Tentative Programme: National Conference 2017

National Conference on “Dalit and Tribal Identities, the Nation, and Globalization”

Date: 29-30 March 2017

Tentative Programmes

Venue: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Savakaksha and Raj Narayan Basu Sabhakaksha

Organized by:  UGC SAP-III, DRS Phase-II

Department of English, Vidyasagar University


Day 1 : 29 March 2017           A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sabhakaksha

9.30 A.M.                                : Registration

9.45 A.M. – 9.55 A.M.           :  Introductory Speech by the Coordinator SAP, DRS II

9.55 A.M. – 10.05 A.M.         :  Inauguration by Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, V.U.  (Planting a sapling)

10.05 A.M. – 10.15 A.M.       :  Welcome address by Head, Department of English, V.U.

10.15 A.M. – 11.15 A.M.       :  Keynote address by Prof Sharankumar Limbale

11.15 A.M. – 11.30 A.M.       :           Tea


11.30 A.M. – 12.10 P.M.        :           Plenary Session 1

In chair:

Speaker: Dr Kiran Keshavamurthy

12.10 P.M.– 12.50 P.M.         :           Plenary Session 2

In chair:

Speaker: Prof Indu Chowdhury

12.50 P.M. – 1.30 P.M:          Plenary Session 3

In chair:

Speaker: Prof. Dipak Roy

1.30 P.M. – 2.15 P.M. :          Lunch

2.15 P.M. – 3.00 P.M.            : Panel Discussion

Prof Sharankumar Limbale

Manohar Mouli Biswas

Dr Subrata Mukhopadhyay

Surja Nandi

Prahlad Bhakta

Prof Indu Chowdhury

Business Session 1 (Parallel):           A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sabhakaksha

3.00 P.M. – 4.00 P.M.            (15 minutes each)

In chair: 

Speaker: Dr Panchanan Dalai           : Taming of the Shudras: Re-reading Odia Laxmi Purana

Speaker: Thungdemo N Yanthan      : Deconstructing the Colonial Stereotyping on the tribal Naga identity

Speaker: Udayan Gautam                   : On the Politico-Religious Imbroglio of Dalit Identity

Speaker: Sandip Mishra                     : From Aranyak (Of the Forest) to Aranyer Adhikar (Right to Forest) – An Ecocritical Approach

4.00 P.M. – 4.10 P.M. :          Q-A session

4.10 P.M. – 4.20 P.M. :          Students of Neighbouring  College/University Attachment

Business Session 2 (Parallel):           Raj Narayan Basu Sabhakaksha

3.00 P.M. – 4.15 P.M.            (15 minutes each)

In chair: 

Speaker: Maryam Afzzal                  : Reflections of Dalit Life: A study of select Bhojpuri poems

Speaker: Rinjee Lama                       : Representation of marginality and identity in Indian Nepali Literature

Speaker: Kaustav Roy                       : Hunting Practices of Indian Tribes – Identity of the Imperfect Poachers

Speaker: Pritam Das                           : Chaturtha Duniya & Bengali Dalit Literary Movement

Speaker: Fatima Tasneem                 : Deifying the Koogai: Modes of Dalit Cultural Assertion in Cho Dharman’s Koogai: The Owl

4.15 P.M. – 4.20 P.M. :          Q-A session

4.20 P.M. – 5.00 P.M.            (A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sabhakaksha) :

Folk Performance of “Patua Pala” by the artistes of Chitrakar Community of Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal

Day 2 (30 March, 2017)

10.15 A.M. – 11.15 A.M. :     Keynote address by Prof Maya Pandit Narkar

11.15 A.M. – 11.30 A.M. :     Tea

11.30 A.M. – 12.00     :           Plenary Session 1

In chair:

Speaker: Prof Samantak Das

12.00 – 12.30 P.M.     :           Plenary Session 2

In chair:

Speaker: Prof Abhijit Guha

12.30 P.M. – 1.00 P.M:          Plenary Session 3

In chair:

Speaker: Dr Subhasis Das

1.00 P.M. – 1.30 P.M:            Plenary Session 4

In chair:

Speaker: Dr Niladri Sekhar Das

1.30 P.M. – 2.15 P.M. :          Lunch

2.15 P.M. – 3.00 P.M.            : Panel Discussion

Prof Maya Pandit Narkar

Prof Samantak Das

Tarun Tapas Mukherjee

Pramod Nath

Doyel Chatterjee

Sripada Mahato

Business Session 1 (Parallel):           A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sabhakaksha

3.00 P.M. – 4.15 P.M.            (15 minutes each)

In chair: 

Speaker: Dr Saikat Sarkar    : Filming Resistance: The Dynamics of Caste in Fandry and Sairat

Speaker: Dipankar Parui       : Mapping Dalit consciousness in the Poetry of Namdeo Dhasal

Speaker: Sumallya Mukhopadhyay   : Relocating One’s Identity: Negating Caste and Class in    the Poems of Namdeo Dhasal

Speaker: Sk Tarik Ali and Santanu Bera:    Shackles of Gender, Caste and Slavery: Exploring the Politics of Triple Marginalization in Mahasweta Devi’s “Shanichari” and “The Fairytale of Rajabasha”

