International Workshop “Dialogue of Cultures: New Frontiers in Language Translation and Learning”

Department of Foreign Languages of Gauhati University (GU) in cooperation with the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) is organising the International Workshop “Dialogue of Cultures: New Frontiers in Language Translation and Learning” and 
Symposium cum Workshop “Open Pages in South Asian Studies – 3” 
which are to be held on Jan. 22–23, 2019, at Gauhati University, Assam, India. 

 Invited guests:

Dr. Mridul Hazarika, Vice-Chancellor, Gauhati University
Mr Alexey M. Idamkin, Consul General of Russia in Kolkata, India
Prof. Samir Das, Former Vice Chancellor, North Bengal University, West Bengal
Prof. K. C. Baral, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad – key note Speaker
Prof. Nani Gopal Mahanta, Director, Centre for South East Studies, Gauhati University
Prof. J. P. Dimri, Retired Professor, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad 
The International Workshop “Dialogue of Cultures: New Frontiers in Translation and Language Learning” is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Department of Foreign Languages (1968-2018).

 166 specialists fr om Indian universities such as the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Calcutta University, Utkal University, Bangalore University, Assam University, Goa University, Meghalaya University, Amity University, Bhubaneswar University, etc., have been registered to take part in this Workshop.

 35 scholars are coming from the Russian Federation. They represent Moscow State University (MSU), Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH), St. Petersburg State University (SPSU), Kazan Federal University (KFU), Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Kemerovo State University (KSU), Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNPIU).
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are represented by scholars from Kyiv National Linguistic University (KNLU, Ukraine) and Jusup Balasagyn Kyrgyz National University (KNU, Kirgizstan).

The Symposium cum Workshop “Open Pages in South Asian Studies - 3” is organized by the Centre for South East Asian Studies and Department of Foreign Languages, Gauhati University, Assam, India, and the International Centre for South Asian Studies and the Faculty of International Relations and Area Studies, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia.

 The aim of this event is to present the comprehensive image of unknown subjects that are to be discovered and described. The Symposium cum workshop, which is interdisciplinary by nature, is raising these critical issues both from the prospect of the respective countries as well as from the prospect of the whole South Asia as a transnational regional entity.  
The topic of the place and role of Russia in the South Asian region is also to be discussed during the Workshop.

 The Symposium endeavours to deliberate various topics. 

As we know that the nature of the political systems in the South Asian countries makes this region even more politically and geo-strategically unique. In terms of geographical location, South Asia extends south from the main part of the continent to the Indian Ocean. 
The principal boundaries of South Asia are the Indian Ocean, the Himalayas, and Afghanistan. The Arabian Sea borders Pakistan and India to the west, and the Bay of Bengal borders India and Bangladesh to the east. The western boundary is the desert region wh ere Pakistan shares a border with Iran. This common geographical location unites these countries politically as a sub-region of Asia. 

Ethno-linguistic pluralism is a hallmark of the South Asian countries whereas it is also a prime factor of contentious relations among the member countries and intra-country conflicts in the form sub-nationalist and secessionist movements. 

The region is also home to the problem of terrorism that has paralysed not only the human and national development, but also has derailed the mutual understanding and harmonious relations of the countries in the region. Besides these, the border conflicts among the South Asian countries make this region more volatile and strategically significant in the contemporary global order. 
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), mandated to integrate the countries of South Asia politically and economically, has merely failed to bring in the desired results of integration and cooperation due to these contentious relations.

Migration across borders has been also an issue of contention in the region. Consolidation of the neo-liberal economic policies across the countries in the region has brought both opportunities and challenges. In terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), many countries in the region witnessed marked progress. But, this has been accompanied by inequality both in income and in other social security domains. 

Growth with inequality has brought in popular outrage in the region. Informalization of labour and growing privatization of essential services added new forms of inequality and insecurity, apart from raising concerns over ecology and common resources. 

 Organizing committee:
The Centre for South-East Asian Studies (CSEAS), GU, Assam, India
Department of Foreign Languages, GU, Assam, India 
International Centre for South Asian Studies (RSUH) Moscow, Russia
Faculty of International Relations and Area Studies (RSUH) Moscow, Russia

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