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Monday, January 7, 2013


The Theme

The last three decades have witnessed revolutionary changes with respect to the generation and management of knowledge. The main reason behind this revolution is the phenomenal development in technology, especially electronics and computer, which has penetrated into all other realms of knowledge. The world has gone electronic now and the prospects, priorities, and problems of every branch of knowledge have undergone thorough reconsiderations. Language and literature are not free from this e influence.

The e-revolution has opened up new vistas of thinking, creativity, writing, publication, and reception of literary texts. Many literary texts addressing the realities of the e-world have appeared on the scene, many innovative means of expressing oneself in literature with the aid of technology have emerged, and many different means of physically reading various texts have been resorted to in the present e-era.  Likewise, the impact of electronic technology has made its indelible impact felt in  the field of language also. It has altered the conventional methods of communication and language parlance and has introduced new paradigms for learning and teaching language. The discipline of English Language Teaching has undergone radical changes
in philosophy, content, and methodology in the recent years. Technology has become an integral part of ELT and learning and teaching strategies have been adapted to suit the possibilities thrown open by technology.

E-learning kits and online tutorials are now commonplace tools in the hands of language learners. It is against this backdrop that the Dept. of English, Payyanur College is organising a national seminar of 'English Language and Literature in the e-Era”, joining hands with ELTIF. The seminar is intended to provide a platform for serious critical deliberations on the trends, prospects and problems of language and literature and their learning in the e-era. The seminar has the following specified objectives:

? To deliberate on the changing trends and tendencies in language and literature in the e-era

? To throw open to the students and research scholars the potential of technology in the production and dissemination of knowledge in the discipline under discussion

? To critically evaluate the possibilities and challenges as well as the philosophical, political, social, and cultural implications of language and literature learning in the e- era

? To analyse the impact of technology on translation and translation studies

? To analyse the shifts in various curricula in the wake of drastic advancements in technology

? To ponder over the pedagogical practices that have emerged as the offshoot of modern technology

? To reflect on the trends in the publishing industry in the e-era

The seminar, we hope, would provide a creative space for academicians, scholars and students from various parts of the country to interact and open up fresh avenues of thought pertaining to the area under discussion.

The Institution

Payyanur College, Payyanur, established in 1965, is a state-aided college affiliated to Kannur University and accredited by NAAC at 'A' level. It is one of the most sought after colleges in North Kerala. The Department of English offers undergraduate courses in English Language and Literature since 1969 and has a proud record of having laid a solid foundation to the literary and language pursuits of many youngsters who are well placed in different walks of life now, across continents.

The college is on NH 66 (former NH 17), 3 kilometres from Payyanur, 39 kilometres from Kannur, and 130 kilometres from Mangalore airport.

Dr K.C. Muraleedharan HoD and Convenor))
Prof. K. Narayanan Principal)
Dr Santhosh V.M. (Organising Secretary)



9.00 - 9.30 : Registration

 9.30 - 10.30 : INAUGURATION

Welcome : Dr K.C. Muraleedharan (HoD English & Convenor)

Chair : Prof. K. Narayanan (Principal)

Inauguration : Dr A.P. Kuttykrishnan (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Kannur University)


Keynote Address : Dr P.P. Raveendran (Professor and Dean, MG University, Kottayam)

Felicitations : 

 Mr. T.A. Mathew (Gen. Secretary, ELTIF)

Mr. K. Ramachandran Master (President, Board of Management)

Sri C T Sebastian , (English Alumni Association)*

Dr P. Balakrishnan (HoD, Hindi)

Dr Jayachandran Keezhoth (HoD, Malayalam)*

Mr T.V. Ganesan (Senior Superintendent)*

Mr. Sajin N.K. (Chairman, College Union)

Vote of Thanks : Mrs. Ratnaprabha (Faculty, Dept. of English)



10.30 – 12.45 Technical Session 1

Welcome : Mr. A.J. Hareendran (Faculty, Dept. of English)

Chair: Dr P.P. Raveendran 

 1) English and the Internet Revolution: Dr S. Nagesh, Associate Professor, St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, Kozhikode. 

2) Trends in the Publishing Industry in the e-Era: Mr. Olivannan Gopalakrishnan

3) Translation in the Digital Era: A Few Introductory Remarks:Dr K.M. Sheriff (Associate Professor, Calicut University)

Thanks : Mr. Dheeraj P. (6th Sem B.A.)


12.45 – 1.30 : Lunch

1.30 – 3.30  Technical Session 2

  Welcome : Mr A J  Hareendran, (Faculty, Dept. of English)

 Chair : Dr Asha (HoD English, KMM Govt. Women's College, Kannur)

 1) Aesthetics, Technology, and the Disciplines in India: Dr C. Vipinkumar (Associate Professor, EFLU, Lucknow)

2) Hypertext Fiction : Possible Reader(s) and Plausible Text(s): Mr. Robin Xavier (Asst. Professor, St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, Kozhokode)

3) What Does it Mean to be a Good Academic Writer in the e-Era?: Mr P.K. Jayaraj (Director, SIET, Thrissur)

 Thanks : Ms Vidya T. Appukkuttan (6th Sem B.A.)


 Welcome : Smt. P. Shyma (Guest Faculty, Dept. of English)

Chair : Dr. K.C. Muraleedharan (HoD English)

1) Charting New Territories: A Cartography of New Age Narratives of Reality: Dr Anej Somaraj (Asst. Prof., Christian College, Changannur)

2) Book Unbound: From Text to Hypertext: Ms Vinaya Bhaskaran (Asst. Prof., NSS College, Ottappalam)

3) Digital Language, Analogue Lives: Configuring English (Literary): Mr. Jobin Thomas (Research Scholar, EFLU, Hyderabad)

 Thanks : Ms Jayalakshmi R. Nair (4th Sem B.A.)

*(could not attend due to unforeseen reasons)

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