The two-Day International conference on
"Mapping Violence and Social Exclusion" (ICMVSE-24)

22-23 February, 2024. | Akal University Talwandi Sabo | Bathinda | Punjab

About The University

Concept Note

Urban Space is always seen as an abode of hope, promises, vibrancy of life and opportunities. It proclaims a space with civic sense and rational order, diversity and multiculturalism. Urban space in popular imagination is no less than a utopia. Towering buildings, roads, metros and ever-moving resplendent cities -the ‘iconic and verbal images’ of urban experience produced through various media project social and cultural inclusiveness as its innate nature, attracting people from different spheres of society to the cities. However, the recent studies on city structures validates that this spectacle of a city belies the embedded violence and exclusion in the structuring and functioning of the city itself. The discussions around the exclusionary nature of the cities has recently also been amplified by the influx of migrants in modern metropolis. The studies on these spaces in the past few years took a cultural approach and Urban Studies as a discipline has developed from the reading of city spaces from an architectural point of view to the understanding of social interactions men have with their physical environment.

Rapid urbanization, urban expansion and gentrification focusing on the formation of megacities generates the marginal population. Urban marginalization, in fact, makes the cities fragile, limiting the capacities of city dwellers in margin. The narratives of urban spaces portray the constant negotiation with different ethnic, linguistic and cultural groups, histories, memories and identities. They recount narratives of subjugation, exclusion and surveillance. Therefore, the cityscapes portrayed in the literary narratives cannot be merely considered as a backdrop to the text, but are to be mapped and excavated multiple times as sites of violence, constant struggle and tireless resistance. Art, aesthetics and politics of cityscapes, violent and artistic protests that filled the urban streets, inclusive and exclusive nature of its inhabitants, challenges and opportunities are represented, created and recreated in the various genres of literature. The urban spatial markers and locations represented and reconstituted in literary narratives are always in the academic discourses.

The aim of this conference is to bring together international and national scholars of various disciplines to investigate multifaceted perspectives of social movements, cultural concerns, rebellions, protests, and crime activities representing social inequality and violence through different artistic and literary narratives of urban spaces. We invite research papers for the conference covering the themes as listed below. However, it is also open to any related topics.

Organizing Committee

Hotel 1

Chief Patron

H.E. Baba (Dr.) Davinder Singh Ji

Chancellor, Akal University

Hotel 2


Prof. Gurmail Singh

Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Akal University


Maj. Gen. (Dr.) G. S. Lamba

Dean of Academic Affairs, Akal University

Prof. Sukhjeet Singh

Registrar, Akal University

Prof. P.S. Cheema

Director IQAC, Akal University

Dr. Sandeep Singh

Dean of Student Welfare, Akal University

Dr. Bubun Banerjee

Assistant Dean of Research, Akal University

Dr. Birender Kaur

Assistant Dean of Research, Akal University


Dr. Lois Jose

Head, Dept. of Eng. Studies, Akal University


Dr. Shamsudheen MK

Asst. Professor, Akal University

Dr. Tajamul Islam,

Asst. Professor, Akal University

Major Themes

  • Representation of Urban Space in Art and Literature
  • Cities in Utopian and Dystopian Fiction, Games and Movies
  • Multiculturalism in Urban Narratives
  • Representations of Migrant and Marginalized Identities in Urban Spaces
  • Migrations and Displacements in Cities
  • Agencies of Urban Marginalization
  • Concerns of Ethnicity, Race, Caste, Class, Gender and Ecology in Urban Narratives
  • Rural Urban Binaries
  • Role of Architecture and Cultural Diversity in Urban Spaces
  • Development Narrative and Exclusion
  • Mapping Violence and Spatial Inequalities in Cityscapes
  • Subjugation, Surveillance and Violence in Urban spaces
  • Representation of Conflicts, Political instability and Demographic Changes
  • Representation of Violence in Music, Movies and other art forms
  • Memories and Histories as sites of Violence
  • Sexual Violence and Gender Conflicts
  • Theorizing Violence in Urban Space
  • Resistance and Urban Subcultures.
  • Ghettos, Graffities and Geographies

