AHRC Network – Dalit Literatures

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Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literatures

The quality of literature created by one of the most oppressed and silenced communities in India is to be researched and brought to new audiences for the very first time by a team working under Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Postcolonial Studies, in partnership with the research centre EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France.

Dalits, formerly referred to as Untouchables, are at the bottom of India’s caste system and form roughly 20% of the country’s population. Writing by the Dalit community has up until now been almost exclusively explored from a sociological and historical perspective, and has rarely been analysed for its literary quality.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the research will be led by Dr Nicole Thiara, lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Arts and Humanities, and Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak, lecturer in English at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France, within the research centre EMMA.

Dalit literature and its representation and assertion of marginalised cultures is the most significant development in Indian literature in the last three decades. It is often highly innovative in its form, narrative perspective and use of language but so far only the work of a few Dalit authors has been translated into English and other European languages.

It has not yet received the international recognition it deserves because there has been very little research which allows non-experts to engage with these unique texts.

The project aims to create a research network which puts Dalit literary texts into context and makes them accessible to a wider audience, while also analysing them as literary artefacts, drawing on the methods of literary criticism and postcolonial and feminist theory.

As part of its Research Network series ‘Translating Cultures’, the AHRC will fund a series of conferences, workshops and other events that are exclusively dedicated to the analysis of this previously almost ‘invisible’ literature outside of India.

Establishing an international dialogue between key researchers in the areas of Dalit literature, the project will foster a close collaboration between UK and European academics working in the field of literary and cultural studies and Indian scholars researching in this field, as well as cultivating contacts with authors, translators and publishers of Dalit literature.

The Advisory Board consists of Laura Brueck (Northwestern University, Chicago), Toral Jatin Gajarawala (New York State University), Aniket Jaaware (Pune University), Sharan Kumar Limbale, Sanal Mohan (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam); Pramod Nayar (University of Hyderabad), Anupama Rao (Columbia University, New York), K. Satyanarayana (EFL-U, Hyderabad) and John Zavos (University of Manchester).

A blog, volumes of edited essays, special editions of academic journals and articles in peer-reviewed journals will also allow non-experts in South Asian Studies, researchers in literary studies, students and the public to engage with this work.

http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/news/159472-15/Unique_study_to_bring_Indias_Dalit_literature_to_new_audiences.aspx

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/In-the-forefront/articleshow/38348916.cms

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-times/deep-focus/Dalit-literature-goes-global/articleshow/46810541.cms

http://epaper.tribuneindia.com/c/7828162

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Cast(e)ing Gender in Dalit Literature
An international conference at Savitribai Phule Pune University

14-15 December 2015

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This conference is the 5th event organised within the AHRC-funded Research Network Series ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’. The network promotes a multi-disciplinary dialogue on Dalit literature by hosting a series of workshops and conferences on the production, translation, dissemination and analysis of Dalit literature and by bringing together scholars in the field of literary and cultural studies, translation studies, postcolonial studies, South Asian literatures, history and cultures.

This conference will be hosted by the English Department at Savitribai Phule Pune University, and follows on the first events of the series held in Nottingham and Leicester (June 2014); Montpellier (October 2014); and the forthcoming conference at the University of East Anglia (June 2015). The focus of this, the fifth conference in the series, is with the representation of gender in Dalit literature. How is (Dalit) masculinity and femininity reconfigured in Dalit novels, autobiographies, poems, short stories and films? How do Dalit literary texts reflect, challenge, or otherwise transform the production of gendered identities of Dalit subjects and citizens in historical and political discourse? Has Dalit literature taken up the specific challenges posed by Dalit feminist activism, or otherwise challenged the impasse of hegemonic feminism with regard to the question of representation? To what extent do these texts take up the questions of aesthetics, politics and representation and how do they challenge certainties?

The conference will follow a workshop format that will include discussions with writers, scholars and keynote speakers; there will also be a few spaces reserved for papers on a few traditional panel sessions but the selection process will be competitive.

