INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REDRAWING BOUNDARIES OF ECOCRITICAL DISCOURSE
Jul 21, 2022 - Jul 22, 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REDRAWING THE BOUNDARIES OF ECOCRITICAL DISCOURSE: LITERARY ENVIRONMENTALISM AND PLURALITY OF VOICES

Department of English, Central University of Jammu in collaboration with ASLE, India Concept Note One of the predominant concerns of literary environmentalism ever since its inception as an academic discourse in the West is an exploration of how literature and literary criticism could be a potent tool for or against environmental change. Various tropes and approaches in ecocriticism which emerged from western academic circles initiated debate from pastoralism and wilderness to overarching ecodiscourses encompassing issues of gender, race and class. Ecocriticism with its earth-centered approach continues to investigate complex intersections between environment and culture, believing that “human culture is connected to the physical world, affecting it and affected by it” as opined by Glotfelty. Further Lawrence Buell’s definition of ecocriticism as an “increasingly heterogeneous movement” points towards diversification so that plural voices from across the globe could be accommodated. Nevertheless, in view of the fact that despite Glotfelty and Buell’s noble intentions, the lacuna inherent within such an ecomethodology as pointed out by Indian scholars and thinkers like MuraliShivramakrishnanis the confines of ecocriticisms to the immediate issues of the West, influenced mostly by ecodiscourses of Thoreau and Jefferson. Taking note of such ecoparochialism, studies have been carried out to subvert such an epistemological understanding of nature and ecocriticism.

As a continuum, the International conference on ‘Redrawing the Boundaries of Ecocritical Discourse: Literary Environmentalism and Plurality of Voices’ will seek to revise the ecodiscourse by redrawing and extending the boundaries of the ecocritical voice by inviting scholarly contributions that engage with multi-ethnic and multicultural texts that engage with issues of environment, speciesism, and anthropcentrism differently and innovatively. Through an ecoglobalist approach, the conference will be concerned with ethnic and national particularities and their linkages with nature as it would be concerned in transcending ethnic and national boundaries. Proposals exploring human-non-human engagement implicated with the issues of globalization, capitalism, race, class, ethnicity, human rights, gender, animal rights are invited and may focus on the following (but not limited to) subthemes:

  • Literature, environment, ethnicity, and race.
  • Literature, environment, and class/ caste/ gender.
  • Literature, environment, and globalization.
  • Literature, environment and animals.
  • Ecocentrism and Anthropocentris.

PATRON : Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, Central University Of Jammu

CONFERENCE CO-ORDINATOR : Dr. Vandana Sharma (Head, Department of English, CUJ)

ADVISORY BOARD:

  • Prof. Rasal Singh, Dean, School of Languages, Central Univ. of Jammu
  • Prof. Murali Sivaramakrishnan, Founder President ASLE India
  • Prof. Jutta Zimmermann, Chair, Department of English,Kiel University, Germany
  • Prof. Anna Horatschek, Kiel University, Germany
  • Prof. RamabhauBobde, University of Mumbai
  • Prof. SuchetaPathania, Head, Department of English, University of Jammu
  • Dr. Chandra Mohan, University of Delhi

KEY NOTE SPEAKER :

Prof. Murali Sivaramakrishnan,
Founder President ASLE India,
Formerly Head, Department of English, Pondicherrry University

PLENARY SPEAKERS:

Prof.Dr.habil. Mihai Stroe,
University of Bucharest

Prof. Peter Quigley
University of Hawai’i

Prof.Usha VT
University of Pondicherry

Prof. Pankaj Sharma
CDLU, Sirsa Haryana

IMPORTANT DATES:

Last Date for submission of Abstract: 28th June, 2022

Intimation of acceptance of Abstract: 30th June, 2022

Last Date for conference registration: 5th July, 2022

Last Date for submission of full paper: 15th July, 2022

Note: Submit the Abstract and Paper to [email protected], [email protected]

All paper presenters are required to submit the full paper mandatorily. LINK TO REGISTER: https://forms.gle/nb8bHFt58CWCXPaP7
For Registration related queries contact: Kamaljot Kaur [email protected]

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE:

Faculty/Academicians: Rs. 2000/-
Research Scholars/ Students: Rs. 1000/-
(includes conference kit, certificate, lunch and Tea during conference days)

NEFT/ Online Transfer to account No. 0902040500000051
A/C Holder HOD English, Central University of Jammu
Name of the Bank - J&K Bank Rahya Suchani
IFSC – JAKA0RAHYAA

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Dr. Vandana Sharma Conference Co-ordinator ( contact no: 941921681)
Dr. Neena Gupta Member
Dr. MAA Farooq Member
Dr. Raj Thakur Member
Dr. Parveen Kumari Member