27 Mar 2017: National Seminar on “Migration and Diaspora: Theory, Cultures and Literatures”

A two-day national seminar on “Migration and Diaspora: Theory, Cultures and Literatures” was held at Bharati College, University of Delhi, organized by the Department of English, Bharati College and Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) in collaboration with the Department of English, University of Delhi, supported by ICSSR, on March 24-25, 2017. Dr. Mukti Sanyal, Acting Principal, Bharati College and Dr. Nandini C. Sen, Seminar Convener welcomed eminent scholars and researchers to the seminar, which had as the Guest of Honour, Noted environmentalist and Padma Shree Awardee Professor Anil P Joshi and Chief guest Professor Niranjan Kumar. The first of the many forthcoming volumes of the papers presented at the conference was released in the inaugural session, published by Authors Press.

The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Christel Rashmi Devadawson while the three plenary addresses spread over various sessions were delivered by Prof. GJV Prasad (Centre for English Studies, JNU), Prof. Harish C. Narang (Retd. Centre for English Studies, JNU) and Dr. Baidik Bhattacharya (Department of English, University of Delhi), setting the tone of the seminar. More than fifty scholarly research papers were presented over ten parallel sessions spread across two days, by academics and researchers from the length and breadth of the country. The deliberations on the issue of migration and diaspora(s), with immense global and local significance veered around various aspects of the theme, while also taking into account geographical, psychological, historical and sociological perspectives presented by experts of the respective areas. The valedictory address was delivered by eminent academic, Prof. Brij Maharaj, from Kwa Zulu Natal University, Durban South Africa. The enriching two-day program was concluded with a thrilling performance of Mahashweta Devi’s “Rudali” by students of Chilman, the Dramatics Society of Bharati College.

Report by: Kalyanee Rajan, Asst. Professor, SBSEC, University of Delhi

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