Expert Lecture on Cross-Cultural Adaptations in Films
Date: 08 November 2023
The Department of English organized an expert lecture on Cross-Cultural Adaptations in Films on November 08, 2023 for the students of III semester, MA English. The resource person for this special lecture was, Dr. Kirti Sachdeva, Assistant Professor, Galgotias University. She deliberated on the politics of cultural adaptations in cinema and how the adaptation techniques vary depending on the socio-cultural contexts. She illuminated the students through examples from films across cultures and spoke on the broad scope of research in this area.
Expert Lecture on Fundamentals of Research
Date: 07 November 2023
The Department of English organized an expert lecture on “Fundamentals of Research” for the students of V Semester, BA English Literature on November 07, 2023. The resource person for this session was Dr. Shijomon K.V., Style Sheet Editor, Editor’s Alert, Calicut. He arranged his lecture through basic concepts of research and the purpose of research. He elaborated on the ways to conduct research, the feasibility of a selected topic, and carrying out a literature review. He gave examples on trending research topics and their impact on our society to deliver a better understanding of research among the students.
Expert Lecture: American Drama: Theory and Praxis
Date: 18 October 2023
Dr. K. Ganesh commenced by delving into the theoretical underpinnings of American drama. He discussed the historical development of American theatre, from its European roots to the emergence of uniquely American voices. He highlighted the influence of figures like Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams and how they shaped the American dramatic tradition. Key concepts like expressionism, realism, naturalism, and the American Dream were explored in-depth, providing a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical aspect of American drama. He also discussed various elements, such as playwriting, directing, acting, and stage design that contribute to the creation of a successful theatre production. The lecturer also emphasized the importance of cultural context and the portrayal of American life and society in the development and performance of American plays. His expertise and passion for the subject were evident in his comprehensive knowledge of American drama.
The lecture on American Drama: theory and praxis by Dr. K. Ganesh provided students with a holistic understanding of the subject, from its theoretical foundations to practical applications. It was an enlightening and inspiring session for all those interested in the world of American drama. After the question-answer session, the session ended with a Vote of Thanks, delivered by Ms. Anantha of V Semester JOEN.
Expert Lecture on Locating and Contextualising the Emergence of Indian Writing in English
Date: 17 October 2023
Department of English organised the expert lecture on the topic “Locating and Contextualising the Emergence of Indian Writing in English” on 17th October 2023 from 11am to 1pm. The resource person for the session was Dr. Saji Mathew, Associate Professor, M G University, Kerala. Dr. Mathew began his session by providing a comprehensive historical background of Indian writing in English, tracing its origin to the colonial period. He discussed how English became a tool for communication, education and literary expression in India under British rule. The speaker emphasized the evolution of Indian literature in English and how it has transitioned from imitating British literary styles to developing a unique Indian voice.
Dr. Mathew concluded the session by discussing the contemporary trends in Indian writing in English, which includes a more diverse range of voices, the exploration of regional identities, the impact of globalization on Indian writing.
The lecture was met with highly engaged and responsive audience, there were numerous questions and discussion on the interplay of language, identity and the relevance of Indian writing in English today. It was an enlightened event that contributed to a deeper understanding of the cultural and literary heritage of India. Students of III JOEN, PYEN and English Literature were part of the lecture.
Expert Lecture on Gender Studies: Histories and Futurities
Date: 05 October 2023
The Department of English organised an expert lecture on the topic “Gender Studies: Histories and Futurities” on 5th October 2023 from 11am to 1pm. The resource person for the session was Dr. Arunlal Mokeri, Assistant Professor, Government College, Mokeri, Kerala. Dr. Arunlal focussed on the complexities of gender, stressing on its social, cultural, historical representations. The key concepts and theories discussed in the session provided the students with an understanding of its evolving research opportunities.
THE WRITERS GUILD
Date: 19 September 2023
The Department of English organised The Writers Guild on the 19th of September, 2023 from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm at the M4 Auditorium, Main Block. The resource person for the session was Dr.Lyola Thomas Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College. The session’s opening remarks were an outline of The Writers Guild. She went into further detail about how poetry fits into postmodernism. The speaker described the essence of her published book, “Psalms as Postmodern Poetry.” Elaboration on postmodernism’s core concepts, such as eclecticism, social constructs, subjective reality, and individualism, were given. Also discussed were the key tenets of postmodernism, including intertextuality, referencing, and context. Artworks like Dancing in the Prague (1996) and Museum Garage (2015) were used as illustrations to show how postmodernism is an integral part of daily life. The session overall was incredibly participatory and educational.
