Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Report - Conference 2017

CONFERENCE REPORT:

The 16th International MELOW Conference on "Facts, Distortions and Erasures: Literature as History; History in Literature" was held in Chandigarh from 3-5 March 2017. It was attended by approximately 125 delegates. A total of 102 speakers presented papers in 27 different sessions.

Among the international delegates who attended the conference were Manuel Broncano from Texas, Mukesh Williams, Kaoru Kinoshita and Ui Teramoto from Japan, and a few international Ph.D. Scholars.

In the inaugural session Manpreet Kang—Jt. Secretary—welcomed the delegates, Manju Jaidka—the Secretary—gave a brief outline of the history of MELOW, Anil Raina—the President of MELOW—delivered the presidential address, and Vijay Sharma—the Vice-President—gave the vote of thanks. 

The Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. Manuel Broncano on "Master Narratives, Grand Narratives, Meta Narratives and the Apocrypha: Some Preliminary Considerations on the Relations between History and Literature." He focused on the classic Don Quixote and how the text is related to the historical situation prevalent in those times.

The Isaac Sequeira Memorial Special lecture was delivered by Prof. R. W. Desai who spoke on "The Rape of Lucrece as a Conspectus of the Rise of Parliamentary Democracy in Tudor England," a subject closely linked to the literature-history theme of the conference.

There were four plenary sessions in all while the rest were parallel sessions. The various sessions of the conference were chaired by Anita Sharma, Ashu Vashisht, Brajesh Sawney, Debarati Bandyopadhyay, Dipankar Purkayastha, Jyoti Desai, K.B Razdan, Kaoru Kinoshita, Manpreet Kang, Manuel Broncano, Mukesh Williams, Namrata Nistandra, Natasha Williams Vashisht, Neela Sarkar, Nilakshi Roy, R.W Desai, Radha Gautam, Ranjita Pati, Roshan Sharma, Rimika Singhvi, Suneeta Patnayak, T.N. Dhar, and Vijay Sharma.

In the penultimate session Certificates were distributed to all the participants by K.B. Razdan, the senior most member in the gathering, and by Brajesh Sawhney from Kurukshetra University.

The General Body Meeting of MELOW was held at the end of the conference. The audited accounts of MELOW were presented to the house and passed unanimously. The chief office bearers interacted with the members, invited observations and suggestions on further activities of the Society.

Several important issues were discussed and the following decisions were taken:
1.     The thrust of the Society is World Literature, so an effort has to be made in all future conferences that a balance is maintained in the papers that are presented. In the past few conferences the tendency of members is to send abstracts on just one category (Indian literatures) ignoring the rest of “world literature.” This has to be rectified and balance is to be restored.
2.    The academic standard of papers needs further improvement. It was suggested that full papers should be invited before the conference so that they may be scrutinized and quality be maintained.
3.    An effort should be made to bring in more members from the Southern and Western states which are under-represented. Further, international linkages need to be strengthened and there should be greater participation of delegates from abroad.
4.    The venue for the next MELOW Conference was discussed. Roshan Sharma from Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala, offered to host the next conference on his campus after a discussion with his Vice-Chancellor. Further details will be worked out in the weeks that follow.
5.    The tentative theme for the next conference was discussed. The Executive Committee will further discuss the matter online, draw up a Conference call and circulate the same in due course.
6.    The MELOW Journal, MEJO, will be edited by Manpreet Kang. Articles will be selected and published in the online journal and also on Kindle in a paperback form.
7.    All participants interested in submitting their conference paper for possible publication need to send in the final paper by a date to be announced. The papers will follow the latest (8th) MLA Handbook. Further guidelines will be circulated by Manpreet Kang.
8.    Changes were made in the Executive body of MELOW. Dipankar Purkayastha and Radha Gautam were added in place of Ashis Sengupta and R.G. Kulkarni. Suneeta Patnayak was also added to the executive council


The updated list of Office Bearers is as follows:

President: Prof Anil Raina (Chandigarh)
Vice-President: Dr Vijay Sharma (Delhi)
Secretary: Prof Manju Jaidka (Chandigarh)
Jt. Secretary: Prof Manpreet Kaur (Delhi)
Treasurer: Dr Meenu Gupta (Chandigarh)

Executive Members: 
1. Prof Sushila Singh (Varanasi)
2. Prof Dipankar Purkayastha (Silchar)
3. Prof Debarati Bandopadhyay (Santiniketan)
4. Prof Ravichandran (Kanpur)
5. Dr Roshan Sharma (Dharamshala)
6. Dr Seema Bhupendra (Udaipur)
7. Dr Neela Sarkar (Kolkata)
8. Dr Jyoti Mishra (Chattisgarh)
9. Dr Vandhana Sharma (Jammu)
10. Dr Suneeta Patnayak (Chandigarh)
11. Dr Radha Gautam (Surat)


