International Conference on Indian Diaspora by the Dept. of English

Two-Day International Conference on INDIAN DIASPORA IN TEXTS AND CONTEXTS

Organized by
The Department of English, Manbhum Mahavidyalaya
in collaboration with IQAC, MMV

Concept Note

James Procter (2007) defines ‘diaspora’ as both a geographical phenomenon and a theoretical concept that stands for the physical movement of people from one country to another across borders and for a particular way of understanding world order and cultural representations. The concept of the diaspora itself has travelled a long distance over time. It has slowly emerged as an umbrella term to include different kinds of dispersions.
The Indian diaspora too is widespread and defies any form of homogenization. Historically, it is broadly divided into two phases: colonial and post-colonial and is spread all over the world across religious, state, linguistic and political boundaries. Indian diasporic authors such as V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, Bharati Mukherjee, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anita Desai, M.G. Vassanji, Kiran Desai et al have also got phenomenal global recognition. Some of them have even bagged internationally acknowledged awards. Indian contribution to Diaspora studies, however, is not limited only to the works of authors of Indian origin. Some theoreticians such as Vijay Mishra, Bed Prasad Giri, and Sudesh Mishra have made significant contribution to the development in the field and are now considered as no less important than critics like William Safran and Khachig Tölölyan.
This conference will examine the historical, geographic, cultural, and political determinants of Indian diaspora and their negotiations with Indian diasporic art, literature and cinematography. In so doing, the conference will also seek an engagement with concepts and realities such as multiculturalism, interculturalism, internal diaspora, postcolonialism, religious divides, racial and ethnic formations and globalization.

Date, Time
9-10 November 2022
10 AM – 5 PM (IST) each day

Blended, i.e., Both in Offline & Online Mode
Offline: Campus of Manbhum Mahavidyalaya
Online: Google Meet

Brochure (This includes Call for Papers)

15.10.22 >> The abstract submission last date has been extended to 25 October 2022 Tuesday, 11:59 PM (IST). This is only for paper presenters residing in India.
18.10.22 >> Overseas Scholars can now present their papers in the Conference. Links for submission of abstracts and papers from abroad, and applicable payment methods will be provided soon on this page. Additional dates for submission from abroad will be provided.
22.10.22 >> Overseas Scholars can now present their papers in the Conference. Please use the Overseas Paper Presenter: Abstract Submission Form below. Whether the paper is selected or not will be informed by 2 November 2022 Wednesday night (IST) through mail. Once selected, the overseas paper presenters have to submit their full paper and payment info on or before 5 November 2022 Saturday, 11:59 PM (IST) via a separate form. Please pay only after you are informed that your paper has been selected.
25.10.22 >> (1) The last date of submission of abstract by the domestic paper presenters has been extended to 30 October 2022 Sunday, 11:59 PM (IST). (2) Change in policy of registration by the Paper Presenters: At the time of registration, the paper presenters, whether domestic or overseas, do not need to submit the full paper compulsorily. But it is expected that they would mail the paper in PDF and MS-Word format to before presentation of their papers, if the paper is selected. (3) A group of scholars who submitted abstract through the proper Google Form have already been sent mails informing them whether their papers were selected or not. They can now proceed for registration by paying the required fee and filling out the Google Form as prescribed below. The remaining scholars submitting abstract within 30 October will be mailed by 2 November 2022 night (IST) informing them the same. These remaining scholars will be able to register till 5 November 2022 Saturday, 11:59 PM (IST), if selected. (4) The last date for registration by the General Attendees has been extended to 5 November 2022 Saturday, 11:59 PM (IST). Please note once again that General Attendees have to be present offline at the campus, they cannot attend the conference online.

Links to Forms

General Attendee: Registration Form

– Receiving Responses (Till 5 November 2022 Saturday, 11:59 PM, IST)

Paper Presenter: Abstract Submission Form

– Receiving Responses (Till 30 October 2022 Sunday, 11:59 PM, IST)

Paper Presenter: Registration Form

– Receiving Responses (Till 5 November 2022 Saturday, 11:59 PM, IST)


Overseas Paper Presenter: Abstract Submission Form

– Receiving responses (Till 3 November 2022 Thursday, 11:59 PM, IST)

Overseas Paper Presenter: Registration Form

– Receive Responses: 4 November 2022 Friday, 00:01 AM – 6 November 2022 Sunday, 11:59 PM, IST


Payment Methods
Methods: IMPS/NEFT through Netbanking or Bank Transfer through Payment Apps (Payment Apps: GPay, PhonePe, Paytm etc.)
Bank Name: State Bank of India
Branch Name: Manbazar
Account Type: Current Account
Account No.: 34952751576
SWIFT Code: SBININBB337 (SWIFT Code is required only for online transfers from overseas Paper Presenters for registration)
IFSC: SBIN0002085 (All 0s are zeroes, not M-N-Os)
* Please take note of the UTR No. (Transaction ID) and take a PDF-print or screenshot or photo of the receipt generated by your payment site/app. You will need these things while filling up the registration form.

General Attendees: INR 300/-
Paper Presenters –
Residing in India: INR 800/-
Overseas: USD 30/-

Dr. Partha Sarathi Mandal, Convenor
+91 93820 98021
+91 98307 35236
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