CALL FOR PAPERS: The Future With Marx


The Future With Marx

International Conference

May 24-25, 2019

The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

Deadline for submissions: 25 February 2019

Confirmed plenary speakers

Eric Alliez, Cinzia Arruzza, Alain Badiou, Jodi Dean, Elena
Gapova, Michael Heinrich, Maurizio Lazzarato, Antonio Negri


The Future With Marx

Jacques Derrida has famously stated that “there will be no future without
Marx, without the memory and inheritance of Marx”. The multiplicity of
academic and popular events in the year of Marx’s anniversary testifies to
the truth of these words. Two hundred years after his birth, the thought of
Karl Marx remains a rousing way to look at the future.

The fall of the Soviet project has effectively eliminated all major social
alternatives from the current world order and impoverished the global
political imagination. It is no accident that the two most recent decades
have generated no utopias and in numerous polities witnessed the hegemony of
nostalgic conservative projects of returning into an imagined past to become
“great again.” However, the dissatisfaction with the disappearance of the
meaningful future is constantly growing, and Marx has now been rediscovered
as a visionary who knew to see seeds of the future in the present. His books
are read again globally as people are desperately searching for answers to
the challenges of the XXI century: inequality, fundamentalism, imperial wars,
and crisis of democracy.

One year after Marx’s anniversary, we gather in Moscow to inquire about the
future with Marx. How can Marxian thought help us imagine a better future?
What is the hope that it provides today? How does Marxist imagination account
for the Soviet experience and how can it operate within the societies that
emerged from the Soviet past? What is the Marxist view of history today and
what are the social classes capable of developing it? What do we learn from
Marx after the end of classical Marxism?


The call for papers aims at organizing two panels within the conference, to
invite the researchers in all areas related to Marx’ political and
philosophical legacies. Proposals from early career researchers are
particularly encouraged. Please submit abstracts of not more than 250 words
and two-page academic CV to [1]. The selected
participants will need to apply for travel funding from their home
institutions or elsewhere. The conference will issue formal invitations for
the visa application process, if needed.

The deadline for applications is February 25, 2019. The proposed papers
should address one of the following specific topics of the panels:

Panel One

“Marx and Contemporary Materialisms”

In terms of the old divide between materialism and idealism, the contemporary
philosophical conjuncture is rather paradoxical. Alain Badiou recently
branded as “democratic materialism” the currents of contemporary thought that
base themselves on the assumption that “there are only bodies and languages”
while excluding the concept of truth as evental and revolutionary process.
Badiou argues that this variety of materialism rather supports the
ideological discourse of late capitalism. Although the legacy of German
Idealism is a vital part of today’s discussion, it is unlikely that any
current of contemporary thought would declare itself as “idealist” except a
poetic or an openly religious phenomenology. Today, we have a Kampfplatz of
multiple “new materialisms” and “realisms” rather than a divide between
materialism and idealism. However, the underlying antagonism within this
field is the same as the division that has always been present in capitalist
modernity. The varieties of contemporary materialism can be seen as either
being timidly or openly complying with the late-capitalist ideological
discourse, or as being rebelliously anti-capitalist. The panel will ask what
are those specific division lines in the contemporary struggle of
materialisms? What should the strategy be of the materialism that would allow
the Marxist tradition reinvent itself in this complex conjuncture? This
question seems to be even more complicated since, at different stages of
Marx’s philosophical formation, the latter had also been reflecting the
“idealist” aspects inherited from German classical thought. Additionally, the
panel will question if we have to limit ourselves to a “ruthless criticism”
of those supposed materialisms which both betray the emancipatory and radical
tradition of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and instigate a
“speculative” detachment from the toxic pressures of the current political
momentum, or can we consider a contemporary materialist approach that admits
a materialist “speculation” similar to the late-Soviet philosophical debates
on the concept of the “ideal” in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Finally, from today’s
viewpoint, how can the post-Soviet and postcolonial conditions contribute not
only to the emergence of the “new materialisms”, but also to a resurgence of
the materialist philosophy that would be faithful to Marx?

