The Department of English, Daulat Ram College, organised a UGC sponsored National Conference on the topic, Migration and Identity: The Urban Subject. It was a two day event held on January 28 and 29.
The conference discussed the topic in question comprehensively by investigating various literary works to realise the importance of the topic and to find out how migration is shaping our lives- knowingly and unknowingly.
The first day of the conference began with an inaugural ceremony where the Head of the department and Convenor of the conference, Dr. Deepshikha Mahanta, welcomed all the esteemed guests. She also thanked the college Principal Dr. Savita Roy for her constant guidance and help. The keynote speech was given by Prof. Avadesh Kumar Singh, professor of Translation Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
This was followed by various sessions where the invited students and scholars from all over the country presented papers and indulged in fruitful discussions. Topics such as Migration and Labour, Migration, History and Gender, Migration and Identity, and Migration and the Subaltern were discussed. These discussions were chaired by respected guests namely Prof. B.P. Sahu (Dept. of History, DU), Dr. Shimi Doley (Jamia Milia Islamia) and Hany Babu (Dept. of English, DU).
There was also a movie screening of a film called Essential Arrival by Prof. Ariva Javed, Dept. of Sociology, Wayne State University, Detroit. The day ended with a short play on migration by Memesis, the dramatics society of Daulat Ram College.
Day 2 saw discussion on topics such as Migration and the Urban Question, Politics of Migration, and Narratives of Migration chaired by distinguished guests which included professors from various universities. The day came to an end with a Valedictory session where everyone congratulated each other for pulling off a successful event and hoped to organise more such productive and rewarding conferences in the future.
“I believe the conference taught us both, academically and practically and we all just hope our guests and audience enjoyed participating in the conference as much we enjoyed organising it” said Sanya Dhingra, the Cultural Secretary of the English department.
Image Credits: Sepia, The Photography and Film society of Daulat Ram College