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Raw Con a hub for exchange of ideas

Raw Con a hub for exchange of ideas
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Raw Con a hub for exchange of ideas, The conference will come to a close with the book release and Prof. Swapna Banerjee Guha’s (TISS Mumbai) talk on...

The fourth edition of Raw Con-2014, organised by Centre for Comparative Studies, UoH will open today

With the theme ‘Literature and Culture; Expanding Horizons: New Paradigms of Knowledge Production’, the fourth edition of Researchers at Work Conference (Raw Con 2014) organised by the Centre for Comparative Literature, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, looks to disseminate knowledge and offer different perspectives.

The three-day conference, which opens today will try to address the issue of ‘knowledge production’ in a changing world of ‘New Media’ and will also explore how the production, dissemination and reception of culture and literature negotiate this social, political and digital sea-change. Around 60 researchers from prominent institutions across India will present their innovative papers followed by stimulating and scholarly discussion.

Jawhar Sircar, CEO, PrasarBharati and former secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India will inaugurate the seminar. Prof. Tutun Mukherjee, head of the centre of comparative literature; Prof. E Haribabu, pro-vice chancellor of the university; Prof. Amitabha Dasgupta, dean, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad will also be present.

The key note address will be given by Prof. Gauri Viswanathan, (Columbia University, USA), a distinguished scholar in post-colonial studies, on the topic ‘Heterodoxy and Textuality’. This will be followed by Kingshuk Nag’s (Resident editor, The Times of India, Hyderabad) speech on “The Making of The Second Republic”, Prof. Zoya Hasan’s (JNU, New Delhi) talk on “Democracy and the Crisis of Inequality in India” and Dr Abdul Halim’s (National Translation Mission, Mysore) lecture on “The Politics of Determinacy in Translation Studies” scheduled as plenary session during all three days of the conference.

Paper sessions running parallel in different halls of the School of Humanities will be followed by performance of Hindi play, ‘Ismat Ek Aurat’ by Vinay Varma’s Sutradhar Theatre Group, at DST Auditorium. Films and documentaries by university students will also be an interesting part of the seminar. A Google Search Quality Team has also organized a short workshop on “Learning & Research with Google” in the beginning of the seminar. Amita Desai’s (Director, Goethe Zentrum) discussion on “German Fellowships and Opportunities” will also be an added advantage for participants.

The conference will come to a close with the book release and Prof. Swapna Banerjee Guha’s (TISS Mumbai) talk on “Globalising Media and Culture: Emerging Issues”. Like previous Raw Con seminar, this edition is going to be the hub for researchers and academics to share ideas and opinions and will create a network of scholars.

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