Panel Two

“Marx and the Politics of Time”

One of the most widespread criticisms mounted against Marx over the past
century is related to his endorsement of the idea of linear progress. As a
matter of fact, Marx’s historical optimism was closely linked to the
universal characteristic of capital of its incessant expansion, where “all
that is solid melts into air”, including pre-capitalist relations. Thus, the
progressive effect of the destructive work of capital provides a historical
justification for capital itself, while rendering anything that does not fit
into its totality insignificant. Yet, various thinkers, from Althusser and
Bloch to world-system and postcolonial theorists, oppose such a progressivist
(and deterministic) understanding of Marx. Instead, they insist on the
historical specificity of capitalism and its destructive effect (and hence,
its dialectical sublation) which does not inevitably culminate in a social
alternative. Benjamin’s critique of “homogeneous empty time”, intrinsic to
historical progress, is crucial to this approach. In contrast, it offers a
vision of contemporaneity that allows for temporal non-simultaneity and
incorporates all of the “survivals” of the pre-capitalist past — albeit
alien to market rationality — into its complex structure. At the same time,
this “melancholic” tendency that has in many ways defined Marxism in past
decades has been vehemently criticized by the “left accelerationists” who
wish to revive the Marxist belief in the limited development of capitalist
relations, which is seen as a necessary precondition for capitalism to be
overcome. In this sense, can we say (following Wallerstein) that there are
“two Marxs” —  progressivist and anti-progressivist — who oppose each
other within the Marxist tradition? Could ”melancholic” Marxism be conducive
to the understanding of current political phenomena (i.e., right-wing
populism and the renaissance of conservative ”archeopolitics”), and, if so,
in what way? Or, could the return to the progressivist perspective help us
reveal the emancipatory potential of the increasingly rapid development of

Please note: the current call for papers pertains to these two panels only.

Organizing committee

Greg Yudin (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)

Artemy Magun (European University at St Petersburg)

Marina Simakova (European University at St Petersburg)

Alexei Penzin (University of Wolverhampton)

Ilya Budraitskis (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)

Language of the conference: English

2019 Marx & Philosophy Society Annual Conference Call for Graduate Papers

Papers are invited from graduate students for the 2019 annual conference of
the Marx & Philosophy Society. The conference will be held on the 15th June
2019 at the Institute of Education in London. The topic of this year’s
conference is ‘The Legacy of Georg Lukács’.

For those interested, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words to
Jan Kandiyali at [1] by 10th March 2019. Accepted
papers should be planned to last for 20 minutes. Submissions dealing with
any aspect of Lukács work and/or its legacy will be considered.
The Society will cover travel expenses within the UK and an evening
meal. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for accommodation or for travel expenses
from outside the UK.

2019 Annual Conference of the Marx & Philosophy Society

The Legacy of Georg Lukács

Saturday 15th June 2019


University College London Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way,

London WC1H 0AL

Room TBA

Keynote speakers: Michael J. Thompson, Konstantinos Kavoulakos and Agnes

2019 marks the centenary anniversary of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet
Republic, a period that found Georg Lukács both as an active participant
and as developing the ideas which would culminate in the collection of
essays /History and Class Consciousness/. It is a timely commemoration in
which, at present and despite international objection, the Hungarian regime
of Orbán has seemingly enacted a mission to erase Lukács from collective
memory. From the removal of the Lukács sculpture from Saint Stephen’s park
in Budapest to, more alarmingly,the recent closure and removal of
the Lukács Archives by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, it seems the
fate of Lukács and his legacy hangs in the balance.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Historical Materialism Barcelona 2019 – extended deadline

The first Historical Materialism conference in Barcelona will take place next
June (27th to the 30th). The conference entitled “Thinking emancipation.
Radicalities and Social Movements in a Polarised World” aims to bring
together activists and academics. Abstracts can be submitted in English,
Spanish and Catalan.

We have just extended the CfP deadline to the 31st March. Also, there are
specific guidelines for each stream, which can be found here: [1]

We invite researchers and activists to submit proposals for papers and/or
panels to make this conference possible. The closing date for submissions is
31 March 2019.

