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Thursday, 13. October 2016 - 19:21 Uhr
Osmania University Centre for International Programmes, Osmania University, Hyderabad
Two Day National Seminar
'Themes and Narratives in Postwar American Fiction'
Call for Papers
About the Seminar
The Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), Hyderabad, India is organizing a Two Day National Seminar on ”Themes and Narratives in Postwar American Fiction” from 27th – 28th December 2016. The proposed National Seminar on “Themes and Narratives in Postwar American Fiction” will have for its focus Fiction written in America after the end of the First World War till the current generation” who produced their major work during the nineteen twenties and after, their legacy was continued by Post-Second World War novelists such as Saul Below, John Updike, Norman Mailer, J. D. Salinger, Nabokov, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and later by Don Delillo, Tony Morrison, Robert Stone, Thomas Berger and others. The postwar literary scenario is principally the story of American vision as it unfolded amid rapidly changing social, political, communal, racial and technological changes. The hyphenated Americans frequently explored the complexity of their identity while addressing the country’s deepest political and cultural anxieties. The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement canon blasting avant-grade containment politics, unipolar arrogance increasing commodification and many such aspects inevitably came under aesthetic scrutiny. Even the classics of American renaissance have been critiqued from different theoretical positions.
In continuation of the “lost generation” spirit of the twenties, the rise of the novel influenced by the Communist view point in the nineteen thirties, the arrival of existentialist and “absurd” fiction following the Second World War. American Fiction entered a new phase in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the publication of the most popular works in American Literary writing related to the “Beat Generation” and the birth of the new forms of spiritual experience to counter the stress of postwar American Society through drugs, alcohol, philosophy, religion and specifically through Zen Buddhism.
World War I and World War II and after gave rise to a new perspective and a boom in contemporary war novels. American novelists produced greatest numbers in case of World War II novels. These novels explore the personnel nature of war within the context of intense combat.
The seminar will offer a prominent platform to bring together scholars, academics, experts, writers and critics in the domain of American as well as related multidisciplinary areas to discuss and deliberate on issues and concerns in numerous areas central to the human predicament. The seminar will contribute new research topics to the aspiring research scholars as there is greater need to examine the postwar American novel from a fresh perspective.
Among the major themes and perspectives, the seminar will include the following areas:
- The Lost Generations Novelists.
- The Jazz Age Fiction.
- The Harlem of Renaissance Novels.
- Leftist Learnings: Fiction of the Nineteen Thirties.
- Existentialist novels,
- Campus Novels: The Beat Generation Novelists.
- African American Writings.
- The Black Power Movement.
- War Novels
- Science Fiction
- The Indian Diaspora Novels.
- Buddhist Fiction.
- Terrorism and the African Novel.
- Women’s issues and American Novel.
- Human Rights and the American Novel.
- The American Political Novel.
- Ecocriticism and the American Novel.
With a sprawling campus of nearly 1600 acres and buildings of majestic beauty and architectural splendor, Osmania University, is perhaps, the largest higher education system in the Country. It is a home to nearly 300,000 students pursuing their higher studies in its Campus, Constituent, Affiliated Colleges and District Centres. Its faculty and staff number nearly 5000. It is a multi-faculty and multidisciplinary university, offering rich and varied courses in the fields of Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Engineering, Technology, Commerce and Business Management, Information Technology and Oriental Languages. The University’s strategic planning, teaching-and-learning policies and research direction have always emphasized respect for the concerns of the society and the need to address the issues that challenge it. In recognition of its excellent academic achievements, Osmania University had the distinction of being awarded the 'A' Grade status by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission, Government of India in the year 2008.
Osmania University Centre for International Programmes came into existence in August 2006 after the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, handed over the management and administration of the American Studies Research Center (ASRC) to Osmania University. It is housed in the building complex of the ASRC and has inherited its academic and infrastructural strengths.
However, OUCIP has broadened its scope and added new fields of study from humanities and social studies to American Studies. This was done with the realization that a single discipline Centre with a single source of funding was neither possible nor feasible in the context of the growing need for multi- and interdisciplinarity within the academia. It was also felt that Osmania University located in the city of Hyderabad, needed to reflect the multi dimensional growth and reach of the city that has been evolving as a major hub for the new knowledge’s emerging in different fields. OUCIP was thus conceived to complement the special status of the City in which it is located while retaining its strength in the disciplines of American Studies and International Relations acquired over four decades.
Abstract should be in MS Word 97-2003 format with Times New Roman, 12 Font, along with Title, Authors names, Address, email.
