Department of English and Languages, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi is organizing an International Conference - In Between: Critical Humanities in Context on 21st and 22nd October, 2016. The conference will provide a platform to analyze the processes of social inclusion and exclusion in the changed scenario of global integration.

To achieve this goal, we feel that our critical apparatus needs to be revised in ways that are transculturally effective and socially embedded. The conference hopes to explore the problems and potentials for critiquing the domain of humanities. In the present global context characterized by international flows of political cultures, capital and the play of power structures, it has become increasingly difficult to occupy a firm vantage point from which a critique might be exercised. This has become a problem both in the academy and in the public domain, since global processes are experienced as quasi-autonomous, beyond regulation and critical intervention, due to systemic complexity. Moreover the export of Western paradigms into non-Western cultural contexts also poses problems. Above all, central to any critical procedure is the objective to promote justice and emancipatory social transformation. It is hoped that the deliberations would carve out satisfactory methodological paradigms hinging on the ethical, philosophical, political and cultural experiences/demands of the twenty-first century. 


About the Conference

With a view to realizing this goal, we broadly envisage an exploration of interdisciplinary exchange. In general the focus is on how methodologies of humanities have been negotiating the ‘glocal’ in the modern/postmodern context. With these objectives in view, we welcome research papers related to the following thrust areas:

  • Comparative Approaches
  • Cultural Studies
  • The domain of experiences
  • Society, Politics, Culture
  • Art, Literature, Philosophy
  • Global citizenship and Geo-politics
  • Displacement/ Subalternity
  • Counter Cultures
  • Gender and sexuality
  • New literary genres
  • Critical theory
  • Hegemony and Control



About Amrita

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a multi-campus university providing exceptional quality of education that is both modern and wholistic, with special emphasis on core human values. The university has been reaccredited by NAAC with the highest grade A (with a CGPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale) and is ranked as one of the best research universities in India by the reputed international ranking organizations. The university headquartered at Coimbatore is spread across the five campuses in three states of India - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The event is organized by Department of English and Languages of Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi. It is located in the sprawling and serene Brahmasthanam temple complex, with rich biodiversity, on the main NH-17 near Edappally at Kochi. The campus with most modern infrastructure, faculty and administrative setup has excellent landscape abundant with trees and gardens.

School offers Ph.D, M.Phil, ELEVEN Post Graduate (P.G), THREE Integrated U.G.-P.G and FOUR Under Graduate (U.G.) programme under various department.

Important Dates



For Registration and other queries related to the conference, please contact:

Dr. Sreenath Muraleedharan K.
ASB Contact  +91 94971 86795
Ms. Devi K.
ASB Contact  +91 94007 45708
Event Details
2016-10-21 09:00 to 2016-10-22 17:00