In order to be able to group the debates, the conference will be organised
around the following working topics:

1. Popular movements history, historical memory and antifascism

2. Feminism, LGBTQI

3. Ecology, territory and the rural world

4. Economics, globalisation and financialisation

5. Resistances, strategies, movements, and the politics of the common

6. New cultural and artistic practices and criticisms

7. Power, sovereignty, State and democracy

8. Classes, new subjects and new forms of exploitation

9. Law, social control, the penal state and violences

10. The city and urban space

11. Education and the university

12. Migrations, racism and postcolonialism

However, besides these themes, we also invite submissions on any other
subject. Anything related to emancipation is welcome. We want to talk about
everything; theoretical debates and practical experiences. We encourage the
submission of papers on original topics or with original takes on classical


Call for papers: The Poetic Imagining(s) of Southasia: Borders and Nations

Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), South Asian University

22-23 April 2019, Delhi ______________________________________________________________________________

The proposed international conference will bring together poets, fiction writers and literary scholars working on topics related to border and nation to converse with sociologists, anthropologists and social historians.

Despite today’s familiar national emblems dating only as far as half a century, as has rightly been pointed out regularly, the kitsch of nationalism now glosses over centuries old sensibilities of pan-national and trans-national affinities in many parts of the postcolonial world. Exclusion built in to the narrow notion of nationalism is what we intend to problematize in our search for alternative imaginings of what is a nation and how best to theorize its cultural, emotional and aesthetic borders separating from a Tagorean “home” from the “world”. Our hope is to bring this discourse to the centre from where they currently lay scattered, that is, in folk myths and minstrel songs, published poetry and fiction, ballads and legendary epics, and so on.

Can poetry and fiction offer a corpus necessary for examining the popular notions of nation and region? Postmodern discourse on nationalism sees nationalist consciousness grounded in specific types of shared experience including media and historiography but also fiction-writing and poetry (Anderson, 1983; Brennan, 1989; Spivak, 1990; Chatterjee, 1993; Nandy, 1994; Visvanathan, 2003). Mythologies, folk songs and folk-lore have been retold and reinterpreted over and over to capture voices of the silenced and perspectives withdrawn (Richman, 1991). And there is a rich corpus – both anthropological and literary – that presents alternative imaginations about borderlands (van Schendel, 2007; Aggarwal, 1993; Gellner, 2013). Engaging with this genre(s) of scholarly work and creative writing, this conference seeks to push forth the frontiers on theorizing nation, border and pan-nation in sociology and social sciences. In this, we may consider revisiting Raymond Williams’ (1978) work that insisted art (of words among others) to be an active process in mediating social reality and imaginative creativity. Sociologist Joan Rockwell (1974) built on Lukac’s insight regarding the novel to point out that aesthetic experiences like reading literature allows for questioning accepted norms and capturing scattered imaginings of new identities into a formal domain. The anthropological classic ‘Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography’ has generated a vibrant discourse on the role of fiction in anthropological production of knowledge (Clifford and Marcus, 1986; Geertz, 1989; Behar, 2011; Narayan, 1999) culminating possibly in a meaningful debate about feminist and non-Euro-American interventions in the mainstream anthropological traditions of writing culture (Harrison, 1995).

This conference seeks to contest the mainstream premise of everyday nation and border in proposing our central argument that rationalistic may clash with public and intellectual emotionality. When framed within this creative-contested field, and carrying an appetite to converse and engage meaningfully across a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to

sociology, social history and literary studies, this conference seeks to discuss question such as: What alternative popular imaginings have been around both in the centres and peripheries of Southasia beyond the Westphalian discourse “piggybacking” on its search for postcolonial nationalism? Can this engagement point us to theoretical and methodological departures that constructively but emphatically challenge the methodological nationalism hegemonising imagination of Southasia?

We list

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a broad area of focus including but not limited to the following:

Fictionalizing nations, nationalizing fictions Periodicising discourses on nation and border Romance of the capital, romance of the hinterlands (Symbolic) violence and peace

The poetics of borders, borderlands and border people Voice(s) of the stateless – refugees, exile and nomads Governmentality and rebellion: power and fallibility of words The poetics of caste, religion, ethnicity, gender

Reclaiming mythology and folk, diverse aesthetics of story-telling Southasia in conversation with the Global South

The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 28, 2019. Please mail your abstracts, approximately 1500 words, to and Contributors of selected abstracts will be contacted by early March, and full papers no longer than 5000 words excluding reference and footnotes are due by 14 April 2019.

