NATIONAL SEMINAR FDP-ON-PYTHON
Christ Nagar College

NATIONAL SEMINAR ON POLITICS OF PAROCHIALISM


Organised by

POST GRADUATE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Date:    18 September 2019, Wednesday

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Time:    9.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.  Venue:  Conference Room,  Christ Nagar College, Maranalloor 

CONCEPT NOTE

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls…”

Tagore’s political philosophy, a fine balance between nationalism and internationalism should be evoked in the present scenario of the global citizen metamorphosing into the regional citizen. The concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ –which manifested itself in the ideologies of globalization, liberalization and neoliberalism-was anticipated to have demolished the walls between nations, continents and human relations. However in the recent past Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, Trump’s election manifesto and his victory, the rigid refugee laws and so on, point towards a contradiction of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or Tagore’s aspirations.

In this context the impending question is – would the confinement to one’s own culture and progress lead us to a progressive world, or foster hostilities on the grounds of ethnocentrism, cultural particularism and parochial altruism leading to a state of insecure existence?

Contemporary texts like Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Madhu C Narayan’s Kumbalangi Nights, Anita Nair’s Mistress and Meena Alexander’s poems give a new dimension to localism, particularism and indigenous culture by painting the local landscape on the global canvas.

Do you think there is a scope of plurality through the myriad engagements among parochialisms? Are the artists, intellectuals and progressive thinkers trying to explore the scope of such engagements through their works, thereby giving agency to the plurality of parochialism?

SUB THEMES

Parochial Altruism in Regional Politics.

  • Local landscapes in Contemporary Texts (Film and Literature).
  • Ethnocentrism, Cultural particularism and the Postmodern India .
  • Selling Parochialism - Trade, Commerce and Industry.
  • The Parochial Wave in  Media and Journalism.
  • Borders and Bivouacking - The Refugee Story.
  • Nativism and the Struggle for Identity.
  • Xenophobia - An Emerging Threat ? 
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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

UG and PG students                 200 *

M.Phil & Research scholars      300 *

Academicians                            500 *

         

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Christ Nagar College, Maranalloor, Trivandrum or

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CHRIST NAGAR COLLEGE

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CONTACT

CO-ORDINATOR

Ms. Hanna Raeeza H, Assistant Professor

Mob  : 98957 81145

STUDENT CO-ORDINATORS

Mr. Aadil Hamza -  Mob  : 7736733537 Ms. Dakshina M. - Mob  : 6282401269

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Mr. Riju B Sarajan         Ms. Lekshmi R       Ms. Lakshmi P

Mr. Jagadheesh Chandran J      Ms. Devika Gopinath

ADVISORY BOARD

Fr Dr Titto Varghese CMI                Dr Jolly Jacob                                                Ms. Rani Varghese

Manager                                            Principal                                                       HOD (PG Dept. of English)

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