Three-day International Conference on Commonwealth Literature

Osmania University Centre for International Programmes


Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies


Call for Papers

Three-day International Conference on Commonwealth Literature

26-28 November 2015 (Thursday-Saturday)

Venue: Osmania University Centre for International Programmes



Theme: Landmarks in Indian and World Literatures:

20th and 21th Centuries

Concept Note

Though a colonial legacy, we cannot avoid reading or writing in English. It is necessary for us to use the English language to assert our identity in all its facets in the highly competitive world today. The growth of Indian writing and Translation Studies can be traced to the setting up of Fort William College, and the efforts made by William Carey and john Gilchrest. Since then, Indian writing in English has made long strides. Today Indian English literature has registered a remarkable growth and many of our writers like Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri have achieved international recognition. As Indian writing in English has come of age, it is time to examine where it stands in terms of other literatures in the world, and what are the reasons of its popularity.

Comparative Approach

We now are the citizens of the world and can no longer afford to neglect the excellence of other literatures in the world. Just as national literature is the reflection of the national history, so is the world literature a by-product of comparative literature. We are glocal—both local and global. While comparing Indian writers/ movements with overseas writers/ movements, we are mainly concerned with relationships, resemblances and differences. Such an approach will give wider dimensions to the realm of contemporary literature.

Call for Papers

  • Globalism and Literature
  • Diversity, Multiculturalism
  • Local, Glocal and Global Identity
  • Hybridity, ambivalence, contingency in Postcolonial literature
  • Feminism
  • Eco-Criticism
  • Nation as an imaginary entity
  • Diaspora literature
  • Minority literature
  • Subaltern Studies
  • Comparative literature
  • Special sessions on Canadian, Irish, African and Australian literatures


  • Renowned Keynote Speakers and Resource Persons
  • Plenary Lectures
  • Panel Discussions
  • Release of the Journal
  • Readings by Creative Writers
  • Book Releases/Book-Exhibition
  • Conference Dinner
  • Cultural Evening: Trip to the City Sites

Creative Writing Session

A number of creative writers will participate in the session. Ms. Roswitha German writer in India, will deliver a special lecture: “How I became a Writer?”


Selected Papers presented at the Conference will be brought out as a volume of essays—an ISBN publication—or as a special issue of the bi-annual journal The Commonwealth Review.

The aim of this International Conference is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing an exciting diversity of countries, cultures and languages to meet and exchange views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue.


The deliberations of the conference will be useful for sharpening the research tools and strategies by the teachers and research scholars. The conference will discuss multiculturalism focusing on the ideological issues of caste, gender, religion, and the social movements affecting the new literatures written in different languages and regions with a view to bringing out the multicultural diversity of the globe. It is hoped that the conference will enlighten the delegates and scholars about the nature of the new literatures, the ideological and cultural deep structures lying behind them, and the way the multiculturalism of the writers has questioned the established beliefs and systems to uphold humanism based on the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

The City of Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the Capital of Telangana, is a historical city—well-known for pearls. It is a seat of learning and has more than seven universities. It is a multicultural city, famous for grandeur and royalty. Places to visit include Char Minar, Salar Jung Museum, Fort and the Lake.

Accommodation and Climate

Weather in November is pleasant. Accommodation will be provided in the OUCIP Guest House on twin-sharing basis.

What to send

A 300-word abstract should be submitted by 30 October 2015 along with the information in this order: a) author b) affiliation c) email address d) title of the abstract. Send the abstract to


Acceptance will be sent by the Convener, Academic Committee, within a week from the receipt of the abstract. Submission of registration fee and travel bookings may follow.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: 30 October 2015

Abstract Acceptance: 5 November 2015

Registration Fee: 10 November 2015

Registration Fee

Rs. 3200 per person. It includes Conference fee, accommodation, Conference kit and hospitality.

Rs. 2000 per person not needing accommodation. It includes Conference fee, Conference kit and hospitality.

Research scholars, not employed, Rs. 1200.

Membership of the Association is pre-requisite to participation.

Spot registration will not be possible.

Kindly note that we are not in a position to assist with the conference travel or subsistence. Participants are requested to approach their institutions for travel grant and conference fee.

Overseas Participants

Registration Fee: US $ 300 per person (Accompanying person US $ 100). It includes Conference fee, single-room decent accommodation (for 4-5 days), Conference kit and hospitality. Experienced overseas scholars will be delivering special lectures or plenary talks.

Kindly note that we are not in a position to assist with the conference travel or subsistence. Participants are requested to approach their institutions for travel grant and conference fee.

Correspondence may be addressed to:

Secretary, ISCS:         

Dr. Suman Bala:            

Dr. R.K. Dhawan          

Professor C.R.V. Rao            Chairman, ISCS

Professor A. Karunaker          Director OUCIP


2 thoughts on “Three-day International Conference on Commonwealth Literature

  1. C. Ravindran Nambiar says:

    Interested in participating.
    Dr. C. Ravindran Nambiar
    Author of Indian Metaphysics in Lawrence Durrell’s Novels


  2. Dr.K.Ramakrishna Naidu says:

    This is to request the seminar organisers to extend the abstract submission date till 9th I have been informed of this belatedly.


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