The Department of English of Faculty of Science and Humanities, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), conducted a National Seminar “ Paradigms of Consciousness – Readings Perceptions and Sensitivities “ on September 22 and September 23, 2014 in Dr. TP Ganesan Auditorium Mini Hall 1and 2 .
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr.V.Kadambari, Director , Centre for Women’s Studies, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, Ms.Vibha Rani, Writer and actor, AVITOKO Theatre, Mumbai and by the Director of FSH, Dr.Balasubramanian. Dr. V.Kadambari enlightened the participants and the audiences about the theme of the seminar with her Keynote Address and Ms.Vibha Rani spoke on the topic of ‘Humanity in Media/Movie”. After the Inauguration the students of The Thespian Theater Club of the English Department had a theatre workshop with Ms.Vibha Rani which helped them understand the nuances of Theatre acting. After the technical Parallel Sessions, Mr.Melvin.M.Ranjan, Trinity College of London, presented a Musical Interpretation of Consciousness.
The delegates from various parts of the country like, Shillong , Bangalore, Manipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry and Thirunelveli participated on the re- imaginings of discourses of ‘consciousness’ through literature and visual media. The broader areas discussed in the seminar were Culture Studies, English Language Studies, Film studies, Music and Art, Language and Linguistics, Post Colonial Studies/ Diaspora, Post Modernism/ Existentialism, Psychology/Psychoanalysis, Queer/Gender Studies, Religious Studies/Theatre Studies and Translation Studies. The Best paper Award was won by a student, Vishnu Vardhan Reddy of Second Year Computer Science, FSH, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) for his paper titled “Evolution of a Consciousness” and Appreciation for a well read paper was given to Prof. John Sekar of American College , Madurai for his Paper titled “Why Should I be a Reflective Practitioner of English Language Teaching?”
On the second Day of the seminar Ms.Gayathri Ramachandran, an animal Activist, as a speaker of the day spoke on ‘Consciousness Pertaining to Stray Dogs’ followed by which was the screening of the film ‘Nauka Doobi” (Boat Wreak ) based on the novel written by Rabindranath Tagore and directed by Rithuparno Ghosh. This movie inspired the audience to overcome certain prejudices pertaining to the artist’s personal life and helped them to value the art for the art sake.
The valedictory was presided over by the Associate dean of FSH , with the Valedictory Address of Prof.Daniel David, Madras Christian College who spoke on ‘Hegemony of the Lens : freezing of Narrative Imagination’ and the Special Address was by Mr.Abilash Chandran, a literary Writer and Sahithya Academy Award Winner . The Valedictory Function came to an end with appreciations given to the Best Students from each department s of FSH.