 2017) Special Issue on Troubled Identity and the Continuing Relevance of Cultural Studies
  • Studies Vol. 4 Issue 4 (December 2017)Special Issue on Philosophizing performance, performing philosophy

Please visit the CFP page of The Apollonian to see details


Rethinking Interdisciplinarity: Bridging the Rift |Workshop at NIT Silchar

National Institute of Technology, Silchar is organizing an interdisciplinary workshop on the interface of Natural & Human Sciences during 18-19 May, 2016. The workshop is titled ”Rethinking Interdisciplinarity: Bridging the Rift”.

The workshop aims to question the premise upon which the divorce between the Natural Sciences & the Humanities thrives. It intends to probe into issues of subjectivity and social constructivism in the Sciences and reflects on the plausibility of an integrationist model that reconciles Humanities & the Natural Sciences.

 We look forward to your participation in the workshop. Please register your interest by signing up hereRegistration for attending the workshop is FREE, but mandatoryDetails about the workshop can be found here. Please share this invitation with relevant individuals (incl. doctoral students), organizations, and networks.

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Resourcepersons at the workshop: Esha Shah and Shasheej Hegde

The Apollonian eJournal invites contributions for Joint Open Issue and Special Issue on Nation

Visit the CFP page of The Apollonian for details of two forthcoming issues. The Special issue on Nation and its Discontents will be guest-edited by Prof. Avishek Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NIT Silchar.

The Apollonian‘s Homepage here | Read Submission Guidelines

Shakespeare Film Festival | ELTIS and NFAI

English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis(ELTIS), in association with National Film Archive of India (NFAI), has arranged a Film Festival to invoke the lovely memories of the work and world of William Shakespeare, the greatest of theatre wizards. He died on April 23, 1616. His fans are now celebrating globally his 400th death anniversary. The festival will feature a feast of Presentations  by Tom Alter, Madhav Vaze, Vinay Hardikar & Anil Zankar, all eminent film /theatre/literary personalities. Please find the details in the invitation and schedule attached herewith. All the events are open to all.

Download Screening schedule and invitation:

Invitation and programme

Screening schedule of film festival