Feminist and Gender Studies:
Global Perspectives – Media, Literature, and Performance

The closing date for abstract submission has been extended to September 23, 2018 due to enormous interest and continued request.



Feminist and Gender Studies: Global Perspectives –Media, Literature, and Performance:

      Gendered identities and realities are constituted through, among other things, media and performance. Paradoxically, however, the representations that substantiate these gender categories are often deployed for radically different purposes. For instance, they might be brought into play for the mobilization of dominant ideologies, on the one hand, and feminist disruptions, on the other. With attention to the diverse forums through which artistic and popular texts reach the public, this conference aims to address the inconsistencies, the absurdities, and irregularities of gender constitution in historical and contemporary local, national and global contexts. We seek to encourage theoretical, political, historical, and generally critical engagement with a variety of texts, ranging from television shows, advertisements, journalism, social media, film, literature, graphic fiction, photography, and live performance and to promote active discussion of them at the conference itself. To accomplish these goals, we invite abstracts that might include but are not limited to analyses of the following themes and topics to the following email ID: thesahitya@namasteeducationalacademy.org

  • The redeployment of mythological figures.
  • Cultures of censorship.
  • The value and limits of performative theories.
  • Gender, genre and form in a digital age
  • Representations of minorities, marginalised, indigenous and others
  • The politics of comedy and humour
  • New understandings of sexualities
  • Uses and abuses of traditions, rituals, and beliefs
  • Feminist resistance and empowerment
  • Intersectionality, resistance and media
  • Abstract Submissions should include the name, department, affiliation, and email address in addition to a description of the presentation and the title page.


  • Mahesh Dattani: a playwright, director and actor and a SahityaAkademi awardee. His plays address social issues and attempt to change deep rooted prejudices and biases of the Indian psyche. Some of his notable plays are Final Solutions, Dance Like a Man, Bravely Fought the Queen, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai and Tara.
  • Dr. Julia Vivienne Emberley: FRSC, Professor, Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Nandi Bhatia: Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Teresa Hubel: Professor and Chair, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Tracy Isaacs: Professor, Philosophy; Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.


The conference would begin on 21st February (Thursday) at 10.00 am and close on 23rd (Sunday) at 6.00 pm. A local trip is arranged on 24th morning. Those interested may look up the trip information.


  • Extended date for submitting abstract: September 23, 2018
  • Last date for sending abstract: August 30, 2018
  • Notification for selected paper-presenters: September 30, 2018
  • Opening of Early Bird Registration: October 1, 2018
  • Closing of Early Bird registration: November 15, 2018
  • Opening and Closing of Late Registration: November 16 – December 30, 2018
  • Conference dates: 21-23 February, 2019.


Kindly note that completion of Registration is subject to Payment of Registration Fee.

The closing date for abstract submission has been extended to September 23, 2018 due to enormous interest and continued request.