IV International Conference
Organisation for Studies in Literature and Environment-India (OSLE-India)
Ecology: Texts and Contexts
25 & 26 September, 2009
The motto of this premier institution is ‘Saa Vidyaa Yaa Vimuktaye’ – that which liberates is education. The institution was founded to impart and to promote among the youth the highest and loftiest ideals, which constitute the essence of Indian culture and nationalism.
It is no coincidence that the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi addressed the freedom fighters of Tiruchirapalli in the years back on the campus of
OSLE-India is a forum for promoting ecocriticism, especially in
Today 'ecocriticism' has come to mean not only 'the application of ecology and ecological principles to the
study of literature,' but also the theoretical approach to the interrelational web of natural, cultural and
Conference Theme - Ecology : Texts and Contexts
Ecology is under tremendous pressure owing to human interventions in the form of industrial development, resource exploitation, and even cultural advancement. As a result many of the natural givens like clean air, pure water and pristine land are being denatured and polluted causing irreparable structural and systemic damages. For a long time, literature remained inure to these changes, often, valorizing nature and romanticizing the environment. But the steady accumulation of waste, a by product of an industrial society, the depletion of natural resources, the despoilment of air, water and land and the seemingly irredeemable situation of the planet Earth have led to a new kind of writing which is ecocritical, a writing that problematizes ecological issues and offers a critique of the many cultural practices.
The IV International Conference of OSLE India, to be held at National College (affiliated to Bharathidasan University , Tiruchirapalli) Tamilnadu, India on September 25 & 26, 2009 is again an attempt to review not only ecocritical writings but also to reexamine ecological issues. The conference further seeks to expand the disciplinary boundaries and achieve ‘interdisciplinarity’ by bringing together two dissimilar body of knowledge, namely sciences and humanities. The academy stands to gain as it will provide critical insights and pedagogical concepts from this forthcoming confluence of minds.
The following sub-themes are also identified for critical exploration and loud thinking.
Land Ethic / Health
Localization / Globalization / Glocalization (related to Ecology)
Ecosophy / Ecophilosophy
Postmodern Geography / Geophilia
Toxic Consciousness / Discourse
Waste – Industrial, Medical & Nuclear / Management / Consciousness
Films, Plays and Playlets (related to Ecology)
Ethnographic writing / Folklore / Folkways / Folk Music
Curricular Design (involving Ecology & Literature)
Ecopsychology, Oikopoetics, Nativism, Ecological
Ecotechnology and Ecoscience
Call for Papers:
Abstracts not exceeding 300 words have to be submitted before the 30th of June for acceptance. The contributors will be informed of the acceptance by the 15th of July. Full papers, not exceeding eight pages and typed out in double space in A4 following MLA style sheet, have to be submitted by the 31st of August.
Indian Students INR 500
Indian Non -Students INR 1050
Foreign Students INR 1800
Foreign Non-Students INR 2800
Indian Students INR 650
Indian Non-Students INR 1350
Foreign Students INR 2000
Foreign Non -Students INR 3100
Local Students INR 300
Delegate Fee include 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner coffee & snacks twice a day for 2 days.
For ordinary but decent accommodation add INR 500 for two days.
Fee will be accepted only in the form of demand drafts drawn in favour of The Principal,
Tiruchirapalli is the fourth largest city in the state of Tamilnadu. It is well connected by rail, road and air. The college itself is located just 1 km from the railway station and the bus stand and 8 kms from the
IV OSLE-India International Conference Coordinator
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National College, Tiruchirapalli – 620001
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