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Thursday, January 26, 2012

III BA English Honours HEN652 Cultural Studies CIA 3

CIA3 criteria.
10 Marks: Structure of research paper - Abstract (about 150 words), introduction, locating research question in the existing body of knowledge, exploring the research problem using the cultural site given (e.g. Jaipur literary festival is a context), conclusion, works cited (MLA style), in-text citation. + Sharing of paper with all (2 marks)
10 marks: logical development of the research problem, rigor of the exploration of research question. logical flow of conclusions based on the exploration and analysis. 

Other guidelines
Last date for sharing the complete paper with the course instructor and coursemates: 10 Feb 2012 (IST 24 Hrs)
Length of the paper: 5-7 pages, including works cited section. 
The paper needs to be shared with all the coursemates. 
The should be either in google doc format. Please avoid uploading the word document. 
Please use times new Roman, 12 font with double line space, including between paragraphs. Indent the first line of new paragraphs. 
Please write your name and register number at the left hand top corner of the first page.
File name: HEN652+_+Title of the paper+_+ your name. 
Please do comment on other's papers once they are shared. 

(PS: Please be nice and kind to me in the next class, as always :-))

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Call for Papers: National Seminar on Fiction and Film - An Interdisciplinary Approach

Dates: 14, 15 and 16 March 2012

Organized by Department of English, Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram

In association with the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy

Fiction has inspired films right from the birth of the latter. This has grown into a kind of symbiotic relationship. Cinema, being a pan art, has almost all ingredients of drama such as characters, plot and spectacle. But it is quintessentially a narrative medium. The process of trans-creation from a book into a film, from its printed page into screen, is rather complex. The film maker utilizes a different language - the language of film - to create the story anew. Just as in any translation much variation may occur in this trans-creation as well. What is lost and what is gained could be the result of the peculiarity of the new language adopted. But it could also be a compulsive play of the hegemonic tastes of cinema. It would be interesting to analyse the dynamics behind the manifestation of such hegemony on screen.

The proposed seminar will give an interdisciplinary approach to the difficult aspects of the process evolved in turning a literary text into a film and its importance as a pedagogical tool.

Call for papers

Papers on the theme of the conference are invited. 

For more details, please contact the conveners Ms Krishna Prabha (9495625859) or Ms Neeta Sasidharan (9446177160) at engdeptgcw AT

Monday, January 09, 2012

National Seminar on Indian Women Writers in English

The Department of English, St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore, Karnataka, is organizing a One Day National Seminar on Indian Women Writers in English on February 18, 2012.

The lead speakers are: Dr Meena Kandasamy, Poet and Writer
                                     Dr Meena Pillai, Institute of English, Kerala University

Last date for submission of abstracts-1st February, 2012.
Date of Intimation- 7, Feb, 2012
Registration fees:  Rs 200/-
Accommodation could be arranged on sharing basis @ Rs 200 per day on advance payment.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

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Call for Papers: UGC-Sponsored National Seminar on Indian Poetry in English

The Faculty of English and Foreign Languages is organizing a UGC-Sponsored National Seminar on "Indian Poetry in English" on 1st and 2nd February (Thursday and Friday) 2012 at Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram, Tamilnadu. More than 250 teachers, researchers and students from all over the country are expected to participate in the Seminar and present papers.

Peer-reviewed and selected papers will be published in Gandhigram Literary Review.

To submit your proposals and register, please log on to

For more details, please send a mail to:

Prof A Joseph Dorairaj
Dean, Faculty of English and Foreign Languages
Gandhigram Rural University
Gandhigram 624302, TN
Email: josephdorairaj AT

Monday, January 02, 2012

National Seminar On Vision and Performance: Commonwealth Plays in English

U G C Sponsored Two Day national Seminar On
1st & 2nd March, 2012

Nowadays plays have a good response among the readers. Though plays are said to be the precursor of all genres in literature, interest in reading dramas has recently dwindled due to the arrival of novels. But in recent times he arrival of modern dramas by various dramatists like angry young men group and absurd dramatists kike Samuel Beckett and others have kindled the interest of the readers to read plays. Coming to Commonwealth Literature [Creative literatures from Nations which were under colony rule once] new dramatists have raised and produced many valuable tomes in which diverse themes like alienation, identity crisis, homosexuality and gender issues are discussed. Most of the modern dramas are produced with the help of themes taken from real life situations instead of fictional elements. Moreover many plays have implied themes and ideas which pave way for the readers to imagine more. This seminar will be a very good forum for the upcoming researchers and scholars to gain acquaintance with these recent and debatable topics. Researchers can present their papers on the themes like

1. Post colonialism
2. Postmodernism
3. Absurd Elements
4. Gender Issues
5. Historicism
6. Political Satires
7. Science Plays
8. Social Plays
9. Alienation& Identity Crisis




Dr. G. Baskaran
The Organizing Secretary
Research Centre in English
VHN Senthikumara Nadar College
Virudhunagar- 626001
E mail: rgbaskaran AT

Contact Mobile Numbers:
Mr. K. Muthurajan: 9843592888
Mr. B. Rajkumar: 9486737674