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"Rethinking the Global South: Literatures, Cultures and Media"

2nd-3rd FEBRUARY 2019 (

The term ‘Global South’ has become almost an umbrella term in the present day having various connotations and manifestations. The term was originally used by Carl Oglesby in 1969 in then contemporary political sense while writing for the special issue of the liberal catholic journal,Commonweal,devoted to the Vietnam War. Oglesby argued that centuries of US “dominance over the global south… has converged … to produce an intolerable social order.” The term Global South,emerged as a binary to the Global North and gained momentum during the wake of capitalistic empire and trade war.

Leigh Anne Duckargues that the term is better suited to "resist hegemonic forces that threaten the autonomy and development of these (developing) countries”. Critics like Andrea Hollington, Oliver Tappe, TijoSalverda and Tobias Schwarz agree that the term is not a "static concept."Tobias Schwarz uses the most neutral term available todenominate the relationship between the dominantand the subaltern regions of the world. Global South, he believed, was shorthand for acomplex, historically evolved configuration ofglobal power relations. Few view it as a replacement for the term ‘Third World’ (Sauvy) or ‘Developing World’ (Rigg; Butler). Other regard this term as a sign of progression of the global south countries in various domains of life.

It can be argued that the term has gained a political currency offering resistance to global hegemonic forces, while at the same time generating questions pertaining to its geographical locations. The troubling question that underpins this term has been whether to view the global south in terms of division between the northern or the southern hemisphere, or to take into consideration the uneven economic development of the global capitalism (Dirlik). However, it can be said that construction of such dichotomy of the North and the Southobscures and ignores the power balances operating within a particular group. The spaces of the three worlds constructed under the tutelage of political/imperial power has been merged under the economic denominator for re-constructing into two– the Global South and the Global North.

This deterritorial use of the term ‘global South’ draws attention to global struggles and solidarities that result from shared experiences of subjugation under contemporary global capitalism. Drawing on postcolonial and subaltern studies, specifically the work of Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha, scholars have embraced the term global South to examine subaltern agency and oppression, and to link localized struggles to dynamics of global power structures and dominant social groups across spatial scales. One may pertinently ask what is so global about the south or the north, or what exactly the South in the Global South is. It is a term which is laden with immense geopolitical implications.

This two day international Conference seeks to revisit and rethink the conceptual framework of the Global South by asking the following questions:

• Does the Global South find itselfa victim or a benefactor in the global capitalism?
• Does the methodology of the productions of the Global South compete the productions of the North?
• What are the different experiences of globalization within the Global South?
• In what ways, does the globalization bridge the gap or divide the North and the South?
• Is global south a promise or predicament or both in the process of globalization?

These major questions may seek responses through possible subthemes/topics, but are not limited to, the following:

• Mapping the Status of the Global South from Cold War to Trade War
• Human rights and the Global South
• Narratives of poverty and hunger
• Alternative Visions of the Global South
• Representations of migrants, refugees and slum dwellers
• Uneven development of Political economy
• Homogenization/Hetrogenization of Cultures within the Global South
• Queering the Global South
• Socio-economic disparities
• Ecological precarity/ Precarious Ecology
• Transnational Cultural Configurations
• The Economic Transformations
• Historicizing the global South
• Textuality ofthe cultural change and literary allegoriesof the Global South
• The Global South and linguistic shifts
• Psychological, Socio-cultural and Socio-political aspects of communication in The Global South
• Shifting/floating status of social Cultural/Economy/Politics/ humanbehavior
• Discursive political/ cultural/ academic practices
• Impact of the global North on the global south
• Binary relations of the Global South with the Global North
• Local in the global and global in the local cultures
• Question of Individual existence, autonomy and sustenance of developing/developed nations.
• The hegemony of the Global North in Literature, society, culture, politics, technology, Economy, education and media of the Global South
• Challenges in Educating the Global South
• The Global South in the Cinematic Cultures
• Balancing Political Power Structures through alliances, treaties and diplomacy
• New modalities of engagement in international development
• Cognitive and Behaviorist spaces of the Global South
• Mental Health and behavioral change in the Global South
• Impact of uneven economy on human psyche
• Indigenous psychology in the Global South
• NGOs working for the deprived/ marginalizedraces/ territoriesin the Global South
• South-South Cooperation (SSC) through Social/ Political/ Educational/ Economic Campaign

What to Send:

An abstract of 250-300 words (Times New Roman, font size: 12) should be sent to in the following order:

a) Title of the abstract,

b) author’s name and Institutional affiliation,

c) email address

d) Body of the abstract.

Note: Papers can be presented and submitted in Hindi also.

Acceptance: Acceptance will be sent by the Convener/Co-Convener of the Organizing Committee.

Important Dates:

Last Date for Abstract Submission:    25 January, 2019

Abstract Acceptance Date:    26 January, 2019

Last Date for Registration Fees : 28 January, 2019

Registration Fee *:

Rs. 2000/- for Indian Nationals

USD 100/- for Foreign Scholars

Rs. 1500/- for Research Scholars (India-based)

Rs.1000/- for Postgraduate students (India-based)

*Includes: Conference kit, certificate, lunch and refreshments.