Presentation facilities: Multimedia projectors for Power Point presentations (MS office) will be made available.
Conference Important Dates
1. Abstracts Confirmation : 15th November 2016
2. Registration : Registration after the confirmation of abstract
Registration Fee (Includes Boarding & Lodging and Conference Kit):
S.No. Category Registration Fee
1. National Delegates 2000/-
2 Research Scholars , O.U 1,000/-
3. Research Scholar Other Universities 1500/-
3. Accompanying Person*** 2,000/-
**Student or Research Scholar should send a certificate duly signed by Head of the Institution and should carry valid ID proof. Student category conference material
will be provided.
***Conference Material will not be provided to Accompanying person.
Mode of Payment:
Bank draft in favor of “Director, Osmania University Centre for International Programmes” payable at Hyderabad, T.S., India.
1. Prof. A. Karunaker, Ms. Sameera Khundmiri
Director, OUCIP OUCIP
Osmania University Osmania University
Hyderabad 500 007 Hyderabad 500 007
Telangana State, India. Telangana State, India.
Mb. No: 9849302145 Contact – 040 – 27098609 –ext: 41
Contact – 040 – 27098609 –ext: 31
2. Mrs. G. Sandhya
Hyderabad – 500 007
Telangana State, India
Contact – 040 – 27098609 –ext: 44
For General query & Abstract submission : firstname.lastname@example.org
For Accommodation request : email@example.com
Website : www.osmania.ac.in/oucip
1. Name In Block Letters
3. Country / Nationality
4. Mailing Address with PIN Code and E-mail
(Entire correspondence will be through e-mail)
5. Contact Number with country & local code
6. Demand draft No. Amount Date: Bank:
7. Category National Delegate
Research Scholar Accompanying person
(Research Scholars are requested to submit their University ID Card as a Proof.)
8. Payable at (Name of the bank)
9. I am interested in contributing the paper YES / NO
If Yes send the abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Title of the paper
11. I am interested in reserving accommodation YES / NO
If Yes mail to email@example.com
12. I am accompanied by family and needs food and YES / NO
accommodation on payment basis
If Yes Payment Particulars DD/Cheque NO Dt: Bank:
(Very limited accommodation first come first serve basis)
Note: All the participants should send emails to the concerned sections along with print form of registration duly signed along with DD
Place Signature of the Participant
Tags: University Seminar News
Monday, 3. October 2016 - 16:03 Uhr
The Nehru Centre, London, July 28, 2016: the Vatayan launched its fourth anthology of poems, Native Scents/Watan ki Khushboo (Editor: Divya Mathur, Co-editor: Dr Hilal Fareed, Interviews: Shikha Varshney) in the presence of Ruth Padel, British poet and writer with close connections to conservation, wildlife, Greece and music. In chair was Dr MZA Shakeb, historian and Chairman, Ilmi Majlis-London, who also reviewed the book, which has been part funded by the Big Lottery Fund for Languages & Linguistics.
Ms Divya Mathur, Founder of Vatayan, introduced the programme - a multilingual, multicultural and multidimensional bonanza. She said that poetry has always had a limited readership; it is fiction that sells but at present, there is no cause for despair, as some prominent publishing houses are publishing poetry now and various websites have widened its reach and if nothing else, it has a therapeutic value. Dr Hilal Fareed, author and founder of Sir Syed Foundation, compered the programme brilliantly.
Launching the book, Ruth Padel, said that a variety of poetry is not only attractive; these verses will help young generation to appreciate the good and bad of their homeland and to the west to have a taste of the orient. Dr MZA Shakeb said that the poetry of the immigrant poets reflects diverse elements such as their nostalgia, sometimes appreciation of new values and sometimes annoyance with the change. They seem to be very firm in holding the value of love and spirituality.
Uttara Sukanya Joshi sang Dr Gautam Sachdev's ghazal followed by Lalit Mohan Joshi, who paid a tribute to the two great Hindi scholars we have lost in the recent past - Dr Satyendra Srivastava and Dr Gautam Sachdev; this anthology is dedicated to both of them. Sushma Mehta, Kathak dancer and choreographer, performed Akbar Hyderabadi's ghazal, Zindaan-e-subho shaam mein' and Mehtab Malhotra sang Usha Raje Saxena's ghazal, 'Samandar mein utarna aa gaya hai,' which is included in Vatayan's album composed and sung by the well known singer Radhika Chopra. Dr Vayu Naidu, Diana Mavroleon, Shelley Williams, Neelum Singh and Arun Sabarwal recited English translation alongside the Hindi and Punjabi poets - Shail Agrawal, Pran Sharma, Jai Verma, K C Mohan and Jagtar Dha.