Speaker: Pritha Kundu: A ‘Nation’ for the Dalits? Betrayal, Compromise and Survival in Post- Partition West Bengal

4.15 P.M. – 4.25 P.M. :          Q-A session

Business Session 2 (Parallel):           Raj Narayan Basu Sabhakaksha

3.00 P.M. – 4.15 P.M.            (15 minutes each)

In chair: 

Speaker: Sagir Ali                  : Dalitness of  Muslim communities in Bengal: A Study

Speaker: Pabitra Kumar Rana: “We are Chamars”: Caste and Colonialism in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies

Speaker: Mitra Sannigrahi    : Living This Side of the Invisible Wall: Analysing the Identity of the Outcaste in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable

Speaker: Mir Ahammad Ali   : The Politics of Exclusion of the Sabars: A Study of Representation of the Sabar Community in ‘Lalita Sabar Pala’

Speaker: Souparna Roy        : Dalit Autobiographical Narrative as a Tool of Resistance and Space for Identity Formation with Particular Zoom on the Coping of the Dalit Females in Bama’s Sangati: Events

4.15 P.M. – 4.25 P.M. :          Q-A session

4.25 P.M. – 4.35 P.M. :          Students of Neighbouring  College/University Attachment

4.35 P.M. – 4.50 P.M. :          Valediction & Vote of thanks by Dr. Joyjit Ghosh, Deputy Coordinator Distribution of Certificates

UGC Sponsored SAP, DRS Phase II National Conference on Dalit and Tribal Identities, the Nation, and Globalization

In India, the concern with identity has been more practically oriented for a very long time rather than being a matter of intellectual analysis. As if in reflection of this, most Indian languages have no word conveying the idea of identity; the words used as equivalents convey the meaning of uniqueness or identification. In the light of the increasing scholarly concern with the idea of identity, especially of the dalit and tribal people of the country, this conference seeks to engage in a problematic dialogue on it. Complex philosophical arguments about the nature and significance of the individual, self, or person aside, the Hindus, by and large, demand strict conformity to social norms and conventions from the individual. Not surprisingly, therefore, the answer to the question “Who are you?” is invariably in collective terms. Depending on the situation, the individual draws from his/her repertoire of identities to answer this question.

The dynamics of social relations in India are characterized by two interrelated processes: the perception of one’s own identity in a given situation; and the reaction of others in terms of the perceived identity of that individual. To the extent that a social situation is traditionally or otherwise ordered and there is a consensus about the norms and values governing that order, social transactions through identity marks or symbols are routine and facile. However, in the light of various forces of social, economic and political change in operation at the national and transnational levels, there arise situations that are fluid or that challenge the traditional norms (for example, when a member of the ex-untouchable caste group is appointed as a temple priest). There also arise anomic situations characterized by sudden breakdown of norms, as during communal conflicts. The asymmetry that once characterized the paradoxical clash between liberty of the state and the servility of its specific socio-cultural groups requires to be reviewed now.
Perhaps the most visible of the identity marks of individuals in India are the prefixes and suffixes to their names, which has neither been uniform across the country nor remained fixed. As part of a process of their upward socio-cultural mobility, members of the lower-caste groups dropped their old vernacular names in preference for the Sanskritic names. However, in the context of a growing caste and tribal consciousness, many people have been reverting to their caste-specific jati names as suffixes. While religion is the broadest community category of identification, the process of ascriptive identification starts with the primordial group affiliations. Conversion from Hinduism to religions like Christianity, Islam and Buddhism does not secure the convert from the politics of discrimination that he/she suffered before. Identity in terms of geographical space, language, economic status and gender within a community and across communities is a plural heterogeneous idea that is constantly in flux in these days of globalization.
Talks and discussions will include but will not be restricted to the following issues:
The development of the concept of identity in India
Caste versus class in India
The state and its citizens, especially the Dalit and the Tribal people
Religion, conversion and changing identities
Politics and Dalit and Tribal identities
Concerns of Identity in Dalit and Tribal literary and cultural texts
Environment and Dalit identity
Environment and Tribal identity
Effect of globalization on tribal livelihood and consciousness
Caste and social mobility
Casteist identity versus tribal identity
Mass media and identity: the Dalit and Tribal contexts
Gender identity in Dalit and Tribal communities

First Keynote Address by: Prof Sharan Kumar Limbale
Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Pune

Second Keynote Address by: Prof Maya Pandit-Narkar
Department of ELT
EFL University, Hyderabad
Plenary Speakers:
Prof Sankar Prasad Sinha, Retired Professor of English, Vidyasagar University
Prof Dipak Roy, Department of Bengali, Raigunj University
Prof Samantak Das, Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University
Prof Kiran Keshavamurthy, Department of Cultural Studies, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
Registration fee per participant: Rs 500/- (includes two luncheons and seminar kit)
Contact: Prof Debashis Bandyopadhyay (09163183015): debashis@mail.vidyasagar.ac.in
Prof Joyjit Ghosh (09434321580): pathu_ghosh@yahoo.co.in
Mr Mir Ahammad Ali (09046425106): mirahammadali1990@gmail.com

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