The Greatness of India
Date: 16 August 2023
India celebrating its 77th Independence Day, the Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College organized a guest lecture on The Greatness of India led by Dr. S J Michael on 16th of August 2023. Dr. S J Michael enlightened the students by highlighting the multicultural diversity, traditions, hospitality, architectural marvels, sovereign power and the various contributions of the nationhood of India to the world at a large. The resource person made the session very interactive with games and activities to involve the students and increase their awareness and knowledge on the greatness of India. Students were also allowed to clear their doubts in the Q & A session and were also allowed to give feedback on the session.
Expert Lecture on Unveiling the History through Travel Writing
Date: 23 August 2023
Department of English organized an expert lecture on “Unveiling the History Through Travel Writing” for the students of III Sem OE - Travel Literature on 23rd August, 2023 through the Zoom. Dr. L. Santhosh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru was the resource person for the expert lecture. He introduced the students to the history of travel and travel writing through various travel writers and their travel writings. He also discussed the socio-cultural, political, and entrepreneurial aspects of travel literature, its emergence as an all embracing genre and its contemporary relevance in this twenty-first century. Students from the OE - Travel Literature showed much interest in the lecture and appreciated the lecture.
Expert Lecture The World of Linguistics: Dimensions and Possibilities
Date: 20 April 2023
Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College organized an expert lecture on the topic The World of Linguistics: Dimensions and Possibilities for the students of II BA PYEN (psychology and English) on 20/04/2023. The programmme was conducted in the online mode. Dr Devina Krishna, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Patna Women’s College (Autonomous), Patna, Bihar was the resource person. Ms Ann J Mathew, a student of BA II PYEN introduced the topic, and Ms Lucy M of BA II PYEN welcomed the gathering.
Dr. Devina Krishna started the session by introducing the basic concepts in linguistics such as the history of linguistics and the levels of linguistic analysis. The resource person elaborated on the new dimensions of linguistics and explained the interdisciplinary possibilities and career prospects of these collaborations for the students of linguistics. In the Q&A session, the question on artificial intelligence and linguistic possibilities, linguistics and corporate world career possibilities were also addressed.
Ms. Steffina BA II PYEN proposed a vote of thanks. Ms. Minu A, faculty, Department of English, the faculty coordinator of the progarmme was present at the meeting. The programme helped the students to explore new avenues in the field of linguistics. The programme was able to provide a proper direction to the students on the possibilities of language studies.
Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Lacanian Gaze
Date: 01 March 2023
The Department of English organized an expert lecture titled “Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Lacanian Gaze”, on the 1st of March 2023. The resource person invited to deliver the lecture was Dr. Abhishek Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, RV University. The lecture was hosted in the A3 Auditorium in Admin Block at 12 PM. The resource person talked about intersectional Science Fiction writings and their adaptation into film texts, the importance of Jacques Lacan, and the application of psychoanalysis in Science fiction.
The lecture was attended by the students of the Fourth Sem BA English Literature, Fourth Sem BA Psychology English, Sixth Sem BA JPENG B, Sixth Sem BA English Honours, and MA English. The lecture was also attended by a few students from Christ University. At the end of the talk, the floor was open for questions and conversations, the conversations were participatory.
Expert Lecture on Romanticism, Imaginism and Modernism
Date: 14 February 2023
Department of English organised an expert lecture on “Romanticism, Imaginism and Modernism” on 14th February 2023 in M3 Audi, Main block. The resource person for the lecture was Dr. Atiqa Kelsy Assistant Professor, Department. of English, Department of English, St.Xavier’s College, Jaipur. As her lecture aimed at the elements and art of the Romantic and Modern eras. Dr. Atiqa explained the characteristics of the Romantic era and Modern era with many paintings and art which helped the students to understand the concept of romanticism, modernism, and imagine in detail. She also explained the way of understanding the concept through paintings and architecture.
Students from IV JOEN and English Literature attended the session. The students showed great passion in their participation and were excited to gain more knowledge regarding the subjects.
