International Faculty Development Programme - Contemporary Trends in English Studies
Date:21 to 28 November 2022
The First day of the International Faculty Development Programme started with the Inaugural ceremony. Prof. Jerrin Jose, UG Programme Coordinator, delivered the welcome address. The Concept note of the International FDP was read by Fr. Joshy Mathew, Head, Department of English. Fr. Dr. Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) delivered the Presidential address. Dr Lyola Thomas, PG Programme Coordinator, proposed the Vote of Thanks.
The day’s speaker was Dr Tonisha Guin, Assistant Professor Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur. Ms Alna Maria Isac, Assistant Professor of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), introduced the speaker of the day, Dr Tonisha Guin, in her welcome address and invited the participants. Dr Tonisha Guin joined the School of Liberal Arts, IIT Jodhpur, as an Assistant Professor in July 2022. Tonisha Guin’s academic interests are identity studies, space studies, popular culture, decoloniality, knowledge systems in the Global South, and new media studies.
Dr Tonisha Guin, in her lecture, foregrounded the hidden multitudes of identity in the Bengal diaspora and also about Normative. The speaker showcased the Ideologies of Michael Foucault and Derrida on identity discourses. She also emphasized Judith Butler's take on performativity in Politics of Identity.
The lecture was followed by an interactive session where the participants clarified their doubts and asked their questions. A feedback link was provided to the participants, and the session ended with a Vote of Thanks delivered by Dr Saranya Narayanan, Faculty of English.
The second day of the FDP began with a silent prayer. The speaker of the day was Dr. Nadhu Kamra, Professor and Head, Dept. of English, Durga Mahavidhyalaya, Raipur, Chattisgarh. Dr. Arsha Subbi, Assistant Professor of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru, introduced the speaker and cordially invited the participants for the session. Initially, the resource person briefed on the framework of what disability studies in the world of academia is. She emphasized on the rise of the disability concepts and provided insights on disability as stigma and how stigma affected people through the component of fear. The concluded the lecture by discussing how this branch is extended to the study of literature. At the end of the session, participants brainstormed the resource person with intellectual questions and feedback links were shared. Vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr. Mary Raymer, Assistant Professor of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru.
The Speaker of the day was Dr Avishek Parui (PhD, Durham University) is an Associate Professor in English at IIT Madras and Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Dr Ruth Magdelene, Assistant Professor of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), in her welcome address introduced the speaker of the day, Dr Avishek Parui. He is the Principal Investigator of the Centre for Memory Studies and the founding chairperson of the Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS).
Dr Avishek Parui’s lecture foregrounded the Interdisciplinarity of memory studies, research possibilities and practical possibilities of memory studies. He also quoted the concepts of Astrid Earl, where he talked about the different categories and subcategories of memory studies. In his lecture, he highlighted how literature and literary concepts came first in modern technologies and how memory studies will help to understand them. He concluded by stressing the Importance of Understanding the Complexity of memory and the ontology of memory in post-Digital Age, where memory studies will come as an Intervention for a better understanding of our reality.
The lecture was followed by an interactive session where the participants clarified their doubts and asked their questions. A feedback link was provided to the participants and the session ended with a Vote of Thanks which was delivered by Ms. Minu A, Faculty of English.
The fourth day of the Faculty Development Programme on Contemporary Trends in English Studies began with a silent prayer. Ms. Smitha Mary Sebastian, Assistant Professor, Department of English, invited the participants and introduced the speaker of the day, Dr Shalini M., in her welcome address. Dr. Shalini works as Assistant Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala, India.
Dr. Shalini M. delivered a lecture titled, “Fresh Woods and Pastures New:’ Contours of World Literature”, in which she traced the origin of the study of World Literature to Goethe’s Weltliteratur paradigm and the subsequent growth of smaller literary movements that transcend national boundaries such as intercultural comparative studies. She also touched upon several famous figures such as Erich Auerbach, Edward W. Said, and Gayatri Chakraborthy Spiva,k who had conceived of the need for the understanding of world literature to evolve out of its narrow Eurocentric focus. She then explained contemporary developments in the concept of World Literature through the works of Franco Moretti, Pascale Casanova and David Damrosch.
The lecture was followed by an interactive session where the participants clarified their doubts and asked their questions. The session ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr Samjaila T.H, Faculty of English.
