International Conference on Commonwealth Literature in Hyderabad

Osmania University Centre for International Conferences
& Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies
Call for Papers
Three-day International Conference on Commonwealth Literature
Monday 3 February 2014-Wednesday 5 February 2014
Venue: Osmania University Centre for International Conferences, Hyderabad
Organized by Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies
in collaboration with
Osmania University Centre for International Conferences (OUCIP)

Theme: Globalism and the New Literatures

The inter- and multidisciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with issues related to the new literatures in English. It will assess whether the contemporary writing conforms to the newly-emerging paradigms of world literature. It will focus on global issues and make an attempt to critique matters of culture, ideology, nationality, ethnicity, hybridity, subjectivity, language, class and gender. We invite well-researched papers on the following sub-themes.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
Subaltern Literature
Indian Fiction in the 21st Century
Representation of Women in Modern Fiction
Comparative Literature
Special Sessions on African, Australian and Canadian Literature

Renowned Keynote Speakers and Resource Persons
Plenary Lectures
Panel Discussions
Release of the Journal
Readings by Creative Writers
Book Releases/Book-Exhibition
Conference Dinner
Cultural Evening: Trip to the City Sites

Selected Papers presented at the Conference will be brought out as a volume of essays—an ISBN publication—or as a special issue of the bi-annual journal The Commonwealth Review.

The aim of this International Conference is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing an exciting diversity of countries, cultures and languages to meet and exchange views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue.

The deliberations of the conference will be useful for sharpening the research tools and strategies by the teachers and research scholars. The conference will discuss multiculturalism focusing on the ideological issues of caste, gender, religion, and the social movements affecting the new literatures written in different languages and regions with a view to bringing out the multicultural diversity of the globe. It is hoped that the conference will enlighten the delegates and scholars about the nature of the new literatures, the ideological and cultural deep structures lying behind them, and the way the multiculturalism of the writers has questioned the established beliefs and systems to uphold humanism based on the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

The City of Hyderabad
Hyderabad, the Capital of Andhra Pradesh, is a historical city—well-known for pearls. It is a seat of learning and has more than seven universities. It is a multicultural city, famous for grandeur and royalty. Places to visit include Char Minar, Salar Jung Museum, Fort and the Lake. Weather in February is pleasant but light woollens are recommended.

What to send:
A 300-word abstract should be submitted along with the information in this order: a) author b) affiliation c) email address d) title of the abstract

Important Dates
Abstract Submission: 20 December 2013
Abstract Acceptance: 25 December 2013
Registration Fee: 10 January 2014

Registration Fee
Rs. 2000 (includes Conference fee, Kit and food.
Accommodation to be organized by the delegates on their own.
(Limited accommodation available, especially for women delegates, on payment)

Kindly note that we are not in a position to assist with the conference travel or subsistence. Participants are requested to approach their institutions for travel grant and conference fee.

Enquiries may be addressed to:
Secretary, ISCS:
Dr. Jagdish Batra
Dr. G.R. Taneja
Dr. D.K. Pabby