On the spot registration fee (February 2-3, 2019):

Rs. 2500/- for Indian Nationals

USD 150/- for Foreign Scholars

Rs. 1800/- for Research Scholars (India-based)

Rs.1000/- for Postgraduate students (India-based)

Note: In case of joint authorship, the second author must also register for participation in the Conference.

Publication: Journal of Alterity Studies & World Literature, Australia, will publish shortlisted papers in a special issue on The Global South.

Mode of Payment:

Registration fee is to be paid online:

Bank Name: Bank of India

Account No. : 752920110000006

Account Holder's Name : Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University

IFS Code: BKID0007529

Type of Account: Current Account

Branch Name & Address: Handori Branch, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University Campus, Barabanki (UP)

Travel Arrangement: Delegates have to bear their own travel expenses.

Accomodation: Participants will have to take care of their own accommodations. A number of hotels have rooms reserved for the Conference at a discounted rate. Accommodation bookings should be made directly through the hotel. List of hotels would be displayed on the Conference website by the second week of December, 2018.

Conference Advisory Committee:

Prof. Janet Wilson (Northampton University, UK)

Dr. TabishKhair (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Prof. Roderick McGillis (Calgary University, Canada)

Dr. Claudia Egerer (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Dr. Elisabetto Marino (University of Rome tor Vergata, Italy)

Prof Lisa Bloom (UC Berkeley, California, USA)

Prof A.N. Dwivedi (University of Allahabad)

Prof. M. Prasad (University of Allahabad, India)

Prof. S.K. Sharma (University of Allahabad, India)

Prof SarvajitMukerji (University of Allahabad, India)

Prof. IndraniMukherji (University of Allahabad, India)

Dr. JagdishBatra (O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat)

Dr. Niroj Banerji (Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology)

Dr. Rohit Singh (AURO University, Surat)

Dr. Vandana Sharma (Central University of Jammu, India)

Dr Om PrakahDwivedi (AURO University, Surat, India)

Dr. RimikaSinghvi (IIS University, Jaipur)

Prof. Madhu Singh (University of Lucknow, India)

Prof. Rajneesh Arora (EFLU, Lucknow, India)

Dr. Maya Vinai (BITS Pilani, Hyderabad)

Prof. Shubha Tiwari (APS University, Rewa, India)

Prof. S.Z.H. Abidi (Integral University, Lucknow, India)

Prof. Ranu Unyal (University of Lucknow, India)

Prof. R.P. Singh (University of Lucknow, India)

Prof. Rajesh Mishra (University of Lucknow, India)

Prof. D.R. Sahu (University of Lucknow, India)

Prof. Ashutosh Mishra (University of Lucknow, India)

Dr. Jyotsna Sinha (Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology)

Prof. Madhurima Pradhan (University of Lucknow, India)

Prof. D.K. Singh (University of Lucknow, India)

Prof. Anita Singh (Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

Prof. Gunjan Sushil (University of Allahabad, India)

Patrons-in-Chief : Hon’ble Chancellor, Mr. Pankaj Agarwal
Hon’ble Pro-Chancellor, Mrs. Pooja Agarwal
Patron : Prof. A. K. Singh (Vice Chancellor)
Chairman : Prof. B.M. Dixit (Director, INSH)
Convener : Dr. Vijaya Sethi (Dean, HSS)
Co-Convener : Dr. Shilpa Shukla
Organizing Secretary : Dr. Bishun Kumar
Joint Organizing Secretary : Dr. Amar Pal Singh
Secretary (Finance) : Dr. Jitendra Kr. Yadav
Advisory Committee : Prof. A.K. Varma, Prof. M. Mishra, Prof. N.C. Sarcar, Prof. S. Maheshwari
Prof. Moin Athar, Prof. R.P. Singh
Prof. Ajay Prakash, Prof. V.N. Pathak, Prof. A. Painuly, Dr.. Jyoti Dewan
Dr. Ritu Chandra, Prof. R. Bajpai
Prof. N. Gupta, Dr. Bineet Gupta, Dr. Mohit Verma, Prof. A. Saxena
Prof. K. Srivastava, Dr. Sudhir Awasthi, Dr. Anurag Agnihotri
Mr. Alkesh Agarwal, Dr. Shalini Agarwal,
Organizing Committee : Dr. Meghna Singh, Dr. Priyanka Shukla Dr. Shweta Shukla,
Dr. Ritika Srivastava, Dr. Gitanjali Srivastava, Ms. Anvita Verma,
Dr. Rashmi Saxena, Ms. Monika Singh, Dr. Anupam Verma, Mr. Ritesh Kumar
Dr. Sharia Anjum, Dr. Preeti Singh, Dr. Divyajyoti Sharma
Dr. Vinod Kumar Vaishya, Dr. Atul Kumar Verma
Mr. Nitin Chakravarti
Administrative Committee : Prof. U.K. Singh (Registrar)
Mr. Munish Malhotra (Dy. Registrar, Admin.)
Dr. Akankssha Nigam (Dy. Registrar, Academics)

Contact & Queries: Queries must be addressed to:

Dr. Vijaya Sethi
Mob :+91 09839801965
Dr. Shilpa Shukla
Mob: +91 09451371066
Dr. Bishun Kumar
Organizing Secretary
Mob: +91 9454970144

Alternatively, enquiries may be addressed

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