Advisory Board: 
Giorgio Mariani (University of Sapienza, Rome, Italy)
Shirley Geok Lim (University of California, SantaBarbara)
Rajeshwari Pandharipande (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Mukesh Williams (Soka University, Japan)
Pawel JÄ™drzejko (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland)


Monday, February 13, 2017

MARCH Conference --- Program at a Glance

DAY ONE   3 March 2017
9.30 AM to 11.00 AM
KEYNOTE: Prof Manuel Broncano                      PLENARY - INAUGURAL
11.00 to 11.30 GROUP PHOTO (indoors) AND TEA
                                             Venue A                             Venue B                           Venue C
11.30 to 1.00
[CHAIR: RW Desai]
Kaoru Kinoshita
Harpreet Bali
Manjot Kaur
Ranjita Pati
[CHAIR: Vijay Sharma]
Jaya Shrivastava
Lekha Roy
Namrata Nistandra
Neela Sarkar
[CHAIR:  Jyoti Desai]
Aditi Dhirghangi
Amandeep, DES
Radha Gautam
Navjot Kaur
1.00 to 2.00 GROUP PHOTO (Outdoors) & LUNCH
2.00 to 3.30
[CHAIR: TN Dhar]
Navjot Deol
Monika Dhillon
Natasha Vashisht
Nipun Kalia

[CHAIR: Dipankar]
Bhakti Vaishnav
Bhavna Jamwal
Bhushan Sharma
Charu Mishra
[CHAIR: Manpreet]
Arushi Sharma
Ashu Vashisht
Debarati Bandyopadhyay
Gurpreet Kaur
3.45 to 5.15
[CHAIR: Mukesh]
Gatha Sharma
Nilakshi Roy & Preeta
Ritushree Sengupta
Romilpreet Kaur

[CHAIR: Natasha]
Anchalee Seangthong
Gopika Sankar
Navdeep Kahol
Sunaina Jain
[CHAIR:  Namrata]
Janesh Kapoor
Jasleen Sahota
Jasmine Anand
Rais Ul Majid
5.15 to 6.45

[CHAIR: Vandhana]
Anita Sharma
Harneet Sandhu
Harsh Bhardwaj
Monica Sabharwal

[CHAIR:  KB Razdan]
Kanchan
Amin Shirkhani
Amit Sharma
Rachit Verma


DAY TWO    4 March 2017
9.15 to 10.45
[CHAIR: Nilakshi]
Nidhi Sharma
Rajeep Kumar
Renuka Dhyani
Panchali Mukherjee
[CHAIR:  Dipankar]
Jyoti Mishra
Kanchan Yadav
Kumar Sankar
Leena Sarkar
[CHAIR: Debarati]
Rimika Singhvi
B. Samita & Paonam
Debjani Sarkar
Sayan Mukherjee
11.00 to 12.30
[CHAIR: Broncano]
Mridul Bordoloi
Ui Teramoto
Mukesh Williams
Parminder
[CHAIR: Roshan]
Umara Shameen
Vandhana Sharma
Meenu Gupta
[CHAIR: Vijay]
Suman Sharma
Ekjot Kaur
Hemraj Bansal
Nirmal Kumari

12.30 to 1.30 LUNCH
1.30  to 3.30

[CHAIR: TN Dhar]
PLENARY: PROF. R.W. DESAI
And
ISM SESSION:
Avishek
Khem Raj Sharma
Rosy Yumnam
Yamini
3.30 to 5.00

[CHAIR:  Rimika]
Neha Arora
Pardeep Kaur
Alokparna Das
Aparna Singh
[CHAIR: Kaoru]
Vidushi Sharma
Violina Borah
Zahid Fazal
Bibhuti Kachap&Aju Aravind

[CHAIR: Ashu]
Antara Ghatak
Dinesh Kumar
Irona Bhaduri
Payel Pal

            DAY THREE   5 March 2017
9.30 to 11.00
[CHAIR:  Roshan]
Rajeev Mohan
Ramnik Kohli
Ranjita Barik
Sakshi Singh
[CHAIR: Ranjita Pati]
Surita Sharma
Swati Roy
Srishti Sehgal
Sujata
[CHAIR:  Neela]
Shubhlata
Shuchita Chandok
Soumava Maiti
Navneet
11.15 to 12.45
[CHAIR: Brajesh]
Supriya Chowdhary
Ujhala Devi
Chirag Trivedi
[CHAIR: Rashmi]
Sakshi Sundaram& Kirti
Sheetal Lalotra
Shikha
Shishu Bala
[CHAIR:  Suneeta P]
Mary Mohanty
Monika Kaushik
Khushbeer
Loveleen Baidwan
                   
12.45 to 1.30
[CHAIR: KB Razdan]
Distribution of Certificates
General Body Meeting
Vote of Thanks
           1.30 pm:  LUNCH


              Rapporteurs:
Venue A: Suneeta Patnayak & Srishti
Venue B: Harneet Sandhu & Tarundeep
Venue C: Vandhana, Harpreet Bali, & Rachit
Overall Incharge: Suneeta Patnayak

Certificates: Minu Gupta, Anisha and Manjot



Monday, January 9, 2017

Delegate / Membership fee received till date

All concerned may please note and revert in case of any discrepancy to aneelraina@gmail.com and melusmelow@gmail.com
The question marks may please be addressed.

