Two Calls for Papers: Milton and Lacan

Call for Papers 1


International Conference
Department of English
Jadavpur University
Kolkata 700032, India
Phone/Fax 91-33-24146681

Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2007
Conference dates: 3 – 4 December 2007

Organized by: Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

Jacques Lacan, as we know, referred to a large number of literary works, primarily European, at several important moments in his teaching of psychoanalysis to trainee psychoanalysts in the second half of the previous century. The list of littérateurs whose works Lacan had commented on in his seminars and essays is a long one indeed, though his own stress was on Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare, Molière, Sade, Goethe, Hoffmann, Poe, Carroll, Chekhov, Claudel, Gide, Joyce, Genet, Blanchot, Duras and possibly a few others. That apart, Lacan has spoken or written fairly extensively on tragedy, comedy, rhetoric and what he termed ‘lituraterre’ in contexts of importance in psychoanalysis. The conference shall be focused on these literature-related works of Lacan from the clinical, philosophical and literary points of view, with an aim to begin an assessment of the nature and extent of Lacan’s contribution to literary studies and, through it, to psychoanalytic studies itself.

Papers can therefore be on one or more of Lacan’s texts on literature or literary matters, read from one or more of the different points of view involved, touching upon the shift in Lacan’s thought from the literal to the littoral, from literature to lituraterre.

Owing to constraints on funds, we will not be able to offer travel grants to international attendees; however, we shall be glad to offer local hospitality, comprising accommodation and food at the University guesthouse and local conveyance within Kolkata.

Seminar Coordinator: Santanu Biswas
Reader in English
Jadavpur University
Kolkata 700032


Call for Papers 2


International Conference
Department of English
Jadavpur University
Kolkata 700032, India
Phone/Fax: 0091-33-24146681

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November, 2007
Conference dates: 17-19 January 2008

The Centre for Advanced Studies in English and the Department of English, Jadavpur University are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton by hosting an international conference, to be held on 17, 18 and 19 January 2008 at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.Papers (30-40 mins) are invited on aspects of Milton’s life, time and works. Possible panels are:

  • Between monarchy and monarchy: Milton’s relationship with the politics of his time.
  • The natural world: Milton’s interest in and engagement with science
  • Milton and the history of Tudor and Stuart religion
  • Politics and aesthetic practices in relation to Milton’s writings.

Papers on individual texts in the Milton canon are also welcome.

In order to draw upon different strands in Milton scholarship, the conference is not restricted to a single topic or theme: however, in selecting papers we will try to work out general themes under which the individual papers can be coherently grouped. We expect to have both established scholars in the area of Milton studies and young researchers in the field.

The Department of English, Jadavpur University, is the only Department of English in India to have been granted a Centre of Advanced Studies by the University Grants Commission. It is the leading centre for early modern studies in the country, and has hosted in recent years, many successful international conferences.

We regret to say that we are not, because of university regulations, able to fund international travel. However, we may be able to offer some assistance towards travel in India and local hospitality. Interested out-of-town participants are requested to get in touch early for help with hotel/guest house reservation, as it may be difficult to find suitable accommodation nearer the time of the conference.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to Professor Amlan Das Gupta ( or Dr Rimi B Chatterjee (

Seminar Committee:

Malabika Sarkar, Professor of English

Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor of English and Co-ordinator, Centre for Advanced Studies

Amlan Das Gupta, Professor of English

Rimi B.Chatterjee, Lecturer in English.



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