Poets who have contributed their poems for this anthology include the late Dr Gautam Sachdev and the late Dr Satyendra Srivastava, Pran Sharma, Shail Agrawal, Usha Verma, Usha Raje Saxena, Dr Indira Anand, Jai Verma, Toshi Amrita and Divya Mathur (Hindi), Amarjit Chandan, Jagtar Dha, Jaswinder Mann, K C Mohan and Dr Sathi Ludhianvi (Punjabi) and Akbar Hyderabadi, Iftikhar Arif, Saqi Farooqi, Siddiqa Shabnam and Zehra Nigah (Urdu)
Translators include Chaand Chazelle, Rogan Wolf, Dr Pavan K Varma, Dr MZA Shakeb, Julia Casterton, Jutta Austin, Lalit Mohan Joshi, Dr Saif Mahmood, Shelley Williams, Neelum Singh, RK Agnihotri, Paras Anand, Bhupinder Parihar, Beryl Dhanjal, Zahra Sabri, Syeda Hameed, Amina Yaqin, Francis Pritchett, Rafey Habib, Brenda Walker and Divya Mathur.
The audience was full of connoisseurs of poetry, authors, translators, artists and media personnel including Viram Jasani, founder of Asian Music Circuit, Yogesh Patel, Editor, Word Masala, Editor of Health Happiness, Vijay Rana, Urdu scholars Javed Sheikh, poet Yashab Tamanna, founder of FAB Book Club, Uma Malhotra, broadcaster Mamta Gupta, educationist, Aruna Ajitsaria, amongst many others. The programme was covered by MA TV. Mira Kaushik, Chair of Vatayan and Director of Akademi, welcomed Mr Tarun Kumar, Attache (Hindi & Culture), who has recently joined the High Commission of India and expressed that, as far as promotion of Hindi and Indian languages are concerned, the two organisations should collaborate.
Tags: News London England
Monday, 3. October 2016 - 16:01 Uhr
Gurgaon, August 28, Sunday: Giving Gurgaon a flavor of two famous plays, Magic Creations Mom’s Theatre Group in association with Hindware presented- TARTUFFE by Molière &ANJI by Vijay Tendulkar on Sunday evening at DPS Sec 45 Auditorium, Gurgaon. The first play called TARTUFFE, Hindi adaptation of a comedy by renowned French play writer Moliere and the second presentation called ANJI by none other than Vijay Tendulkargrabbed the audience attention completely. The plays were staged by Magic Creations Moms’ Theatre Group, an all mothers group of Gurgaon who have come together to reclaim their ‘creative kick’!
Directed by NSD alumnus Binod Sharma, the Choreography and Music of the play is given by Harsh Nawaria. A dramatic story of a spiritual hypocrite, Tartuffe talks about the hypnotizing influence of so called religious gurus, who are masters at wearing the mask of gentleness and intelligence to the world although the ugly truth is unseen by many. The second play Anji is the story of a girl that revolves around the society’s outlook that a good match for an unmarried girl should be the first priority of the family. If the girl is educated and breadwinner of the family, getting married becomes tougher for various unsaid reasons. Driving the audience to accept the complexities of love and romance, as the gripping stories of the plays moved forward, it only left the audiences entertained and thrilled, cracking up every now & then, in splits of laughter.
Talking about the story and its Hindi adaptation, Ms. Geetika Goyal, Director, Magic Creations (Founder of Moms’ Theatre Group), added “Tartuffe is a hilarious script, set up in one of the households of Delhi NCR itself, while Anji, the story of a Marathi girl, is set up in Pune. The first play is loud and full of drama while the second has a realistic approach with spills of humour that keeps the audience gripped. Both the plays together offer complete family entertainment”.
Talking about the Moms’ Theatre Group, Ms. Goyal continued “Our thought behind the launch of this group was to give the mothers in Gurgaon a creative corner, where they come, unwind and discover themselves all over again. As of now, the group is of 15 passionate mothers between the age brackets of 35 to 69 years; they have come together to challenge themselves and find some 'ME' time while taking a break from their everyday routine. These mothers believe in investing in their own selves, by creating moments of happiness and creative satisfaction here. After spending time here, they go back all refreshed and happy, fueling back dollops of enthusiasm and passion to their routine lives.”
