Reflections on Writing: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Writing at Ashoka University, Sonepat, India

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Call for Papers
April 27, 2018 to April 28, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Social Sciences, Sociology, South Asian History / Studies, Anthropology, Literature

Reflections on Writing

Concept Note

The work that we do in universities, has been and will remain a central question. In this conference organized by the Centre for Writing and Communication at Ashoka University, we seek to make this question more definite by foregrounding writing as the work that is done in universities.

The answer to this question takes many different forms, and in each instance, they are imbued with political destinies as varied as the disciplines, pedagogies, and methods that populate a university. However, as the Centre for Writing and Communication, we understand writing to be both the background and center of the work across the Arts, the Sciences and the Social Sciences.  From the writing of papers, theses, books, articles, commentaries supplemented at all times by notes made for our readings and lectures, emails, suggestions, and ideas jotted on to the written works of colleagues and students; university life is framed by writing. This activity conditions the possibility of inculcating, producing and disseminating knowledge. Though this direction of thought has already received much scholarly attention, the contemporary state of affairs has brought about many transformations to this problem. New concerns, new media, and new claims have transformed the tenor and terrain of the questions we’ve dealt with, namely – why we write, what we write and how we write.

For the conference Reflections on Writing, CWC requests students and early career researchers (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.) across the disciplines belonging to the Arts, the Sciences and the Social Sciences for papers that focus on their activity of writing, irrespective of their research objects and disciplines. The papers can take any form be they analysis, meditations, commentaries, glosses or critiques. The papers should be 2500-3000 words long.

These papers could utilize concepts such as, but not limited to, a) Text; b) Speech; c) Image; d) Gesture; e) Practice to present their thoughts.

These concepts above contain the matter about which we write and also through which we write. They can be taken in isolation or in any aggregation to reflect on how the world that we write about becomes present to us and others. The humanities and their relationship to texts, the social sciences and their relationship to the field and the archive, and even the sciences that with or without a technological apparatus observe, note, register and record – are derivations of writing that allow us to recognize, constitute and disseminate the knowledges that are the charge of these disciplines.

Of critical interest are -

  • The ways in which writing places a sanction (permission and prohibition) on what we may understand, speak or say. (Inculcation)

  • The ways in which we write our objects of research and how we put them into words. (Production)

  • The ways in which writing determines the possibility for the recognition of knowledge as truth. (Dissemination)

​​​Send your abstracts to no later than midnight, 8th March, 2018.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • The abstract should be no more than 300 words.

  • Please mention Reflections on Writing in the subject line of your email.

  • Please make sure that the abstract is attached to the email in a word document,

and is not in the body of the email.

  • Please mention your name, contact information, and institutional affiliation (if any) clearly in the attached file.

  • The selected abstracts will be informed by the 20th March, 2018.

  • The deadline for the submission of the final paper is 18th April, 2018.

  • The paper should not exceed a 2500-3000 word limit.

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