Osmania University Centre for International Programmes(OUCIP) International Conference on “Voices Unheard: Indigenous and Tribal Literature in English and English Translation” 22- 24 March 2019

Concept Note:

Stories are an integral part of who we are as peoples. For aborigines and adivasis, traditional storytelling was mostly based on the spoken word. For generations, children learned about their culture and their history through stories their elders told them. It was also used as a tool for entertainment. People of all ages gathered around a storyteller to hear funny stories — ancient tales that also served as important lessons. Aborigine and adivasi people also used other methods to record their stories, such as rock paintings, birch bark scrolls, and wampum belts and carvings, but the foundation was always the oral narrative.

This has changed in the generations after contact with European settlers because Aboriginal people were forced to abandon their languages, and subsequently, their traditional stories. This had a huge impact on many aborigine and adivasi peoples, because instead of looking to their elders for learning, books became the way to learn. But books and how we learn from books is definitely different from how Aboriginal people used to learn — from their families, communities and people. Diversity in Aboriginal literature is an important common factor. When looking at the diversity in Aboriginal literature, no Indigenous person is alike, and therefore their experience is all different from each other. It is the difference between these individuals and how stories are told that gives an individual an understanding of the diversity of experience and perspectives in communities, historically, as impressively as today.

Guidelines for Research Papers: The requirements for the paper presentation session are as follows:

 Research papers will be accepted in M.S. Word only, typed in Times New Roman, 12 font for regular text and 14 font for titles with double spacing

 The maximum word limit of paper will be 2500 words, including abstract in 200 words. Abstract followed by key words is essential. Latest MLA style sheet to be used for all citations in literature papers.

 Authors may put their names only at the right margin of the page below the main title and short biographical note with email and contact number at the end of the paper.

 Research papers without registration fees will not be accepted.

 Abstracts/Research papers will be accepted only in soft copy via email to

oucipinc2019@gmail.com

 Kindly mention the Broad area and the sub-theme (Mandatory)

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