National Lecture Series: “Culinary Explorations: Food and the Literary Imaginations”
Date: 25 February 2023
The third lecture of the National Lecture Series, a collaboration between English Departments of six institutes i.e. Patna Women’s College (Autonomous), Patna, Bihar, General Shivdev Singh Diwan Gurbachan Singh Khalsa College (Autonomous), Patiala, Punjab, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru, Karnataka, St. Aloysius’ College (Autonomous), Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur, Rajasthan and Sophia Girls’ College (Autonomous), Ajmer, Rajasthan across India, was held on 25th February 2023 online vi zoom platform 1 PM. The resource person for the lecture was Dr. Sneha Suresh Assistant Professor, Department. of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru, Karnataka her lecture aimed at acquainting students to provide a fundamental understanding of the study of food and a comprehensive knowledge of the scope of culinary studies
The event coordinator, Dr. Mary Raymer, Assistant. Professor, Dept. of English, Kristu Jayanti College along with the Student Coordinators, Mr. Shombit Das and Ms. Soha Anwar of VI BA English (Hons.) which was attended by the students of II BA English Lit., IV BA English Lit. and II Sem BA PYEN along with students and faculty members of the National Lecture Series member institutions. At the end of the lecture, the students were asked to take a 10-minute quiz upon the successful completion of which, students would be granted with a certificate. The students showed great enthusiasm in their participation in this Collaborative venture and were excited to gain more knowledge regarding various subjects over the series of lectures. The session was anchored by Ms. Githika and vote of thanks by Ms . Yadhu
Expert Lecture on Immigrant Writing: Literary Scape and Research Scope
Date: 25 February 2023
On the 25th of February 2023, the Department of English organized an expert lecture on 'Immigrant Writing: Literary Scape and Research Scope', for students of M.A English Literature, III BA English Literature, III BA JP English, and III BA JPS English. The subject expert for the session was Dr. M. Anjum khan, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Avinashilingam Institute for Home science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Her lecture introduced the students to the field of immigrant literature and focused on the future of immigrant writing. The problems faced by the immigrants and the difference between the immigrants and migrants were explained. The scope of immigrant studies, books related to immigrant writings, scholarships, courses, and universities available for immigrant studies were listed by Dr. Anjum Khan. This program was well coordinated by Dr. Preetha M., Assistant Professor, Department of English, and Dr. Giftsy Dorcas E., Assistant Professor, Department of English.
Career Prospects for English Majors
Date: 18 November 2022
The Department of English organized an expert session on "Career Prospects for English Majors" in association with the Centre for Employability and Corporate Relations (CECR) to inform English significant students of what their future opportunities may be and ways that would enable them to successfully secure jobs through the placement process in addition to helping them advance in their careers. Prof. Bijin Philip focused on educating the students about the process and how students can eventually succeed in their careers.
The session mainly focused on providing suggestions and guidance regarding how students can make the right choice when it comes to choosing a career path, tips on resume building, preparing for the interview process, and all the small but essential requirements that need to be met.
The session ended with various exciting questions by the students, brilliantly answered by Prof. Bijin Philip, leaving no room for doubts.
Expert Lecture on Art of Film Editing
An expert lecture titled “Art of Film Editing” was organized by the Department of English on 23rd September 2022, under the guidance of Dr. Arsha Subbi and Dr. Giftsy Dorcas E. The resource person for the day was Prof. Aby Agustine, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru.
The whole lecture was an interactive one with all the audio and visual support. Prof. Aby primarily focused on different techniques commonly used in the field of editing. He explained the advantages and recent trends of the same with examples. Important terms used in the field of film editing were also discussed. Students actively participated in the lecture by asking questions and responding to the questions asked by the resource person. The lecture came to a close with an interactive session.
Expert Lecture on Film Grammar
On 6th September, 2022 the department of English organized an expert lecture on film grammar. The resource person for the session was Mr Aby Agustine, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Kristu Jayanti College. The curriculum of BA English Honours Programme and MA English Literature has integrated film studies course. This expert lecture on film grammar helped students understand the nuances of film language, mis-en-scene, and other technical aspects. The session dealt in-depth with frames, angles, shots, sequencing and montage. This will help students in better film analysis.
Guest Lecture on Decluttering the Discourse of Truth
The Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru, organised a Guest Lecture on 'Decluttering the Discourse of Truth' as a learning enrichment activity on April 07, 2022. The resource person of the programme was Mr. J. S Anantha Krishnan, writer, translator, painter, and research scholar. He is the recipient of the Prime Minister's YUVA Mentoring Young Authors Project Award and scholarship. His lecture provided an insight into the various approaches to unravelling truth emanated through discourses. He spoke about the portrayal and reflection of truth by analysing discourses down the ages and also marvelled at the capabilities of the diverse art forms such as painting in propagating truth. His speech also instigated an inquisitiveness among the participants to observe and wisely make decisions on utilizing social media platforms as it serves as a vital medium in society. After the lecture, a discussion was initiated wherein the students shared their pertinent queries and observations.
