Since the early 1980s when a number of feminists, including Chandra Mohanty in her essay “Under Western Eyes” urged critics to examine the interplay of the local and the global and to expose the power-relations – both historical and contemporary – in discussions of postcolonial and global feminisms, there has been an increased emphasis on understanding “global feminism” through the intersecting aspects of race, class, gender and through colonialism and anticolonial forms of nationalism. Of late, emerging feminisms and gender studies as interconnecting disciplines, have tried to incorporate the pluralities,temporality and constructedness of all identities in a shifting discourse of changing power and resistance. Identity politics based on such precarious foundations are undermined even more by the rise of nationalism. But the query is how global feminism and gender studies can, continue to offer their valuable critiques given the rise of new nationalisms across the globe, nationalisms that threaten the formation of cross-border collectivities and alignments? And might the growing class, ethnic, and religious tensions within nations impede the solidarity that global perspectives regarding feminist and gender studies seek to forge? Who gets to set the framework for these debates, and which perspectives are elided when we fail to take into account the positionality of the critic? Can global perspectives on feminism and gender alter perceptions of masculinity and male gender? Similarly, in a changing global scenario, how and where do we place indigenous/aboriginal/subaltern women’s narratives and how do new alignments of nationalism represent LGBTQ and sexuality? Finally how does the global become personal? Are there feminisms of everyday life that can address or attend to the larger global issues that construct gender and sexuality? The aim of this conference is to re-view and re-frame these and related questions from a wide range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary fields, such as literature, philosophy, history, sociology and so on.

The conference organizers seek papers from scholars exploring various subjects, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Academic institutions and Work places.
  • Body politics, masculinity and sexuality studies.
  • Civil society and Human rights.
  • Diaspora/transnationalism and Translation
  • Feminist and Gender theories/Methodologies for a global world
  • Indigenous/Aboriginal/Subaltern narratives
  • Feminist historiographies
  • Literature, art, media, Popular art and Consumerism
  • Neoliberalism, feminism and gender
  • Social movements, Women’s writing and Political activism


  • Bama: a novelist and academician in her writings unfolds the ignominies of caste and gender by contesting and resisting institutional autocracies. Her celebrated testimony, Karukku (1992) which redefined the mainstream literary canon still reigns as one of the most sought-after texts by research scholars. With élan, she mends the broken worlds of the subjugated through works such as Sangati(1994) and Vanmam (2002) along with two collections of short stories Kusumbukkaran (1996) and Oru Tattvum Erumaiyum (2003).
  • 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. Adelaide Russo: Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies & Director, Comparative Literature Program, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
  • Dr. Julia Vivienne Emberley: FRSC, Professor, Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Margarita Barcelo Flores: Associate Professor of English, Metropolitan State University, Denver, USA
  • Dr. Nandi Bhatia: Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Nazia Akhtar: New India Fellow, New India Foundation, India.
  • Dr. Rosemary Peters: Associate professor, Department of French Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Vidya Natarajan: Academic Counsellor/Instructor, Modern Languages, King’s University College, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada and a Classical Dancer and Creative Writer.


Registrants at The Sahitya can participate in only one session.  The Sahitya’s International Conference on Feminist and Gender Studies in a Global
encourages the following types of submissions:

  • Research Papers: Completed research papers in any of the topic areas listed above or related areas. (15 min presentations followed by Q&A).
  • Round Table: Short presentations on any of the themes stated above (5 minute presentations). Session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.
  • Panels of Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for Future Research: Incomplete research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas. (10 minute presentations).Only for Research scholars.


  • Research Paper sessions will consist of three 15 minute presentations and a 5 minute Q & A time in a 60 minute session. The session will be divided equally between the presenters.
  • Round Table would be limited to 30 minute presentation with a maximum of 4 presenters and 10 minutes discussion time.
  • Panel sessions will provide an opportunity for five presenters to speak in a more open and conversational setting with conference attendees. Each participant will have 10 minutes for presentation.
  • Submissions for any of the sessions should include the name, department, affiliation, and email address in addition to a description of the presentation and the title page.


Before making your submission keep the following ready.

  • Title of the submission (be sure to use proper capitalization)
  • Topic area of the submission (choose a topic area from the list at the top of this page)
  • Presentation format (choose one: Paper session, Round table, Panel session)
  • Abstract of 300 words
  • Email Address (all acceptance/rejection letters are sent noted through the abstracts portal.
  • Registration would open on JULY 31, 2017 (Monday)


The conference would begin on 8th February evening (Thursday) at 6 pm and close on 11th morning (Sunday) at 11 am. A local trip is arranged on 11th
afternoon at 12 pm. Those interested may look up the trip information.


  • Last date for sending abstract: June 30, 2017 (Friday)
  • Notification for selected paper-presenters: July 16, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Opening of Registrations July 31, 2017 (Monday)
  • Closing of Early Bird registration: October 15, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Opening and Closing of Second Registration: October 16, 2017 (Monday) and November 18, 2017 (Saturday)
  • Opening and Closing of Third registration: November 19, 2017 (Sunday) and December 1, 2017 (Friday)
  • Opening and Closing of Final Registration: December 2 (Saturday) upto December 10, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Conference dates: 8-11 February, 2018. (Thursday evening- Sunday noon)


The announcement of selected/rejected abstracts will be notified by email on or before August 5th, 2017. Due to the extension of deadline the selection procedure is delayed. Sorry for the inconvenience. Registration would be open from August 6th, 2017.