“Challenging Precarity” international seminar organised by the School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, AURO University, Surat in association with University of Northampton and Trinity College, Dublin and sponsored by an international network of scholars - Challenging Precarity January 27-29, 2019.
Respected dignitaries, our most valued invited guests, participants, students and my dear friends! It's an absolute honor and privilege for me to present before you, the summary report of “Challenging Precarity” international seminar organised by the School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, AURO University, Surat in association with University of Northampton and Trinity College, Dublin and sponsored by an international network of scholars - Challenging Precarity.
This three-day international seminar was an attempt to respond to the current state of world affairs: notably, the inherent ontological vulnerability of life and the economic, socially-conditioned precariousness of individuals, societies and populations.
The first day of conference started with the inaugural session. The Dean Academic Dr. Rohit Singh welcomed the guests and also introduced the delegates to the vision & mission of AURO University. Founder and President of Auro University Shri HP Rama exhorted all the youth to become agents of change in his inaugural remarks. The coordinator of this seminar Dr. Omprakash Dwivedi delivered the conceptual note. The theme statement was delivered by Prof. Janet Wilson, Chair, Challenging Precarity: A Global Network, University of Northampton, UK. Delivering the closing remarks, vice chancellor Prof. Avadhesh Kumar Singh said that Precarity is appearing in subtler and more sophisticated form and till human deed is there precarity will be there. The vote of thanks was given by registrar Mr. Ajay Kumar Yadav.
After the group photography session, three technical sessions were held and four keynote addresses were delivered. The keynote speakers on day 1 were Prof. Feroza Jussawalla, University of New Mexico, USA; Dr. Alex Tickell, The Open University, UK; Dr. Lisa Bloom, UC Berkely, US and Prof. Peter Arnds, Trinity College Dublin. During the Technical sessions, papers related to themes such as ‘Representing Precarity in Indian Writing in English” and “Performativity and the Margins” were discussed. A painting and photography exhibition was also held on the sidelines of the Seminar where students’ paintings and photographs were showcased. The first day ended with a cultural program presented by the AURO students.
The second day of the seminar began with Yoga session conducted by Mr. Debiprasad Pramanik. Along with nine technical sessions a keynote address by the renowned writer Mr. Manu Joseph was held. The themes for the technical sessions were “Urban Precarity”, Precarious Stories and the Media”, “Environmental Precarity” and “Precarious Identities” amongst many. In the evening, an amazing performance by Spicmacay - comprising an eclectic mixture of all aspects of Indian cultural heritage was organized followed by the Clear Vision workshop.
The third and final day of the seminar also began with early morning Yoga session. In the opening session, the eminent Indian English writer Dr. Tabish Khair read from his books in a literary forum organized by AURO University in association with Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. It was followed by the keynote addresses by Dr. Johan Höglund, Linnaeus University, Sweden and Prof. Janet Wilson, University of Northampton, UK. Five technical sessions dealing with the themes of “Precarity as Activism”, “Identities on the Margins”, “Precarity and an Ethics for the care of Other” were held on day three.
To sum up in one sentence, all and all, 7 keynote addresses and 17 technical sessions were held over the past three days, during which 90 speakers including 29 international speakers from 17 countries, presented their research papers.
Under the guidance of management, all the faculty members and especially the student volunteers have worked really hard to ensure the smooth conduct of this seminar. We hope that all the delegates enjoyed their stay here in the clean and green AURO campus. We look forward to seeing you all again in the seminars and conferences to be organized in future.