Friday, 25 August 2017

The Ethics and Poetics of Self-Writing Narratives - SEMINAR PROPOSAL FOR ACLA ANNUAL MEETING 2018

 The American Comparative Literature Association's 2018 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California between March 29th and April 1st, 2018.
paper submissions through the portal https://www.acla.org/annual-meeting will open Sept. 1 and close Sept. 23.

The Ethics and Poetics of Self-Writing Narratives


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Organizer: Jayshree Singh
Co-Organizer: Vinita Chaturvedi
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The narratives recounting the shared history of post-independent nation illuminate post-colonial self-writing. ‘The Selfhood’ as a stakeholder, an educator, a learner, a facilitator or a precariat elaborates the confessional mode in the context of the psychological dimension and the actual experiences relating to displacement, resettlement, voicing the personality or understanding the authority. The ethics and poetics of self-narratives demonstrate historical consciousness for ‘unhistorical power of time and space’. The text and textualities of fragmented, discontented people set disjunctions and discordance and subvert timelessness and universality. While being in co-existence, they suffer from cultural conflicts and internal crisis. Even at times ‘subversion of selfhood’ grows writer to question genealogy of morals in order to hold oneself as a single entity, the truth of life is deconstructed as according to vulnerabilities of an individual. All categories whether belonging to hegemonic, minority, ethnic or an individual understand their emotions of connections with the past and their acclimatization in terms of ‘differance’. They filter their ethnic conflagrations to integrate their space of elevation, social experiential realities, to reflect upon their social environment and circumstances. The seminar will explore social criticism and the shared domains of private and public space in women’s text that nurture revisionist and individualistic engendered selves, the crossing-borders text in the post-modern era, the autobiographical text of exceptional lives, the narratives that illustrate an individual as ‘the exceptional others’, the postcolonial self-writings that not only script physical and metaphysical turbulence, but also contest the historical shifts and the notion of nationalistic outlook. The Seminar proposal will examine such narratives from the following perspectives: - How far do the political struggle and struggle with virtues affect the interest of the people who choose cross-threshold zones in place of comfort zones? How can foreignness or nativity transcend territoriality and time? How do the time-frames and cultural contexts employ implications in understanding the spirit of nationalism? How does the character or protagonist or the narrator in an autobiography cope up with the disciplinary boundaries and the historical/social events around which their life is built? How does the generic idea manifest selfhood, historical consciousness, masks the truth, deconstructs the vulnerability, conjoins differences, and implies the sense ethical and pedagogical relevance? In what way do the genealogical methodology interlock ethics and poetics, text and textuality, when writing the ‘Self’ or underwriting the ‘Self’?

Abstracts for paper submissions through the portal https://www.acla.org/annual-meeting will open Sept. 1 and close Sept. 21. The American Comparative Literature Association's 2018 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California between March 29th and April 1st, 2018.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Call for Papers for LITERARIA: An International Journal of New Literature across the World Vol. 8, No. 1-2, Jan-Dec 2018

Call for Papers for LITERARIA: An International Journal of New Literature across the World Vol. 8, No. 1-2, Jan-Dec 2018 

Special Issue on

 (Colonial Imprints in Postcolonial Cinematic Eye) 


The cinematic vision is the lens that captures dilemma of ethics, aesthetics and logic in relation to physics and metaphysics. It reinforces the camera eye of human mind to revamp the past in terms of the present knowledge in order to reclaim the origin and history, besides to authenticate the fact of the human mind and nature. The cinematic visuals revert the understanding of practices, tensions and perception and contribute in seeking answers to cultural sovereignty or cultural slavery. The film directors, producers, screen-writers have been keen in presenting cinematic imagination viz-a-viz colonial structures, which mostly configures centralism, homogenizing influence of national-imperial opposition. The research articles and papers should attempt to answer analytically as well as critically with the help of their observations and cultural studies on the cinema - How do the postcolonial filmmakers resist oppositional strains of postindependence and pre-independence of their modern nation states? How do contradictory forces in a film reconfigure a new understanding of cultural politics and diverse epistemologies? How does a film challenge global concentration against dominant discourse of hegemonic culture? How do the film graphic, devices, techniques and cinematic strategies address nation, nationalism and decolonization? If the films redress such issues, then how do they absorb spectator-onscreen relationship to find alternative interpretations?

The research papers double-spaced, in not less than 4000 words and not exceeding 5000 words and book reviews in approx 1200 words should be submitted electronically in MS-Word and PDF file formats to the Guest Editor/Editors, at their e-mail addresses given below not later than 30th Oct 2017.

 All papers submitted to LITERARIA should be original, neither having been previously published nor being considered elsewhere at the time of submission. Authors can send us the manuscripts according to the MLA Format given in the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Please indicate “LITERARIA: Ecological Perspectives in Literature and Media” in the subject line of all e-mail correspondence.

 Guest Editor:
 Dr. Jayshree Singh  Associate Professor, Department of English Faculty of Social Science and Humanities  Bhupal Nobles University, Udaipur 313001, Rajasthan, India.
 E-mail: < dr.jayshree.singh@gmail.com> Ph: 9828375535

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Harpreet Kaur Bahri -  Deepinder Singh Bahri
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