Call for Papers
Undergraduate Research Conference
Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
Date: 3 – 4 April, 2020
Venue: O.P. Jindal Global University
Sonipat- Narela Road, Sonipat 131001, Sonipat Haryana
We are delighted to announce that the Fourth Undergraduate Research Conference on Liberal Arts and Humanities will be held on 3rd and 4th of April, 2020 at the O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat. This marks the continuation of the success of our conferences from 2017-2019.
The world today is characterized by a questioning and distrust of established institutions. Manipulating data, ignoring facts, hypocrisy in leadership, and self-aggrandizing politics is obstructing serious engagement with pivotal contemporary issues. This puts a strain on civil society and institutional frameworks designed to promote human capabilities, and necessitates a dramatic reorganization of social receptivity to new ideas.
Humanities and Liberal Arts colleges assume a special position in this context. They are central in imparting an interdisciplinary education that cultivates empathy and sensitivity to community service. They are in a unique position to facilitate the production of citizens who can critically engage in debates around political, social, economic, environmental, cultural and ethical discourses. They, therefore, can be instrumental in encouraging their students to radically rethink some of the basic assumptions around the operation of societal structures.
Some of the best ideas lie in the minds of the young, for they are the largest stakeholders in the future. This conference aims to hear from them, and help refine their research ideas while they undertake their undergraduate studies. Not only will this be an opportunity for them to offer their fresh ideas while they learn, it will also be an opportunity for them to get acquainted with the process and rigour of identifying and establishing linkages between critical themes of contemporary disciplines, understanding sound research design and methodology.
Additionally, the conference will stimulate interaction between students and faculty from varied social science and humanities disciplines. Students from around the country are invited to present their research before faculty, staff and other conference participants. Themes related to liberal arts, humanities, earth and environmental sciences, and different forms of expressive arts are welcome.
This is a unique initiative during which students and their mentors will celebrate discovery in a participatory forum that encourages collective inquiry and collaboration. The idea is to enable young researchers to trust their insights and develop professional practices in an eclectic audience of fellows and mentors. Research projects must have been conducted under the supervision of a faculty member or professional in the field. Particular emphasis will be laid upon promoting interdisciplinary studies that look at the connections between diverse ideas and interests. The Conference aims to create a network of undergraduate scholars and bring into this network faculty members and experts of various fields.
Presentations will mainly take one of three forms: oral, poster and exhibits (mentioned below).
Oral : 15 minutes; using MS PowerPoint (or any visual media)
Poster : 60” x 36” standee
Expressive Arts : Visual exhibits
Selection Criteria (abstracts):
Interested students are required to submit an abstract (not more than 300 words following the format given below) to the co-organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org before 7th February 2020. Accepted abstracts will be notified by 15th February 2020.
A very important part of the Conference will be an Art Exhibition for students who are interested in taking up expressive arts as careers. Those who wish to participate in the Exhibition must submit a short representative section of their portfolio in audio/video/text form.
Conference Registration/Travel Allowances:
There is no registration fee. O.P. Jindal Global University will provide housing and local transport to students within Delhi- NCR. Limited travel assistance to presenters coming from outside Delhi-NCR region will be provided.
The Venue of the Conference will be O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana.
Dates of the Conference 3-4 April, 2020
Abstract Submission Deadline 7th February, 2020
Abstract Acceptance Notification 15 February, 2020
Participation Confirmation 25 February, 2020