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International Conference


15-17 November, 2018


Concept Note

The main objective of the Conference is to identify various approaches to Russian literature from the turn of the century to the present time.

The 21st century is inconceivable outside post-Soviet Russian culture from the 90s of the 20th century to the beginning of this century. The rise of market economy led to the confrontations of social, political, economic, cultural and ideological forces. The old and the new, the well-established traditions and the numerous innovations in all areas of culture are the fundamental factors in the study of Contemporary Russian literature.  The Conference will also serve as a platform to discuss the multi faceted literary criticism of this period.

The role of literature has always been a keystone to the understanding of any culture, be it of any continent, period or in any of its myriad forms Similar to the history of social being the history of literature too begins with the evolution of mankind. Literature is not a static movement, nor it is a fixed supposition of positive and negative phenomena; it is rather an evolving force which has a symbiotic relationship with the age, time and sphere within which it exists. The primary questions which have been doing the rounds in all literary conferences and meetings are: What is the essence of literature? What is the function of literature? Is it the function of literature to portray the world and society as it is? Or, is it as we would like to see it? The cultural juxtaposition reflects the environment in which writers roam freely beyond the borders, from present to the past. This free and broad perspective does not signify the artists’ detachment from history. Rather it provides the readers a glimpse of significant events of history.

 Modern societies have passed through a series of crises and have been able to successfully recover from them. In some cases, this recovery has been at the cost of loss of certain values which were the connecting threads between diverse cultural and ethnic groups. The process of globalization continues to pose newer challenges before these societies. In today’s day of multiculturalism and globalization history and culture has become a very crucial factor for the establishment of identity and traditional values. 

  Therefore there is a need for a more comprehensive and critical evaluation of literary narratives. It is necessary to comprehend to what extent these texts can help to create a bridge between the culturally diverse groups in modern society. There is also a need to focus on the significance and relevance of literature in modern society.

There is a need for cross-regional analysis of the literary traditions that are common to both Russia and India There many common themes and similar social situations in both the countries as several common cultural and social influence strings. The Centre of Russian Studies in the proposed Conference will be taking the issue of social framework as depicted in Contemporary Russian literature with a view from Indian social fabric.

The Conference will pay special attention to the historical binding which has held both the countries together. Literary works of Russia since long have been of great interest to the scholars of India. The social nuisances of Modern Russia and India have many commonalities and they need to be investigated. The scholarly presentations in the proposed Conference will deal with the socio-historical background of literary texts and its relevance in today’s Indian society.

The Contemporary Russian literature has once again thrown a wide range of issues like the issue of self-identification, the traditional values of the artistic language, artistic and creative methods. The conference will be looking at the correlation of different trends of present-day Russian literature, the various phases of its development during the last two decades, the categories of space and time, and the social problems which have been dealt with in literary works. The beginning of contemporary Russian literature is considered to be from 1991; however the proposed conference will be devoted to the study of transformation of Realism in 21

st century Russian literature. The focus will be on the Russian modern contemporary prose, poetry and drama. The discussion will revolve around the aesthetic paradigm of Russian literature and the main course of its development from 1991 to the present day; the peculiarity of forms of innovation in the literature of the 21st  century keeping in view the social and culture aspect of contemporary Russia.

As 2018 happens to be year of centenary celebration of Aleksandra Isayevich Solzhenitsyn a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer a special session will be dedicate to his life and works.



The broad themes for discussion are:

  1. Philosophical foundations of modern literature
  2. Contemporary Russian literature with a view from India.
  3. Reflections of Russian culture in contemporary literature
  4. Contemporary Russian literature and methodological paradigms
  5. Reflection of the past in literature through the prism of modernity
  6. Artistic text: perception, analysis and interpretation
  7. Search for new forms in modern literature
  8. Contemporary literature: topical issues of study
  9. Teaching Contemporary Russian literature: problems and issues
  10. Solzhenitsyn and Russian contemporary literature 
  11. Language and style of modern Russian literature
  12. Translating contemporary Russian Literature: issues and challenges
  13. Gender Discourse in contemporary Russian literature
  14. Marginality in contemporary Russian literature
  15. Reception of Russian classics in the contemporary literature 
  16. Contemporary Russian literature in comparison
  17. Contemporary Russian literary theory
  18. Contemporary literary criticism



Languages of the Conference: English/ Russian


The abstract (200-300 words) should include the title of the paper; full name; designation; institution; e-mail address as well as mailing address in Times New Roman, 12 pt font size and double spacing. The abstract is to be sent to the email address: crldtr21@gmail.com.

Last date for registration and sending the abstract: 25th September 2018.

Languages of the Conference: English / Russian

Online Registration:  (Step 1) Registration Form to be filled up: Click here.  (Step 2) The abstract to be mailed on crldtr21@gmail.com before the last date.

Registration Charges: Registration charges will be paid by the delegates as per the following rates: 500/- Rupees from Indian Delegates, 1000/- Rupees. from Foreign Delegates.                                    

Organising Committee

Prof. Meeta Narain (Chairperson, CRS)

Prof. Nasar Shakeel Roomi (Director, Conference)

Prof. Ranjana Banerjee

Dr. Arunim Bandyopadhyay

Dr. Sonu Saini

Mr. Vinay Kumar

Dr. Nagendra Shreeniwas


Advisory Committee:

Dr. Richa Sawant

Dr. Kiran Singh Verma

Dr. Ajoy Kumar Karnati

Dr. Meenu Bhatnagar

Dr. Ashutosh Anand

Dr. Manuradha Chaudhary 

Mailing Address:

Centre of Russian Studies

School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067, India

Conference website: www.jnu.ac.in/sllcs/crs-events