To think “beyond borders” is to think in dialogic, transactional and transgressive ways across disparate borders: geographic, sociological, anthropological, cultural, economic, political, philosophical, psychoanalytic and linguistic to name a few. The intersection between different ways or modes of interpretation and understanding, and the kind of borders crossed lead to disparate outcomes for those undertaking the journey. These disparate outcomes suggest both the limitations and the possibilities of border crossings. A few critical questions emerge in this regard: What are the possibilities of writing, thinking and communicating beyond borders? What is at risk, and what is gained and lost in the blurring or dissolution of borders? Are disciplinary borders relevant in our times? What issues and problems do we encounter in such crossovers? Like nations, are interpretive borders imagined and arbitrary? Do they possess subversive potential or are they merely there to be crossed? We invite submissions that engage with any number of diverse notions of “beyond borders”. The conference embodies its theme by intersecting disciplinary borders and welcomes papers in diverse disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences.FUTURE CONFERENCES AND OUTCOMES: IIT Indore aims to make this a biennial conference and is happy to host it; we are also open to suggestions of holding the conference at different institutes/universities if colleagues are willing and able to do so at their home institutes. IIT Indore aims to launch a peer reviewed, academic journal that will select the best papers from the conference to be revised as a publication. We look forward to enriching, mutually rewarding, and beneficial collaborations with interested scholars.
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IIT Indore, established in 2009 by the Government of India is a premier educational institution that focuses on interdisciplinary research and teaching. The institute comprises of School of Engineering, Basic Sciences and Humanities and Social sciences. Apart from its well known undergraduate programs, the institute has PhD and Masters programs in many disciplines. The institute is a research focussed learning environment fostering and encouraging inter-disciplinary programs and projects.