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Two-day International E-Conference on ‘Emerging Trends in English Literature & Language’  Inaugurated

Two-day International E-Conference on ‘Emerging Trends in English Literature & Language’  Inaugurated
- Explore the rich treasure of Literature from around the world : Dr. Urmila Dabir

News Katta/ 5 Oct, Bhandara: The two-day international E -conference  on ‘Emerging Trends in English Literature & Language’  organised jointly by the Departments of English of Hislop College, Nagpur, J. M. Patel Arts, Commerce & Science College, Bhandara & Smt. Binzani Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur was inaugurated at the hands of Dr. Urmila Dabir, Chairperson, Board of Studies in English, R.T.M. Nagpur University, Nagpur.  Inaugurating the e-conference, Dr. Dabir highlighted the relevance of the Conference in the background of the pandemic. She called upon the faculty members, research scholars and students to explore the rich treasure of Literature from different parts of the world,  especially the Asian countries.

Earlier the Principals of the collaborating institutions extended their greetings to the Conference. Principal of Hislop College, Dr. Prashant Shelke congratulated the English Departments of the organising institutions for providing a platform to the participants to know and appreciate the multiple voices  from different regions of the world.  Principal of J. M. Patel College Dr. Vikas Dhomne  drew the attention of academia to the changes the pandemic had brought about in the way we think, live and conduct ourselves. The world may be divided by politics and geography but the pandemic has unified humanity to fight the challenges of existence we face, Dr. Dhomne added.  Principal of Binzani Mahila Mahavidyalaya Smt. Deepashri Patil said that Language and Literature are two sides of the same coin. Literature being a reflection of society, showcases the aspirations and struggles of the people of the contemporary society .  In her key note address Dr. S Chitra, Head, P.G. Department of  English, Yonphula Centenary College, Royal University of Bhutan, brought alive the history and culture of Bhutan.  She dealt exhaustively with how the Bhutanese celebrate their rituals, practices, spirituality, different aspects of their culture, popular beliefs and world views in their literature.  

In the First Plenary Session Dr. Laxman Gnawali, Professor & Head, Department of Language Education, Kathmandu University, Nepal,  in his scholarly talk described how writers around the world have given various accounts of the contagions.  He also spoke about how people shared their experiences on the social media during the pandemic. Through examples from literature he elaborated how writers around the world have written about the pandemic at different points of time. The session was chaired by Dr. Sunil Kumar Navin, Principal, Nabira Mahavidyalaya, Katol.

In the Second Plenary Session, Dr. Kamla Naiker, Head, Department of Language, Literature & Communication, School of Humanities and Arts, University of Fiji,  spoke at length about the postcolonial aspects in the works of V. S. Naipual. According to Naiker, V.S. Naipaul’s writings are important because he has given form and language to the experience of the Indian Diaspora in Trinidad and the neighbouring islands. She also talked about how the pandemic has affected the reading culture around the world. Underlining the value of reading, she pointed out that it is only through reading that we get to know more about ourselves, the people around us and the people  who came before us. The session was chaired by Dr. Priya Wanjari, Principal, Santaji Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur. 

Dr. Malati Panga conducted the proceedings. Dr. Supantha Bhattacharya, Dr. Lovely Menachery & Dr. Umesh Bansod introduced the Resource persons and the Chairpersons. Dr. Karthik Panicker presented the introductory remarks and concept note. Dr. Suchita Marathe proposed a vote of thanks.  Dr. Veena Joseph, Dr. Prantik Banerjee, Dr. Rajshri Gajghate, Dr. Archana Gupta, Dr. Pooja Swamy, Ajay Deokate, Bhojraj Shrirame, Abhirami George and Shrin Badar worked hard for the success of the programme.

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