It was a national conference jointly organized by English literary association, Sri Venkateshwara college and Ramjas college, Delhi University. What the conference focused on was “HOW DO WE BEAR WITNESS TODAY”. And so over the days of the conference, they explored the various aspects of such conflicts.
This conference was held for three days- 6th, 7th and 8th of February. The first day venue was in Sri Venkateshwara college, where there was a beautiful welcome and inauguration by DR. P.Hemalatha Reddy(Principal of Sri Venkateshwara college) and DR. Rupali Sarcar Gaur. For the first day there were four panels set followed by the student’s performance. The speakers of the first day were- Nada Tharakandivil, Mohamed Adil N, Tapasya Narang, Ashima Mittal, Dipanvita Sehgal, Uday Kanvngo, Ayush Jain, Kinshu Dang, Bijit Sinha, Simran Kalra, Raag Mathur Ramdev, Shreiya Maheshwari, Saurabh Tiwary, Megha Bakshi, Shama Jan S, Tazeen Ali, Ifrah Jawaid, Nazish Ashraf, Harshita Lall, Saba Nazki, Prerna Bidalia, Srirupa Goswami, Abhilasha Gupta, Akshay Labroo, Ishan Wad, Srimanta Mitra, Arghya Chakroborty, Ishan Mohan, Sagar Sachdeva and Akansha Ahluwalia. Some of the major papers which were the highlight were- Being inhuman, Astudy of 16th December rape case, Internet meme’s and the illusion of participatory media, Kashmir, ‘Dalits, Demons,Decay and Dearth’, Music and the musician.
The second day conference was held in Ramjas college. There were three panels organized followed by Q & A session: Conflicts-Rights by Gautam Bhan and Vrinda Grover. The speakers were- Nivedita Menon, Soumyabrata Choudhury, Dilip simeon, Shohini Ghosh, Akhil Katyal, Akshay Khanna, Bonojit Hussain, Shivam Vij and Saikat Ghosh. The topics which they discussed were- what is ‘conflict’? conflicting claims; what is ‘new’ about the texts of conflict and technology: co-constituting or reflecting conflict?
And the final day gave us three more panels at Ramjas, followed by a panel discussion by Mukund Padmanabhan, Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Nandini Chandra and Sanjay Kak. The speakers were Sanjoy Hazarika, Saumyajit Bhattacharya, Amit Sengupta, Kavita Krishnan, Chandan Gomes, Sudhanva Deshpande, Ramu Ramanathan and Vikramaditya Sahai. The topics which they talked about were- Visualizing conflict: cinema, video, photo; Banality of Brutality; Culturally Armed. This was a great initiative taken by the two most prestigious colleges of Delhi University. Through such conferences not only students speak up but also experience and learn a lot. A conference, such as this, which takes up such delicate issues, should be encouraged. And so we are really looking forward to many more such conferences which surely make a difference.