International e-Conference

3rd International e-Conference

on

Gender, Culture and Society”

Date: 26th, 27th, and 28th November, 2022

To be Organized by

New Literaria- An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

In collaboration with

Department of English and Foreign Language, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur

CALL FOR PAPERS

CONCEPT NOTE:

Gender studies constantly contend with the normative presumptions about gender and sexuality that haunt even the most radical definitions of individual identity. Since the nature of these normative assumptions varies with respect to history and cultures, studies in gender are always and already simultaneously commentaries on culture. Even while resisting the homogenization of the mainstream discourses on gender in any culture, feminist and LGBTQ movements have to define genders along with and against the prevalent parameters of heteronormativity. Literature and case studies play a key positive role in the academic debates on gender when they highlight individual utterances of gender. Rather than leading us from the general norms to individual utterances, contemporary works on gender studies have found it more fruitful to concentrate on the desiring-machines that make such individual narratives possible. For example, if Judith Butler’s Bodies that Matter (1996) captures the heterogeneity and protean richness of genders through the singular variations resulting from each new iteration of selfhood, very recent works like Nick Walker’s Neuroqueer Heresies (2021) or the manifesto Feminism for the 99% (2019) either nuance their takes to celebrate the visceral subtleties beyond the socius or turn self-critically productive in a resistance against mainstream bandwagonism. Furthermore, what these methodological extensions entail could be grasped as a non-binaristic multiplicity building on its theoretical precursors while tethering to the multimodalities of international labour market, migrant crisis, blockchain dispersion, financial discrepancies, post-pandemic unemployment, inadequate healthcare, border policing, and post-neoliberal, neo-statist forms of oppression. The question of representation and that of selfhood has thus been replaced by the quest for a resingularization effecting a people to come as well as a new earth working out towards a new planetarity beyond the older identarian conceptions of gender. What the likes of Paddy McQueen call postgenderism nowadays, charts exactly this post-identarian politics offering the nonhuman cartographies beyond the false depths of representation; as contemporary gender theorists understand representation to be an allied form of normative assimilation, they see futurity entangled in nonrepresentative becoming-other and becoming-imperceptible.

Very often literature can serve to reinforce and generalize the gender roles instead of furthering proper awareness. Hence, feminism and gender studies recognize the necessity for strategic approaches that effectively read both literature and social events. For a proper appreciation of the diverse narratives, it is equally important to read literature and society not in isolation, but in association with the history of activism that constitutes feminism and gender rights movements. Multiple critical interventions including gynocriticism, intersectional feminism, queer studies, and others have shown how literature and society can always be reinterpreted to reveal new and interesting facets of gender that undo existing presumptions. One such important departure stands with gender studies’ impressive tackling of the obvious conflations surrounding feminism and its recategorization of masculinism attending to the essentialist and oppressive patriarchal blotches affecting men and women alike. However, fortunately, Christine Quinan and Kathrin Thiele are able to show that individualistic bio- and necropolitical grounds are slowly receding to make way for the broader, yet, not so universal cosmopolitical gendered vision that effectively captures the specter of corporate capitalism long hidden under comparatively simplistic patriarchal structures. Accordingly, by effecting a rupture with the long held neoliberal alliances, the current field of gender studies expands its remit towards the post-pandemic global precarities with an aim to assert its anti-capitalist, antiracist, and eco-socialist position as clearly as possible.

The 3rd International Conference by New Literaria and Department of English and Foreign Language, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, therefore, invites contributions that shall provide new strategic and critical approaches that shall radically explore the gender spectrum beyond any forms of established understanding.

Topics welcomed for this conference include, but are not restricted to:

  • Genders and their literary representations
  • Feminism and Literature
  • Capitalism, gender and commodification
  • Academia, culture and gender
  • Biopolitics and queer studies
  • Gender and postcolonial culture
  • New Materialism, posthumanism and gender
  • Gender roles and the cyberspace
  • Heteronormativity and politics
  • Masculinism and Gender Studies
  • Gendered Planetarity
  • Genderism and Society
  • Ecogenderism
  • Neurodiversity Studies
  • Neuroqueering
  • Third World Genderism and Decoloniality
  • Cosmopolitics and Gender
  • Necropolitics and Gender
  • Pedagogy and Gender
  • Affect Studies and Gender
  • Sexuality and Performativity
  • Gendering of politics and economics
  • Gender and Religion
  • the uncanny and gender studies
  • Race and Gender
  • Class and Gender
  • Caste and Gender
  • Postgenderism
  • Embodiment and Gender
  • Gender and Space

We will accept abstracts for individual paper presentations as well as panel proposals (three/four participants plus chair/commentator). An individual paper presenter must send an abstract of no more than 300 words (including keywords) with a supporting bio note of 100 words in a separate attachment to [email protected]

For full panels, submit a proposal of no more than 750 words and individual bio notes of the participants (100 words each) to [email protected]

SCHEDULE
Conference Dates26th, 27th, and 28th November, 2022
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts (300 words) and Panel Proposals (750 words)15th October, 2022
Acceptance of Abstracts25th October, 2022
Registration25th – 30th October, 2022
Last date of sending full paper30th December, 2022

Registration Fees:

Single presenter- 1000 INR / 15 Dollars(US) & Joint Presentation- 1800/ 35 Dollars(US)

Panel Presentation(4+1) – 3000 INR / 50 Dollars(US)

(Registration fees include conference presentation, certificate of participation, and publication if selected after peer review)

Conference participation Certificate with hours of participation mentioned- 200 INR / 5 Dollars

Platforms: ZOOM, GOOGLE MEET, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. (Dr.) L. Ayu Saraswati, Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The University of Hawai`i

Resource Persons:

Prof Zinia Mitra, Head of the Department & Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, University of North BengalEnglish, Durham University, UK

Prof. Krishna Menon, Professor, School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi

Anita Ghai, Professor, School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi

Dr. Kavya Krishna K.R, Assistant Professor, Dept of Humanistic Studies, IIT (BHU), Varanasi