Conference on “Region Formation in Contemporary South Asia”

25-27 November 2009
Room No. 22, Arts Faculty, North Campus
The University of Delhi,
Delhi (India)

Day One, 25th November 2009

Inaugural Address: 9.00 am to 9.40 am

Dr. Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro : On Not Confusing Regions with the Product of Ideological Confrontations between Opposing Ruling Classes.

Requiem: 9.40 am to 10.10 am

Mr. N. Babaiah: K Balagopal: A Portrait of An Activist.

Tea Break: 10.10 am to 10.25 am

The ‘National Question’, Communist Party and South India: 10.25 am to 1.00 pm

Dr. V S Shreedara: Kannada Daughter and the Indian Mother: the question of Kannada Nationality.
Prof. A Marx: Tamil Nadu: The Inclusive Tradition.

Lunch Break: 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm

Constituents of a Region: The South Indian Case: 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Mr. Simon Chilvers: Social Formation and Articulation of Modes of Production in Karnataka.
Ms. Pranjali Bandhu: The Adivasi Situation in The Nilgiris With Special Focus On Their Educational Status.
Mr. Sachin N: Muthanga-Manvelimantam: A Dialectic between dystopic region in History and utopian space in Literature.
Ms. Yemuna Sunny: Kuttanada: The Making And Unmaking Of A Region.
Ms. Terah Sportel: Labour Market Change, Plucking Nuts: Exploring Regional Trajectories of the Kerala Coconut Sector, India.

Tea Break: 4.30 pm to 4.45 pm

SAARC 4.45 pm

Ms. Ipsita Sengupta: SAARC: Is human rights on the agenda?
Dr. Pawan Kumar Jha: Region Formation: The Perspective for New South Asia.
Mr. Sashi Kumar: Regional Protection of Rights: Emerging Concern.
Ms. Shveta Dhaliwal: Regional Human Rights Mechanism: A Pre- Requisite for Contemporary South Asia.

Day two, 26th November 2009.

Keynote Address: 9.00 am to 9.40 am

Prof. K M Shrimali: Title not submitted

Cultural/Ideological (Re)Production of Region: Northeast 9.40 to 11.30 am

Dr.Jae-Eun Shin: Pragjyotish – Kamrupa: Imagined Boundaries and Imposed Historicity.
Dr. Manjeet Baruah: Guerrilla Space as Literary Plot in Aulingar Zui (Spring of Ash): Space/Culture and Ideological Explorations.
Dr. Joy L. Pachuau: Death and locality in the creation of an identity: the Mizo case.

Tea break: 11.30 am to 11.45 am

Mapping the North east 11.45 am to 1.30 pm

Dr. Chandan Sharma: Reclaiming the Foothills from Colonial Discourse: Space, Settlement and Strategy in Northeast India.
Dr. Sarah Hilaly: Trajectory of Region Formation In The Margins: Arunachal Pradesh In Colonial and Post-Colonial Period.
Mr. Thingnam Sanjeev: Recasting Space: Strategies and Politics of Frontier Making.

Lunch Break: 1.30 pm to 2.00 pm

Situating Region and Politics in the North east: 2.00 pm to 3.45 pm.

Messrs. Asok Kr. Ray and Gorky Chakroborty: Contextualizing India’s North East vis-a-vis South Asia: The Realities and Imaginaries.
Mr. Kundan Hazarika: Uneven Development and Formation of Regionalism: A Study of The Assam Movement.
Mr. Pankaj Jyoti Gogoi: Nationalist Discourse and Regional Consciousness: The Retrospect and Prospect of Regional Uprising in North-East India With Special Reference to Assam.

Tea Break: 3.45 pm to 4.00 pm

Region and Politics in the North and Western India: 4.00 pm

Messrs. R. Venugopalan Nair and Varadrajan N: Defining a Region: Palimpsest of Identities and Politics of Dismemberment.
Dr. Vedpal Rana: Language or Geo-cultural zones? A case study of Partition of Punjab-1966.
Mr. Yogesh Snehi: Politics of Language, Identity or Ecology: Reorganisation, State and the Emergence of Himachal Pradesh.
Prof. Hameedah Naeem: (Title not submitted)

Day Three, 27th November 2009.

Morphogeny of a Region 9.00 am to 11.00 am

Dr. Ryosuke Furui: Sub-regional Identities and Cultural Hegemony in Early Medieval Bengal.
Mr. Kundan Kumar: Reconstructing The Historical Landscape of The Kosi River.
Mr. Pradeep Kumar Nath: The Identity of Western Orissa.

Tea Break: 11.00 am to 11.15 am

Imagining the Region/Regional Imagination: 11.15 am to 1.15 am

Ms. Radhika Borde: The Sarna Movement: Adivasi Religious Bioregionalism.
Mr. Sachida Nand Jha: Rethinking the representations of Maithili Identity in print.
Mr. Sadan Jha: Representing a Region: History, Memory and Literature in the Construction of Purnea (North Bihar) as a Cul De Sac.

Lunch Break: 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm

Prometheus Bound: Region and/in the Nation States: 1.45 pm to 4.15 pm

Mr. Swatahsiddha Sarkar: Formation of Region and Regional Identity in Darjeeling Hills.
Mr. Delwar Hussain: Re- arranging the regions- The coal villages on Bangladesh/India Border.
Dr. Nasir Uddin: Between Peace and Conflict: A Study on Conflict Management and Peace Building in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.
Mr. Fraser Sugden: Understanding spatial subordination: the evolution of modes of production on the Nepal terai.

Tea Break: 4.15 pm to 4.30 pm

Region and Politics in Central India: 4.30 pm to 5.45 pm

Mr. Yogesh Diwan: Adivasi Identity and Regional Politics.
Mr. Kumar Sanjay Singh: Madhya Pradesh: A Geographical Entity With Split Personalities.

Valedictory Session 5.45 pm to 6.30 pm

Prof. James Petras: Separatism and Class Politics in Latin America.

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