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Programme for 2nd Symposium on ‘De-Professionalisation’

Programme for the 2nd Symposium in the ‘Literary Activism’ series, on ‘De-professionalisation’, hosted by the UEA Centre for the Creative and the Critical at Presidency University, and the India International Centre, New Delhi.

 
Supported by the Infosys Science Foundation.
 

Venue: C D Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003

 
Click here for Details on Speakers
 

The subject of the symposium is ‘de-professionalisation’ – the urge, as a creative practitioner, or, indeed, a practitioner of any kind, not to be identified with one genre or activity, and to be, in general, a critic of specialisation and a champion of dabbling. The word ‘dabbling’ is being used here partly ironically, of course, but also full on, to convey the force of what a serious writer or thinker might achieve when they consciously diverge from the genre or practice they’re most identified with and even respected for. The idea and act of ‘de-professionalisation’ is really a critique of the construction of the writer, artist, or intellectual today – by publishers, by media, by festivals, by writers themselves. It also accommodates the notion of value: for instance, the idea that someone may not be ‘good’ at or trained in the skills of a particular project or genre or form they’ve embarked upon.

 

8th January

10.45 am – opening remarks, Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Amit Chaudhuri
11.00 am – 11.45 am – Prof. Ashis Nandy, ‘The De-professionalised Intellectual: Hosting the Anti-Self’     
Chair: Prof. Shahid Amin

12 pm – 12.45 pm – Raj Kamal Jha       
Chair: Anant Nath

Lunch
2 – 2.45 pm – Prof Rosinka Chaudhuri, ‘Adorno and Tagore: an Exploration’    
Chair: Prof. Saugata Bhaduri

3 – 3.45 pm – Nikil Saval, ‘The little magazine, between journalism and academia’      
Chair: Chandrahas Choudhury

Coffee break

4.15 – 5 pm, Jeremy Deller, presentation with visuals       
Chair: Shuddhabrata Sengupta

 

9th January

11.00 am – 11.45 am – Prof. Sunetra Gupta, ‘The Uses of Infidelity: Aspects of a working life, with special reference to publications and entertainment’       
Chair: Amitabha Bagchi

12 pm – 12.45 pm – Prof Peter D McDonald, ‘Jonah K and the University: Reading Inside and Outside the Whale
Chair: Prof Sambudha Sen

Lunch
2 – 2.45 pm – Amit Chaudhuri, ‘Varieties and Limits of Legitimacy’       
Chair: Prof. Pratap Bhanu Mehta

3 – 3.45 pm – Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, ‘The Writer as Tramp’        
Chair: Nikil Saval

Coffee break

4.15 – 5 pm, Prof Jon Cook, Closing Address

 
Talks on ‘De-Pofessionalisation’ in Calcutta, 5th and 11th January 
Venue: Acharya JC Bose Auditorium, Presidency University.  
 

5th January

4 – 5pm – Prof. Sunetra Gupta, ‘The Uses of Infidelity: Aspects of a working life, with special reference to publications and entertainment’    
Chair: Prof. Anuradha Lohia

 

11th January

10.45 – Opening remarks, Amit Chaudhuri

11 – 11.45 am – Prof Peter D Mcdonald, ‘Jonah K and the University: Reading Inside and Outside the Whale’         Chair: Prof. Jon Cook
12 – 12.45 am – Prof Rosinka Chaudhuri, ‘Adorno and Tagore: an Exploration’    
Chair: Prof. Vesna Goldsworthy, UEA
Lunch
2 – 2.45 pm – Nikil Saval, ‘The little magazine, between journalism and academia’    
Chair: Anjali Joseph, novelist

3 – 3.45 pm – Prof Rohit Manchanda, Novelist and Professor, Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering,
IIT Bombay, ‘Time Divided: Blandishments, False Premises, Fallouts’              
Chair: Dan Burt, poet

Coffee break

4.15 – 5 pm – Amit Chaudhuri, ‘Varieties and Limits of Legitimacy’       
Chair: Peter D McDonald

5.15 – 5.45 pm – Prof. Jon Cook, Closing Address
     
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