Please send abstracts of paper proposals of up to 300 words to Dr Nicole Thiara (nicole.thiara@ntu.ac.uk) and Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak (judith.misrahi-barak@univ-montp3.fr) by 15 July 2015. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 August 2015.

AHRC-funded Research Network Series, 2014-16:
http://pays-anglophones.upv.univ-montp3.fr/?page_id=996
Principal Investigator Dr Nicole Thiara, Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK; nicole.thiara@ntu.ac.uk
Co-Investigator Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak, EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France; judith.misrahi-barak@univ-montp3.fr

CFP SP Pune University 14-15 December 2015

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Publishing and Disseminating Dalit Literature
Delhi University

17-19 December 2015
CALL FOR PAPERS

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This conference is the 6th and last event organised within the AHRC-funded Research Network Series ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’. The network promotes a multi-disciplinary dialogue on Dalit literature by hosting a series of workshops and conferences on the production, translation, dissemination and analysis of Dalit literature and by bringing together scholars in the field of literary and cultural studies, translation studies, postcolonial studies, South Asian literatures, history and cultures.

This conference will be hosted by the English Department and the Centre for Dalit Studies at Delhi University, and follows on the first events of the series held in Nottingham and Leicester (June 2014), Montpellier (October 2014), the University of East Anglia (June 2015) and a workshop in Pune (December 2015). The focus is, this time, on the publishing, promotion and distribution of Dalit literature. We invite papers on the politics of publishing Dalit literature in Indian and European languages. We are also interested in exploring how Dalit literature is disseminated to various audiences or how it is not disseminated. What are the obstacles? What kind of research is conducted on the market(ing) of Dalit writing by publishers or academia? Who are the readers anticipated by publishers and how does this influence which texts are being published and translated?

The conference will follow a workshop format that will include discussions with writers, publishers and keynote speakers; there will also be a few spaces reserved for papers on a few traditional panel sessions but the selection process will be competitive.

Please send abstracts of paper proposals of up to 300 words to Dr Nicole Thiara (nicole.thiara@ntu.ac.uk) and Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak (judith.misrahi-barak@univ-montp3.fr) by 15 July 2015. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 August 2015.

AHRC-funded Research Network Series, 2014-16:
http://pays-anglophones.upv.univ-montp3.fr/?page_id=996
Principal Investigator Dr Nicole Thiara, Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK; nicole.thiara@ntu.ac.uk
Co-Investigator Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak, EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France; judith.misrahi-barak@univ-montp3.fr

CFP Delhi University 17-19 December 2015

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Dalit Literature In / And Translation.

An international conference at the British Centre for Literary Translation
University of East Anglia

29 & 30 June 2015

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CALL FOR PAPERS

This conference is the fourth event hosted by the AHRC-funded Research Network ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’, which promotes a multi-disciplinary dialogue on Indian literature produced by Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables) by hosting a series of workshops and conferences on the production, translation, dissemination and analysis of Dalit literature. This network seeks to bring together scholars in the field of literary and cultural studies, translation studies, postcolonial studies, South Asian literatures, history and cultures to discuss this fascinating corpus of literary texts. Dalit literature is the most significant development in Indian literature in the last three decades, but it has received surprisingly little attention from academics outside India. We invite scholars to attend who are not necessarily experts on Dalit literature, in order to encourage a wide-ranging discussion on the translation of Dalit texts.

After the first events of the series in Nottingham and Leicester (June 2014) and Montpellier (October 2014), the theme of this two-day conference at UEA will be the analysis of the concepts of literary and cultural translation in relation to Dalit literature. We invite papers that explore the specific challenges that are involved in the translation of Dalit literature from one vernacular language to another, or from one vernacular language to a European language. What are the differences between translating Dalit literature into an Indian vernacular language and a European language? We are also interested in exploring the ways in which different readerships are inscribed in Dalit texts and how translation responds to, or reacts against, this inscription. To what extent are the translated texts re-encoded for a different audience, pan-Indian, non-Dalit or global? The politics of which texts are selected for translation, or not selected, will also be examined, as will the publishing, marketing and reception of Dalit literature translations. Participants will be encouraged to analyse the ways Dalit literature performs a translation of subaltern and often oral art forms, and to explore how this form of cultural translation translates, or does not translate, into different languages. Ultimately, which features of Dalit literature resist translation? What is left out and irredeemably lost? These questions will be asked about literary texts and their translations but also about films, videos and other documentaries. The many ways caste and Dalitness travel, or do not travel, from one language to another, through subtitles and their translations, will also be considered.

