The 5th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Indian Interdisciplinary Studies AEEII

Writing/Righting Wrongs:  Misrepresentation,  Discrimination, Inequality

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 29th November – 1st December 2017

Acts of injustice in or with the Indian subcontinent have been committed by previous generations in institutional, social, political or familiar contexts. This conference seeks to highlight some of these wrongs and discuss the various ways they have been or should be righted.  This conference is likewise geared by an inclusionary energy that connects diverse manifestations of “Indianness” against the background of an Indoceanic geography. W/righting wrongs involves acts of remembrance whereby memory and history coalesce, and, as a result, a dynamics of self situated beyond the national/global dichotomy is delineated.

The conference is intended to cover a wide range of disciplines so we welcome papers from historians, anthropologists, philosophers, art historians, environmental scientists, linguists and literary scholars and cultural studies practitioners.

The topics proposed include but are not restricted to the following:

  • Reparations for social wrongs: Dalits, tribals and subalterns
  • Reparations for mass crimes and ethnic violence
  • Acknowledging historical misrepresentations: imperial oversights, stereotypes in historical novels, the silencing of minorities
  • Historical culpability: the legacy of colonialism, the connivance of the colonized
  • Uncovering lost treasures in art, literature and music
  • Rethinking Indian philosophies
  • The role of the cinema: escapism or social commentary?
  • Religious revivals
  • Reinterpreting the epics
  • Memories of the Partition: healing the wounds
  • Questioning gender constraints: the voices of women, alternative sexualities
  • Life writing: new approaches
  • Reviewing environmental policies: ecological disasters
  • Indian languages: Hinglish, translation policies 


200 word abstracts in either English or Spanish plus a 100 word bionote should be sent to india.uab@gmail.com  A selection of the papers will be published in Nº 6 of Indialogs Spanish Journal of India Studies (April 2019) after blind review by external assessors.

Extended Deadline for proposals:20/06/2017

Notification of acceptance: 01/07/2017


silueta-de-ganesha-dentro-de-un-circulo_1058-42_0.jpgGanesha is worshipped as the deity who removes obstacles and bestows wisdom and good fortune. As the god of wisdom he is often shown holding a quill since he is regarded as the writer of the scriptures and hence the patron of schools and of the written word.  Ganesha's trunk symbolises the fact that the wise person has both immense strength and fine discrimination

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