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Romantically Inclined: The 2nd Annual Conference-Festival at St. Stephen’s

Spurred on by the success of the first edition, the Annual St. Stephen’s Conference-Festival was back between 15th and 17th February, 2013. With a start-studded array of speakers and panelists, the event was an immense success in this installment too. Here’s the list of panels, their Chairs and speakers and the research papers that they presented.

Day 1, 15th February, 2013

Keynote Address by Prof. Michael McKeon, Rutgers University 
“The Origins of the English Novel in the Parody of Family Romance”

Panel 1- Monsters, Marquez, Modernism, and Love

Chair: Michael McKeon

Rapture: Carol Ann Duffy at the (he)art of rupturing the sonnet
SohiniBasak / B. A. Honours English IIIrd Year / St. Stephen’s College

Modernism and Romance/Anti-Romance: Time, Travel and Love in Virginia Woolf’s novels
Deeptangshu Das / M.Phil 1st semester/ Dept. of English, University of Delhi

Stranger in a Strange Land: The Case of the Monster-Lover
AratrikaChoudhury /Jadavpur University /Department of English

Agape and Eros in Gabriel GarcíaMárquez’s Romance: The Short Circuit
PavelTomar / M. Phil/ Jawaharlal Nehru University

Panel 2- Harry, Holmes and the Homoerotically Inclined

Chair: Akhil Katyal

Coming out of the Shoebox: The Remus/Sirius ship in Harry Potter fan fiction
Achala Upendran

Questioning Romance: The Modalities of Same-sex Desire in Early Modern Urdu Poetry
Rafiul Alom Rahman/ BA (Hons.) English, 4th Semester/ Zakir Husain College (Evening)

(Homo-) Erotically Inclined: Reconfigurations of the Holmes-Watson Relationship in Popular Culture
Sameer Chopra / M.Phil. English / Delhi University

Panel 3- KitneAadmi the?Makhmalbaf, Kiarostami, SRK and Campus Romance

Chair: Karen Gabriel

The Romance of the Campus: Genre, Affect and Political Subjectivity in Malayalam “Campus Films”
Aparna Nandakumar / PhD Scholar, Dept. of Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University / Hyderabad.

A Moment of Innocence: Romance in the Realist Cinema of Makhmalbaf and Kiarostami
Soumashree Sarkar/ Jadavpur University, / Department of English,/ Masters, First Year.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi? SRK and the cult of Romance
Anubhav Pradhan/ M.Phil English / Jamia Milia Islamia

Day 2, 16th February

Keynote Address by Prof. Richard E. Miller, Rutgers University
“Romance of the Apocalypse”

Panel 4- Trash, Tragic, Tardis and Trans Romance

Chair: Richard E. Miller

“We Are All Stories in the End”: The Romance of Space and Time Travel in a Blue Box
Urna Mukherjee, III B.A. (Hons) English, St. Stephen’s College

Do Trash-Collectors Dream of (dis)Interested EVEs?: Wall-E, Robot Love, and the Dialectics of Redemption
Arnab Chakraborty & Sujaan Mukherjee/ PG II/ Department of English/ Jadavpur University

“The Love that dare not speak its name”: Forbidden Love and Tragic Romances in Fantasy Fiction
Parvathy Rajendra/ Dept. of English/ University of Hyderabad

Transhuman Romance
Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay/ Kultrans, University of Oslo

Panel 5- Devoted to Tradition: Riti, Devodaxi and TV

Chair: Soofia Siddiqui

‘But I must keep my tryst’: Nayika in the medieval Riti poetry
Ruchika Sharma / Asst. Prof. Dept. of History / Kamla Nehru College

The Unheard Euphony of the Devodaxi Romance: A study of the Devodaxi Tradition of Assam
Prerana Choudhury /School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Rini Barman /English Department, Jamia Milia Islamia

Romancing the Disabled Body: Re-Thinking Corporeality in the Televised Articulation of Desire and Pleasure in India
Vinita Singh/ M.Phil, Department of English, Delhi University

Panel 6- Staging Romance

Chair: Bhaskar Ghose

Readings from “Salt”, a collection of short stories.
Racquel Goodison / City University of New York: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Puppet Mediates the Popular: Bollywood Bandwagon
Manpreet Kaur / Asst. Prof. Dept of English / St. Stephen’s College

The Crafting of Love (and why we shouldn’t do it)
Paper: Somak Mukherjee (PGII) and Trisha Ray (PGI) / Jadavpur University Department of English. The performers are: Somak Mukherjee (PGII), Jayeeta Saha (UGII), Soumashree Sarkar (PGI), Aratrika Choudhury (UGIII)

Mediated Perversion of Romance in Othello: Iago morphed on stage and cinema
Nigitha John, Ann Susan Aleyas, Rishi Sood, Anisha Angellina Victor, Sameer Gardener, Anna Thomas, Twinkle Lal, Rizowana Hussaini , Aunnesha Sen, St. Stephen’s College

“O re piya: The Woman and Romance”
Ann Daisy Kavitha, Kavita Joseph, Laetitia Warjari, Priyanka Das Saharia, Urna Mukherjee
St. Stephen’s College

Day 3, Feb 17th

Keynote address by Radhika Alkazi
“Romancing the Stage: An Interactive Session”

Panel 7- Love Notes: Mozart, Hindi Film Music, The Bandish and Thumri

Chair: Giti Chandra

Isharon Isharon Mein: Romance of Allusion in the Hindi Film Song
Babli Moitra-Saraf / Indraprastha College

Hori with Banwari: The Bandish, the Thumri and the Anxiety of No Influence
Sonali Barua

Mozart: Romantic and Anti-Romantic
Sunit Tandon

Panel 8- Politics and Romantics

Chair: Tapan Basu

Unmensch or Ubermensch?: A Commoner’s romance of Napoleon
Supurna Dasgupta/ M. A. Eng. / Delhi University

Valentine’s Day in India: Political Potentials of Romance?
Kanika Sharma and Sakshi Dogra/ M.phil (English Literature) / Jamia Millia Islamia

A Re-reading of African American Slave Narratives as a Discourse of the Romantic Ideal
Shimi M Doley/ Asst. Professor/ Dept. of English/ Jamia Millia Islamia



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