‘Tagore: The Global Impact of a Writer in the Community’

International Tagore Conference ‘Tagore: The Global Impact of a Writer in the Community’
Edinburgh Napier University

4, 5 and 6 May 2012
Proposals Due: 31 October 2011

The conference is held under the aegis of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs) being established as part of the Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW).

Ashis Nandy has said that Tagore embodies the modern consciousness of India (Illegitimacy of Nationalism, 1998) and this year India celebrates Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary.

Tagore forged friendships with leading thinkers and cultural figures of his day, including Einstein, G. B. Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and Gandhi. He had a particular connection with Scotland: his grandfather, Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, was given the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1845 and Rabindranath’s friendship and collaboration with Patrick Geddes led to the realization of their vision for International Universities.

Tagore’s impact was international and interdisciplinary. However, his reputation in the West has been overlooked in recent decades. This conference addresses that oversight and projects Tagore’s legacy into the global arena:

You were a designer in every fold of existence
Your robes a syncretic weave of fakir and sage
Your houses were shaped by a multicultural essence
And every genre you touched reached the ultimate stage
Of achievement. The time has come, Poet, to acknowledge
Our measureless debt to you and share your borderless knowledge.

From ‘Rabindranath’, by Bashabi Fraser

The conference invites papers exploring Tagore’s literary and artistic output and welcomes presentations that evaluate his community and educational projects and assess his global impact in his time and today. Papers are also welcome on Tagore’s literary output, art, poetry, and ideas about community projects and global peace. Topics for papers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Tagore and Literature
  • Tagore and the Environment/Ecology
  • Tagore and Modernism/Modernity
  • Tagore and the Renaissance/Enlightenment
  • Tagore and Postcolonialism/Cosmopolitanism
  • Tagore and Scotland/Scottish Studies/Irish-Scottish Studies
  • Tagore and Geddes
  • Tagore and Education
  • Tagore and the West
  • Tagore and India/and the Indian community in Europe
  • Tagore and his Circle
  • Tagore and Gender Politics
  • Tagore’s Legacy

Proposals of 250 words should be submitted by 31 October 2011. Please send proposals, plus a one-paragraph biography, as Word document or PDF to scots@napier.ac.uk

For further information, please contact scots@napier.ac.uk

Conference organisers:

Dr Bashabi Fraser, Lecturer in English and Creative Writing
Dr Scott Lyall, Lecturer in Modern Literature
Dr Emily Alder, Research Assistant

Centre for Literature and Writing
Edinburgh Napier University


2 responses to “‘Tagore: The Global Impact of a Writer in the Community’

  1. Hello
    I have just now come to know about this conference on R Tagore.As a Tagore scholar and musician i have been giving seminars,recitals and lecture:demonstrations in various countries and organisations such as Smithsonian Institute,Universities of Storrs,Mass,UCLA,Santa Cruz,Oxford,Tropinenstituten,Holland etc and gave conferences in museums such as San Diego,Denver,Kala Bhaban,Visva Bharati,Mitchell library etc.I have worked as a singer in “Middleman”of Satyajit Ray and in “Mahabharata”of Peter Brook.I was trained at the school and university founded by Tagore .At the moment i teach musicology at L’Inalco,Paris 9.If it is not too late i would like to present papers on subjects such as “Tagore and Education”,and:or Tagore and Gender Politics”.Thank you;Sarmila Roy (Pommot)

    • Dear Sarmila, Thank you for your comment. It would be best if you got in touch directly with the conference organisers, scots@napier.ac.uk (we are only the message board and not involved with proceedings). Victorianist.

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