International Lecture Series on 'From Postcolonialism to Decoloniality: Exploring Diatopical Hermeneutics'
Date: 08 October 2021
The Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College, Autonomous, Bengaluru, organised an International Lecture Series on 'From Postcolonialism to Decoloniality: Exploring Diatopical Hermeneutics' on 08 October 2021.Fr. Dr. Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College gave the introductory remark to the lecture. Prof. Mashrur Shahid Hossain, Professor, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, deliberated on the trajectory from postcolonialism to decoloniality and elaborated the notion of transnational or transcultural reading of diatopical hermeneutics.
Expert lecture on “Society, Theatre and Classroom
Department of English UG organised an Expert lecture on the title “Society, Theatre and Classroom: A virtual interactive session with Mahesh Dattani” on 18th August 2021. The resource person was Mahesh Dattani, celebrated playwright, director, actor, writer, and the first playwright in English to be conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award. The virtual platform brought together research scholars, students and faculties from different corners of India. 1600 participants registered for the Expert lecture.
The session began with a silent prayer. Dr Lillykutty Abraham introduced the guest of the day. Mahesh Dattani started the session by explaining the various aspects of theatre and acting. He passionately spoke about the theatre experience, characters and inspirations of his writings and performance. He appreciated the participants for their responses and interest on theatre art and writings. There were 300 + questions from the participants, the questions were clubbed and answered by the resource person. The session helped the participants to understand the author’s concept of characters and the aspects of theatre in a simpler manner. The session ended on a very successful and transformational note.
Dr Lillykutty Abraham, the chief coordinator of the event was the moderator of the session. Prof. Sumathi N proposed the vote of thanks.
Overall, the session was a pleasant experience of learning the aspects of theatre, writing and performance.
Society, Theatre and Classroom: Mahesh Dattani in Conversation with Jayantians
Date: 17th March 2021
Time: 10.15 am – 11.15am
Topic: “Society, Theatre and Classroom: Mahesh Dattani in Conversation with Jayantians”
Name and Details of the Resource Person: Mahesh Dattani
Celebrated playwright, director, actor, writer, and the first playwright in English to be conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award. His play Final Solutions is taught in the 6th semester of BA English combination classes.
Number of Participants: 450
The session began with a silent prayer. Mr. Jerrin Jose, the coordinator, English department, UG welcomed the resource person and the participants. Dr. Lillykutty Abraham introduced the guest of the day.
Mahesh Dattani invited the students to interact with him. The participants were eager and enthusiastic to meet such a famous personality. There were many questions and he responded tracing his experiences with socio political issues. He described how he was passionately dedicated to the social issuesrelated caste, gender, belief systems, religion and minorities. Dattani appreciated the youth especially the students of our college for engaging in creative exchange of ideas. He left a lasting impression by his spontaneous and encouraging responses as well as his simple personality.
Dr. Lillykutty Abraham, the chief coordinator of the event was the moderator of the session. Ms. Anna Felix, VI BA JPENG A proposed the vote of thanks. Atira Premsingh,VI BA JPsEng was the MC of the session.
Overall, the session was a pleasant experience of learning by interacting with a famous author and playwright.
Shakespeare on Stage, Shakespeare on Page
An expert lecture on Shakespearean drama titled “Shakespeare on stage, Shakespeare on Page” was organized by the Department of English on the 11thDecember 2020 at 3.30pm. The event began with prayer and a brief introduction about the resource person, Prof. Josy Joseph (Associate Professor, SB College, Changanassery). The lecture contained detailed discussion on Shakespeare’s performance script, characters and the influence of his plays. The innovation in Shakespeare’s plots through linguistic vitality, poetic drama and cognitive power despite the lack of originality in his plays was discussed along with a general idea on the structure and outline of theatre during the Elizabethan Era. Through the lecture, students were made aware of the limitations of the time period including lighting, lack of female involvement and the entertainment aspects of the play. Several scenes were read out and analyzed to commemorate characters, actors and the background of the plays through pictures and paintings. The event concluded with a brief interactive session and vote of thanks.
