Creative Writing as an Emerging Transnational Discipline

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UChicago Center in Delhi & Ashoka University, Sonepat

Mar. 24

This two-day symposium will engage Faculty members from the University of Chicago, Ashoka University, and the University of East Anglia—along with publishers, editors and writers from the Delhi-National Capital Region to  convene for an extended discussion of interconnected literary futures in Asia, Europe, North America, and beyond. 

A long-term objective of the symposium is to promote and sustain an interface between academia and the media/publishing industry that is attentive to the rapidly changing cultures of writing and reading in the twenty-first century. India, with its extensive history of Anglophone literary production, is an ideal region for situating this inquiry at the intersection of literary arts practice throughout South Asia, the United States and Great Britain.

A more specific immediate objective is to create and sustain a conversation about the best ways to nourish a Creative Writing Program within a university, and to vitalize discussions on creative writing pedagogy, including curricular and workshop practices. This is a key question for the two major participating institutions, Ashoka and the University of Chicago, and their nascent creative writing programs. The artistic and professional resources offered by the adjoining urban communities will also be a key subject of the symposium; this is especially relevant to Delhi as the subcontinental hub for media and publishing.

Symposium events (including public lectures, panel discussions and literary readings) will be held both at the University of Chicago Center in Delhi and at Ashoka University in Sonepat, to bring the symposium to different constituencies and broaden its scope, symbolically rooting conversations both on campus and in the city.

Confirmed participants from India include :

Anjum Hasan, Amit Chaudhuri, Aditi Sriram, Aditya Mani Jha, Arunava Sinha, Himanjali Sankar , Janice Pariat, Jaya Bhattacharya-Rose, Namita Gokhale, Poulomi Chatterjee, Akhil Katyal, R. Sivapriya, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Jai Arjun Singh, Vivek Shanbhag, Sumana Roy and Rita Kothari.

Confirmed participants from USA include:

Jason Grunebaum, John Wilkinson, Rachel Galvin and Vu Tran

Srikanth Reddy, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, and Saikat Majumdar, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Ashoka, are the key organizers of the symposium.  Additionally, Amit Chaudhuri, poet, novelist and critic, and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia, is also closely involved.