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BHU to organise workshop on 'The Politics of Post: Theory, Literature and Culture'
The Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, is going to organise a seven-day national workshop on "The Politics of Post: Theory, Literature and Culture" at Department of English, Mahila Mahavidyalaya, from March 25 to 27.
According to the organisers of the event, theory has radically transformed the nature of 'Literary Studies' and provoked new dimensions in the creative-constative discourse of literature.

"The contemplation over the notion of theory and conditions of reflection has provoked some critics and philosophers to propagate the idea of 'after theory', 'theory after theory' and 'post-theory' to stress contemporary needs, situations and reality. The emphasis on empiricity in post-theoretical age does not emphasize emancipation from the theoretical understanding of the discourse; rather it asserts a creative and progressive blurring of the established frontiers of different discourses," informs the concept note of the workshop.

The organisers hold that the workshop will open opportunities and possibilities to discuss and debate the contemporary intellectual trends in and comprehensive panorama of the usage, roles, impacts and implications of "theory" into post-theoretical terrains.

Accordingly, the topics of the workshop are such as Representation and Identify (Gender and Ethnicity); Cultures of Memory in India and South Asia (Oral and Folk Literature); Post-foundation Ethics and Value; Bio-Politics and Ethics (Disability Studies, Animal Studies, Eco Studies, and Refugee Studies); Postmodernism and Post-colonialism; Culture Studies in India (Dalit and Tribal Literature & Culture); Theory after theory (Future of Theory and its Relevance), and similar other topics

It has been stated that the workshop would enable participants to understand different theories and its role in literary and culture studies; read, contextualize, and compare different theorists; develop critical and collaborative reading; apply theory when analysing literary and cultural texts; enhance their understanding and enjoyment of literary texts; distinguish between opinions, appreciations and analysis; develop their ideas into a coherent, theoretically-engaged piece; and develop confidence in individual theoretical-critical research writing.

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