Organizing Committee

Dr. Md Ajmaul Ansari

Asst. Professor, Akal University

Dr. Parul Priya

Assistant Professor, Akal University

Ms. Binderpal Kaur

Assistant Professor, Akal University

Mr. Yasir Ahmed

Assistant Professor, Akal University

Ms. Amanjeet Brar

Assistant Professor, Akal University

Founded in 1956, The Kalgidhar Society – Baru Sahib has been working tirelessly towards transforming the lives of rural children through the tool of Value-Based Education. At the same time, Society has placed equal focus on empowering women, providing health care and ensuring social welfare for the vulnerable people in society. With the firm belief that everyone deserves to lead a life of dignity, each initiative of The Kalgidhar Society is embedded in the core thought of ’Bringing Grace to the Human Race’. The Kalgidhar Society initiated its work to bring back the glory of Punjab which is free of drug and alcohol abuse through the tool of education rooted in values. In its quest of fighting drugs with books, the Society has established 129 low-cost CBSE schools and 2 universities. The Kalgidhar Society under its flagship Akal Academies program, is providing modern, value-based education to nearly 70,000 students across rural areas of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Extending a helping hand to all those in need and giving them an opportunity to lead a decent life, the Kalgidhar Society has established teacher training centers, a multi-specialty hospital, drug de-addiction centers, an orphanage, one old age home, and a Center for Distressed Women. Through the years, our work has been recognized globally and models developed by the Society have been adapted across various educational institutions.

Disclaimer: The Kalgidhar Trust and the Kalgidhar Society under Baru Sahib are two separate entities with distinct legal structures and operational autonomy. The Kalgidhar Trust is a registered trust established under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882, and is responsible for managing the financial resources and assets of the Baru Sahib campus, including educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and community development initiatives. The Kalgidhar Society under Baru Sahib is a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the educational institutions under its umbrella.

Established under the Punjab Government Act No. 25 (2015) and approved under the Section 2(f) of UGC Act (1956) to confer degrees. Akal University has a mission and vision to establish permanent peace in the world through values based scientific education and spiritual rejuvenation creating good global citizens. With blessings from Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji Maharaj, the establishment of Akal University under the leader ship of Baba Iqbal Singh Ji by the Kalgidhar Trust (Baru Sahib) is culmination of what the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, prophesied about three centuries ago. Akal University has been mandated to carry out activities pertaining to the three basic principles of higher education: Teaching, Learning and Research. The University is successfully running UG (Honours), PG (Honours) and PhD programs in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, English, Punjabi, Psychology, Commerce, Economics, Social sciences, and UG in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies. Striving for excellence in teaching and research, the University also offers BCA (Hons), B.Tech. (CSE), MBA and four years integrated B.Sc.-B.Ed./B.A.-B.Ed program. The University has faculty members who are highly qualified with exceptionally good academic records. The university has a firm resolve to provide a drug-free environment and to create a disciplined campus. A magnificent building with ultra-modern facilities for teaching and research is the hallmark of the University.

The Department of English Studies reflects the expansion, diversification and confluences at both the institutional level as well as in the dynamic disciplinary fields of literary and cultural studies and linguistics. The objective of the Department is to teach focused courses in these core areas at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and also develop a well-focused research program. The main emphasis is to inculcate in the students a sense of professionalism, as part of a discipline, with skills and abilities valuable in teaching, research, publishing and management studies. Further, the Department aims to give students a sense of themselves as citizens of a larger community by encouraging participation in service of learning. The programs offered by the department have also come to the limelight for their unique design and relevance in the contemporary Indian as well as the international literary scenario.


  • Abstracts/ Short notes: Accepted abstracts/ short notes will be featured in the conference souvenir.


  • Please make your submission as an email attachment to the following email:
  • Document should be in a single word file (.doc/.docx), with proper title, abstract, key words, main paper with references. Submissions will be blind peer-reviewed and therefore should be submitted with no identifying information. Please mention “Submission for ICMVSE-24” in your subject line. Include your name, contact details, and institutional affiliation in the body of the email.

Important Timelines


Full paper/ Abstract Submission Deadline 15 December, 2023
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline 15 January 2024
Notification of acceptance of abstract 18 January 2024
Submission of Manuscript 4 February, 2024
Selected papers shall be published as conference proceedings and best papers shall be published in an edited volume published by an internationally reputed publisher.


Payment Details (Direct Deposit in Bank Account)

Account Number 36112706739
Account Holder Name Akal University
Bank Name SBI
IFSC Code SBIN0050058

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Mode of Participation Paper Presentation (Online/Offline) Participation Only Offline Participation Only Online
Faculty/ Independent Researchers/ Academicians Rs. 2000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 500
Research Scholars Rs. 1500 Rs. 1000 Rs. 500
Students (UG & PG) Rs. 1000 Rs. 600 Rs. 500
For Foreign Participants USD 50 USD 100 USD 30
Registration Fees for offline participants is without accommodation charges. For any help regarding accommodation, contact us.

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Akal University Talwandi Sabo

Raman Road, Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, Punjab (India)-151302

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