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Day one, 2nd December: The Making of the Literary
Jadavpur University, H L Roy Auditorium (next to Gate 3)
1. Opening remarks: Amit Chaudhuri 11.15 am
2. Derek Attridge (York): The Inaugural UEA Infosys Lecture
The Critic as Lover
Chair: Amit Chaudhuri
11.30 am – 12.45 pm


3. David Graham (formerly CEO, Canongate and Granta)
  Market Activism : A Publisher’s Perspective
1.45 – 2.45 pm
Chair: Abhijit Gupta (Jadavpur Univesity)
4. Saikat Majumdar (Stanford)
  The Amateur
  3.15 – 4.15 pm
Chair: Ananda Lal (Jadavpur University)
5. Panel discussion, Seagull Bookstore 7 pm
  Publishing: The nervous mainstream and the stubborn independents
  David Graham, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Ananda Lal, Naveen Kishore Moderator: Anjum Hasan
Day Two, 3rd December: Authors and their Bugbears
Jadavpur University, H L Roy Auditorium (next to Gate 3)
1. Dubravka Ugresic (Novelist and critic)
  Crossing Borders With A Non-Valid Literary Passport
11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Chair: Jon Cook (UEA)



2. Amit Chaudhuri (Novelist and critic)
  The Mehrotra Campaign
1.30 – 2.30 pm
Chair: Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS, Paris)
3. Jamie McKendrick (Poet, critic, and translator)
  Foreign Fields: The Politics of Translating and Anthologizing Italian Poetry
3 – 4 pm
Chair: Samantak Das (Jadavpur University)
4. Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS, Paris)
  Translation as Literary Activism: On invisibility and exposure, Arun Kolatkar and the little magazine ‘conspiracy’
4.30-5.30 pm
Chair: Ananda Lal (Jadavpur)
5. Panel discussion, Seagull Bookstore 7 pm

The journal of ideas in the time of globalisation
Anjum Hasan, Benjamin Kunkel, Chinmay Guha, Amit Chaudhuri
Moderator: Jon Cook

Day Three, 4th December: Literature as strategy
Presidency University, A J C Bose Auditorium
1. Peter D McDonald (Oxford)
  “What about criticism?”: Blanchot’s Giant-Windmill,
11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Chair: Swapan Chakraborty (Jadavpur University)

2. Swapan Chakraborty (Jadavpur)
  Literary Activism and Literary Surrogacy: Instances from Twentieth-Century Bengal,
12.45 – 1.45 pm
Chair: Shanta Datta (Presidency)


3. Rosinka Chaudhuri (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)
  The Practice of Literature: the Calcutta context as a guide to literary activism
2.45 – 3.45 pm
Chair: Peter D McDonald (Oxford)
4. Closing address: Jon Cook (UEA) 4 – 4.30 pm
5. Panel discussion, Presidency Cafeteria 86, 6.30 pm
  The writer’s polemics in the age of the free market
Dubravka Ugresic, Amit Chaudhuri, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, and Jamie McKendrick
Moderator: Peter D McDonald