14th MELUS-MELOW International Conferenc
Abstr. due: 01.08.2014
Dates: 19.02.15 — 21.02.15
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: MELOW (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World)
This is an academic organization, one of the foremost of its kind in India. The members are college and university teachers, scholars and critics interested in literature, particularly in American Literature and World Literatures. The Organization meets almost every year over an international conference. It seeks to maintain academic standards, encourages younger scholars and provides a forum for senior scholars in literature.
DAMN THE BOOK, GAG THE VOICE: LITERATURE AND CENSORSHIPWe live in a world where it is impossible to be isolated. As human beings we are forever in conversation with each other because we need to express our feelings, communicate, and interact with our fellow creatures. In the process, as we reach out of our closed cocoons, we strike relationships, some positive, some reactionary. Some of our overtures boomerang on us in the most unexpected ways, as negative criticism, hostile reaction, or even official banning or censorship. This is what MELOW seeks to debate at its conference in Chandigarh, from 19th to 21st February 2015 .
The uneasy relationship between literature and censorship has always been the subject of animated discussion between writers, critics, scholars, those who wield authority and those who suffer it. Underlying the banning and censorship of literature there is the undeniable logic of hate and fear, the politics of power, xenophobia, insecurity or simply the desire to dominate. Although the so-called civilized nations claim to uphold the freedom of expression, they invariably clamp down when sensitive issues are given a public voice. Censorship operates in different guises, some obvious others subtle, some socially or politically or even emotionally motivated.
Conference Web-Site: http://melusmelow.blogspot.in/2014/04/melow-2015-cfp-with-instructions.html