Online Expert Lecture on Literary Popular Culture
The Department of English organized an online Expert Lecture on Literary Popular Culture for all the BA students on 28 the November 2020, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. The resource person was Dr. Girish D. Pawar, Assistant Professor in the Department of English of the University of Hyderabad. His lecture was entitled “Is There a Text in ‘Popular’ Culture?” 384 students participated in the event. Dr. Girish Pawar began his lecture with an introduction to the study of popular culture and how it emerged by questioning the dominance of “high culture” in the academia. He spoke about different types of popular culture and how they were discussed and analyzed. He described how it is difficult to define or explain “popular culture” because of the reason that it is not confined only to a particular set of characteristics. He went on to argue that the characteristic features of different popular cultural productions are very vibrant and vivid from one type to the other, even when they may share similarities. He illustrated this by explaining how each book in the famous Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, through detailed analysis, can be said to belong to different genres. The lecture was followed by a Question & Answer session during which the students interacted enthusiastically with the resource person.
Expert lecture on “Macrocosm to Microcosm: An Exploration of Micro Narratives
Date: 29th September
Topic: “Macrocosm to Microcosm: An Exploration of Micro Narratives”
Name and Details of the Resource Person:
Dr.Kavita Shastri Associate Professor and Head, Department of English and Media Studies, Vijaya College, Jayanagar, Bengaluru. Number of Participants: 137
The Lecture began with a silent prayer. Dr. Lillykutty Abraham, one of the coordinators of the Expert Lecture, welcomed the resource person and the participants. Prof. Akhila Variyar introduced the speaker of the day.
The lecture traced a brief history of micro narratives and explored its present scope, with examples and illustrations from literature, cave painting, twitter feeds and social media post. The speaker highlighted the relevance of micro narratives, as they are tools for self-expression of the manifold voices from all walks of society. She applauded the social media platforms for providing the space for such creative expressions.
Prof. Jimin S Mathew, the co-coordinator, chaired the Q & A session. The participants interacted enthusiastically and their doubts were clarified. The session augmented the understanding on the topic and ended with suggestions for further explorations.
Prof. Jerrin Jose, Coordinator of English Department, proposed the vote of thanks. Overall the session was a pleasant experience of learning by interacting with people seated in different parts of the world.
Trajectory of Missing Narratives in History
Name and Details of the Resource Person: Ms. Pushpa Achanta, Writer, Journalist, Blogger and Trainer and author of “Ripples; The Right to Water and Sanitation for Whom?”
The Department of English organized a Guest Lecture by Ms. Pushpa Achanta, a writer, journalist, blogger and trainer with more than 7 years of experience in creating awareness and authoring articles on human rights, achievements and challenges of gender minorities, marginalized women, Dalits, unorganized workers, children, indigenous people and urban and rural poor. faculty coordinators from the Department of English (P.G.) Ms. Susan Sanny and Ms. Sharmin K. Thampi, and faculty coordinators from the Department of English (U.G.), Prof. Stephen and Dr. Amitha Santiago, were present for the lecture.
Ms. Pushpa Achanta started out with an introduction to the topic “Missing Narratives in History”. She talked about areas in literature that are not part mainstream literature and literary studies. She gave references to unique individuals like Ada Augusta who were responsible for Charles Babbage’s contribution to the development of the computer. Instances like the absence of representation of minorities, in terms of religion, caste and gender, where only one set of community gains prominence, while the rest remains ignored, were discussed and debated. The interactive session constituted a discussion on the reasons behind why there has always been an ignorance or gap in mainstream literature and literary studies regarding the representation of certain themes, realities, people and communities. Ms. Achanta concluded her lecture by stating that the essence of writing, expressions and sharing of stories constitute not just as an outlet but also help and expose to the readers real-life catastrophes that individuals, especially those belonging to peripheral communities, go through every day.
Drama - Then and Now
Name and Details of the Resource Person: Shri. Manoj Mathew Joseph, Eminent personality in the field of literature and media relation.
On the 23rd of September, the students of MA English Literature and MA Journalism, were graced by the presence of Mr. Manoj Matthew Joseph, an eminent personality in the fields of literature and media relations.
He delivered a lecture titled “Drama – Then and Now”, through which he tried to cover the changes and evolution of drama or theatre from the early period to the current scenario, and relating various examples from literature and media. The major areas of focus were: Milieu, Theme and Setting and the changes from then to now.
