The English Literary Society organised the 6th edition of its annual literary conference virtually on the theme “Theory Literature Interface” from 24th to 26th July, 2020. The conference had over 140 delegates including distinguished academics, experts, and presenters from within and outside India. They dealt with various aspects of theory and the inter-relationship between the two. The 3-day event replete with well-researched and thoughtful presentations inspired lively discussions and the attendees availed themselves fully of the opportunity by interacting with one another and sharing ideas. Professor Jagdish Batra, Additional Director, Global Languages Centre & Director-English Literary Society of JGU was the convener and Dr. Shruti Jain, Associate Professor & Additional Director (German), Global Languages Centre of JGU was the co-convener of this 3-day virtual conference.
The conference started with the inaugural address by Prof. Dr. C Raj Kumar, founding Vice Chancellor, JGU, who emphasised the added importance of events such as the literary conference which represent flexibility and innovation amidst the crisis that we all are facing due to the global pandemic. The chief guest at the opening session was Professor Kenneth Holland, Dean, Academics, Research, and International Affairs at JGU, who delivered the keynote address on the importance of political philosophy, while stressing the importance and relevance of Nietzschean paradigms in the current context. Theory’s bearings from philosophical and existentialist thought were quite clearly and impressively brought out by him. Professor Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS who delivered the presidential remarks and emphasied the importance of philosophy and theory in the study of literature and other disciplines. His seasoned observations coupled with a fresh outlook set the tone for further deliberations at the conference.
The conference was followed by the different plenary sessions on various themes: Theory; Indian Poetics and Aesthetics; Gender Studies; Postmodernism.
Two sessions were devoted to paper presentations. Eighty papers were presented by the participants on philosophy, ecological literature, diasporic writing, critical theory, various socio-political problems, nationalism, language, mythological fiction, theory, feminist literature, psychoanalysis, comparative literature, existentialism, deconstruction, queer studies, psychoanalysis, comparative literature, existentialism, deconstruction, queer studies, Indian poetics, literature and aesthetics, and literatures from different parts of the world.