27th FILLM Congress


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Sri Venkateswara College, University of DelhiUpdated: 8 March 2017

Academic Programme

The program for the 27th FILLM Congress is now available. To download, click here.

The General Meeting of the FILLM Committee is scheduled for Tuesday 14 March 2017. It will begin at 10.00 and is expected to last until 17.00. The meeting will take place in Seminar Hall 3, Kamaladevi Block of the India International Centre.

For more on the social and cultural programme, see below.

Invited plenary speakers:

  • Prof  Elleke Boehmer (Oxford)
Elleke Boehmer (BA(Hons), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)) is Professor of World Literature in English in the English Faculty, University of Oxford, and is currently Director of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). She is a founding figure in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies, and internationally known for her research in anglophone literatures of empire and anti-empire. She is an acclaimed novelist and short story writer, most recently of The Shouting in the Dark (2015).

  • Prof Tania Lewis (Melbourne)
Professor Tania Lewis is the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her research falls into two broad areas: green citizenship, ethical consumption and lifestyle politics; and global media formats and multiple media modernities, with a particular focus on South East Asia. She has also worked primarily as a Research Fellow in an eclectic mix of disciplinary settings from media studies and sociology to critical public health.

NB. Unfortunately, Professor Lewis has had to cancel her participation at the FILLM Congress. However, she has very kindly given FILLM permission to publish a video recording of her paper on our website. The video will be available on 14 March 2017.

  • Prof Ayesha Kidwai (JNU)
Dr. Ayesha Kidwai's research interests include linguistic theory, with particular reference to the (generative) syntax and morphology of Indian languages, philosophy of language, gender and language, the politics of English, and language evolution. After completing her PhD in 1995 from Jawaharlal Nehru University on scrambling and binding in Hindi-Urdu, she has worked on diverse morphological and syntactic phenomena in languages of all the four-language family of India, as well as Indian Sign Language. Her current research interests include the syntax of finite complementation and the properties of adjunction in natural language.

  • Prof Anvita Abbi
Formerly, a Professor of Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, she is at present, Director of the Centre for Oral and Tribal Literature, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi and the President of the Linguistic Society of India. She has occupied positions of Guest Scientist at Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany; Leverhulme Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK; and Visiting Professorships at universities in the USA, UK, Germany and Australia.
  • Dr Christel R. Devadawson
Dr. Devadawson is currently the Head of the Department (English), University of Delhi. She has been a Visiting Fellow (under ASIHSS grant), Department of English, Jadavpur University, March-April 2008 . Dr. Devadawson  has also been a Teape Lecturer for the three-part Westcott Memorial lecture-series, University of Cambridge, November 2001 (lectured at the universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, Leicester, and Warwick) with the series title ‘Travelling through Britain: India’s road to postcolonialism’  with funding support obtained from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (1996), the Human Resource Development Ministry (1994), the British Council (1994).

  • Dr Sukrita Paul Kumar
Formerly, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she is an Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Programme, University of Iowa (USA), as also of Hong Kong Baptist University and Cambridge Seminars. She is honorary faculty at the Durrell Centre at Corfu (Greece). At present she holds the Aruna Asaf Ali Chair at the Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi.
  • Prof GJV Prasad
Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study. He is Professor of English at the Centre for English Studies School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been Visiting Fellow and Professor at the Universities of Paris, Hyderabad, Essex and Grinnell College, Iowa. He is the Elected Chairperson of the Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS) 2014-2017 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA).
  • Shri Ashok Vajpeyi
Ashok Vajpeyi, a Hindi poet-critic, translator, editor and culture-activist, is a major cultural figure of India. He is widely recognised as an outstanding promoter of culture and an innovative institution builder. As an organiser he has more than a thousand events relating to literature, music, dances, theatre, visual arts, folk and tribal arts, cinema, etc., to his credit. He set up the renowned multi-arts centre, Bharat Bhavan, in Bhopal, and has been the first Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University (set up by Government of India). For more than a year he doubled up as the Director General of the National Museum, New Delhi and as the Vice-Chairman, National Museum of Man, Bhopal. A prominent public intellectual of India, he has been a creative global trotter and has visited Europe many times to attend conferences, deliver lectures and give readings. Mr. Vajpeyi has been a Writer in-Residence at Jamia Millia Islamia University and a Fellow of K.K Birla Foundation. He has been decorated by the President of the Republic of Poland with the Polish National Award. The Officer’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland; by the French Government’s award of ‘Officier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres,’ and the Embassy of Romania to India’s award ‘Best Promoter of Indo-Romanian Relations.’ In India he has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Dayawati Kavi Shekhar Samman and the Kabir Samman. Mr. Vajpeyi recently retired as Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, New Delhi. He lives in Delhi.

Social and Cultural Programme

The local organizers have arranged a number of social and cultural events to take place during the Congress. For example:

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Exhibition celebrating sensorial journey of the yarn and unveiling the Exotic within the Familiar.Dance performance. An amalgamation of the Indian classical dance forms of Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Odissi.Dance and theatre performance which focuses on Sita, a central character in the ancient Indian epic poem Ramayana.
Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex
India International Centre
CD Deshmukh Auditorium
India International Centre
Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex
India International Centre
15-18 March 2017, 11.00-20.0016 March 2017, 17.30-18.3017 March 2017, 11.00-12.00

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