The fifth day of the Faculty Development Programme on “Contemporary Trends in English Studies” began with a silent prayer. Mrs.Neha Kumari, Assistant Professor, Department of English, invited the participants and introduced the speaker of the day, Ms.Tatjana Jovcheska. Tatjana (Tanya) Jovcheska is an EFL/ESL teacher, educational consultant, and Head of the curriculum at Schola, Vietnam.
Ms.Tatjana Jovcheska delivered the lecture on English as a Second Language where she discussed the different dimensions of how English is taught as a second language during the time of the pandemic and the period thereafter. She also implied on the different language apparatus and modules that aid in the teaching.
The lecture was followed by an interactive question session where the participants clarified their doubts related to the lecture. The session ended with a vote of thanks.
The sixth day of the International Faculty Development Programme on Contemmporary Trends in English Studies began with a welcome speech delivered by Dr. Sneha Suresh, following which she also introduced the speaker for the day, Dr. Rima Bhattacharya. Dr. Rima Bhattacharya is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. In her session entitled “Viewing Culinary Traditions in Asian American Literature through the Lens of Memory”, she highlighted the connection of food and memory particularly in the larger American society and how it is perceived by immigrants or the marginalized ethnic groups. The presentation began with general topics like ‘The Nature of Food’, ‘The Nature of Memory’ and then eventually delved into the intensive studies connecting both the concepts and explaining the intersection of food and memory particularly in the Asian American literary culture and society. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session where the participants directly posted their questions regarding the subject, engaging the speaker. The session was closed by a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Lalmalsawmi Ralte.
The Speaker of the day was Dr Leonor Maria Martinez Serrano Assistant Professor in the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Córdoba, Spain. Her research interests include Canadian Literature, Ecocriticism, American Literature, High Modernism, First Nations, and Oral Literatures, Literary Translation, and Comparative Literature. Dr Giftsy Dorcas, Assistant Professor of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), introduced the speaker of the day.
Dr Leonor Maria Martinez Serrano in her lecture explicated the hidden multitudes in the works of Shalan Joudry, a Canadian First Nations poet, podcaster, and oral storyteller, pertaining to the native diaspora and also about Normative. The Ideologies of Shalan Joudry and the detailed elaboration on the meaning of land for the First Nations were told through the story of her landscape and the Mi'kmaw people. She emphasized on the Language and Indigenous identity; the also speaker played audio recordings from a podcast by joudry relating to identity discourses
The lecture was followed by an interactive session where the participants clarified their doubts and asked their questions. Feedback link was provided to the participants and the session ended with Vote of Thanks delivered by Ms Chitra Susan Thampy.
The international FDP organised by the Department of English proved to be fruitful and indeed beneficial to the participants. E certificates were provided to participants who received 85% attendance. The feedback submitted by the participants show that the programme was successful to a greater extent.
Faculty Enhancement Programme on Technology Driven Pedagogy
The Department of English organised a Faculty Enhancement Programme titled 'Technology Driven Pedagogy' on July 27, 2022. Dr. Aruna Devi, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science (PG), Kristu Jayanti College, Autonomous, Bengaluru, delivered the expert talk.
Dr. Aruna Devi began her session by detailing the technology-assisted teaching pedagogy tools that could enhance the teachers’ effectiveness both within and outside the classroom. She further extended her talk on the technical methods focusing on experiential learning, participatory learning, and employability to enable learner centric model. The zestful session ended with a Q & A. Teachers found the session insightful, comprehensive and effective.
Faculty Development Programme on Research in Literature: Emerging Trends and Approaches
Department of English organised a seven-day Faculty Development Programme on the Topic “Research in Literature: Emerging Trends and Approaches” from 9 -16 August 2021. The resource persons were Dr. V. K Karthika, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy, Tamil Nadu; Dr. Tariq Khan, Lecturer cum Junior Research Officer, National Translation Mission, CIIL, Mysore; Dr. Malathy P, Assistant Professor of English, Government Arts College, Coimbatore; Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Professor and Head, Department of English, Punjabi University, Patiala; Prof. C. S. Jayaram Professor, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidya Peetham, Kochi; Dr. Muhammed Afzal. P, Assistant Professor (Cultural Studies), Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani; and Dr. Milind M Ahire, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Arts, Science & Commerce College, Manmad, Nashik, Maharashtra. The resource persons shared insightful discourses on Research Publication- Scope and Solutions, Literary Studies and Language Sciences in Complementary Roles, Literature and Digital Humanities, Research in Literature: Theory and Interpretation, Art and Literature: New Avenues of Research, Ephemera as Archive: Researching the Popular, and Stylistics: Trends and Possibilities of Research. All the sessions of the FDP tremendously helped the faculty members to get acquainted and updated with new perceptions, awareness, views, and opinions on research in literature.
