Alam Khundmiri Foundation (AKF) and Research Scholars Forum (RSF) The English and Foreign Languages University Campus, Tarnaka, Hyderabad-500605
A Two-Day National Seminar on June 29 & 30, 2012
Contemporary Ways and Voices of Resistance/Resilience
Note on the theme of the Seminar
Terms such as resistance and revolution have a history that is as old as the stories of our civilizations. However what were once used in history to note wars, conflicts and change of power, have now obtained broader scope and relevance. With Marx observing history as a struggle and crying for a change, a new system of thought began. A series of thinkers like Antonio Gramsci, Althusser and others then contributed to voices of dissent in various ways. In the recent past, we have witnessed multiple and multifaceted ways of resistance not just from the academia and intellectual circles but from various other walks of life too. The voices of resistance have mainly been for representation and liberation among other things. Aimed against the established hegemonic structures, various movements and revolutions have come to the fore across the globe. The Tunisian experience inspired the protestors in overthrowing totalitarian regimes across the Middle East, most notably in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. North America saw the eruption of similar acts of resistance in their own backyards, from the centre of Madrid of Spain to the Occupy Wall Street movements of America, Canada, and the UK.
India has always been one of the most vibrant nations in terms of witnessing such acts of resistance. The recent past has provided a seminal boost to the same. In the Indian context, many regional movements against the Nation and the State and its repressive mechanisms are actively coming from numerous oppressed groups. It is interesting to observe the spatial realms through which such voices of dissent are emerging. Virtual space has emerged as a new terrain of contestations, the scope and power of which has been realized by both the parties. On the one hand many of the ongoing movements have triggered and fuelled political activism and social engagement among the masses in the real world using this network. The authorities, in contrast, having realized the potential of such awakening, want to censor the social media. This has become the common feature of all states world over including the ‘democratic’ India.
At this juncture, it is pertinent to discuss the rights of the people on social, political and individual issues ranging from politics of exclusion, civil liberties and state violence, sexual orientation and debates on body etcetera. The role of civil and political societies in such spaces and in the construction of different ideologies and their participation in the power politics along with its contribution to populism can be seen from the recent history.
Among other things, within the context of protests and occupations in the UK, USA, India and worldwide – an otherwise ignored space like the street appears to have become once more the space where people gather to be heard and counted. The notions of street as a site and object of subversive tool – incorporating graffiti, fashion, skateboarding, hip-hop and a more critical and engaged examination of processes of exclusion, confrontation and violence which constitute the everyday reality of life in and on the street assume significance. Instead of viewing ‘resistance’ and ‘movements’ as performance or an event, the assumption of the everyday as a process and a site of struggle makes it inclusive and easy to associate oneself.
This spirit of resistance is not limited to select issues. Ranging from the critique and questioning of canons coming from the post colonial consciousness, the emergence of debates around region and nation, communities and state policies to the individual in the society, sexuality and law/Legality, the artist and censorship, all are seminal and vital. It would be interesting to view the aforesaid movements as a whole rather than as individual cases of aberration.
• We see the pressure to develop a new set of conceptual tools with which we can understand, archive, and articulate such acts of resistance.
• This seminar aims to discuss, challenge, and reveal new theoretical and artistic perspectives on both revolution and recovery in the aftermath of movements.
• This interdisciplinary seminar aims to promote collaborative work between academics, activists, and the non-profit community.
We invite papers to be presented in the seminar from a range of disciplines (including but not restricted to History, Sociology, Geography, Literary studies, Cultural studies, Social exclusion studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Film Studies, Arts, Philosophy, Performing Arts, Political Science, Translation Studies, Development Studies) on any topic pertaining to the above concerns.
Please send an abstract of about 200-250 words along with a brief bio-data to to email@example.com by the 25th of March, 2012. We hope to respond by 10th of April, 2012.
Around 16 abstracts will be selected by the ‘Peer Review Committee’. Those selected will have to send their papers by the 15th of June 2012, in order to facilitate the expert respondents to read the papers and provide the feedback. The time-limit for each paper would be approximately 20 minutes.
1. Conference Location: The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
2. All papers are required to be written and presented in English.
3. Send the abstract by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line stating “Submission for the National Seminar.”
4. Important Dates:
Due date for abstract submission: March 25, 2012 Notification of abstract acceptance: April 10, 2012 Due date for full paper submission: June 15, 2012
6. Conveners : Dr. Jayanti Alam, Alam Khundmiri Foundation
Rajkumar Eligedi, Phd Scholar, RSF
Twinkle Dasari, Phd Scholar, RSF
Shrikanth.B.R, M.Phil Scholar, RSF (email- email@example.com)
Format to submit the abstracts
Institutional Affiliation/ Independent Researcher:
Title of the paper:
Participation details: Local hospitality will be provided to out-station participants in the hostel or the guest-house (depending on the availability). Travel expenses could be reimbursed to the extent of sleeper-class railway fare for outstation participants. Food on the seminar days will be arranged to all presenters.
We look forward to your participation. For further queries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Rajkumar Eligedi, Ph.D scholar
Shrikanth.B.R, M.Phil Scholar
The English and Foreign Languages University Campus, Tarnaka, Hyderabad-500605
Phone Number:- +91-9652606910 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://akfrsf2012.blogspot.com/
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