Re-imagining the Nation:
Space and Boundary in Scotland and India
25-26 February, 2017
Bankura University, West Bengal, India
Eric Gidal and Michael Gavin, while developing the theme of spatial humanities and its relation to Scottish literary studies, comments:“…both writers and scholars of Scottish literature have long been centrally concerned with questions of place: the texture of Scotland as a nation is inextricable from the topology of its landscapes, the history of its transformations, and the struggles over its representations”. Space and boundary therefore address complicated issues related to a modern nation state which constitutes unitary significations despite multivalent presences. Space is interrelated to multiple forms of transformation and representation, thereby critiquing significant questions of history, geography, politics, literature and topology as specific spatial forces.
As Henri Lefebvre points out that all space is political or as Foucault has envisioned the ensuing centuries as centuries of geography, study of space and boundary increasingly becomes a complex site of intellectual investment. But space, conjoined with questions of ‘boundary’ as a prevailing normative point of view, further addresses emerging critical issues. How is space produced and how does it posit new problematics of cultural mapping through negotiations of ‘boundary’? How do space and boundary become compatible with the growing insistence on transnationalism and transculturalism? Diasporic presence, influx of immigrants, variables of ethnicities, experiments with new cultural forms inflect on complex re-imagining of the stability of nation states with its so-called celebrated ideologies of “unum pluribus”.
Both Scotland and India may share their distinctive views on space and boundary within the stable mapping of a nation state. It is worthwhile to see how discussions on social, political, literary and even economic questions related to space and boundary can bring these two space – Scotland and India—together with their existing and emerging forms of boundary.
This conference will address, though not limited to, the following issues
Nation and Transnation
Space and Boundary: Negotiating the Politics of Identity
Text, Production and Interculturalism
History, Cartography and Topology
Across Continents: Scottish Orientalists in India
Place, Space and Cultural Geography
Diaspora, Ethnicities and Multivalences
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Registration: Rs 1500
Student Registration: Rs 1000