• In view of the natural calamity that occurred in Kerala, the dates for abstract submission and acceptance notification have been extended.
    New Dates : Abstract Submission: September 20, 2018 | Acceptance Notification: September 30, 2018
  • Option to present online can be arranged for a limited number of people on a first come basis on request.

The Department of English, Amrita School of Arts & Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, FSLE-India and ACRD (Amrita Centre for Research and Development) jointly organize an International Conference on Ecology and Sustainability (ICEC 2018) from December 15 to 17, 2018.

Thrust Area

  • Man & Nature
  • Religion & Environment
  • National Consciousness & Environment
  • Literature & Environment
  • Eco-Feminism
  • Pastoral & Wilderness
  • Environmental Arts
  • Eco-Spirituality
  • Colonialism & Nature
  • Orientalism & Nature
  • Human Mind & Nature
  • Deep Ecology
  • Ecology & Visual Media
  • Myth & Landscape
  • Green Technology
  • Oral Traditions
  • Indigenous Culture
  • Sustainable Environmental Models
  • Environmental Policies and Education
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Justice
  • Regionalism & Bioregionalism
  • Literature of the Wild - Representing the Other - Animals in Literature
  • Any other Relevant Field

About Amrita

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research academia accredited 'A' by NAAC, and ranked 8th Best University in India by NIRF, has emerged as one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India. The institution, managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, collaborates with top US universities including Ivy League universities and top European universities for regular student exchange programs. “Amrita” is spread across five campuses in three states of India - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, with headquarters at Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.


FSLE-India is an International open academic forum for creative interaction among intellectuals, academicians, environmental activists, naturalists, nature-lovers, researchers and those who are involved and earnestly dedicated to these issues and are receptive and undogmatic to one another’s individuality and standpoints. It intends to amalgamate two relevant issues Gender and Human Rights with Literature and Environment, primarily initiated by Rishikesh Kumar Singh who calls it the LEGH Movement (Literature, Environment, Gender and Human Rights).

Concept Note

Has man drifted away from an Eco-centric to an anthropocentric world, thereby distorting the Dharma of existence? This International Conference, “Ecological and Cultural Cognizance: A Boulevard of Sustainable Amiability,” is an attempt to review, reconstruct and re-harmonise the equation of Nature, Man and Culture — to help chart out a strong path for an organic and sustainable future for man on this planet.

When we speak of ‘ecological cognizance’ what is inevitable is the consciousness of our indigenous traditions: the spiritual, religious and cultural. This can help drive towards a future where science, technology and development go hand in hand for ecological sustainability.

In academics, ‘eco-criticism’ still carries the stamp of  an impression of an entrant, but as a literary movement, its development has been gradual and imperceptible. However, this movement has picked up a rapid pace in the United States, resulting in the emergence of organisations like ASLE ( Association for the Study of Literature & Environment ), in 1992.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus & FSLE - India are happy to come together to explore Ecological Cognizance across various fields of study in this International Conference on Ecology & Culture (ICEC): an earnest attempt to help the inevitable 'consciousness' mentioned above 'blaze forth' in everyone of us.

Ecological consciousness could not have been better encapsulated than in the Sanskrit mantra Tat Tvam Asi, which proclaims the age-old awareness of the unity of everything in creation. A verse which reads,

“Dasha-kūpa-samā-vāpī, Dasha vāpī-samo hrada,
Dasha hrada-samah putra, Dasha putra-samo drumah”

(A pond equals ten wells; a reservoir, ten ponds; a progeny equals ten reservoirs, and a tree equals ten progenies)


underlines the ecological philosophy in ancient traditions.

Nothing in creation is less important, is what every element of myth and landscape, be it the Oriental or the Occidental, the Colonial or any other, cries out. Recent developments in Literature take us to realms of association of Nature with woman – in the various constructs of ‘Deep Ecology’. In addition, the Eco-critics rise to expose the “fissures of Race, Gender and Class” in Environmentalism.

