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Globalization and New Terrains of Consciousness

Call for Papers

Theme: Globalization and New Terrains of Consciousness
Subtitle: Phenomenologies of the Global/ Local/ Glocal
Type: International Conference
Institution: Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia
  Department of English and American Studies, University of Würzburg
Location: Online
Date: 9.–10.2.2021
Deadline: 1.12.2020

Phenomenological modes of analysis offer perspectives on sense-making
practices, wherein we tend to ask questions as to what appeals to a
particular community, or makes its presence felt in cultural
practices, or even lends to hybridization. We live in sensory
environments and glocalisation allows for a critical reflection on
the making and remaking of these through assemblages and
coming-together. A consideration of humans and our earth- others in
building a new form of “planetary imaginary” (Spivak, Death of a
Discipline, 2003) is crucial. And, varied sensoriums allow for
multiplicity of expressions and relationalities to emerge.

In response to these developments and demands, we propose to develop
a multilogical phenomenology of globalization that will enable “an
analysis of those experiences that human beings are undergoing as a
result of the new socio-economic-cultural and political processes of
‘globalization’, which in turn condition the horizon of all possible
expectations an interpretations against which new experiences are
possible and intelligible” (Mendieta, "Invisible Cities”, 2001). Our
entry point for such a phenomenology of globalization will be the
examination of sensory cultures and of their medial articulation. How
are local cultures of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch as well
as the related routines of spatiality and somaticity impacted by
global discourses and media (such as television, popular music,
digital media, ‘cosmopolitan’ or ‘global literature’)? Vice versa,
how and in how far are specific local practices, strategies and
legacies of worldmaking represented in and projected into the sphere
of global negotiation? How are local and global practices of sensory,
spatial and conceptual worldmaking interwoven and negotiated in
capitals or megacities like Delhi, Beijing, London and Berlin? The
urban sensorium of the smart city contrasts well with the sentient
ecological drive in environmental Humanities in the face of mass
extinction and global climate change. Thus, this call for papers is
interested in an exploration of sensory environments and cultures of
knowledge produced and examined in a process of globalized

We invite you to think about the synesthesia of senses and
sense-making, the affective accumulation of images across literary,
cultural and programmatized texts that both build and seek a
splintering “actuality” which is by virtue of its accumulative
articulation an “artifactuality” (Derrida, Echographies of
Television, 1996). The local articulations of global experiences of
the networked assemblages of the times and terrains of consciousness,
open spaces of contemplation about the molecular actualising, or even
activating of the desiring and sensory intensities of its parts are
ever evolving. It becomes interesting to follow language and its
ordering and development of a sense of varied sensory environments,
of narrative, of story, of plot, of the epochal and the trivial,
bringing us back to thought and sensation through the literary, the
cultural and the experiential that eventually dwell on what it means
to be human and what it means to overcome the centrality of that

We invite abstracts on the following themes, but are not limited to

- Hyperaesthetic Culture
- Hyperculture
- Local Cultures and Global Discourses
- Sensory Adaptation and Sense-Making
- Transnational Linkages
- Agency: Material and otherwise
- Multimodal sensory experiences
- Machinic Assemblages
- Molar/Molecular Becoming/Unbecoming
- Sensory, Parasensory and Extrasensory
- Spatial discourses
- Urbanity, Artifactuality and Time
- Routines of spatiality and somaticity
- Technics and the Megacity
- Worldmaking in popular culture
- Heterotopic Negotiations
- Posthuman/ Other-than human sensory explorations

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts: 1st December, 2020
Intimation of Accepted Abstracts: 15th December, 2020
Submission of Full-Length Papers: 15th January, 2021.

Guidelines for Abstract and Paper Submission

We invite abstracts of about 300 words along with a short bio-note of
100 words to be sent via email to on or before
1st December, 2020. Full-length papers of accepted abstracts, of
6000-8000 words, in citation style MLA 8th Edition, should reach the
same on or before 15th January, 2021.

Selected papers will be published in a collection of conference
proceedings with a leading international publisher. For further
queries and submissions, kindly write to us at


Prof. Najma Akhtar Vice Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia


Prof. Simi Malhotra, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New

Prof. Isabel Karremann, Department of English, University of Zurich,

Prof. Zeno Ackermann, Department of English and American Studies,
University of Würzburg, Germany

Prof. Nishat Zaidi, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New

Shraddha A. Singh, Research Scholar, Department of English, Jamia
Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Zahra Rizvi, Research Scholar, Department of English, Jamia Millia
Islamia, New Delhi


Conference Committee
Globalization and New Terrains of Consciousness
Department of English
Jamia Millia Islamia
New Dehli, India