1. Demonstration Class at the new Language Lab
1. National Workshop on Mobile Learning Communicating, Connecting & Collaborating -
February 27 & 28, 2016
Thiru S.X. Swamikannu Endowment Lecture - March 4, 2016
1. International Conference on New Literatures and their Relevance to 21st Century
was held on 17th and 18th December 2014 by the Department of English.
The Department of English as a team under the leadership Dr. D. Joseph Chandra, HOD, conducted for the first time a UGC sponsored International Conference on New Literatures (ICNL 2014) & Their Relevance to the 21st Century. The Chief Guest was Dr Beena Giridharan, Dean, Teaching & Learning, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, who delivered the Inaugural Address. Dr Armstrong, Head, Department of English, University of Madras was the Guest of Honour and delivered a lecture on the Uniqueness of Canadian Literature. Dr Chandra was the Chairperson of the Conference, Dr Devaraj, the Convener, Dr M Lazer Selvaraj & Dr I Felicita Mary Prabha were the Coordinators, and Mr. K D Francis & Ms Christina Sagaya Mary served as the Organizing Secretaries. Core committees were formed involving the Staff & Student volunteers of the English Department.
The Brochure of the ICNL was printed, having 25 themes, including Search for Identity, Alienation, Exile, Decolonization, Diasporic Consciousness, Tribal, Subaltern and Ethnic Voices. The flyer was sent to the Universities & Colleges in and around India. 47 Abstracts were received & compiled in a CD format. In the afternoon, Parallel Sessions for Paper Presentations were held for Participants from all over the Country. On the second day of the Conference, two specially invited Resource persons, Dr. Dasan, former Professor of English, Mysore University and Dr. Marx, Professor of English, Pondicherry University spoke on the significance of Postcolonial Literatures and Subaltern Literatures as distinct from the British canon of literature. In the afternoon, Parallel Sessions for Paper Presentations were held for Participants from all over the Country.
The Valedictory Session started at 3.30 p.m. with a worship song. Dr. Joseph Chandra introduced the Chief Guest, Dr Om P Juneja, the President of International Council for Canadian Studies, Ottawa, Canada. He spoke on the New Perspectives of Literatures in English written by writers from the former British colonies. The Conference came to a close at 5 p.m. and certificates were distributed to all the participants. A special monograph on this memorable intellectual event is under preparation.
2.Thiru S.X. Swamikannu Endowment Lecture 2015
by Prof. Dr. Brenda Beck, Anthropologist and Folklorist, University of Toronto was held on 12th February 2015 at 11.30 AM in Yedanapalli Hall. On 12th February 2015, the annual Endowment Lecture was held at Yedanapalli Hall. The title of the lecture was ‘Relevance of a Singing Bard', and the Chief Guest / speaker for the day was Dr Brenda Beck from the University of Toronto, Canada.
The event began with a customary prayer song, followed by the Welcome Address by Dr D. Louis Joseph Chandra, Head of the Department of English. In addition to Professor Dr. Brenda Beck from the University of Toronto, Dr. Eric Miller, Director of the World Storytelling Institute also graced the occasion.
Dr Mary Vidya Porselvi, organizer of the event, introduced Dr Brenda Beck as a scholar who has completed fifty years of research in oral literature. Dr Brenda first came to India in 1965, when she began her doctoral research on the ‘Annanmaars' of erstwhile Ponnivala Naadu (now Kongunadu) near Kangeyam. Dr. Brenda thrilled the audience when she began her address in fluent Tamil. Her address was on the tradition and value of Tamil folktales.
Dr. D. Louis Joseph Chandra
- Invited as the resource person to deliver a lecture on Post Colonial Theory at the Academic Staff College, University of Madras, in August 2014.
- - Was the Chairperson for the International Conference on New Literatures and their Relevance to 21st Century held on 17th and 18th December 2014 by the Department of English.
- - Invited as a resource person to deliver a lecture on Myth in Literature at a State level seminar held at Thiagarajar College, Madurai on 25th February, 2015.
Dr. Claramma Jose
- - Her Ph.D candidate G. Eswari Prabhu defended her thesis, ‘The Inward Quest in the Select Novels of Reynold Price' in a Viva-Voce examination on 6th January 2015.
Dr. A. Devaraj
- - Was the convener of the International Conference on New Literatures and their Relevance to 21 st Century held on 17 th and 18th December 2014 by the Department of English.
