The SJU hosts an international conference on “National Literatures and Transnational Textuality” | MorungExpress


Participants at the three-day international conference organized by the Department of English at St Joseph’s University.

DIMAPUR, APRIL 10 (MExN): The English Department of St. Joseph’s University of Nagaland organized a three-day international conference on “National Literatures and Transnational Textuality” from April 6-8. The conference was organized by Professor Selvin Vedamanickam, Organizing Secretary and Editor.

Fifty-three research papers from various states were presented at the conference. Research papers critically and creatively explored the transnational dimension of language, literature, theory and cultural studies. These were literary and theoretical constructions and responses from aesthetic, historical, industrial, technological, speculative, post/colonial, feminist, queer, religious, translational, local and/or global perspectives.

The selected research articles will be published in an ISBN book in June 2022.

“This conference is a historic first in India – the first ever conference on Transnational Literature and Transnational Textuality in India and the first ever ISBN book on Transnational Literature and Transnational Textuality in India, informed a press release from the University.

Dr. Thokchom Sunanda Devi, HOD of English, opened the conference with the welcome speech. Professor D Ganandurai, Vice-Chancellor, delivered the Presidential address and launched the first copy of the abstract book. Rev Sr Dr I Arockia Mary received the first copy. Professor A Anthonisan gave the congratulatory speech. Four speakers from three countries delivered the special lectures.

On the first day, Prof. Kalpana Purohit, PhD, Professor and Principal, JN Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India delivered the first keynote on the topic “A Traversal of the Diaspora Through the Prism of Socio-Cultural Constructs”. She explored diasporic literature with particular reference to Indian writers abroad.

On the same day, Mutiu Olawuyi, CEO of World Inkers Printing and Publishing, Senegal and USA, delivered the second lecture on the theme “Jet Age and the Neo-Colonial Nigerian Literature: Textual Analysis of Critical Trending Issues”. He discussed colonial, neocolonial and postcolonial elements of Nigerian literature. He pointed out some similarities between Nigerian literature and Indian literature.

On the second day, Prof. Noel Joseph Irudayaraj, PhD, Head of Department of English (Retired), Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India, delivered the first keynote address on the topic “Comparative Literature/World Literature/Transnational Literature”. He developed the etymological meaning of the suffixes ‘trans-‘ and ‘post’ and the meaning of the term ‘nation’. He discussed the difference between “nation-state” and “nation-state”.

On the same day, Professor Christopher Norris PhD, British philosopher and literary critic, Emeritus Professor, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, delivered the second lecture on the theme “Beyond Formalism: Poetry, Poetics and Literary Theory”. He covered the history of literary criticism and theory from the historical perspective of “formalism” and the added dimension of poetry and poetics.

On the third day, Professor Christopher Norris gave a critical recital of his as yet unpublished poetry book Damaged Life: poems after Adorno’s Minima Moralia. He explained the critical reasoning and philosophical underpinnings of Theodore Adorno’s writings.

On the third day, Professor Selvin Vedmanickam, the organizing secretary of the conference, delivered the final summary lecture explaining the importance of moving towards the “transnational approach” in the representation and interpretation of language, literature and culture.

Rev Sr Dr I Arockia Mary, Dean, Admin gave the farewell speech and Rev Sr Chinnamma distributed the certificates. Reverend Father Sezhian offered the blessing.


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