Thursday, January 30, 2014

Two-Day National Seminar on Feminist Transitions

Organized by

 School Of Languages & Literature
 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
24-25 March 2014

Conference Venue:  Lecture Hall C,D

School of Languages & Literature
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
 Kakryal, Katra.
Jammu and Kashmir - 182320

Dear all

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the School of Languages & Literature, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University is going to organize a two-day national seminar on Feminist Transitions from 24 to 25 March 2014.

Theme and Objectives

Recent years have seen an unprecedented broadening of feminist issues and
practices. Feminist perspecti
ves have moved across and beyond a number of
established boundaries including geographical, national, economic,
ethnic, political, theoretical, cultural, popular, sexual and gender to
expand the scope of the movement. Now more than ever, there is a need for
an inclusive feminism that sees diversity as strength and engages
productively with the complexities and contradictions of the twenty-first
century. According to Rosalind Gill (2007), “postfeminism is best thought of as a sensibility that characterizes increasing numbers of films, television shows, adverts and other media products” and this sensibility is, “made up of a number of interrelated themes,” which raises issues about how far femininity is perceived as a bodily property ? Is there a shift from objectification to subjectification? 

-To what extent emphasis upon self surveillance, monitoring and self-discipline, and a focus on individualism, choice and empowerment been achieved.
This seminar will engage with feminist perspectives on a wide range of social, cultural, theoretical and global transitions that have affected
and/or modified feminisms identity, representation, activism and politics in the twenty first century.
Besides this the seminar hopes to address the following thematic concerns:
  • -to debate the state of twenty-first-century feminisms
  • to bring feminist and gender-sensitive scholarship into conversation with geographical and social science research on the new times and spaces of contemporary life.
  • to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue on the issues facing womens access to work and education across the globe.

Call for Papers and Guidelines

Aspiring participants are requested to send their abstracts latest by 1st  March 2014.
Papers should be in MS Word format, Times New Roman, font size 12 with 1.5 space.
Abstracts would be subject to review by a technical committee. Abstracts sent after the
deadline will not be accepted. The word limit for the abstract is 250 and for full paper 2000 words. The time limit for the presentation will be 20 minutes followed by discussion. In addition to these, the following guidelines should be kept in mind:
· Select the theme that best characterizes your research paper. Theme selections will be
used to begin the process of organizing presentations into sessions.
· Proposals related to subthemes other than the ones identified here, could also be
· Papers should be written as continuous expository narratives, not as lists of points or
as Power-Point presentations.
· Authors must ensure the accuracy of citations and quotations.
· Papers submitted for publication must be written according to the latest MLA Style
and must be thoroughly checked and proofread before the submission.

Biographical Information should include the name of the organization or institution in which
you work as also the position or title you hold within the organization/institution and a short
statement of your interests.

Registration Fee

Registration Fee        (Local) : Rs. 1500
Registration Fee (Outstation) : Rs. 4000

(Outstation registration fee includes stay in university guest house from 23 March to 25 March, 2014 plus meals)

Mode of Payment

The payment towards registration and accommodation may be sent through the demand draft of any Nationalized Bank drawn in favor of the Registrar, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, payable at Jammu, J&K or via electronic transfer to account number 0477040100000023 in Jammu and Kashmir Bank {IFSC:JAKA0SMVDUN}.

Deadline for Registration fee:  10 March, 2014

Cheques/ credit cards will not be accepted

Important Instructions

· Boarding will be provided only for registered outstation delegates on prior intimation
latest by 10th March.
· Breakfast and dinner will be served in the guesthouse where the participants will be
lodged and working lunch and tea between sessions will be provided by the organisers
at the conference venue.
· Weather in mid-March will be pleasant and warm.

Correspondence: All correspondence relating to the seminar should be addressed to:

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