The Inside Tracks
The Inside Tracks: Session 9 on Advanced Research Methodology
Date: 22 September 2023
The Department of English, organised The Inside Tracks: Session 9 on Advanced Research Methodology on the of 22nd September 2023. The session was held in A1 Conference Hall, Admin block, at 2.30 p.m., with the I and II MA English Literature students as audience. Dr. M. Preetha, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru was the resource person for the session. The session enlightened the students on the various advanced technologies that can be used as part of academic research. In the session, hands-on training was given on using Zotero software for research. The interactive session also provided information on some reliable sources for research.
The Inside Tracks Session-7 - An Introduction to the Spatial Realm of Literature
Date: 08 March 2023
The Department of English organised Session- 7 of The Inside Tracks on 08th March 2023, for the students of MA English Literature. The session was on the topic An Introduction to the Spatial Realm of Literature by Ms. Minu A., Assistant Professor, and Department of English. The session introduced the students to the key concepts of the Spatial Realm of literature. The salient points covered in the session were the history of spatial theory, a brief note on the spatial turn and spatial triad, an overview of spatial theory, and a discussion of the central ideas proposed by the important theorists. The session was made interesting with online literary trivia on some of the prominent places represented in literary texts. Overall, this session proved to be a fruitful learning experience for the students.
The Inside Tracks - Session-6 Cultural Memory
Date: 15 February 2023
The Department of English organised Session-6 of The Inside Tracks on 15th February 2023 for the students of MA English. Dr. Sreedevi Santhosh, Assistant Professor, Department of English delivered a talk on Cultural Memory. The session threw light on the significance of the colonial dictums that have shaped the course of English studies. Further, discussions revolved around the co-relationship between culture and memory studies. The session concluded with a discussion on regional memory.
Digital Humanities - Session-5
Date: 10 February 2023
The Department of English organised Session- 5 of The Inside Tracks on 10th February 2023. The session was an instructive session on Digital Humanities by Ms. V. Iswarya, Assistant Professor, Department of English. The students of MA English Literature were enlightened on the importance of humanities digital humanities in the present scholarly scenario. Students were introduced through demos to many digital platforms like DH projects, JSTORE text analyzer, Google Ngram, and a few others. The program provided an understanding of the intersection of digital technology with humanities scholarship and how the digital landscape is transforming the way we do research.
Inside Tracks – Session 2 - Experiential Learning in the Language Classrooms
On the 21st September 2022, the Department of English held the second edition of a novel best practice called the “Inside Tracks” titled ‘Experiential Learning in English Classrooms’ for the students of MA English Literature. This edition aims to provide an understanding of various methods of English language teaching but more specifically, Experiential learning from within the classrooms.
Dr. Masilamani C. began his lecture on the various facets of experiential learning in the English classroom. He started with the example of Isaac Newton’s conceptualization of gravity from experience to reflection to concept formation which in turn forms the final output. He explains the significance of the process in learning as this plays a pivotal role in long term memorization of the concept. He then elucidated the different psychological approaches in learning such as Behaviorism which is learning based on stimulus and response, Cognitivism which is learning through internal processing of information, and Constructivism which relies on experience to construct our knowledge on the subject. An interactive session ensued his pragmatic session where the audience asked the speaker questions and clarifications.
The Inside Tracks– Embracing Inquisitiveness
On the 14th of September 2022, the Department of English kickstarted a novel best practice “The Inside Tracks”– an ‘Expert Lecture series on Research’ for the students of MA English Literature. This series aims to foster the students’ interest in the field of research and guide them through their research endeavours.
This enlightening session was attended by the PG students and Faculty members of the Department of English. Dr. J. Nelson Michael, Director, Centre for Research, was the resource person for the event. Dr. Lyola Thomas, Coordinator, Department of English (PG) addressed on the significance of the title “The Inside Tracks” and explained that this series would help the students cut across boundaries and gain an advantageous position in the field of research. Following Dr. Lyola’s address, Dr. J. Nelson Michael started the session on ‘Embracing Inquisitiveness’. He began by praising the Department of English for taking such a wonderful initiative to empower the students to enhance their research abilities. With the help of captivating images, he explained how a student should approach the field of research. He emphasized on adhering to eight values in order to be a good researcher– Refresh your mind, Embrace difference, Sensibility, Ethics, Ardor, Redefinition of your personality, Complementing personality and Happiness. The much interactive session was followed by a series of questions from the inquisitive audience. After the question-answer session, Dr. Lyola presented a memento to Dr. Nelson as a token of appreciation.
