Global seminar on ethnic literature

Special Correspondent

GUNTUR: A comprehensive study, discussion, interrogation and understanding the impact of the socio-economic impact on the native English language in ‘Fourth World’ is what the ‘Inter-disciplinary Global Seminar on Fourth World Literatures’ aims to do on Acharya Nagarjuna University campus from Monday.

The three-day international seminar is representative of aboriginal habitants from Australia, America, Africa and largely oppressed classes in India or elsewhere, with literary luminaries, who have genuine interest in representing these marginalised classes, while being one among them, said seminar director P. Raja Sekhar. This is the third international seminar being organised by the English Department in ANU since 2004.

Elaborate arrangements made on the campus for organising the seminar with four parallel sessions proposed on all the three days of the conference on September 7, 8 and 9. The mega event to be formally inaugurated by UGC Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat has attracted 220 scholarly articles from delegates from all over the country and world. Among the prominent representative resource persons to participate in the meaningful discussions are Jay Hansford C. Vest, Edgar Heap of Birds, Chadwick Allen from United States; Mark Cronlund Anderson, Winnona Wheeler, Cynthia C. Wesley Esquimaux from Canada and Ghanim Samarrai from Sharjah in addition to Indian experts Vimal Thorat, E. Sudha Rani and Yagati Chinna Rao.

The conference will cover native American Studies, native Canadian Studies, aboriginal Australian, Dalit, African and South African studies. The term ‘Fourth World’ was coined by George Manuel and M. Posluns in The Fourth World: an Indian Reality (1974). This was further analysed in political terms by Noel Dyck in Indigenous Peoples and the Nation State: ’Fourth World’ Politics in Canada, Australia and Norway (1992), explained Mr. Raja Sekhar.

Emergence of native literatures such as native American, native Canadian, aboriginal Australian, Maori New Zealandian and Dalit literature of India demands a scholarly probe into the evolution and consolidation of Fourth World people in socio, economic, political, literary and cultural aspects of life. Aim of the conference is to introduce and espouse Fourth World Identity that would interrogate the discourse of conventional epistemology, he opined.

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