Tuesday, January 31, 2023

St. Joseph University hosts International Conference

DIMAPUR: Three-day International Conference on “National Literatures and Transnational Textuality” was hosted by department of English, St. Joseph University, from April 6 to 8.
The conference was organized by Prof. Selvin Vedamanickam as the organizing secretary and chief editor.
53 research papers from various states were presented at the conference.
The research papers critically and creatively explored the trans-national dimension of language, literature, theoretical and cultural studies.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. D. Ganandurai delivered the presidential address and launched the first copy of the Abstract Book.
On the opening day, four speakers from three countries delivered special lectures.
Prof. Kalpana Purohit PhD, Professor & Head, J. N. Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India delivered the first speech on the Topic “A traverse into diaspora through the lens of socio-cultural constructs”. Mutiu Olawuyi CEO of World Inkers Printing and Publishing, Senegal and the United States, delivered the second lecture on the topic “Jet age and the Neo-Colonial Nigerian literature: Textual Analysis Of Critical Trending Issues.”
On the second day, Prof. Noel Joseph Irudayaraj PhD, Head – Department of English (retd), Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India delivered a speech on the topic “Comparative Literature / World Literature / Trans-national Literature.”
It was followed by a lecture on “Beyond formalism: Poetry, Poetics and Literary Theory” by Prof. Christopher Norris PhD, British philosopher and Literary Critic, Emeritus Professor – Cardiff University, UK.
On the concluding day, Prof. Christopher Norris did a critical-recital of his yet to be published poetry book “Damaged Life: poems after Adorno’s Minima Moralia”.
The final summation lecture was delivered by Prof. Selvin Vedmanickam and valedictory address was delivered by dean-admin, Rev. Sr. Dr. I. Arockia Mary.
Earlier, the conference opened with a welcome address by Dr. Thokchom Sunanda Devi, HoD of English.

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