Expert series on Employment Enhancement
An expert lecture titled “Envison: Expert series on Employment Enhancement” was organized by the Department of English on 16th September 2022 for BA English Hons nd MA English students under the guidance of Fr. Joshy Mathew, Dr Giftsy Dorcas E, Prof. Arsha Subbi and other faculties of various departments.
The resource person for the day was Dr. Gopakumar AV, Dean, Faculty of Humanities. Dr. Gopakumar presently works as Dean Faculty of Humanties, Kristu Jayanti College and also heads the Journalism Department. He has around twenty years of teaching experience spanning Kristu Jayanti College, Manipal Unversity and Sikkim Manipal University. He got into the media world as a magazine correspondent and later as magazine editor of an International Health magazine ‘Inetrnaturalhealth’. Through ‘Indriyum’, a web solution company based in Kerala, he got into new media and there he worked as content editor. His doctoral research is in film studies and he had published numerous research articles in national and international journals about films, new media and advertising.
The whole lecture was an interactive one with all the relevant details and insights on the film industry. Dr. Gopakumar primarily focused on preparing the students for creating awareness and opportunity in the film industry. Sir explained how good visualizing skills come into writing through his example of the movie ‘Chaarulatha’. Furthermore, he explained how a job of a filmmaker is to execute what is there and how they visualize it.
The lecture came to a close with an interactive session. The session had more than 100 participants.
Digitech Studio Inaugural Session- AI Tools in Digital Marketing
Date: 17 October 2023
The Department of English initiated the Digi Tech Studio, a capability enhancement program series tailored for MA English students. The inaugural session focused on AI tools in digital marketing, featuring Ms. Riya Merin, an esteemed alumna (M.A English, 2019-2021) and current content writer at Gargash Insurance Services, Dubai. Ms. Merin shared insights into the realm of digital marketing, encompassing platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and online shopping sites to connect with consumers. Her presentation covered the five key facets of digital marketing: search engine optimization, social media marketing, email marketing, content marketing, and mobile marketing. Ms. Merin also delved into the objectives of social media, emphasizing goals like enhancing brand awareness, fostering engagement, and community building. The session provided MA English students with valuable knowledge and practical insights into the evolving landscape of digital marketing.
DigiTech Studio Session II
Date: 04 October 2023
The second session of DigiTech Studio was held on November 4th 2023 at P1 Conference Hall. DigiTech Studio is a flagship Capability Enhancement Programme series by the Department of English, aiming to imbue in students the relevant technical skills that will make them stand out amongst peers. Digital tools are an essential aspect of the modern professional landscape. By acquiring skills in such tools at an education level, students have the opportunity to hone in their capabilities and become well rounded professionals.
The session began at 11:00 a.m. welcoming the Chief Guest and Resource Person for the day Ms. Andriya Vilayil Biju, Executive Associate Ernst and Young, Alumnus Kristu Jayanti College. Ms. Biju led an engaging and informative session on "The Mythical Art of the Digital Realm", orienting students with the one stop designing resource - Canva. She provided insight into the core aspects of designing, such as aesthetics, conceptual understanding and the ability to encapsulate the essence within a design. She also emphasized on the importance of individuality in design, and provided advice on how to optimize on the customisable nature of Canva. She further explained that the most crucial step in the design process is to follow one's intuition and stick to it, while considering and weighing outside input. She also answered questions posed by the students regarding the usage of watermarked and copyrighted materials.
THE WRITERS GUILD
Discourse on: Elemental Ecocriticism
Date: 07 November 2023
The Department of English organised a Discourse on Elemental Ecocriticism at part of Skill Development Activity for the I & III semester MA English Language and Literature students on 7 November 2023. The Program began at 11:00am at A1 Audi, Admin Block. The resource person for the session was Dr. Ruth Magdalene, Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College. The speaker commenced the session with an overview of Elemental Ecocriticism and she explained about North East Indian English Poetry. The resource person indicated the need to explore, Nature Writing Evolution towards Ecocriticism. The session elaborated on the Three Major Elements which were Water, Air, Earth. The macro- and micro-level injustices inflicted upon the elements of nature were systematically elaborated by the speaker with pertinent examples from North East poetry. The intricate relationship between nature and human existence was vividly explained by Dr. Ruth.