Organizer: POSTGRADUATE AND RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, MAR THOMA COLLEGE, TIRUVALLA, Re-accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC (Fourth Cycle) Best Value for Money – 9th Position in India Today National Ranking 2021, ISO 9001:2015, 80th All India Rank in NIRF 2021, Affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala

About the Conference

  • When: 19 & 20 JANUARY 2023
  • Venue: Venue: Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla
  • Call for Papers
  • Participation fee- INR 300/- (Spot registration is available )
  • Paper Presentation: 500/-

The difference between gender and sexuality is intricate and slippery, heavily patrolled by dominant institutions of society. While gender identity and gender expression may or may not conform to one another, both define the personal self. Meanwhile, the definition of sex as biological and dictated by
one’s anatomy, hormones, and chromosomes is still under debate. Gender and sexuality are increasingly acknowledged as a spectrum of fluid identifications, positions, orientations, behaviours, and desires. In reinforcing a particular sexual or gender binary, institutional forces also guard the transactions of narratives that render such categories as natural, normal or biologically driven. In fact, the discursive reorientation of ‘other/ed’ bodies and identities to a cultural masculine ideal presupposes a devious seamlessness of the sexual and the cultural. Their discursivity raises crucial questions of representation as well, for the representational form both permits and limits how they unfold in the text.

In the current era, global changes affecting gender and sexualities are complex and wide-ranging, generating a sense of crisis and the need for urgent engagement. This conference attempts to take up
for discussion the many interactions, encounters and negotiations underway, even as sexual communities and gendered individuals redefine public spaces into queer sites of contested narratives.

Invite papers that explore (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Gender, Sexuality, Histories
  • Gender, Sexuality, Body
  • Sexualities and Masculinities
  • Gender, Sexuality, Popular Culture
  • Gender, Sexuality, Counter-Cultures
  • Gender, Sexuality, Fashion and Style
  • Gender, Sexuality, Media
  • Gender, Sexuality, Cinema
  • Gender, Sexuality, Literature
  • Gender, Sexuality, Citizenship & Justice
  • Gender, Sexuality, Race

Guidelines for Submission

  • Abstracts should not exceed 350 words
  • Email to
  • Papers should follow the MLA (9th Edition) format
  • Abstracts and full papers should contain the Title of the Paper, Full name of the Author, email, designation, department & Affiliation

Important Dates

  • Last date for receipt of Abstracts: 11.01.2023
  • Notification of Abstract selection: 13.01.2023
  • Last date for submission of Paper: 16.01.2023


Convenors Sheeba K. Jacob (Convenor)
Jijo John Varughese (Co-Convenor): 9995834322

Dr. Neema Susan Mathews (Co-Convenor): 9946773498


Krupa Murali: 9961037498
Geena Sara George: 6238233083

Contributed by: Jijo John Varughese

Postgraduate and Research Department of English, Marthoma College, Thiruvalla

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