News & Events
on Cosmopolitanism in Literature held at USTM
Sectarian Identity Assertion Challenge to
Literature: Prof. Bhaduri
9th Mile, Khanapara, Ri Bhoi, 20 April 2018: “We must
talk about cosmopolitanism as we are living in an extremely
difficult time when sectarian identity assertion and
fundamentalism of different form, including Nationalism, are
raising their ugly heads and challenging the very foundation of
humanity.” This was stated by Prof. Saugata Bhaduri, Centre for
English Studies, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal
Nehru University while addressing the inaugural session of a
two-day national seminar on “Challenges of Cosmopolitanism in
English Literature” here today. The seminar has been organized
by the Department of English, University of Science &
Technology, Meghalaya (USTM).
In his Keynote address, Prof. Saugata Bhaduri referred to
Immanuel Kant’s essay “Perpetual Peace” and said that with
increasing trade and commercial relationships among Nation
States, soon war will become a thing of the past because the
need for economic growth will require nations to be hospitable
to each other, leading to a certain type of mutual tolerance and
cosmopolitanism. He also referred to the French philosopher
Jacques Derrida telling that cosmopolitanism has to emerge from
cities. Deliberating on cosmopolitanism, nationalism and world
literature, Prof. Bhaduri said that the purpose of literature
should go beyond sectarian identity and that indigenous
literature that are on the verge of vanish, can also form part
of world literature.
Speaking on the inaugural session of the Seminar, Mahbubul Hoque,
Chancellor, USTM said that literature has a great role to play
in the society. The North East of India is a mosaic of varied
tribes, ethnicity, languages and dialects where the cosmopolitan
approach in literature finds validity.
Addressing the Seminar, Dr Alaka Sarma, Pro Vice Chancellor,
USTM spoke on cosmopolitan culture existing in USTM and
explained how cosmopolitanism gets reflected in literature.
Earlier, the welcome address was presented by Dr. Pronami
Bhattacharyya, Assistant Prof., Dept. of English, USTM.
Different Sessions of the National Seminar was chaired by Prof.
Mala Renganathan, English Department, NEHU; Prof. Ipsita Chanda,
Dept. of Comparative Literature, EFLU, Hyderabad and Prof.
Anjali Daimari, Department of English, Gauhati University.
Research papers have been presented in the Seminar from
different universities and colleges including Tezpur University,
Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University,Cotton University,
Assam University, Silchar, KK Handiqui State Open University,
Nowgong Girls’ College, Handique Girls’ College, Mahapurusha
Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya, Nagaon, Bajali College,
Pathsala and Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College, apart from the
host university. Some of the papers presented in the Seminar
include: “Migration and Displacement in the Parsee Context: A
Reading of Select Novels”, “Identity politics in Cosmopolitan
Culture: A Study of Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House”,
“Cosmopolitanism VS Nationalism: A Study of Amitav Ghosh’s
Shadow Lines”, “William Blake and Walt Whitman: Representing
Urban Culture in Poetry”, “Coexistential Attitude towards
Culture: A Study of Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories and the
City”, “A Juxtaposition of the First and Second Generation
Diasporic Writers in the Context of Indian English Diasporic