Contributors are encouraged to seek independent funding for travel. Some support may be provided for scholars travelling from within South Asia. Local costs of all participants will be borne by the organizers.

Principal Investigator: Mallika Shakya, Department of Sociology, SAU

Advisory body

Bhakti Shringarpure, Department of English, University of Connecticut and Warscapes Dhananjay Tripathi, Department of International Relations, SAU
Ira Raja, Department of English, University of Delhi
Sangita Rayamajhi, Director, Centre for Advanced Studies in South Asia (CASSA) Sanjay Chaturvedi, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, SAU

Call for Papers: Documenting the Archive


15th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago

April 26th and 27th, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Paula Amad, Associate Professor and Department Chair, The Department of Cinematic Arts, The University of Iowa

Documentary film practice inflects and is in turn also inflected by the theories and practices around the study of the archive. Documenting the Archive aims to be a forum for theoretical and methodological interventions in cinema and media studies by invoking the archive’s historical and theoretical relationship with cinema, especially documentary film practice. The latin root of the word document, “docere”—which means to show, to teach, or to cause to know—connotes the fraught yet deeply intertwined historical relation between the word ‘document’ and the terms ‘documentary’ and ‘archive’. The practices of documentary filmmaking and of archival production, distribution, and preservation both share the challenged notion of the document as a repository of knowledge. Archives don’t just happen to be there; they are social, historical, political, and cultural constructions that in turn construct social relations themselves. Documentary cinema participates in a similar dialectic: on the one hand, it engages with the world presented in front of the camera—the profilmic. Yet, on the other, it is inextricable from the concerns posited by the archive: evidence, testimony, and historiography. Film scholars and practitioners have animated the archive by imagining new configurations of it, speculating about its lost fragments and absences and exploring the limits and possibilities of cinema’s medium to counter and resist an idea of archive as a static and classificatory storehouse of the past. Recent theoretical works (Amad 2010, Baron 2013, Russell 2018) specifically engage with archives in relation to film and documentary forms. As new modes of apprehending and preserving the everyday are redefining and reconfiguring documentary film practice, the transitions to digital paradigms have led to an epistemological destabilization as well as a reconsideration of the concept of the archive itself. In the wake of technological transformations, what are the political, ethical and aesthetic implications involved in the institutional preservation, artistic strategies, collective praxis and modes of exhibition practices in relation to the archives? The conference pushes the boundaries of cinema and media studies to ask what domains of critical inquiry, forms of experience, and historiographic methodologies emerge by examining the multifarious relations between documentary and archives.

Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Appropriation Art/Films/Videos
  • Found-footage, Found-Sound, Found-text Practices
  • Film Fragments-Archival Fragments
  • Orphan Cinema
  • Essay Films and ‘images of the past’
  • Home Movies and Personal Archives
  • Feminist and Queer Archival Studies
  • Memory, Trauma and Colonial Archives
  • Speculative methodologies /  Afro-Futurism
  • Government archives and films / Propaganda forms
  • Contemporary Art and the Archive / Artists as Archivists
  • Politics and Ethics of Exhibition and Curatorial Practices
  • Representation and Contemporary Visual Culture / Embodied Practices of Archival Recuperation (e.g., Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’, Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’)
  • Forensic Archiving and Media Practice
  • New media and archives of the everyday
  • Digital Historiography

We welcome papers from academicians, documentary/film/media practitioners and archival practitioners across disciplines interested in interrogating issues related to documentary film and archival practices and the ones raised above. We highly encourage creative, experimental and alternative modes of presentation that can embody the spirit of the conference CFP in audio-visual/ performative forms.

Please email an abstract (250-300 words) along with a short bio to the organising committee co-chairs Sean Batton, Ritika Kaushik, and Cinta Pelejà at: by February 10, 2019. Participants will be notified by the end of February.

