Indian Folklore Congress  


It gives us great pleasure to announce that the Centurion University of Technology and Management [CUTM], is hosting the 38th INDIAN FOLKLORE CONGRESS between the 19th and 21st of December, 2014 at its Paralakhemundi campus in South Odisha.
The Congress will be held in collaboration with the Centurion University of Technology and Management [CUTM], Gajapati, Orissa, the Central Institute of Indian Languages [CIIL] Mysore and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts [IGNCA]. [Visit website for more details]. The university is in a tribal district called Gajapati in Orissa. The campus is located among pristine forests and surrounded by several ancient tribal communities.
The national seminar and the symposiums we have planned for the Gajapati meeting of the IFC will run concurrently for three days. The Local Organizing Secretary of the seminar and the symposiums is Prof D. N. Rao, Managing Trustee, Centurion University of Technology and Management [CUTM], [Parlakhemundi, Gajapati, Orissa, India. Phone: +919949766693, +919437018628. <>]. The Local Co-coordinator of the IFC 38 is Prof. Chandrababu Pattanayak. [Director, Institute of Knowledge Societies, CCTE & University of Hawai'i. Manoa-India Program Phone: +919810749746. <>].
You can also write to Prof. Jawaharlal Handoo, President IFC [1103 C-D Block. Udaya Ravi Road. Kuvempu Nagar. Mysore 5700 23. Phone: 0821-2560433. Mobile: +919972041941 /+918197698496 < <handooj="""">].
We would like to take this opportunity of inviting you to participate in the national seminar and the symposiums. We expect you to present a paper on any aspect of folklore studies related to the above themes. You will have 15 minutes for your presentation followed by 5 minutes for the discussion if any. We therefore request you to send a one-page abstract of your paper on line to Prof. C B Pattanayak, Local Organizing Secretary on or before October 5, 2014, so that it is included in the book of abstracts. The abstract will be examined by an expert committee before it is accepted. Your full paper should reach Prof. Rao on or before November 20, 2014. Participants who like their papers to be circulated in the respective sessions may bring with them 50 Xerox copies and hand them over to the organizers on arrival. Members are requested to write their full contact address, phone/fax number and e-mail address on top of the abstract. This will help us not only in communicating with you smoothly but also to update the directory of the IFC members. The official language of the seminar/symposiums is English.


The main theme and the sub-themes for the national seminar and the symposiums are as follows :
Main Theme

Folklore and the status of knowledge systems among the tribal communities of India.

The themes for the symposiums are:
i) The value of folk medicine among the tribal communities of Orissa
ii) Folklore and ethnic identity
iii) Local and non-local in oral discourse
iv) Vanishing material culture and green cover among the tribal communities
v) The value of collecting and archiving folklore in tribal zones

The sub-themes are:
1. Folk narrative and oral history
2. Belief narratives: form and meaning
3. Oral poetry, ballads and folk performers in Orissa
4. Material culture and world view
5. Folklore and discourse of pain and suffering among tribal people
6. Post modernism, oral discourse and literary theory
7. Endangered tribal languages and folklore genres


1.Last date of submission of abstract to Prof. C B Pattanayak -November 20, 2014
2.You will have 15 minutes for your presentation followed by 5 minutes for the discussion if any.
3.Registration fees-Rs 500 only

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