Annual Conferences

Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) successfully held its 34th Annual International Conference on March 1-2, 2015 at Padma Kanya Campus, Kathmandu on the theme “Literary Silk Road for Cultural Connectivity.” The Conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chancellor of Nepal Academy, Ganga Prasad Uprety who shed light on the importance of literary activities in his inaugural address.

The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Padma Prasad Devkota. LAN General Secretary, Mr. Khum Prasad Sharma, informed the participants about the two-day program highlights. LAN President, Prof. Dr. Shreedhar Gautam, delivered his presidential address. The Editor-in-Chief of LAN, Mr. Krishna Niroula, presented the LAN journal, Literary Studies, to the Chief Guest, and the Chairperson of the inaugural session. LAN Executive Member, Prof. Dr. Susmita Talukdar, extended vote of thanks on behalf of LAN. The Chairperson concluded the inaugural session with his address.

The first day of the Conference was divided into three sessions. In the first session, Prof. Hriseekesh Upadhyay, Prof. Dr. Arun Gupto, and Prof. Dr. Susmita Talukdar presented their papers on the theme of literary silk-road. The theme of the second session was “Political and Literary History of Nepal” and this session was in the form of panel discussion. The panelists were historian Dinesh Raj Pant, literary writer Prakash A. Raj, and researcher Ajay Bhadra Khanal. This panel discussion session was moderated by political analyist, Bishnu Sapkota. The theme of the third session was “Literatures from Far and Near” and the paper presenters were Prof. Dr. Ram Chandra Paudel, Prof. Dr. Rajan Prasad Pokharel and Mr. Tara Prasad Adhikari from Nepal, Mr. Hualai Li from China, and Mr. Khalil Hodaia from the Middle East.

The second day of the Conference had four sessions. The first session was again on the theme of literary silk-road and the paper presenters were Prof. Dr. Padma Prasad Devkota, Prof. Dr. Ammaraj Joshi, Dr. Hari Adhikari, and Dr. Dhruba Karki. The second session was on writing and the paper presenters were LAN Vice-President, Dr. Laxman Gnawali, Mr. Hem Raj Kafle, Mr. Bam Dev Sharma from Nepal, and Mr. Sher Bahadur Tamang from Japan. The third session was on the theme “Literary Potpourri” and the paper presenters were Prof. Dr. Deborah Merola from America, Mr. Bishwa Nath Lamichhane from Nepal and Mr. Manuel Blanco Luis from Spain. The fourth session was poetry recitation session and this session was conducted by poet, Mr. Prakash Subedi.

Towards the end of the second day of the Conference, LAN joint-secretary, Mr. Kumar Adhikari, extended vote of thanks to all the individuals and organizations for helping LAN to successfully organize the 34th Conference. The LAN President, Prof. Dr. Shreedhar Gautam, concluded the two-day long Conference by proposing the new resolution: “Translating Nepali Literatures.”

The Conference was attended by scholars, writers and researchers from Nepal and abroad. International participants were from the USA, Germany, Spain, China, Japan, and the Middle East.

The Conference was hosted by Miss Roshani Dhamala.

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Literary Association of Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012

 Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) announces its Annual Conference 2012 to be held at Padma Kanya Campus, Tribhuvan University, Bagbazar, Kathmandu on 1-2 March, 2012. Writers/ scholars are invited to participate by sending in an abstract (about 200 words) of their paper by 31st January 2012.

Conference Focus: “Rewriting History: Opportunities and Challenges”

Nietzsche, and Foucault after him, asserts that history is a construct of power. Foucault’s discourse on genealogy and archaeology, among others, has given way to new historicism and cultural studies, which, by appropriating several theories and disciplines, have emerged as revisionary forces, which are pushing frontiers in relation to remapping the boundaries and rewriting histories.  Postcolonial and Subaltern studies, among others, have contributed to rewriting history by subverting official history. Rewriting history has been significant as it has given new perspectives to look at the changing socioeconomicpoliticocultural scenarios of the world and helped rejuvenate academic discourse.

 Other Suggested Areas: LAN further invites scholars/presenters to submit abstracts on a broad range of literary topics for general sessions including conflict and violence, translating literature, comparative literature, world literature, English and American literature, literatures of Nepal, literature and other arts (performance, painting, music, theatre, film, etc) among others.

Conference Registration Fee:  (Registration fee will cover stationery, lunch, tea/snacks, LAN journal and a certificate of participation. International participants will have to make arrangements for their travel and accommodation of their own. But organizers can make suggestions and/or facilitate bookings of reasonable hotels/accommodations in Kathmandu.)

Nepali Participants: Pre-Registration NRs. 800/-

On the spot Registration NRs.1000/-

Sit in Registration: NRs. 200/- (lunch, etc. not included)

International Participants: US $ 20 (Twenty) or its equivalent

For Details/Correspondence:

Keshab Sigdel

General Secretary (Phone: 9851007846)

Literary Association of Nepal

c/o Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu.

Email: LANkathmandu@gmail.com

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