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The National Seminar on the Theory and Teaching of English was inaugurated by the Honourable governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik. Earlier, the honourable governor who is also Chief Rector of University of Allahabad was welcomed at the newly constructed helipad of the UoA by the Vice Chancellor, Prof N R Farooqi, the Registrar UoA Prof B P Singh and other officials of the district and the university. The venue of the inauguration ceremony was the Senate Hall. The Hon’ble governor inaugurated the seminar by lighting the lamp and garlanding Goddess Saraswati. National Anthem and Saraswati Vandana was sung by students and teachers of the music department under the guidance of Prof Vidyadhar Mishra.

In his welcome address, Prof N. R. Farooqi, Vice Chancellor traced the history of University of Allahabad from 1887 to the present day. He pointed out that the territorial limits of University of Allahabad at that time comprised Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajputana and covered a population of nine crores. In 1957, there were seven thousand enrolled students and in 2015 there are more than twenty five thousands enrolled students. Appreciating the department of English for taking the initiative and organizing a conference on the teaching of English, the Vice Chancellor stated that conferences were the life line of the university.

 

The key note address was delivered by Shri Vikas Swarup, IFS and author of the renowned novel Q and A. A senior diplomat of the 1986 batch, Shri Vikas Swarup stated that he was proud to be an alumnus of the University of Allahabad. Quoting Disraeli, he said the university is devoted to life, liberty and learning. Shri Swarup said that English now and Indian language and we use English our own Indian idiom. He talked about the writing of his famous novel Q and A which has been translated into forty four languages around the world and made into Oscar Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire. He said that the novel is set in newly globalising India. Written in 2003 over a period of two months, the novel is about a boy from Dharavi Ram Mohammad Thomas who wins a quiz show and is subsequently arrested for fraud.

Shri Vikas Swarup mentioned the importance of three C’s for any creative writer: Curiosity, Confidence and Computer. He proclaimed that so long as civilization lasts we will continue to tell stories and novel as a literary form will always continue.

 

 

In his speech the Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh emphasised that English is no substitute for Hindi. The mother tongue is the best language for learning, however, we live in a global age and English is necessary because it is an international language. India has always embraced English – Gandhi Ji himself used Gujarati and Hindi as well as English. His magazine Harijan was published in the English language. How to teach English properly is a challenge that must be met in this age of science and technology.

The vote of thanks was given by the Head, Department of English, Prof Deepika Srivastava. She thanked the Governor for finding time to come to Allahabad on his maiden visit to the University of Allahabad as its Chief Rector and the district administration for its cooperation. Prof R K Singh, Professor In-charge Academic Programmes conducted the proceeding of the inaugural session. The programme ended with the singing of the national anthem.


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To conceptualize our understanding of reality is to theorize and powerful thinkers have understood the reality in diverse ways, colored our perceptions of all that we encounter, including whatever we come across in literature and language. One could enumerate a long list of those who have been comfortably categorized as theoreticians or of that which goes under the rubric of theory. Such perceptions are subversive because they frustrate independent thinking provide as they do ready-made frame-works for one to exercise the imagination, often in search of social change or making our existence more meaningful and better. English today is no longer perceived by many people as a burden of our colonial past but as a tool to take on the challenges of a fast globalizing world and the literature produced in it is as much a reflection of our larger concerns as it is of our contaminated socio-political milieu which generates a problematic of its own. Our mixed, multi-cultural existence demands that while we look into our pre-colonial past for theoretical support, we need not hesitate in looking across the boundaries of this nation towards theoreticians from elsewhere in the world—especially if they serve our interests. English language and the literature produced in it despite all postcolonial caution and self-consciousness remain treacherous terrain, cut like a double edged sword in contradictory directions. After all the language of the freedom movement was also the language of domination and redemption has come from the aporiatic space which we must discover for ourselves in theory, literature and the English language. The twentieth century witnessed an explosion of theory and it resulted in vibrant constructions of realities and rival truths, each as potent as the other, and full of political import. It is against such a background that we have been teaching English language and literature written in it with diverse agendas for national renewal and refashioning our fissured society. There have been strong dissentions among teachers of English about what should be taught and how, largely due to their theoretical and ideological preferences, each as sincere and earnest as the other. The diversity of the opinions should make the debate more intense and help us in charting our course ahead with greater confidence and focus as well as help in defining the challenges that lie before us. Divisions within postcolonialism concerning modes of intellectual resistance have always been there and in our space we hope to confront metropolitan theorizing and thinking which often overwhelm some of us with its brilliance which at the core may be suspicious and demand contestation and confrontation. What better place can there be than the lecture halls or the class-rooms for such activities? Such non-heroic forms of resistance pave the way for silent revolutions, encourage soul-searching and inner stirrings among the youth.

All those who propose to make presentations at the seminar are welcome to employ theories, theorists, and ideologies of their choice in attacking the problematic and in finding solutions.

Registration Fee:

Participants are expected to register themselves and pay the registration fees in advance as per the following details, by sending a crossed demand draft drawn on the State Bank of India ,Allahabad University, Allahabad, Branch code 1621, IFSC Code SBIN0001621 in favour of “ Head, Department of English & Modern European Languages, University of Allahabad”, which will take care of their lodging and board during the Seminar.

  • Outstation Participants: Rs.2000/-
  • Local participants: 1200/-
  • Local Research scholars: Rs 1000/-

The registration fee from the outstation participants will take care of lodging and board from the morning of the 20th to the evening of the 21th January 2015. The registration fee is not refundable. The seminar will begin at about 10 am on the 20th and will conclude with evening tea on 21st January 2015.

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Deadline for Papers

All participants are requested to send abstracts (in about 300 words in a Microsoft Word file) by January 10, 2015.

Contact:

Prof. Deepika Srivastava

Head. Dept. of English & Modern European Languages, University of Allahabad: 9451387666(M)

Prof. Sanjoy Saksena

Convener: 0532-2421262, 9109210354

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

University of Allahabad: Established in 1887, it is the fourth oldest university, and the first to be established outside a presidency town. (http://www.allduniv.ac.in)

Department of English & Modern European Languages: The department was set up in 1922, and has had a glorious history of teaching, creative writing and scholarship. At present there are 23 faculty members including one each for Russian and German.

Weather in January: For Allahabad, January is the month of severe cold (mercury may dip to 2-3 degree Celsius), and dense fog. The flights, due to fog, are usually diverted to Lucknow and Varanasi. The Airlines generally provide shared vehicles from there to Allahabad. One should plan one’s journey keeping all these in mind.

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Deepika Srivastava ( Head )

Chairperson

Prof. R K Singh

Member

Prof. Irene B S Das

Member

Prof. Neelum Saran Gaur

Member

Dr. Sarvajeet Mukerji

Member

Mr. Raju Parghi

Member

Prof. Sanjoy Saksena

Convener

 

Contact Phones:

Prof. Deepika Srivastava

Head. Dept. of English & Modern European Languages, University of Allahabad: 9451387666(M)

Prof. Sanjoy Saksena

Convener: 0532-2421262, 9109210354

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.allduniv.ac.in

Abstracts may be sent to Dr. Gunjan Sushil: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Position "user4"

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Position "content-bottom"

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Position "content-bottom"

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Position "user5"

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Position "user6"

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Position "user7"

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