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        Nomadic Communities in the Post-Colonial World
              Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Baroda, India
        The Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

  announce a conference to be held January 4th – January 7th 2009 at the
          Bhasha Centre, Baroda & Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh
                                    Gujarat, India


This conference, as the Bhili tribal term “chotro” implies, aims to “bring together”
writers, artists and scholars from all over the world interested in the languages and
literatures, the cultures and histories of the indigenous peoples of the post-colonial
world. It is being hosted by an international group of sponsors and will be held partly
at Vadodara, and partly at the tiny tribal village Tejgadh known for its cultural
wealth. A number of eminent Indian writers will address the conference.

CHOTRO-1 was held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi, in
January 2008. Nearly 180 participants from 22 countries participated in it.
CHOTRO-2 is planned as a follow-up conference with an equally extensive
international participation


The Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, recognized by the Government of
India as a Centre of Excellence, has since its inception worked specifically with and
on behalf of the Adivasi or tribal people of India, who have long been neglected in
India itself and whose cultural expression remains little known both in India and

Bhasha has undertaken to document the linguistic, literary and artistic heritage of
tribal communities in India; it has collaborated with national academies of art and
literature and research institutes to encourage research in tribal art and literature; it
has pioneered the publication of literary and educational materials in tribal
languages; and it has set up the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh (Gujarat) for the
promotion of tribal languages, literature, arts and culture and as an institute of
formal education. In the process its work has taken it much beyond the confines of
linguistic and literary studies.


The thematic focus of CHOTRO-2 will be the historical experience and the artistic
expression of the nomadic peoples. The theme of the conference is not diaspora or
merely the experience of living in another country, but rather the experience of
becoming disinherited and dispossessed due to historical, legal, political, linguistic
or cultural processes.
The proposed conference will provide an opportunity for an international exchange
of ideas between academics, activists, writers and human rights advocates. It is
hoped that the conference will for the first time situate the experience of the nomadic
peoples in the wider context of the post-colonial world.


Contributions are sought on the following topics:
   orature; stories of migration / creation myths; cosmology / knowledge systems;
   life histories; storytelling / folk tales; poetry; drama and performance;
   aesthetics / interculturality; threatened languages / language death;
   subaltern history; cultural and human rights; publishing in aboriginal / nomadic
   languages; translation from aboriginal / nomadic languages; marginalization of
   aboriginal / nomadic cultural expression

Abstracts of approx. 100 words should be sent by email before the 30 June 2007 to
Professor Geoffrey V. Davis (University of Aachen, Germany). Email address:

Acceptance of contributions:
 Notification of acceptance of papers together with a formal invitation to attend the
conference will be sent out from Bhasha by the end of July 2007.

 The proceedings of CHOTRO-1 will be released during the CHOTRO-2
conference. The CHOTRO-2 conference proceedings will be published by a reputed
English-language publishing house.

Deadline for submission of finalized papers for publication: 28 th February 2009

 The registration form can be downloaded from
and should be returned as an attachment by email to Prof. Geoffrey Davis at, or Prof. Ganesh Devy at


 There will be a conference fee of EUR 80 for scholars from outside India,
and Rs. 800 for scholars affiliated to Indian institutions, payable on intimation of the
acceptance of paper for presentation. The fee should be paid to:

State Bank of India, Urmi Branch, Account No. 10010413637, Bank Code 7442, Swift
code: SBININDB403.

The conference fee for any accompanying person not presenting a paper,
will be payable on arrival in Baroda at the time of the conference.


Bhasha Centre will make hotel bookings for all participants and other persons
accompanying any participants. Rooms for single accommodation will be provided;
but arrangements for shared or double rooms can be made on request.

Hotel Accommodation from 3 rd January to 6 th January, all meals and local transport
will be provided free of charge.


 Foreign nationals requiring visas can download Indian visa forms from the website
of the Indian embassy in their country of residence. Please do so in good time.


Prof. Ganesh Devy
Director, Adivasi Academy &
Founding Trustee, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre
62 Shrinathdham Society, Near Dinesh Mills
Baroda 390 007, Gujarat India

Tel. 91- 265-2331968; 91-9879019130;
Prof. Geoffrey Davis,
Dept. of English, RWTH, Aachen, Germany
Tel. 49-241-37977;