Surendranath College for Women
24, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kolkata 700009.
Estd.1948 NAAC B++ Accredited College
Affiliated to the University of Calcutta




English Seminar on Young Adult Fiction

Reflections of the Growing Mind: Young Adult Literature and Culture
One-day seminar on September 28, 2016

Organised by the Department of English, Surendranath College for Women

Venue: Gitanjali Auditorium, Surendranath College for Women, 24 M.G. Road, Kolkata 700009.

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

The Department of English, Surendranath College for Women is going to organize a seminar on Young Adult Literature. The seminar is an attempt to understand the ways in which Young Adult Literature has developed over the years as a distinct type of literature, and the possibilities it offers as an area of scholarly research.

Concept Note

Young Adult Literature across the world has always been unique because of the diversity of its readership. Originally written for adolescent readers, literary works of this kind never fail to appeal even to adult readers. On the one hand, these works bear traces of the deceptive simplicity of children’s literature; on the other hand, they manifest the hardened cynicism of adult fiction. This inherent dualism of young adult literature makes them intriguing. Besides, young adult literature opens up a wide scope for critical observation of its target-readers—the adolescents, who, being on the verge of adulthood, experience phenomenal changes in their perceptions.

From canonical works of previous centuries like Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye to Harry Potter novels of the 21st Century—several literary works of this category have used the bildungsroman form. However, young adult literature has also made its presence felt in the domains of detective fiction (Agatha Christie novels, Feluda novels), science fiction (The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins; Professor Shanku novels by Satyajit Ray), fantasy (Lord of the Rings trilogy, JRR Tolkien), nonsense literature (by Lewis Carroll and Sukumar Ray), and even magic realism (Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie).
Faculty and Research Scholars of various related disciplines are  invited  to present scholarly papers that deal with any one of  the following sub-themes of

Young Adult Literature:

  • Gender in Young Adult Literature
  • Identity politics in Young Adult Literature
  • Post-Colonial reading of Young Adult Literature
  • Education of the Protagonist in Young Adult Literature
  • Young Adult Literature and Graphic Novels
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy Genre of Young Adult Literature
  • Social Media, Fan-fiction and Young Adult Readership
  • Vernacular Young Adult Literature
  • Films for the Young Adult audience
  • Fairy tales: evolutions and modern re-readings


Important dates:

  • Please send your abstracts (300 words) to by August 30, 2016.
  • Selected presenters will be notified by September 7, 2016.
  • Full papers (should not exceed 2000 words) should be mailed to organizers by September 22, 2016.

Abstract and paper formatting detail

  • Font Style – Times New Roman Font Size – Text 12 point, Alignment- Justified
  • Title (Bold)- 14 point
  • Sub-headings (Bold)- 12 point
  • Author Note (Italics)- 10 point
  • Abstracts should carry keywords and a fifty-word note on the author/s, after the title.
  • Full papers should carry the abstract (Italics, 10 pt), keywords and a fifty-word note on the author/s, after the title.


  • All submissions should follow the MLA style for citations.

Presented papers will be published in a journal carrying ISSN.
Authors will be provided with an editorial guideline prior to the submission of full papers.


Registration fee:

Paper presenters : Rs. 500*
Delegates (Professors and Research Scholars): Rs. 250
Delegates (UG and PG students)** : Rs. 100

*Inclusive of publication cost
**UG/PG students without college/university identity proof will not get any concession on the registration fee.

Mode of Payment: On the spot, on September 28, 2016

Please direct all your queries and submissions to:



Department of English,
Surendranath College for Women,
24 M.G. Road,
Kolkata 700009.


A Students’ Seminar organized by the Department of Education will be held on 11.01.2016from 10.00 A.M. onwards at College Auditorium on the theme on:
1. Globalisation
2. School Organization
3. Management and Administration in Education

International Association for Media and Communication Research – IAMCR – is the preeminent worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research.
This is the first ever IAMCR regional conference in India. The details of the conference are at
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Surendranath College for Women, Kolkata, India will host an IAMCR regional conference on January 18, 2016. The International Conference on News Literacy will feature both invited and competitive sessions. 
This is the first ever IAMCR regional conference in India. The details of the conference are at
Topics for discussion at the conference may include: 

  • Media Literacy
  • Citizen Journalism
  • Online Journalism
  • Media Ethics
  • Pedagogies for news literacy
  • Journalists’ Role Perceptions
  • News Values in the Digital Age

Overview of the Theme:
The colossal amount of information available to citizens has grown exponentially in recent years with the development of faster and more accessible avenues of information and communication technology.
The growth of citizen journalists, bloggers, aggregators and commentators has led to researchers recognizing them as the ‘Fifth Estate’. As a result, the role of traditional media as the primary purveyors of information has been challenged, with more and more information available on the social media, almost instantly. Traditional media in different parts of the world have responded by resorting to more opinion based and explanatory journalism.
This has also led to blurring of lines between traditional journalism and propaganda, entertainment, promotion and raw information. The result is that the citizens often take decisions based on unreliable and unverified information, and worse.
The onus of verification of information is now more on consumers than information providers. Hence it becomes essential for citizens to judge the accuracy of news reports and also the news sources to sift through opinionated and flawed reporting.
This calls for an increased emphasis on news literacy. Apart from advocating critical thinking skills, news literacy is indispensible for sustaining real democracy.
Critical and skeptical engagement of the consumers with news is an important element of news literacy. In the digital age, when almost everyone is a potential information source, the question of who is a journalist and who is not assumes great importance.
It is also imperative for professional journalists to reaffirm the values of truth, accuracy, public interest and social responsibility to remain relevant.
Gitanjali Auditorium, Surendranath College for Women, 24 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kolkata 70009. India.
Registration Fee:   
            Teachers:                     Rs 500
            Research Scholars:     Rs 300
            Students:                     Rs 100
Conference Format:
The conference will have both invited and Competitive Sessions. Abstracts for the competitive sessions will be refereed before acceptance for presentations. Abstracts of 300 words can be submitted online for the competive sessions at
Key Dates:
Last Date for Abstract Upload: January 8, 2016.
Date of Conference: January 18, 2016.
For registration or clarifications, contact


Highlights of the Past Year:
National level UGC sponsored seminars were organized by the following departments:

  1. Department of EDUCATIONPerspectives of Quality Management in Education on Dec 2-3, 2011
  2. Department of JOURNALISM & MASS COMMUNICATION:    Journalism in the Age of New Media  on  January 10-11, 2012
  1. Department of POLITICAL SCIENCE:   South Asian Security in the 21st Century on Feb 13-14  2012


A State-level UGC sponsored seminar was organized by the following department:

  1.  Department of  ENGLISH:        Drama;  The Elizabethan Experience  on Dec 15,2011.

Highlights of the seminars:

His Excellency, the Governor of W.Bengal, Sri M.K.Narayanan inaugurated the Political Science seminar and delivered the Keynote Address.

All the seminars were held in Geetanjali, the college –auditorium with a huge number of delegates and students in attendance. Parallel sessions had to be arranged in some of our larger classrooms, so great was the number of speakers on certain days.
A giant screen in our garden catered to the audience who could not enter the packed auditorium.

The students of some of the departments were also given the opportunity to present papers during the sessions.

The students of the English department were wonderful in their presentation of  a modern version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They had written the screenplay themselves.

Last but not least, we can proudly state that our college was honoured by the presence of a large number of eminent dignitaries of various fields who had most kindly made time , inspite of their busy schedules, to attend these seminars. We thank them all.