International Conference on Literary Studies and Ethical Higher Education: Exploring Sustainability, Species Justice, and Artificial Intelligence

Organizer: Globethics, South Asia Centre, Journal of Dharma and St Aloysius College, Elthuruth

About the Conference

  • When: 18 & 19 October 2023
  • Mode: Hybrid- Online and Offline
  • Online Participation: Free
  • Registration Fee Needed
  • Call for papers

The 4th UN Sustainable Development Goal to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” can find its rightful objective only from a strong ethical foundation. Since cosmic, global, inter- and intra-generational justice is at the very core of the concept of Sustainable Development, deliberations on higher education need to incorporate them. The “capability approach” advocated by Amartya Sen can initiate interesting and useful dialogues in this regard. Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) need to consider seriously Markus Vogt and Christopher Weber’s contention in “The Role of Universities in a Sustainable Society: Why Value-Free Research is Neither Possible nor Desirable,” that “ineffective ethical knowledge relates to a … shortened understanding of rationality, which subsequently leads to the marginalization of ethical questions.” NEP 2020 too envisages an education that will “build character, enable learners to be ethical, rational, compassionate, and caring,” and asserts that education must develop “social, ethical, and emotional capacities and dispositions” along with cognitive capacities. Learners are, the policy states, to be given a “Global Citizenship Education (GCED)” that empowers them “to become aware of and understand global issues and to become active promoters of more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure, and sustainable societies.”

In the meantime, the onset of Artificial Intelligence into all spheres of human existence compels us to address ethical challenges from the very core of our epistemological conceptualisations and our stated objectives of higher education. Ethical interventions are needed to address dilemmas resulting from applications of AI in teaching, learning and evaluation. NEP 2020 emphasizes holistic higher education by underscoring the fact that “research in the arts and humanities, along with innovations in the sciences and social sciences, are… extremely important for the progress and enlightened nature of a nation.”

Studies in and on literature are capable of incorporating the aesthetic and the emotional with the rational and the ethical thus delineating cautionary principles and visionary conceptualisations. Literary studies can probe into the ethical parameters in institutional administration, governance, applied pedagogies, learning objectives and even epistemological frameworks.

The International Conference on “Literary Studies and Ethical Higher Education: Exploring Sustainability, Species Justice, and Artificial Intelligence” intends to serve as a vital platform to explore the intricate relations between Higher Education and ethics primarily from the background of literary studies. At the same time since the topic necessitates a multi-disciplinary approach, scholarly research papers are invited from all domains of Humanities and Social Sciences to foster dialogue, critical thinking, and ethical awareness.

Thrust Areas: Papers are invited in areas related to (but not restricted to) the following:

  • Ethics and Policy Making in Higher Education and NEP 2020
  • Ethical Leadership in Academic Institutions
  • Ethical Challenges in Teaching and Learning
  • Ethics in Pedagogy/Curriculum
  • NEP 2020’s vision of Holistic Higher Education
  • Ethical Implementation of NEP 2020
  • Ethical Higher Education in literary Imagination
  • AI Ethics and AI-generated Literature: Creativity and Authorship
  • AI Ethics and Data Bias
  • Ethics, Culture, Race, Gender
  • Ethical Choices and Moral Dilemmas in Literature
  • Species justice and creative literature
  • Research Ethics and Academic Writing, Publishing
  • Inclusive Practices in Higher Education
  • Ethics and Educational Technology
  • Sustainability in Literary works
  • Sustainability in Higher Education

Submission Guidelines

  • We solicit original, unpublished research papers that cater to the above thrust areas.
  • Abstracts should be typed in Times New Roman font in MS Word format.
  • The word limit for the abstract is 300.
  • The word limit for the full paper is 2000-4000, following the MLA 9th edition guidelines
  • Font size should be 12 for the text and 14 for titles with double spacing.
  • Remember to include your full name, designation, institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail ID along with the abstract.
  • The abstracts received will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Only selected abstracts will receive an acknowledgement via e-mail.
  • A few selected papers, based on double-blind peer reviews, will find their place in the Journal of Dharma.
  • The rest of the selected papers will be published as a book with an ISBN. The selection of the abstract will not ensure the selection of the paper for publication.

