Call for Papers: Identities and Worldviews in the Eighteenth Century @JNU Delhi(Mar 8-9): Submit Abstract by Jan 7


The Annual Conference of India International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (IISECS) will be held at SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, on 8-9 March, 2018

About the conference

The conference ‘Identities and Worldviews in the Eighteenth Century’ seeks to primarily address the juxtaposition of myriad identities reflecting the changing dynamics of power, prestige, culture, resource sharing and appropriation in the long 18th century.

While identity-based assertions can be used to homogenize entire groups or societies, it is precisely such kinds of articulation that have the potential to subvert, challenge and resist existing social relations.

Whereas ‘identity’ deals with individual and group entities, ‘worldviews’ is the larger expressions of these constantly evolving identities, the public psyche of the collective conscious, subconscious, and unconscious.

The 18th century was globally a period of unprecedented transitions and transformations in all spheres of life, be it socio-economic, political, cultural or religious. It witnessed the closure of grand epochs and marked the threshold of embryonic socio-religious and political identities that over the course of the century became dominant key players and major agents of change.

With the development of the Enlightenment and cosmopolitan ideals, the 18th century all over the world displayed a distinctive character and socio-cultural ethos in which the dominant formations, worldviews and identities were largely challenged by those on the margins.

The conference encourages the exploration of the dynamic interaction between human agency and larger socio-political structures and systems. In doing so, it hopes to foreground identities and worldviews as pegs for a reassessment and a more nuanced understanding of the long 18th century

Call for papers

Keeping the above concerns in mind, the conference invites paper proposals on, but not limited to, the following broad themes:

  • Regionalism-Cosmopolitanism
  • Literary Interactions and classical-vernacular dichotomy
  • Social and Political movements, Identity Politics, Hegemony, Resistance, and Alliances
  • Theatres and Spectacles
  • Family, Household and Kinship patterns
  • Jurisprudence, Justice, Legality, and Ethics
  • Economic Transactions and Transformations
  • Piety, Devotion, and Religion
  • Gender and sexuality and intersections with caste, religion etc.
  • Ideas, Ideologies, and Intellectual Production


Those interested may send a 300 word abstract and a 150 word bio note latest by 7 January 2017 to [email protected] (If but if anyone is very keen and wants an extension then please write to the same ID for an extension)

All successful proposals will be notified within a week.

Only a few selected proposals will be accepted as the conference aims to provide a serious academic forum. There will be no parallel sessions.

The participation fee for attending or reading a paper is INR 1000 per person, which covers two days lunch, tea, conference kit, certificate of participation, and one year membership of IISECS.


For any queries, send an email to [email protected]

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