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GERMAN-CFP-L March 2003

Subject:

CFP: Forum on Contemporary Theory: Rethinking Modernity (India) (8/10/03; 12/14/03-12/17/03)

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Stefani Engelstein <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 13 Mar 2003 10:09:14 -0600

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>From: SRATH <[log in to unmask]>
>
>Forum on Contemporary Theory
>Sixth International Convention
>14-17 December  2003, Jaipur (INDIA)
>
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>
>Theme: "Rethinking Modernity"
>
>The sixth international convention of the Forum on Contemporary Theory of
>the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda will be held during 14--17
>December 2003 in Jaipur, India.  It is co-sponsored by the Department of
>English, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, and the India Studies and American
>Studies Programs of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, USA.
>The theme of the convention, "Rethinking Modernity," continues the dialogue
>on identity from the 2002 Shillong Convention.  The 2002 Convention focused
>on the problematic questions of how local and global identities are
>constructed as both collaborative and contestatory modes of filiation, and
>opened up a debate on identity formation/construction.
>
>The 2003 Convention takes up the question of identity in relation to the
>episteme of modernity as an identifying marker of the West encompassing the
>whole of the twentieth century, which is often called the Modern Century.
>>From the perspective of the beginning of the new century and the end of the
>old, it is appropriate to look back on the events in the last century and
>their discursive articulations and to examine their significance in terms of
>continuities or ruptures.  The Convention will reflect upon the whole range
>of ideas and issues as they interacted with each other throughout the
>twentieth century, finally leaving their imprint on the human consciousness
>in a significant way. But in order to understand the nature of these forces
>one needs to go back to their roots in the past.  Modernity as a grand
>project of the West has appeared in its many guises including scientific and
>technological rationality, colonial reason, liberal democracy and rule of
>law, universal education, and systems of global communication etc.  The
>various aspects of the notion of modernity, which were operating
>sporadically for a long time, came cumulatively to their spectacular
>synthesis and refinement in the first decade of the twentieth century in the
>aesthetic movement called Modernism, which could be termed as both the
>logical culmination as well as the exhaustion of a self-conscious attitude
>for a distinctive mark in the global set-up.  It is therefore difficult to
>state whether Modernism is dead and has its substitution or continues as a
>resilient movement accommodating within its fold what it seems to fear,
>thereby disallowing forms of alterity from posing a threat to its power. The
>three-day conference will address all these issues and their implications
>for the countries, which have not yet become "modern" in the Western sense.
>Papers, mostly on conceptual nature, supported by textual illustrations are
>welcome. Mere analysis of literary texts without any broad conceptual
>framework will not be entertained.
>
>In keeping with the earlier convention, a special panel at the Convention
>will focus on a literary text written in a regional Indian language.  This
>year's choice for the panel is the Hindi novella, Suraj ka Saatwan Ghoda by
>Dharam Vir Bharti, translated into English by Ajneya (New Delhi: Sahitya
>Akademi). It employs postmodernist techniques and in many ways critiques
>Modernism.
>
>Submission deadline: 500-word abstracts or proposals are due by August 10,
>2003.
>Complete papers should be limited to 12 pages (20 minutes reading time).  A
>longer version of the paper may be submitted for possible publication in the
>Journal of Contemporary Thought, brought out by the Forum. The completed
>paper should reach the Convenor of the Forum by October 1.
>
>Registration deadline:    September 5, 2003
>1.     Participant from India                                Rs. 2000.00
>2.     Overseas Participants (SAARC countries)         US$100.00
>3.     Overseas Participants (Non-SAARC countries)     US$150.00
>4.     Local Participants (no hotel accommodation)     Rs. 700.00
>The registration fee includes room and board for 4 days, the cost of the
>conference material,
>and other expenses for conference facilities.  The fee must be paid through
>a bank draft drawn in favor of Forum on Contemporary Theory on a Bank in
>Baroda.  Overseas participants may send their checks to Dr. Sura P Rath at
>Department of English, LSUS, One University Place, Shreveport, LA 71115,
>USA.  For the sightseeing tour on December 14 the participants will have to
>pay an extra amount to be decided by the local hosts.
>
>Jaipur is a beautiful city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan.  It is
>called "Pink City" for the color of its old buildings.  It has majestic
>palaces, forts and gardens, and is part of what is called the Golden
>Triangle comprising Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.  It is connected by railroad and
>air to all the major cities of the country, and a super highway from Delhi.
>
>For further information, please contact:
>
>Prafulla C. Kar, Anand P. Mavalankar           Professor Santosh Gupta
>Convenors, Forum on Contemporary Theory        Head, Department of English
>14 Pitambar                                        University of Rajasthan,
>Old Padra Road, Baroda 390 020         Jaipur
>Tel: (0265) 2338067                            Tel: (0141) 2650654
>Email: [log in to unmask]                       Email: [log in to unmask]
>
>=========================================================================
>Sura P. Rath
>Professor of English and
>Director, India Studies program
>LSU-Shreveport
>One University Place
>Shreveport, LA 71115
>Ph: 318.797.5296   fax: 318.797.5290
>
>

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