500-word abstract or proposal is due by August 30, 2011. The abstract should have a title for the presentation along with the name and institutional affiliation of the presenter and should be mailed as an email attachment to Lewis Gordon, the Convener of the Conference (lewgord.CFT@gmail.com). Complete papers should be limited to 12 pages (approximately 20 minutes of reading time). A longer version may be submitted for possible publication in the Journal of Contemporary Thought or in the conference volume brought out by the Forum. The completed paper should reach the Convener of the Conference by November 15, 2011.
Proposals due: September 9, 2011
Registration due: September 20, 2011
Completed papers due: November 15, 2011
The last date for receiving the registration fee is September 20, 2011. The fee may be paid through a bank draft drawn in favor of Forum on Contemporary Theory payable in Baroda. Overseas participants may pay through checks drawn in favor of Forum on Contemporary Theory. The amount should be sent to the address mentioned on this leaflet. We encourage the participants to register early so that their accommodation in the hotel where the conference will be held is secured. All participants need to be pre-registered. The registration fee is non-refundable. Each participant will share the room with another participant. The following are the details of the registration fee:
1. Participant from India (life member of the Forum) Rs.5000/
2. Participant from India (non-member) Rs.7000/
3. Overseas Participant (non-SAARC country) US $400/
4. Overseas Participant (SAARC country) US $200/
5. Local Participant (non-member) Rs.4000/
6. Local Participant (life member of the Forum) Rs.2000/
7. Student Participant (from The IIS University ) Rs.1000/
The address to which the registration fee should be sent is:
Centre for Contemporary Theory, C-304, Siddhi Vinayak Complex, Farmaji Road, Behind Railway Station, Baroda 390 007, Gujarat, India.
In conformity with our earlier practice, a plenary session on a regional text will be one of the special features of the conference schedule. This year’s choice for the panel is Premchand’s Hindi novel Godan (1936), translated into English as The Gift of a Cow. Godan, set in rural India in the 1930s, is a landmark publication during the time of India’s struggle for independence. It depicts the simple lives of peasants, who are caught between tradition and modernity, but struggle to maintain their dignity in the face of severe odds posed by both colonialism and local feudalism. Although it appears to have an apparently simple narrative teleology, it has a complex thematic texture crisscrossed by nationalistic, colonial, and economic threads constituting in their totality the dark realism of the period. But despite its atmosphere of overall gloom and pathos, it suggests a ray of hope epitomized in the character of its protagonist Hori, who, like a Bakhtinian character, is pulled by contradictory forces that do not allow him to become a stereotypical victim-figure pulled down by social injustice and inequality. One could read in his struggle the heroic attempt of a subaltern hero to pose a challenge to the conventional historiography of the emerging nation which does not take into account small erasures and disruptions in the grand edifice of that historiography. In a way, this novel makes a radical departure from the social realism of the conventional fiction in order to suggest a new direction to fictional writing.