Volume 1: 2014
Theme: “The Concept of Space: Social and Cultural Perspectives”
This issue of Colloquium deals with the concept of space from a multi-disciplinary perspective. ‘Space’ is a concept which has been present from the time of ancient civilization in the fields of art, architecture, literature, music, dance and science. The notion of space or spatiality has now become central to an understanding of multiple disciplines in the post modern era. In the fields of history, sociology, political science and international relations, studying space can open up new possibilities for defining territories, identities and policies. From a literary and cultural perspective, space can be realized variously as a concept- discursive, psychological or imaginary. It can also be seen as a textual construct whose meaning is fluid and relational with respect to social factors. Finally, a discussion of space and spatiality invites concepts of plurality, multiculturalism and interdisciplinary analysis of ‘spaces.’
Volume 2: 2015
Theme: “Through the Ecological Lens: Ecocriticism and Ecological Perspectives”
The ecological turn in humanities is a response to the complex issue of humankind’s relationship with the natural environment, and how this in turn affects aspects of our existence, ranging from politics to health. Ecocriticism, made popular by the likes of Cheryl Glotfelty, examines the ways in which our responses to nature reflect the larger power equations in society. The theme of this volume, ‘Through the Ecological Lens’ is a general one which encompasses within it the various aspects of eco-humanities, such as ecological history, ecocriticism, ecofeminism, deep ecology, and ecosophy. The articles in this volume have approached the subject from different perspectives, but together they show that the time has come for us to imbibe the idea of ecosophy, defined by Arne Naess as a kind of Sophia or wisdom, which shows us how to live in harmony with our surroundings.
This multidisciplinary, multilingual volume accommodates the responses of Indian scholars who have looked at environmental issues from the standpoint of their experiences as modern day Indians.
This volume is the contribution of the Humanities Section of the Bhawanipur Education Society College to the ongoing debates around ecological concerns and their implications for the power equations and developmental concerns of our times.
Volume 3, 2016
Theme: Politics of Representation
The idea of representation has long posed the problem of the relation between reality and shadow, cognition and communication, the absolute and the partial. Plato’s opposition to the creative arts as mere mimetic gestures, at two removes from absolute reality has generated debates and clarifications down the ages. A few centuries later, Coleridge, standing at a point of literary history when the literal began to yield to the symbolic, observed the difficulty of transforming houghts to words when he said, “The formation of a copy is not solved by the mere pre-existence of an original; the copyist of Raffael’s Transfiguration must repeat more or less perfectly the process of Raffael” (Biographia Literaria, Chapter 8). He was thus pointing out the affective power of the arts. Given such a view, representation becomes a process in which a reader or an onlooker becomes an active agent and not merely a passive receiver. Recent developments in fields like Media and Cultural studies, which use the prisms of Gender, Race, Postcolonial perspectives, among others, have further complicated our understanding of what representation entails…As the problem of representation becomes more charged with various kinds of politics, not only electoral, the need to re-examine representational strategies and their relation to the individual and the
contextual, is also becoming necessary. The articles in this volume of Colloquium, drawn from the disciplines of literary studies, Political Science, History, Sociology, address these concerns and we hope they will generate ideas and debates in their respective fields.