Dr. K.S. Antonysamy
- - Delivered the Inaugural Address: “A Journey of Self Discovery in Indian Writing” The Human Journey – Quest for self in Indian Writings , a state level seminar organised by department of English, Theivanai Ammal College for Women, Villupuram on 22.01.2015
- - Chaired a session and also presented a paper: “Lacan's Psychoanalytic approach to Kurunthogai” - Applying Current Western Literary Theories on Kurunthogai organized by Department of English, St. Joseph's College, Trichy on 03.02.2015.
- - State Level Workshop on Virtual Learning organized in association with Chennai Literary Festival on 09.01.2015
Dr. V. David Jeyabalan
- - PG Subject Expert for Academic Audit for NAAC visit conducted by IQAC-Women's Christian College
- - Member of Staff Selection Committee in Alpha Arts and Science College, Porur.
- - PG Subject Expert- Board of Studies, JBAS College for Women, Teynampet.
Dr. P. Mary Vidya Porselvi
- - Defended his thesis, Meaning of Life to explain the law of existence as revealed in the select works of Kahlil Gibran in a Viva-Voce examination held on 22nd January 2015.
- - Attended a Refresher course organized by the Academic Staff College, University of Madras from 19.08.2014 to 08.09.2014.
- - Presented a paper titled ‘Universality of Soul and Self' in the International Conference on New Literatures and their Relevance to 21st Century held on 17th and 18th December 2014 by the Department of English.
- - Presented a paper titled ‘The Universality of Reason and Passion in Kahlil Gibran's ‘The Prophet'' in the International Conference on New Literatures and their Relevance to 21st Century held on 17th and 18th December 2014 by the Department of English.
- - Invited as the Guest Speaker for the Valedictory Address by the English Literary Association of SDNB Vaishnav College for Women, Chromepet, Chennai on 24th February 2015.
- - Organized fourth Thiru Swamikkannu Endowment Lecture on ‘The Relevance of a Singing Bard: A Tamil Example of the fine art of storytelling as our Ancestors knew it' by Dr. Brenda Beck, University of Toronto in February 2015.
- - ‘Fruits of Annadhaanam' from the ‘Bhoomi Tales' collection was performed at the Chennai Storytelling Festival at Alliance Francaise on 13th February 2015.
Served as a Judge for the creative writing-Short Story competition conducted by Jivan Magazine in February 2015.
- - Working on the UGC Minor Project titled, ‘Translation of Folktales with Ecofeminist Concerns from Tamil to English' .
Ms. Pearline Paulraj
- Co-authored CORNUCOPIA, English Language Learning through Folklore (ISBN 97881-88038-87-9)
- On Translating Sivasankari's Short Stories, article published in GASCIAN Journal of Social Sciences. Volume:4, Number:1, ISSN:2348-0432.
- Marginality and Vulnerability of Women in Shashi Deshpande's The Binding Wine. ROOTS , International Journal of Multidisciplinary Researches. Volume:3 Special Issue: 2. ISSN:2349-8684.
Dr. I. Felicita Mary Prabha
- - Delivered a Keynote Address at Abdul Hakeem College (Autonomous), Melvisharam on 22nd January 2015 on the topic: Communication Skills for Infotainment
- - Co-ordinator of the International Conference held at Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai on 17th & 18th December 2014.
- - Attended Orientation Course at Academic Staff College, University of Madras
- - Published a book titled English for Integrated Development by Loyola Publications.
- - Presented a paper in the International Conference ‘New Literatures and their Relevance to 21st Century'.
Ms. N. Preethi Shanthi
- - Attended the International Conference on New Literatures and Their Relevance to the 21st Century organised by Loyola College, Chennai on Dec 17, 18-2014
- - Attended the National Seminar Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language and Literature organised by Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty's Hindu College, Pattabiram, Chennai on Feb 12, 2015
Ms. Bertilla. M
- - Participated & Presented a Paper in the International Conference on New Literatures and their Relevance to 21st Century held on 17th and 18th December 2014 by the Department of English. Title of the Paper- Analysis of Derek Walcott's The Ruins of a Great House as Entrenched with Biblical Innuendos about the Fall of Mankind rather than a Great Colonial Empire
Ms. A. Ragamalika
- - Presented a paper titled ‘Hybridizing the Tongue- A Study of Carl Muller's Maudie Girl and the Van Bloss Kitchen' in the Two day International Conference on New Literatures and their Relevance to 21st Century held on 17th and 18th December 2014 by the Department of English.
Mr. Amala Arockiaraj
- - Presented a paper titled ‘Voiceless Subaltern: A Study of George Ryga's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe' in the Two day International Conference on New Literatures and their Relevance to 21st Century held on 17th and 18th December 2014 by the Department of English.