Call for Papers: Pleasures of Violence

*Conference to be held at Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, UK)*
March 7-8,2019

It has become a truism to claim that social media bring out the worst in us. But who gets to be the subjects and the agents of violence in an economy built to repackage violence? In Updating to Remain the Same Habitual New Media, Wendy Chun exposes the hypocritical dissonance between our fantasies about the Internet and our online practices. For instance, we are continually surprised at the leaking of a network that is precisely built to leak; or we project the promiscuousness of networks onto bodies that aren’t supposed to matter. Digitality has become, then, indissociable from questions of injury, aggression and pre-determined targets. Such impulses of violent digitality have further become central spectacles on cinema, television and video game screens. Why does the digital seem so well suited for the most insidious and blatant of death drives?

From misogyny to racism, from trolling to warfare, from disaster porn to revenge porn, to be immersed in popular visual culture is to have to negotiate the circulation, broadcasting and spectacle of violence. Is digital violence the re-enactment of analog modes of violence or a brand new kind of economy? Have digital networks simply brought to the surface the cesspool of destructive desires that whirled beneath surfaces all along, or do they facilitate unprecedented modes of acting out, and suffering from, violence? How might we, scholars and creative practitioners, imagine ways of combating or repairing violence?
This conference aims to consider questions of abuse, misuse of power and aggression in the (post-)digital age from a variety of perspectives and fields, exploring the relationship between violence (physical, psychological, symbolic, et al) and digitality writ large. It also takes seriously the pleasures on offer through such digital violence, whether that is the action cinema’s fight sequence or the trainwreck celebrity. Is “digital violence” a redundant category? How does violence play out in different national contexts and creative industries: cinema, gaming, photography, music, fashion?

We welcome abstracts that centre on, but are not limited to the following:

* Doxing, firehosing, gaslighting: The New Language of Violence
* Representations of violence in contemporary TV, cinema, series and podcasts
* Bot-enacted gender and racial violence
* The relationships between genre and violence
* Digital terrorisms
* The digital circulation of xenophobia
* Disaster porn, revenge porn and other types of sexual violence
* Online communities of violence and self-harm
* Outing as a form of violence
* Youtube as platform for confessing violence
* Social media, feminism and the exposure of rape culture
* The weaponization of gossip, hearsay, fake news and misinformation
* BDSM online communities: The New Erotic Possibilities of Violence
* Biometric technologies of racial violence
* Necro/Bio-political violence
* Neo-colonial violence
* Glamourization and fetishization of violence

Please send abstracts of 250 – 300 words, with a supporting bio of no more than 100 words,

*Abstract deadline: Monday 31st of December 2018.*

Dr Diego Semerene
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Digital Media
Oxford Brookes University
Dr Diego Semerene
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Digital Media
Oxford Brookes University

Call for Abstracts: Entangled Natures – A Conference on Human Ecology (14 – 17 Feb 2019) at AUD | Deadline: 15 Jan 2019

imageFor some years now, the post-monsoon season brings narratives of environmental doom to conversations occurring in drawing rooms and chai stalls across the city of Delhi. The smog that envelopes the city and makes breathing a difficult activity forces a flurry of activity and finger-pointing. Farmers and fossil fuels, construction and climate change, policy and profligacy, no one is spared. Issues like air pollution demonstrate inescapably that environmental concerns are simultaneously social, technical and political in nature. For policymakers and practitioners, the value of questioning the divide between natural and social sciences, between the ontological realms of nature and culture has become more apparent than ever. Within academic disciplines, these questions have been raised for at least half a century since C.P. Snow’s publication of The Two Cultures. Calls for collaboration across knowledge silos to study multidimensional environmental issues have gained credence steadily in the last thirty years. This can be seen in the emergence of sub-disciplines within traditional disciplines, like environmental history, as well as new areas like conservation biology and science and technology studies.

Human Ecology is an eclectic field of research within this tradition of interdisciplinary knowledge endeavours. Research and teaching at the School of Human Ecology (SHE) brings together philosophical frameworks, methodologies and toolkits from natural and social science disciplines to understand interactions between environment and society. There is a distinctive emphasis on studying issues at smaller spatial scales and focusing on complexity and causality in the intertwined lives of humans and other species. Scholars at SHE are inclined towards the worm’s-eye view while studying ‘big questions’ of justice, well-being and sustainability in local, empirical contexts. Human and nonhuman agencies are explored in ecological and social transformations in South Asia, in the present as well as in the past.

