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Higher Education and Research Society,
South Asian Literature & Culture
Higher Education and Research Society, Navi Mumbai
Higher Education and Research Society is a New Mumbai based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship. The Society aims to be the leading international organisation in the field, as to both the support and the dissemination of research and education. We commit sustainable development and focus on the solutions to the spread of scientific attitude in academicians and citizens, practical and solution based approach to the higher education in general, introduction of applied education, social inequality, awareness of literature and language, climate change and many more…
The Society intends to play a role of catalyst to enable researchers in different regions and disciplines to exchange information, share discussions on professional and theoretical issues, and initiate and co-ordinate research. Purely committed to the cause of academics in a ‘top-down pattern’, the prime goal of the society is to encourage and foster research by providing a platform to showcase the innate research aptitude of the academician. Promoting academic research and scholarship into Language and Literature, Humanities, Basic Sciences, Technology and Management streams, the society is determined to bring about a scholarly get-together of the intellectuals.
The fame of their wealth earned for this region the appellation of the ‘gorgeous East’ and inspired the quest which led to the discovery of the new world and created the preconditions for the Industrial Revolution in Europe. (Haq 5)
As correctly stated by Mahbub Haq in his Human Development in South Asia (1997), south Asia has gained an immense importance in today’s changing world scenario. Indian Subcontinent and South Asia are although interchangeable terminologies, the latter is preferred over the former owing to political sensitivities. Writing about South Asian region is writing about one fourth of the world’s population as the subcontinent comprises seven contiguous countries.
In the last few decades, the South Asian countries have taken centre stage in the literary world with a diversified, yet intensely rich literature of its own kind which has boldly broken itself free from the suffocating legacy of its colonial masters. This demands a closer look at the cultural and socio-political upheaval looming large in our own backyard. After the stupendous amount of research done in the classical and canonical literature one needs to introspect and start engaging with the issues related to our own continent. South Asia has a band of accomplished writers who are esteemed and revered across the world. As the world has acknowledged, India might not be the Superpower by its own right but it is a ‘Swing State’. It can swing the balance of the power not just in the Asian Region but in the entire world. Hence the role of South Asian countries cannot be overlooked as far as the balance of the power in the world is concerned. With the advent of globalization, Indian Subcontinent has become not just a centre for the market, sale and commerce but also a site for much deeper significant and philosophical understanding of its cultural, ethnic and political milieu.
SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) has patiently and honestly tried to deliver its efforts towards ushering in the unification of the region, though excessively radical nationalism and ethno-religious feuds among the countries often put barricades in its journey. Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) was founded with the goal of strengthening the cultural connectivity through literary and cultural interactions among the SAARC Countries. It is a think-tank of intellectuals and writers, creative fraternity and peace activities that have common sensitivity and concerns for the socio-cultural-political-economic-tribal-gender issues of the region. In the time of conflict, terrorism and instability in the region FOSWAL keeps highlighting the common concerns through culture and literature, through theatre, films, visual arts and performing arts. The first ever SAARC Writers conference which took place in April 2000 declared its resolution:
We are the mad dreamers of the SAARC region. Let government do their political and diplomatic work. Let us, the writers and the creative fraternity of the region endeavour to create bridges of the friendship across the borders.
Such are the eloquent lines of the resolution of the SAARC Writers conference. In a very succinct manner the lines sum up the role of literature in creating the cultural coalescence among the said countries. In the light of above backdrop
the seminar commits to engage with the following areas in regard with South Asian Literature and Culture:
Emergence of the Post-Colonial South Asian Identity
South Asia and the World Literature
Compatibility of Western Poetics in South Asian Studies
Eco-Critical Perspectives in South Asian Literature vis-á-vis Gobal Climatic Changes
South Asian Cultures & the Changed Equations in International Power Politics
Assimilation of the World Cultures in South Asian Culture
Diasporic and Transnational Identity
Inclusiveness of South Asian Literature
Subaltern Consciousness in South Asian Literature Literature of Marginality
Art, Literature and Films as Modes of Expression and Resistance in SAARC Literature
Issues of Language, Form and Genre
Nation and its Others
Representation of Caste, Class, Race and Gender
Dynamics of Social Exclusion: Issues, Trends and Prospects
South Asian and Western Literature & Culture: Comparative Aspect
Politics of Canon Formation in Subcontinent Literature
Nostalgic Reflections in South Asian Literature
Any other topic(s) relevant to the theme of the seminar.
Nestled in the leeward side of the Sahyadri Mountain range, Pune is the ninth largest city in India and the second largest metropolis in Maharashtra. Rajgad in Pune District was the capital city of the emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire. Pune also known as cultural capital of Maharashtra reflects a blend of tradition and modernity.
Popularly known as “Oxford of the East” or “Capital of Learning”, Pune has a large number of educational institutes that attract students from across the globe. While it has been a corporate stopover, the city has its mix of potpourri and culture which makes for interesting sightseeing within the city and in adjoining areas. Some of the important sightseeing are the historical Aga Khan Palace reflecting the footprints of Indian freedom struggle, the memorial of the Maratha noble Sardar Shri Mahadji Shinde founder of Scindia dynasty of Gwalior at Shinde Chhatri, a famous Market Tulshi Baug, Sir Jamshedji constructed Bund Garden, Purandar Fort- the birth place of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj and Sinhgad Fort- a mark of Maratha victories provides a trekking experience engulfed in historical ambience. The nearby hill stations for its breathtaking scenic beauty at Lonawala and Lavasa cities are remarkable. This city is a citadel of social reformers and spiritual gurus and their presence can be traced in a beautiful campus of Osho Ashram, a picturesque hill of Parvati and temple of goddess Parvati, grand Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganesh Temple, Samadhi of Saint Dnyaneshwar at Alandi, marks of indivisible preaching in the form of divine poetry of Saint Tukaram at Dehu and his Gatha Temple. Pune is very well connected by air, rail and road. The nearest Airport is Lohegaon. City Buses ply from bus stations at Shivaji Nagar, Pune Station and Swargate to the venue.
Registration Fees without accommodation- INR 2000/- per delegate
Registration Fees with accommodation-INR 2500/-per delegate
Modest accommodation on sharing basis will be provided for outstation delegates.
A co-presenter or an accompanying person will have to make separate registration.
Dr Sudhir Nikam Dr Madhavi Nikam
(Convenor) (Organising Secretary)
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