The way the world of man is decapitated today necessitates a paradigm shift in thought process across all individuals, organisations big or small, governments, institutions and nations – everyone who occupies a position of power to tilt the windmills. Environmental crises of gigantic proportions have been triggered by man in his pursuit of ‘progress’. Unless some radical approach is envisaged, even some scientists fear, it looks like, this blue/green planet of ours would get hurled towards a sure-footed man-made disaster – and a point of no return.

Can there be a collective search for paradigms and pathways towards a world that is sustainable, equitable and just? How can such frameworks and visions build on an existing heritage of ideas and world-views and cultures, anchored on practices past or new? How can they be fundamentally different from today’s dominant economic and political systems, which have brought us to the brink of a catastrophic collapse in terms of socio-economic inequalities and despair?

At the crossroads today, we have to decide unerringly on the direction to take if we must have a future on Planet Earth. Even leading scientists of our day concede that the key to man’s progress has now turned a near threat to life on earth itself: science and technology are sending us at a breakneck speed down the road to a dead-end situation.

The questions arising in the minds of thinking individuals in this context, to list a few, look like:


Dear colleagues and friends, let us find answers to the questions about and many more that stares us on the face. The Department of English at ‘Amrita’ & FSLE - India welcome you to the Amritapuri Campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in Kerala. Your views, conference papers and presence, enlightening presentations, thought-provoking questions leading to enriching discussions and life-saving solutions can ascertain a healthy, happy and meaningful living for posterity.


  • Abstracts of not more than 300 words with five key words must be mailed to icec2018@am.amrita.edu
  • Word limit : 4000-6000
  • Style : Latest MLA style of referencing, 12-point Times New Roman
  • Avoid footnotes.
  • Selected Papers will be published in SCOPUS indexed Journal with ISBN no. (Not in the form of Conference proceedings but as an edited book after the conference). Authors are requested to attach their bio-note (in third person, not exceeding 100 words) separately.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: September 20, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: September 30, 2018
  • Last Date of Registration: October 10, 2018
  • Full Paper Submission: October 30, 2018
  • Final draft for publication (for selected papers): January 10, 2019
  • Registration details will be provided on acceptance of abstracts, to the concerned authors.
  • All co-authors also should register.


Instructions for Registration

  • Participants are required to make the payment through our ACRD (Amrita Centre for Research and Development) portal.
  • Please note down your Reference no/ Transaction id / Payment id whichever is applicable after the payment.

Chief Patron

Br. Sudeep

Campus Director,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri Campus


Dr. Balakrishnan Shankar

Associate Dean,
School of Engineering,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri Campus


Dr. V. M. Nandakumaran

School of Arts & Sciences,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri Campus


Dr. Ramanathan P. V.

Chairperson, Humanities &
Professor of English, ASAS,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri Campus


Dr. Beena S Nair

Vice-Chairperson, Dept. of English
School of Arts & Sciences
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amritapuri Campus
+91 8547722521


Rishikesh Kumar Singh

President, FSLE-India,
The Foundation for the Study of
Literature and Environment,
New Delhi, India
+91 9891242768


Dr. Dilip Kumar Jaiswal

Managing Director, FSLE-India,
The Foundation for the Study of
Literature and Environment,
New Delhi, India
+91 8920206780


Aswathy Das K. V.

Assistant Professor, Dept. of English
School of Arts and Sciences,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri Campus
+91 9020601010

For accommodation and transportation queries, contact:

Arun S.
Lecturer, Dept. of English
School of Arts and Sciences,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amritapuri Campus
+91 8547407198,
+91 7907657390


Arjun Pradeep

Assistant Professor, Dept. of English
School of Arts and Sciences,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amritapuri Campus
+91 7012534721
+91 9567197577


Dr. Balu Vijayaraghavan

+91 7893647596


Event Details
2018-12-15 09:00 to 2018-12-17 05:00
School of Arts and Sciences