The Entangled Natures conference invites scholars and students who are engaged in research on such issues that are of interest to Human Ecology. The five conference panels reflect thematic areas of research within SHE. They discuss geographies that are marginal to mainstream concerns, such as India’s islands and high-altitude rangelands, and heterodox approaches to studying classic themes, such as cities, agriculture and environmental governance. Contributions are invited from scholars and early career researchers working on these themes, as elaborated in the panel abstracts.

Panel 1: Agriculture in the Anthropocene

Panel 2: Hybridity, Power and Culture in Environmental Governance

Panel 3: Nature and the City

Panel 4: Tracing Continuities and Change in Pastoral Systems

Panel 5: Islands in the Indian Ocean

For details regarding panels and submission guidelines, please visit:

For enquiries, please email:

CFP: Disciplinarity in a Digital Age, IIT Delhi

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Please find attached the call for papers for the conference ‘Disciplinarity in a Digital Age’ a conference organized by the department of humanities and social sciences at IIT Delhi. Please do consider submitting to the conference and sharing the call with anyone you think would be interested. Broadly, the conference seeks to understand the transformation of the humanities and social sciences under the influence of natural science: an investigation provoked by the technological context of the digital age.

Disciplinarity call for papers

Call for papers: Marx & the City

A one-day symposium at Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies, London Center, 16-17 Southampton Place, London, W1A 2AJ

Confirmed speakers: Professor Ursula Huws; Professor Donald Sassoon; Dr Lindsey German

Deadline for abstracts: 3 September 2018

There are three interlocking aims behind Marx and the City, the first symposium to be held at Arcadia University’s London study abroad centre in Holborn. The first point is to mark the life and work of Karl Marx: we do so both in the two hundredth year since his birth and in a building a mere ten-minute walk from his first proper London home. Second, we wish to stress ‘the city’ as an object of study that makes a mock of and does away with rigid disciplinary boundaries. As such, we encourage abstracts from anyone and everyone, most certainly including those outside the academy. Finally, this symposium will seek to involve Arcadia students at all levels of decision-making. All too rarely do students get to see their teachers’ ideas challenged publicly: by contrast, Marx and the City will invite some of Arcadia’s fall 2018 intake to actively participate through chairing and attending panels, reviewing abstract submissions, and so on.

Karl Marx found in the industrialising cities of the nineteenth century both the epitome of modern capitalist exploitation and the revolutionary agents of capitalism’s demise. Marx himself has extensive contact with the city; he spent most of his life living as a revolutionary exile in London, the city at the heart of the British Empire. This symposium examines Marx’s approach to the city, how he envisaged its revolutionary transformation as well as the relevance and resonances of his approach.

We welcome abstracts for papers or contributions in other media. A non-proscriptive list of potential subjects follows:

– Marx’s cities (Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels etc.)

– Marxist approaches to the city

– Utopia and reimaginings of the city

– Engels’ ‘great towns’

– ‘Beneath the pavement . . .’: the city and revolution

– Marxist feminist approaches to the city

– The revolutionary exile in the foreign city

– Marx and urban culture

– Marx and the urban underworld

– Marx and the city in film

– Marx, sex, and sexuality in the city

– Marxist conceptions of suburbia

– Social class and revolution in the city

– The neoliberal city

Please send proposals for 20-minute contributions to & Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

“Region/ Nation/ Trans-Nation: Literature-Cinema Interface

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, is organizing an International Conference on “Region/ Nation/ Trans-Nation: Literature-Cinema Interface” on 31 January, 01 and 02 February 2019. The organizers would like to invite individual abstracts and panel proposals for the conference. Please find attached the call for papers which includes other necessary details. You may want to circulate it among your colleagues who might take an interest in the conference.