Thus, the two plays ‘TARTUFFE by Molière & ANJI by Vijay Tendulkar’ left Gurgaon audience in splits on Sunday evening!
Tags: Theatre News Gurgaon
Friday, 15. July 2016 - 10:53 Uhr
South Korea, June 29, 2016: Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), headquartered in South Korea, sponsored the evening of the 25th of June 2016 at Ottawa City Hall, where Stephen Gill’s book of love sonnets, The Singer of Life, was released by Mr Chandra Arya, Hon’ble Chief Guest of the ceremony. The Hon’ble Guest pointed out the contributions of Canada to world peace and appreciated the works of Stephen Gill as a writer.
“I am thankful to Mr Chandra Arya, Hon’ble Member of Canadian Parliament for releasing my book The Singer of Life, my love sonnets... My book of sonnets, The Singer of Life, is the outcome of the same love— the outcome of peace.” - Stephen Gill.
Poet Laureate of Ansted University and an Adjunct Professor of European-American University, Stephen Gill is an expressive voice of Canada, India and Pakistan. He believes strongly in a democratically elected world government and peace through peaceful means. Global peace and social concerns are the main areas of his interest.
Tags: South Korea Stephen Gill’s The Singer of Life News
Friday, 15. July 2016 - 10:41 Uhr
The House of Lords, London, May 19, 2016: the Vatayan Poetry on South Bank Award Ceremony-2016 took place at House of Lords in the presence of the Baroness Flather of Windsor & Maidenhead, Patron of Vatayan, Mr CB Patel, Editor of Gujrat Samachar and Asian Voice Newspapers and Tanya Wells, singer, songwriter and composer. In chair was Dr MZA Shakeb, historian and Chairman, Ilmi Majlis-London.
The Annual Vatayan Poetry Award was conferred on the well-known and seasoned poetess, Dr Madhu Chaturvedi, who has authored over a dozen books of songs, ghazals, epic poems and haikus. In absentia, her daughter, Anjali Doherti-Bedi accepted the award on her behalf.
The exceptional International Accolade for the Outstanding Achievements for poetry and for promoting poetry was given to Yogesh Patel by Mr C B Patel, Baroness Flather and Dr Zia Shakeb. Through his extraordinary contribution in English, Gujarati and Hindi literature, he has enriched the world literature. Revered as one of the finest writers and poets of English and Gujarati literature, Yogesh has been singled out by critics as ‘the observer of both mundane and the unexpected, and as fearless in writing what you observe.’ He has published international poetry of the rare voices in translation since 1969, publishing many world-renowned names. Above all, he promotes, nurtures and publishes work of the South-Asian Diaspora now.
Finally, the distinguished Indian poet, Dr Kunwar Bechain was honoured with the Vatayan Life time Achievement Award. He has authored altogether 33 books (geet, ghazal, doha, haiku, free verse, epic, novels, yaatra-vritaant, etc.). A retired Hindi Professor, he has been honoured by the President of India. 22 PhDs have been written on him. The Govt of India has toured him to attend the World Hindi Conferences in many countries.
The distinguished speakers included Divya Mathur, author and Founder President of Vatayan, Prof Jagdish Dave, MBE, author & researcher; founding pioneer of Gujarati teaching in the UK, Dr Achala Sharma, author & former head of BBC World Hindi Service; Meera Chandran, a member of U3 movement, family and mental health counsellor; Jai Verma, author and chair, Kavya Rang-Nottingham, and Shikha Varshney, writer and Vatayan's Treasurer. The programme was elegantly compèred by Dr Nikhil Kaushik, Ophthalmic surgeon, film-maker, poet and radio presenter.
Baluji Shrivastav, the multitalented musician and multi-instrumentalist, commenced the programme with Saraswati Vandana, Mehtab Malhotra, solicitor and upcoming talented artist, composed and sang Mathu Chaturvedi's ghazal, 'ham manzil-e-maqsood se aagey guzar gaye', and Tanya Wells amazed the audience by presenting Faiz Ahmed Faiz's ghazal, 'Gulon mein rang bharey'.
Deepti Sangani, the youngest and newest Board member launched the newly built website of Vatayan. Although she is not an expert on websites but she has been building it quietly. As the time was short, Dr M Z A Shakeb summed up the programme beautifully and briefly. The host, Baroness Flather, concluded the programme by thanking the participants and appreciating the set up and the constancy of good programmes held by Vatayan since 2003.
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