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CfP: Conference on Confronting the ‘Global’, Exploring the ‘Local’ at JMI, New Delhi [Dec 21-22]: Submit by Oct 25

About the Conference

The proposed conference, connected to a SPARC-sponsored collaboration between Jamia Millia Islamia and Michigan State University, USA, aims to foreground use of digital technologies such as minimal computing, novel DH research and teaching methodologies, critical archive generation and maintenance, to mention a few, for explicating poetics of Indian literatures and generating scholarly digital resources which may facilitate comparative readings.

The proposed conference aims to explore the use of digital technologies to understand, interpret, and annotate the poetics of Indian literatures, which circulate in digital texts, in manuscript, and as oral or musical performance. In Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s view digital humanities involves “the work that gets done at the crossroads of digital media and traditional humanistic study. And that happens in two different ways.

On one hand, it’s bringing the tools and techniques of digital media to bear on traditional humanistic questions. But it’s also bringing humanistic modes of inquiry to bear on digital media.” Accordingly, our contention is that computational technology can enhance both scholarly analysis and pedagogical explanation of the poetics of Indian literatures.

Despite the good intentions behind the growing collection of internet literary resources and archives, these often amateur-led projects tend to lack both scholarly rigour and digital precision. We aim to harness these efforts as a humanities equivalent of “citizen science,” in which data crowdsourced by passionate, everyday people is put to use in state-of-the-art systems.

Call for papers
  • Minimal Computing and Poetics.
  • Case Studies of ongoing DH projects in the domain of Indian Literatures
  • Literary Modeling and Comparative Indian Poetics
  • Digital Futures of Indian Literatures
  • Text Encoding for Indian languages
  • Digital Cultures in India
  • Localization of Tools and Technologies for Apprehensions of Poetics in Indian Literatures
  • Digital Diasporas
  • De-centering Global DH
  • Postcolonial DH
  • Media Archaeology of Indian Literatures Online
  • DH pedagogy and Indian Literatures
  • From script to screen-digital cultures and performing arts in India
Important dates
  • Submission of Abstracts: 25 October, 2020
  • Intimation of Accepted Abstracts: 30 October 2020
  • Submission of Full-Length Papers: 30 November 2020

Abstracts of about 300 words along with short bio-note of about 100 words be preferably sent by e-mail to jamiadhconf[at] or before 25 October, 2020. Full length papers of 6000- 8000 words, citation style: MLA 8th Edition should reach on or before 30 November 2020.


Professor Nishat Zaidi
Email: nzaidi[at]

Conference on Confronting the ‘Global’, Exploring the ‘Local’ at JMI, New Delhi.




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