send your abstracts to


  • Abstract Submission: 05 September 2023
  • Intimation of Acceptance: 08 September 2023
  • Submission of Full Paper: 08 October 202

Registration Details and Fees

For paper presentation (both offline and online):

  • Faculty: INR 1200/-
  • Research Scholars/Students/Others: INR 800/-
  • For physical participation without presentation: INR 300/-
  • Online Participation: Free


Name: St Aloysius Educational Trust
Name of the Bank: Federal Bank
Branch: Olari
Account Number: 12400100165271
IFSC Code: FDRL0001240

*Fee includes lunch and refreshments for two days.
*If the presentation is done by more than one presenter, each presenter has to make a separate fee payment

Organising Committee

Rev. Fr Thomas Chakramakkil CMI (Manager, St Aloysius College)
Rev. Fr Dr Jose Nandikkara CMI (India National Director, Globethics, South Asia Centre, Bengaluru)
Rev. Fr Dr Mathew Aattumkal CMI (Editor, Journal of Dharma)
Dr Chacko Jose P. (Principal)
Rev. Fr. Arun Jose K. (Bursar)
Dr Libison K. B. (Coordinator, IQAC)
Dr Betsy Paul C. (Director, Research Centre in English)
Mr Jaison Jose P. (HoD, Department of English)
Ms Reshma K. Jose
Dr Abin Sojan
Mr Sandeep E.S.
Dr Arathi Babu
Ms Shruthy Krishnadas
Ms Athulliya Surendran
Ms Jitha Gopinath
Ms Nima A.M
Ms C.M.Meera

Organising Secretaries

Ms Rajula V., Regional Manager, South Asia Centre, Bengaluru

Dr Atheetha K.Unni, Assistant Professor, Research & PG, Department of English

Dr Atheetha K.Unni : 85900 35196

  • Though we encourage physical participation, the conference is envisaged in a hybrid mode.
  • Limited accomodation can be arranged on payment @ nearby hotels

St Aloysius College, Elthuruth

St Aloysius College, Elthuruth, Thrissur, founded in 1968, is a first grade college affiliated to the University of Calicut. It is administered by St Mary’s Monastery under the CMI Congregation, guided by the principles of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara. The vision of the college is to mould intellectually inspired individuals capable of building a more humane social order within the context of religious pluralism and cultural diversity.

Research Centre & Department of English

The Department of English offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Doctoral Programmes in English Language and Literature. Eminent faculty and updated technological assistance make the department a noted presence in academic and societal endeavours alike.

Globethics, South Asia Centre

Domiciled in Geneva, Switzerland, Globethics is an international organization committed to furthering its vision of Ethics in higher education. The organization reaches out to teachers, students and other stakeholders to support the integration of relevant and contextual standards and structures to promote a deeper understanding of ethics in their context. Through training programmes, research, collaborative projects and introduction to best practices, Globethics ensures qualitative differences in the approach to ethics and aims to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through its endeavours.
To know more about Globethics and its resources visit:

Journal of Dharma

The Dharmaram Journal of Religions and Philosophies (ISSN 0253-7222), published by the Centre for the study of World Religions at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru since 1975, is a peer reviewed International Quarterly Journal that brings together scholars from all over the world and from across diverse cultures and traditions to seriously deliberate upon issues pertaining to religions and philosophies, encouraging research in inter-religious studies and dialogue. It is indexed in Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HC) and Current Contents/ Arts & Humanities (CC/A&B) of the Institute Scientific Information, Scopus Index, Philosopher’s Index: Religious Index One: Periodicals, Chicago and ATLA Religion Database.

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