Friday, November 12, 2010

Conference in India: Nov 2010 (with Alida Allison)

International seminar
(Re)reading Classics in Children’s Literature
Nov.19-21, 2010.
Dear delegate/ participant
I hope you are aware of the international seminar being organized by the Department of English, Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara, Kochi (affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University), in collaboration with the Children’s Literature Association of India (CLAI), on (Re)reading Classics in Children’s Literature from Nov.19-21,2010.
The keynote speakers of the seminar are Professor Alida Allison, Professor of Children’s Literature, San Diego State University, USA and internationally acclaimed writers Ms. Suniti Namjoshi, and Ms.Anushka Ravishankar.
We have applied for UGC sponsorship and anticipate the fund.
The details regarding conference fees and accommodation are as follows:-
Registration Fees : 2000INR - Foreign Delegates
1000INR - Indian Nationals
( inclusive of Lunch & Tea on working days)
Second class sleeper train fare will be provided for Paper Presenters as per
availability of funds.

Accomodation : 2500 INR Single A/C Rooms ( 3 star hotel)
1400INR - Single A/C Rooms (regular hotel)
850INR - Single Non A/C Rooms (regular hotel)
Budget accommodation:
300INR - Single Non A/C Rooms (Bath Attached)
(meals extra)
Kindly let us know your preference of accommodation by reply e-mail at the earliest so that we can reserve the room of your choice.

We are arranging an optional local tour of the heritage sites of Cochin on Nov.21st. The tour details including expenses will be intimated. Do give in your names, if interested.

If you haven’t send your abstract yet, this is to remind you to kindly send your paper proposals (250 words ) to the conference convenor Laly Mathew, Department of English, Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara, Cochin-682021, Kerala. Or email her at by 30 August 2010. The full text of the paper is to be submitted before 31 October, 2010. Also please send a copy to, or .

A brief bio-profile of the keynote Speakers
Prof. Alida Allison
Undergraduate Adviser, Children's Literature Program and National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
From My Land to Yours: Chinese Nursery Rhymes, English-language editor
The Grad Student's Guide to Getting Published, Simon and Schuster
Isaac Bashevis Singer: Children's Stories and Childhood Memoirs
Russell Hoban: Forty Years: Essays on His Writing for Children

Suniti Namjoshi, Devon, UK.
Formerly IAS officer in India and former faculty, Dept. of English, University of Toronto, Canada and Exeter University, UK. Has published numerous poems, fables, articles and reviews in anthologies, collections and journals in India, Canada, U.S., Australia and Britain. The Aditi series for children, (8 books published so far)-termed the first truly ‘Indian’ series for children , with Chinese rights sold.Her latest work Building Babel contain an electronic chapter which readers could add to.

Anushka Ravishankar, India.
The best known among Indian children’s writers in the business. Star of Excellence award from France’s National Union of Culture and Libraries in 1999 for Tiger On A Tree, published in the US, and translated into Japanese, Korean and French, From Alphabets are Amazing Animals to Excuse Me, Is This India, Anushka Ravishankar can be said to have pioneered the Indian English nonsense verse form and brought it to international attention.

Venue: Hotel Park Residency
Friday, 19 November 2010
08.00 a.m. – 09. 30 a.m. : Registration
09.30 a.m. - 10.35 a.m. : Inauguration – Suniti Namjoshi, UK
10. 35 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Tea / Coffee
11.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Keynote Address – Prof. Dr. Alida Allison, California.
11.30 a.m. – 01.00 p.m. Concurrent Session I
01.00 p.m. – 02.00 p.m. Lunch
02.00 p.m. – 03.30 p.m. Concurrent Session II
03.30 p.m. – 03.45 p.m. Tea / Coffee
03. 45 p.m. – 04.30 p.m. Concurrent Session III
05.30 p.m. Cultural Evening
Venue: Bharata Mata College Auditorium
05-30- 06.30p.m. ‘Gurupranam’ – Honouring veteran Children’s Writers of the State
‘Prathibhanguram’-Felicitating winners of Inter-School
Story Re-telling competition
06.30p.m. – 07. 45p.m. “ Bommanahalliyile Kinnarayogi”
Drama adaptation of Kovembu’s re-reading of Pied Piper
08.00p.m. Dinner- Garden Party

Saturday, 20 November 2010
Venue: Hotel Park Residency
09.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. Concurrent Session IV
10.30 a.m. – 10.45 a.m. Tea / Coffee
10.45 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. Focal Speech - Ms. Swati J. Raje, India.
11.15 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. Concurrent Session V
12.45 p.m. – 01.45 p.m. Lunch
01.45 p.m. – 03.00 p.m. Concurrent Session VI
0300 p.m. – 03.15 p.m. Tea / Coffee
03.15 p.m. – 03.45 p.m. Concurrent Session VII
03.45 p.m. – 04.00 p.m. Interval
04.00 p.m. – 05.30 p.m. Valedictory Meeting
04.00 p.m. – 04.50 p.m. Responding to Keynote Address (Harper Lee Session)
04.50 p.m. – 04.55 p.m. Welcome
04.55 p.m. 05. 25 p.m. Valedictory Speech- Dr. Manika Subi, Canada
05.25 p.m -. 05. 30 p.m. Releasing of Proceedings
05.30p.m.-05. 35 p.m. Vote of Thanks

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