If you have any queries, please write to <>.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards from the conference coordinators,

Parichay Patra and Amitendu Bhattacharya

Assistant Professors

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

K.K. Birla Goa Campus

Region/Nation/Trans-Nation: Literature-Cinema Interface

January 31-February 2, 2019

Hosted by BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus

Organized by Parichay Patra and Amitendu Bhattacharya


Call for Papers

This conference traces the various modes of engagement that exist between some of the globally dominant literary and cinematic forms, without limiting itself to the age-old domain of adaptation. It tries to locate these engagements and negotiations across three geopolitical formations and locations of culture, namely region, nation and trans-nation. These three locations work as contact zones where the literature-cinema interface manifests in various forms. With the emergence of transnationalism and comparative film studies as methods in cinema studies, multiple modes of literature-cinema negotiation are becoming increasingly evident with cinema studies borrowing concepts such as ‘world literature’ and ‘comparative morphology’. In the Indian/South Asian context, these locations are entangled with issues such as the language question, regional nationalisms, the crumbling idea of a federal republic with an increasingly stronger unitary governance, linguistic identity politics as manifested in popular cinemas and literatures, translational politics and the formation/development of certain national centres for the production of various modes of translation, India’s cultural/literary/cinematic negotiations with the trans-nation before and after globalization/economic liberalization etc.

With contemporary India as its primary site of inquiry, the conference moves towards inter-continental geopolitical engagements without considering Indian regional/national and literary/cinematic questions in isolation. Apart from thematic and ideological associations with the trans-nation, it involves participants beyond the borders of the Indian nation (from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), transforming itself into a discursive space where the conceptual apparatus meets with the narratives that inform and shape the former. Narratives from the margins will also significantly feature in the conference, with panels and plenaries on and from the Indian North-East. Moreover, a panel and a plenary will be devoted to Goa and its distinctive history of colonial and postcolonial politico-cultural engagements as manifested in indigenous literature and art.

Possible topics for presentation might be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Transnationalism as Method
  • Comparative Cinema Studies and the transnational question
  • South Asia’s Cultural Engagement with the ‘West’
  • Cultural/Literary/Cinematic Migration within South Asia
  • Idea of India and the Language Question
  • Linguistic Identity Politics in South and North-East India
  • North-East India and the Politics of Translation
  • South Korea’s Cultural Penetration into the Indian North-East
  • Goa’s legacy as an erstwhile Portuguese colony
  • Goa’s engagement with other Portuguese colonies (Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique)
  • Goa as a contact zone of culture
  • Histories of colonial, anti-colonial and postcolonial cultural negotiations in Goa
  • The Un-Indian Space/Region: Goa’s challenge to the Hindu Nation
  • National and Transnational Cultures in South Indian Cinemas
  • Regional Militancy in National (Popular) Cinema
  • Trans-Nation and Indian Modernity
  • Trans-Nation/Translation
  • Subtitling/Fan-Subbing/Dubbing/Remake as Cultural Translation
  • Internet Sharing in the Age of Post-Cinema
  • Formative Years of Film Industries and the Cultural and Literary Translation(s)
  • From Adaptation to Cultural Translation and Beyond
  • State and Non-State Actors in translation


Select conference proceedings will be published as a co-edited volume for the publication of which Oxford University Press (OUP)  will be approached.

We would like to invite abstracts for individual presentations and/or panels from Comparative and English literary studies/Cinema and Media studies/New Media studies/South Asian studies scholars. Interested speakers/presenters may mail a 250 word abstract along with a brief bio-note to

Registration and other Details

A registration fee of INR 3500 (for outstation participants) or INR 2500 (for local scholars) must be paid. This fee includes registration, conference kit, working lunch, tea and snacks for three days and participation certificate, but does not cover accommodation in Goa. Participants are supposed to find their own accommodation; conference committee can help with suggestions regarding places nearby though. We cannot offer bursary/travel grants as we expect the participants to be supported by their respective home institutions.

Participants who are willing to attend the conference dinner hosted on the penultimate night need to pay INR 1000 additionally.



Submission of abstracts: September 30, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: October 15, 2018

Completion of Registration: November 15, 2018

Submission of full paper: November 30, 2018


Plenary Speakers

  • Mariano Mestman (Universidad de Buenos Aires & CONICET, Argentina- TBC)
  • FakrulAlam (East West University, Bangladesh)
  • KanchukaDharmasiri (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
  • Supriya Chaudhuri (Jadavpur University)
  • M. Asaduddin (Jamia Millia Islamia- TBC)
  • Ravi S. Vasudevan (CSDS, New Delhi)
  • Moinak Biswas (Jadavpur University)
  • Kaushik Bhaumik (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • GJV Prasad (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri (Gauhati University)