Organized by:

Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri Campus

About the College

Salesian College is a Government recognized minority educational institution of the Catholic Church, run by Salesians of Don Bosco, Kolkata Province where over 1400 students do their regular B.A., B.Com & B.Sc studies under the North Bengal University. The college was established in Shillong, in 1933, and then was shifted to Sonada, in 1938. It comes under section 2(f) and 12 (B) of UGC Act, 1956. Salesian College, Siliguri campus was inaugurated on 9th July 2009. On 26 February 2010 Salesian College was conferred the status of a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) by UGC, New Delhi and in March 2012, the College was re-accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ grade (CGPA of 3.16 out of 4) and the institution became the first one to receive such grade under the University of North Bengal. Apart from offering academic and skill-based courses for the students, the college also runs Salesian Publications, Salesian Research Institute and Salesian Translation Centre.

Concept Note for the Conference

The concept of writing since its earliest roots, be it in the Indian or European context, has gone through many significant changes and so has changed its role, significance and relation to society. Similarly, its conceptual relation to the use of pen has also changed. When writing is seen as an attempt at creative act(ion), pen has been seen as the enabling medium through which one achieves such creational power. However, with the shift from the humanist trend towards post-structuralism the concept of such creational power comes under critical enquiry and the same concept of writing emerges in newer ways, and so alters the concept and role of pen as well. The meeting of post-structuralism and feminism enabled pen to be seen as a metaphorical penis and how writing as a creational act(ion) has always remained a male-dominated activity whereby literary production also remains operative within the phallogocentric structures. Thus, the French feminists were able to develop the concept of ecriture feminine with the aim of shifting the focus from the structures of male literary production and claiming an autonomy of women’s writing, and as such the same pen was now used to disrupt the phallocentric values associated with it. Similarly, with the move towards postcoloniality writing comes to be seen as inextricably linked with the dominant power structures the circulation of which remains linked with the empire itself and so remains the circulation, recognition and dissemination of writing itself. Thus, ‘writing-back’ becomes a crucial concept and strategic move for the postcolonial nations as an attempt at re-defining, re-framing and re-claiming the canon itself. The entry into the neo-capitalist structures of global market economy enabled one to view writing and pen also in terms of the concepts of ownership, property and consumption, whereby the creative act(ion) ofwriting also was seen as a production which remains inextricably linked with the dominant reiterative structures of market economy. In the contemporary times also, when the boundary between the real and virtual seems to have blurred, writing has shifted into a realm of hyper-real simulative act(ion) where the pen itself has been digitized into mouse, pointer and keyboard. Writing in such a new world of technoscience and cyborgs thus becomes a problematic memory to be re-membered in the sense it was conceptualized in the previous ages, since it now suggests a future too alien to be anticipatable here and now. When seen in this light, the concept of “pain” emerges as something which cannot be limited within any singular definition, but remains always shifting, always evolving. As such, any attempt at representing “pain” through writing remains operative within such shifting zones. Then, how can the concept of “pain” be (re)presented? Can the concept of “pain” be seen as enabling, as something positive, or as something which can be also desired? How can writing, with its own structure, rules and regulations, capture or reflect the experience of pain? What are the limits of such conceptualizations, links, connectives and negotiations?

This conference thus aims at inviting new, innovative and critical approaches from all branches of discipline to re-consider, enquire and re-view the relation between pen, pain and writing through different angles or to problematize the same already existing views in newer ways. Focusing as an interdisciplinary conference, papers are thus invited from all disciplines to analyze, critique and contribute in reconceptualizing the role and relation of pen, pain and writing.

Plenary Speakers

Some of the key speakers (among others) the conference looks forward to have are:

Anirban Das (key-note speaker)

(Department of Cultural Studies, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)

 Amrit Sen

(Department of English, Visva-Bharati University)

 Ranjan Ghosh

(Department of English, North Bengal University)

 Rafat Ali

(Department of English, Jadavpur University)

                                                     Call for Papers

Original research papers are thus invited to discuss issues (though not exhaustively) related to:

  • conceptualizing pain in psychoanalysis
  • writing the body in/and feminisms, queer theory and masculinity studies
  • magic, fantasy and children’s literature
  • digital age and the changing role of pen
  • (re)conceptualizing history and writing the past
  • pen and the politics of the ‘social’ and everyday life
  • writing, textuality, representation and experience

Presenters who feel that they can contribute with their ideas in this conference may submit an abstract of approximately 300 words by November 30, 2016. The conference will be held on 6th and 7th January, 2017 at Salesian College, Siliguri Campus. The final papers will have to be submitted by December 30, 2016. There is limited amount of financial support (for travel allowance) for some selected papers whose presenters will be coming from outside North Bengal. Abstracts of 300 words mentioning key terms and followed by a brief Bio note (in 50 words) may be submitted at and Abstracts should be in 12 point size, font Times New Roman and no use of footnotes is allowed in the Abstracts.

For any queries please write to the above email addresses or contact the names mentioned below:

Mr. Peter Lepcha, HoD, Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri Campus

 Ms. Kasturi Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri Campus

Mr. Subro Saha, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri Campus

Format of the final paper:

  • Abstract: 500 words; font should be Times New Roman point 12; 1.5 line spacing; Alignment: Justified
  • Papers: no more than 3000 words, including footnotes and references
  • Abstracts and papers must be submitted as MS Word documents at and

Some significant points:

  • Submission of Abstracts: on or before 30 November, 2016
  • Acceptance Notification: 5 December, 2016
  • Submission of Full Length Research Paper: by 30 December, 2016
  • Registration Date: 2 January, 2016
  • Registration Fee: Rs. 1000 (for academicians, scholars, professionals) Rs. 500 (for students)
  • The Registration Fee includes a seminar kit, writing pad with pen, a copy of conference schedule, and two day’s refreshments and lunch
  • Certificates for paper-presentation/participation would be handed over in the valedictory session of the Seminar.
  • The selected complete papers will be published as an edited volume with ISSN number.
Organizing Committee


Fr. (Dr.) Mathew Pulingathil SDB, Rector, Salesian College, Siliguri.

 Conference Convener

Fr. (Prof.) George Thadathil, Principal, Salesian College.

 Conference Co-conveners

Fr. (Dr.) George Chempakathinal SDB, Vice-Principal, Salesian College, Siliguri

Fr. Aju Kurian SDB, Vice-Principal, Salesian College, Siliguri


Fr. Mathew Panapurayil SDB

 Conference Coordinator

Mr. Subro Saha, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri

 Committee Chairperson

Mr. Peter Lepcha, Head, Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri

 Executive members

Ms. Kasturi Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri

Ms. Swagata Singha Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri

Ms. Donna Mukhia, Lecturer, Department of English, Salesian College, Siliguri

 Event Coordinators

Mr. Sandip Singh, Head, Department of Management Studies, Salesian College, Siliguri

Mr. Patrick Johnson, Campus Coordinator, Salesian College, Siliguri.

 Committee Members

Mr. Biju Mathew, Head, Department of Political Science, Salesian College, Siliguri

Mr. Susweta Acharya Datta, Head, Department of Psychology, Salesian College, Siliguri

Mr. Bhaskar Malu, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Salesian College, Siliguri

Mr. Bipul Chettri, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Salesian College, Siliguri

 Coverage & Reporting

Dr. Urbi Ghosh, Head, Department of Mass Communication & Journalism, Salesian College, Siliguri

Ms. Rochelle Ann Lepcha, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication & Journalism, Salesian College, Siliguri

Mr. Mohammad Johaed, Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication & Journalism, Salesian College, Siliguri


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