Please send abstracts of paper proposals of up to 300 words and a 150-word bio to Dr Nicole Thiara (nicole.thiara@ntu.ac.uk) and Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak (judith.misrahi-barak@univ-montp3.fr) by 30 November 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 January 2015. Please note that the conference organisers cannot offer financial assistance of any kind to the speakers.

AHRC-funded Research Network Series, 2014-16:
http://pays-anglophones.upv.univ-montp3.fr/?page_id=996
Principal Investigator Dr Nicole Thiara, Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK; nicole.thiara@ntu.ac.uk
Co-Investigator Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak, EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France; judith.misrahi-barak@univ-montp3.fr

CFP UEA Conference 2015

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Crossing the Boundaries of Genre and Challenging Form in Dalit Literature

An International Symposium at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier
October 17-18, 2014

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This conference is the third event of an AHRC funded Research Network series, ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’, which will enable a multi-disciplinary dialogue on Indian literature produced by Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables) by hosting a series of workshops and conferences on the production, translation, dissemination and analysis of Dalit literature. This network seeks to bring together scholars in the field of literary and cultural studies, postcolonial studies, South Asian literatures, history and cultures and translation studies to discuss this fascinating corpus of literary texts. Dalit literature is the most significant development in Indian literature in the last three decades, but it has received surprisingly little attention from academics outside India. We invite scholars to attend who are not necessarily experts on Dalit literature in order to encourage a wide-ranging discussion on the literary and aesthetic features of Dalit texts.

After the first events of the series in Nottingham and Leicester (June 2014), the theme of this two-day symposium in Montpellier will be the analysis of the innovative and experimental features of Dalit literature. Aspects that could be analysed are the revisiting of features of the novel through other genres, the use of multiple narrators and non-linear, complex narrative structures. Dalit literature can be seen as embracing autobiography. However, the novel, the biography, the testimonio, the short story, poetry and drama should also be emphasised. We aim to examine how genres merge or clash with each other and to what effect and purpose. How do these interactions translate from the vernacular Indian languages into European languages, or to what extent do they not translate?

Speakers will also explore the ways in which literature draws on other artistic modes of expression such as performance or visual arts. Are Dalit literatures transgressing conventional genre boundaries, or are they evoking marginalised Dalit cultural forms of expression and tradition? How closely do the visual, the literary and the political dimensions intertwine and combine? What narrative is being built through these interconnections between the visual and the literary? Performance and visual arts may help us to unravel the issues linked to representation and eschew a vision that would be based on a desire for so-called authentic representations of Dalit experience. Close textual analysis will be encouraged to grapple with the many ways any narrative resorts to a mediated representation of experience and suffering. We aim to circulate short excerpts of texts in pdf form in advance.

Please send abstracts of paper proposals of up to 300 words to Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak (judith.misrahi-barak@univ-monp3.fr) and Dr Nicole Thiara (nicole.thiara@ntu.ac.uk) by August 15, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given by Septembre 15, 2014.

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Contemporary Approaches to the Analysis of Dalit Literatures

An International Conference at Nottingham Trent University
June 23-25, 2014

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A Symposium on Dalit Literatures

An International event at the University of Leicester, Centre for New Writing
June 25, 2014

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AHRC funded Research Network Series, 2014-16:
Principal Investigator Dr Nicole Thiara, Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK; nicole.thiara@ntu.ac.uk
Co-Investigator Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak, EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France; judith.misrahi-barak@univ-montp3.fr

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