The 2nd Annual International Symposium

8th – 9th January
C D Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003
10:30 – 17:30


5th & 12th January
Acharya JC Bose Auditorium, Presidency University. Calcutta- 700073

The 2nd Annual International Symposium on ‘Literary Activism’ is neither an academic conference nor a literary festival. It’s a conversation. It follows the inaugural symposium in Calcutta in December 2014 and a one-day event in Oxord in October 2015.


The subject of the 2nd 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.


Speakers include Prof Ashis Nandy, psychologist, cultural commentator, honorary fellow, CSDS; Jeremy Deller, one of Britain’s leading artists and winner of the Turner Prize; Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, poet and essayist; Nikil Saval, writer and editor of n+1; Raj Kamal Jha, novelist and editor, Indian Express; Peter D McDonald, Professor of English and Related Literatures, Oxford University; Sunetra Gupta, novelist and Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology, Oxford University; Rosinka Chaudhuri, Professor of Cultural Studies, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta; Jon Cook, critic, biographer; and Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia; and Amit Chaudhuri, novelist, critic, Professor of Contemporary Literature, University of East Anglia.


For further details please see the website : Programme for 2nd Symposium

Organised by the University of East Anglia’s Centre for the Creative and Critical at Presidency University, Calcutta, and the India International Centre, New Delhi.

Supported by the Infosys Science Foundation and The Writers Centre, Norwich.