Delegate fee/ Membership received for 3-5 March 2017 MELOW Conference
S. No.
Amount
Name
1.                    
5500
Aditi
2.                    
5500
Alokparna
3.                    
2000
Aman Deep (DES)
4.                    
2000
Amit
5.                    
2000
Aninda Bhattacharya (?)
6.                    
2000
Anita Sharma
7.                    
5500
Antara Ghatak
8.                    
2500
Aparna
9.                    
5000
Arushi Sharma
10.               
5000
Avishek B..
11.               
2500
B Mary Kachhap
12.               
2500
B Samita
13.               
5000
Bhakti Vaishnav
14.               
2500
Bhawna Jamwal
15.               
5500
Bhushan Sharma
16.               
5000
Neela Sarkar?
17.               
5000
Charu Mishra
18.               
2000
Damaia War
19.               
5000
Debarati
20.               
2500
Debjani
21.               
9000
Ekjot Kaur
22.               
2500
Gatha Sharma
23.               
7900
Gopika Sankar
24.               
2000
Gurpreet Kaur (Rajeep)
25.               
2500
Gurpreet Kaur (Anandpur)
26.               
5500
Hemraj Bansal
27.               
5500
Irona Bhaduri
28.               
5000
Janesh Kapoor
29.               
2500
Jasleen Sahota
30.               
2000
Jasmine Anand
31.               
5500
Jaya Shrivastava
32.               
  500
Jimmy (membership only)
33.               
2500
Kanchan Yadav
34.               
2000
Khem Raj
35.               
500
Khushbeer
36.               
2000
Kirti Sachdeva
37.               
5500
Kumar Sankar
38.               
500
Leena Sarkar
39.               
5000
Leena Sarkar
40.               
5000
Lekha Roy
41.               
500
Loveleen
42.               
2000
Manpreet Kang
43.               
15000
Mary M./ Father/Ranjita Barik
44.               
2000
MB-IMP?12.55
45.               
+6000
Monika Dhillon
46.               
2500
Monika Kaushik
47.               
2000
Namrata Nistandara
48.               
2000
Natasha
49.               
2500
Navdeep Kahol
50.               
3000
Neeru Tandon (Membership only)
51.               
5500
Neha Arora
52.               
2000
Nidhi Sharma
53.               
4500
Nilakshi+
Preeti Nilesh
54.               
2500
Nipun Kalia
55.               
5000
Nirmal Kumari ?
56.               
2500
Paonam Mangang
57.               
6000
Pardeep Kaur
58.               
2000
Parminder Singh
59.               
5000
Payel Pal
60.               
5000
Radha Gautam
61.               
5500
Raisul Majid
62.               
5000
Rajeep Tirkey
63.               
11000
Rajeev Mohan/Mridula Bordoi
64.               
6000
Ramnik/Navjot/Harneet
65.               
2000
Ranjita Pati
66.               
5000
Rimika
67.               
5000
Ritushree Sengupta
68.               
9000
Rosy Yumnam
69.               
5500
Sakshi Singh
70.               
2500
Sakshi Sundaram
71.               
6200
Sayan Mukherjee
72.               
2000
Sheetal Lalotra
73.               
2500
Shikha
74.               
2000
Shishu Bala
75.               
2500
Shrishti
76.               
5000
Shuchita chandhok
77.               
2500
Soumava Maiti
78.               
2500
Sujata
79.               
2500+3000
Suman Sharma
80.               
2000
 Sunaina
81.               
+2000
Suneeta P
82.               
2500
Surita
83.               
5500
Swati Roy
84.               
2000
Ujhala?
85.               
2500
Umara Shameen
86.               
2000
Vandhana Sharma
87.               
1000+3000
Vibha  Bhoot (membership only)
88.               
2500
Vidhi Kharbandha
89.               
5000
Vidushi Sharma
90.               
5500
Violina Borah
91.               
2500
Yamini Sargotra
92.               
5500
Zahid




CASH

93.               
Anchalee
+2500
94.               
Dinesh
+2500
95.               
Harsh
+2500
96.               
Khushbeer
+2000
97.               
Loveleen
+2000
98.               
Manjot
+2500
99.               
Navjot Deol
+2000
100.           
Rachit
+2500
101.           
Renuka
+2000
102.           
Romil Preet
+2500
103.           
Shubhlata
+2500
104.           
Vijay S.
+3000