Three-Day Online FDP (26 May-28 May, 2020)
Topic: Changing Faces of English Teaching/Learning in the Post-Pandemic World
Name and Details of the Resource Persons:
Day I: Dr. Dilip P. Barad
Dean, Faculty of Arts, Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji, Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar.Gujarat.
Day II: Dr. D. Yogananda Rao
Associate Professor, PG Department of English, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Jain University, Bengaluru.
Day III: Dr. Amutha Arockiya Mary
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Auxilium College,Vellore. Tamil Nadu
Number of Participants: 158 (131 external participants+ 27 in-house participants)
26 May, 2020, Day I:
Rev. Fr. Josekutty P.D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College virtually inaugurated the online FDP and delivered the inaugural address. It was followed by introductory remarks by the Head of the Department, Dr. Thomas Palayoor.
The speaker of the day Dr. Dilip P. Barad spoke about the prerequisites at understanding online teaching during the post Covid era. He elaborated on the role of teachers during this period and how the teachers can better understand the difference between ERT (Emergency Remote Teaching) and Online Teaching. He stressed on the objective to provide temporary access to instruction and instructional supports in a manner that is quick to set up and is reliably available during an emergency or crisis. He discussed how one can incorporate technology in the English Literature classroom and about the relevance of visual images in the better understanding of poetry.
He professed the necessity of a paradigm shift in the methods of teaching literature. He also informed the participants about the presence of online poetry generation machines that produce generative literature through the use of algorithm. He concluded by emphasizing that while the literary project for making humans humane is yet not over, the humanities people have new challenges to make robots humane. He thus concluded the session with interactions.
27 May, 2020, Day II:
The speaker of the day Dr. D. Yogananda Rao spoke regarding the developments that took place particularly in the Anglo-phone academia. He attempted to trace the developments by identifying three important points in the trajectory: before theory, theory and after theory. He also elaborated on the change in nomenclature: literary criticism to literary theory and the perception of the function of art and criticism and the orientation of the personnel in the practice of negotiation of texts.
He also stressed that the act of responding to literary texts has been as old a phenomenon as the production of the texts themselves. The responses to texts what has come to be called “literary criticism”. As with writing practices, the critical practices too have not remained static and have undergone several changes over a period of time. Whatever the changes, the focus has not gone beyond the three important components: the author, the text and the reader. He concluded his talk with the reasons that led to the decline of theory. The session ended with interactions.
28 May, 2020, Day III:
Dr. Amutha Arockiya Mary addressed the participants regarding the sudden shift to digital teaching and learning that has become the general norm in the Post-Covid period. She stressed on the importance of the visible virtuous teacher to inspire students and who always has the upper hand at being a mentor and motivator to the students. She produced a detailed survey on students’ attitude towards online learning/teaching and highlighted the challenges in the sudden shift to digital learning and digital divide.
She spoke about the necessity of introducing integrated pedagogy with digital devices prioritizing ‘inclusive’ educational strategy. The session was concluded with interactions and feedback session. The FDP came to a close with the concluding comments by the Head of the Department.
Faculty Development Programme titled “Postcolonial Approach to Literary Texts
The Department of English organized a faculty development programme titled “Postcolonial Approach to Literary Texts” on the 28th of October, 2019. The programme was held at Mini Audi II (Main Block) and faculty members of the English department were in attendance. Professor Alna Maria Isac anchored the session and Professor Jimin S. Mathew introduced the esteemed guest, Dr. Krishna Kumari Manavalli. The session began with the Head of the English Department, Professor Thomas P. welcoming and felicitating the distinguished resource person. Dr. Manavalli has had a long and illustrious career as a literary critic and translator and is currently a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English at Karnatak University, Darwad. Her riveting lecture addressed various emerging issues in academia, including pedagogy, global teaching practices and the importance of literary theory. The formal talk was preceded by high tea and followed by an interactive session where all members actively participated in a spirited discussion on modern day classrooms and some common problems faced by teachers as well as certain stigma associated with the teaching of theory. At the end of the programme, Dr. Lillykutty Abraham delivered a vote of thanks, expressing the collective gratitude of the department for the stimulating session. The FDP left the faculty members with a better understanding of how to make their lessons more accessible and relatable to their students.