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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Market colonization of the virtual public sphere

XIII International Conference
Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda in collaboration with Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Theme: The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere
15-18 December 2010 Venue: Hotel Parkview, Chandigarh, India
Thursday, 16th December Venue: Banquet Hall (Upper)
Friday, 17th December
Fifth Session (Plenary) Venue: Banquet Hall (Upper)
9:00 – 10:00 am Chair: Ravina Aggarwal
Speaker: Lewis R. Gordon, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
    Topic:  “Market Colonization of the Virtual Public Sphere?”
Sixth Session 10:00 – 11:30 am Venue: Board Room
A3: New Media, New Identities Chair:    Deepti Gupta
a)     Vipan Pal Singh, “Media Culture and the Construction of Postmodern Identities”
b)     Nizara Hazarika, “Inventing the Self in the Public Domain of Cyberspace: A Cyberfeminist Perspective”
c)      Charulata Singh, “New Media Technologies and the Cultural Shift: Changing Dimensions of Public Sphere and Identities”
d)     Balaji Ranganathan, “The Virtual World and the Reconstruction of the Self”
B3:      Virtual Realities/Real Consequences Chair: Jaspal K. Singh
Venue: Conference Room
a)     Kalpana Purohit, “Being In-Between Two Worlds”
b)     Ankit Gandhi, “Online Blogging Communities Threatening Real Life Relations”
c)      Jyoti Rane, “Honour and Killing - Community Public Sphere vs. Public Sphere of a Nation State”
C3:  The Virtual Construction of Culture Chair: William D. Pederson
Venue: Banquet Hall (Lower)
a)     Shweta Rao, “Virtual Kitchens: Food and Community in Media”
b)     Alankar Kaushik, “The Public Sphere and Media: Vernacular Television Networks”
c)      Ankita Sharma, “Media and Degeneration of the Public Sphere: A Critique of the Ad World”
Seventh Session (Plenary)  11:45 – 1.00 pm
Chair: Javeed Alam Venue: Banquet Hall (Upper)
Speaker: Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy and Director, the Heyman Centre for the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, USA
Topic:  “The Mentality of Democracy”
Eighth Session 2.00 –3.30 pm Venue: Conference Room
A4: New Media Sexualities Chair: James Winchester
a)     Bini B.S., “The Public Spheres of Vicarious Fulfillments: Live Sex on the Internet and the Performative Dynamics of Body and Sexuality”
b)     Dibyajyoti Borah & Ratan Deka, “Social Networking, Sexuality of the Closet and the Second Life”
c)      Golam Rabbani, “Media and Peeping Tom Culture: Disorienting Public Spectacle in the Evolution of Voyeurism”
d)     Sunita Manian, “New Media Erasing Boundaries or Erecting Barriers?: Gay/Transgendered vs. Kothi/Aravani
B4:      The Location of Literature
Chair: Rumina Sethi Venue: Banquet Hall (Lower)
a)     Marie Fernandes, “Reconstruction of Galeta from White Marble to Mechanical Cyborg”
b)     Supriya Agarwal, “Modernity and Gender in Shashi Deshpande’s Urban Novels”
c)      Urmil Talwar, “The Dialectics of Private and Public Spaces in the Poetics of Marginality in The Survivor
C4: Representations 2        
Chair: Anil Raina Venue: Board Room
a)     Geetanjali Bhagat, “Ironic Juxtaposition of Media, Ethics, Politics and Public Sphere: A Critique of Peepli Live
b)     Sanchita Choudhury, “Bāul Fusion Music Emerging as a New Genre in the Domain of Fusion Music Fuelled by Media of the Milieu”
c)      Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri, “Stories of a Lifetime: New Media and Orality”
Ninth Session (Plenary) Venue: Banquet Hall (Upper)
3:30 – 4.30 pm Chair: Bishnu Mohapatra
Speaker: R. Radhakrishnan, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California at Irvine, USA
Topic:  “Public Spheres and the Challenge of Self-Reflexivity”
Tenth Session (Plenary) 4:45–6:30 pm Venue: Banquet Hall (Upper)
Gurdial Singh’s Novel Unhoye (The Survivors) Chair: Gour K. Das
Speaker: a) M.L. Raina, Former Professor of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Topic:             “Modern, Postmodern, Pre-Modern: What Survives in The Survivors?”
Speaker: a) M.L. Raina, Former Professor of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Topic:             “Modern, Postmodern, Pre-Modern: What Survives in The Survivors?”
Speaker:        b) Rana Nayar, Professor and Head, Department of English, Panjab University,                      Chandigarh
Topic: “On Translating Gurdial Singh’s Unhoye
Speaker:  c) Gurpal Sandhu, Department of Panjabi, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Topic:     “Decentring Reality: Self, Tradition and Modernity”

Saturday, 18th December
Eleventh Session 9.00 –10.30 am   Venue: Board Room
A5: Blog/Twitter Politics Chair: Kanika Batra
a)     Soni Wadhwa Kar, “The Promise of the Sindhi Websites”
b)     Amy Parish, “Stuff White People Like, Blogging and the ‘Racialisation’ of White Subjectivities”
c)      Sumedha Iyer, “Twitter and the Public Intellectual”
B5: Literature and Technology Chair: Lovelina Singh Venue: Conference Room
a)     Manju Dhariwal, “A Vision of Virtual Sphere in Kafka’s ‘Penal Colony’: Its Relation with Introna’s ‘Obligation’”
b)     Nipun Kalia & Kriti Kalia, “From Ink to Pixels: Literature in a Digital Avatar”
c)      S. Sridevi Selvaraj, “A Study of Mediated Internet Literature – A Facet of Electronic Communities”
d)     Urjani Chakravarty, “Relevance Theory and New Media: Interpreting Pattern Change in Literary Criticism”                                                      
C5: Open Questions, Or, the Jury is Still Out on the New Media
Chair: Manju Jaidka Venue: Banquet Hall (Lower)
a)     Smriti Singh, “From an Imagined Community to a Virtual Community: A Borderless World”
b)     Aruni Mahapatra, “Sharing or Stealing? Some Reflections on Piracy and Ethics Today”
c)      Lovleen Bains, “Is New Media Helping or Hurting the Growth of Literacy?”
Twelfth Session 10.45–12:15 pm Venue: Banquet Hall (Lower)
A6: “Are We Socially Networked Yet?” Chair: Akshaya Kumar
a)  Mallika V. Kumar & P. E. Thomas, “Anonymity and Online Interaction – A Thematic Perspective”
b)  Sanghamitra Sadhu, “Fashioning the Self on the Sites: Plausibility of a Virtual Public Sphere”
c)   Mashrur Hossain, “2b/X2b=?: IM & d trnsloc8ing f a virtual sphere”
d)  Sukhdeep Ghuman, “The Ever-expanding Sphere of Cyber Communities”
B6: The Pedagogical Imperative Chair: Timothy Allen Jackson Venue: Board Room
a)     Pankaj Roy, “The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere: Media’s Role in the Growth of Learning”
b)     Meenu Gupta, “Virtual Worlds A Contemporary Pedagogical Reality of Teaching and Learning”
c)      Meeta Chatterjee Padmanabhan, “Some Real Problems Faced in the Virtual World of Online Learning”
d)     Rich Rice, “Writing for Life: Narrow­­­­­­­­­­­­­­–Casted Mass Convergence and the Consumption of Newly–Mediated Knowledge”
Thirteenth Session 12:15 – 1:15 pm Venue: Banquet Hall (Lower)
Open Session & Valedictory Chair: Prafulla C. Kar

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