Majorities and Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context, SOAS University of London

Majorities and Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context, 28th April 2017, SOAS University of London

“Minor literature is not the literature of a minor language but the literature a minority makes in a major language.” Deleuze and Guattari

“The three characteristics of minor literature are the deterritorialization of language, theconnection of the individual to a political immediacy, and the collective assemblage ofenunciation.”  Deleuze and Guattari

What makes individuals or communities belong to the minority or the majority? How do authors’ positions within the minority-majority paradigm influence their fiction? Can we even formulate what minorities are? Do they have to be a minority in regard to a specific majority? Is it possible to define a majority? What does being marginal mean and how is it expressed in a work of art? How does the nation figure in defining minorities and majorities? What is the nation-state’s role in minor-major relations?

This conference will focus on the many different kinds of minority voices emanating from South Asia in the decades since independence. Any South Asian language and any form of minority identity is welcome.  By bringing scholars researching different voices from different languages in South Asia we aim to foster a dialogue that will help develop a South Asian paradigm of Minor Literature and help to identify the role of the state and different parallels across the subcontinent.

We would like to invite all scholars working on Indian or other South Asian literatures to submit an abstract on any of these or related areas.

 Caste and community

 Gender and sexualities

 Religions and traditions

 Marginalised geographies

 Poverty and class

 Minor literature in nationalisms and regionalisms

Paper proposals should include a title, 300-word abstract, institutional affiliation and contact information. Please submit proposals via email by January 15 2017 at the following address: