By Imnasenla Pongener
Researchers At Work Conference – RAW.CON 2013, the 3rd National Student’s Conference, which is a student-initiative academic event to create a platform for the research students’ community was flagged off on September 25, 2013 at the Centre for Comparative Literature (CCL), School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad.
The three-day conference was between September 25-27, 2013 and was inaugurated by Prof Amitabha Das Gupta, Dean, School of Humanities. Appreciating the initiative of the students CCL, he said, “It is a very compact, sort-out seminar. It is an academic extravaganza for students who do not have proper platform to present their ideas and research.”
Through this year’s theme ‘Vernacular Modernities,’ the conference sought to re-engage with the questions posed by/to modernity, in all its plural-singularity from academic and everyday locations. The conference also intended to engage with issues regarding the present which are being heterogeneously and discontinuously re-constituted with respect to the present understandings of the ‘national’ and the ‘vernacular.’
Sudarshan Rayala, PhD, CCL introduced the aim of the conference as an attempt to bring together various on-going research trends pertaining to the theme among researchers in the country. “RAW.CON 2013 is organized to take stock of current research in terms of modernities and its various regional/vernacular alterties. We are indeed very happy and proud to share that it is one of the very first student conferences in India to start deliberating on interdisciplinary research,” he informed.
The conference included plenary sessions by Dr. J. Devika, Centre of Developmental Studies, Trivandrum and Dr. Robin Ngangom, Department of English, North Eastern Hill University on September 25 and September 27, 2013 respectively. This year 12 faculty members from UoH moderated the discussions to intensify the interactions among the research scholars fraternity.
RAW.CON 2013 was organised in collaboration with the Indian National Council for Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi. The conference hosted numerous paper presentations by renowned scholars from Hyderabad and participants from other varsities in the country. Among the attendees were distinguished academicians Prof. MSS Pandiyan, JNU, MV Narayan, Calicut University, J Devika, CDS, Shugufta Shaheen, MANNU and Rekha Pappu, TISS who interacted with the students and presenters.