Call for Papers and Participation: Forum on Contemporary Theory's 21st International Conference

The Twenty First International Conference of the Forum on Contemporary Theory will be held in The Chariot Resort & Spa in the temple town of Puri in Odisha from the 18th to the 21st of December 2018 in collaboration with the International Lincoln Centre for American Studies, Louisiana State University in Shreveport. The theme of the conference is: “Revisiting Cosmopolitanism.” Galin Tihanov, George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London and Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University are the Academic Conveners and Keynote Speakers of the conference.

See the full details of the program at this PDF.

Abstract Submission Deadline

Not more than a 500-word abstract or proposal is due by August 15, 2018. The abstract should have a title along with the name and institutional affiliation of the presenter. Please send the abstract as an email attachment to Bruce Robbins (, the Convener of the conference with a copy marked to Prafulla Kar ( Complete papers should be limited to 12 pages (approximately 20 minutes of presentation time) and must reach Prafulla Kar by October 31, 2018. A longer version may be submitted for possible publication of Journal of Contemporary Thought or the conference volume brought out by FCT. Select papers from the conference and those submitted in response to the “Call for Papers” will be included in the conference volume. Completed papers for the conference volume should reach the convener of the Forum as email attachments by April 10, 2019.


The last date for receiving the registration fee is September 20, 2018. The fee may be paid through a bank draft or multi-cheque drawn in favor of Forum on Contemporary Theory on a bank in Baroda (Vadodara). An option for a direct bank transfer is also available. Please ask for our bank details, if you want to make a wire transfer. The amount should be sent to the FCT’s address mentioned on its website ( We encourage the participants to register early so that their accommodation is secured at the Chariot Resort and Spa in Puri where the conference will be held. All participants need to be pre-registered; the registration fee is non-refundable. Accommodation is on a shared basis.
The following are the details of the registration fee:

  1. Participant from India – Rs.12,000
  2. Overseas Participant – US $500
  3. Participant from SAARC countries – US $250
  4. Local Participant (without accommodation) – Rs.6,000

The registration fee for the outstation participant will take care of board and lodging for 3 nights (18th to 20th December), conference tea (twice daily); fee for the local participants will take care of lunch for 3 days and conference tea. Participants should check in at the hotel after 10 am on the 18th and will check out after 9 am on the 21st. The conference will begin with an inaugural ceremony at about 5 pm on the 18th and will be over with lunch on the 21st. A General Body Meeting of the life members of the Forum on Contemporary Theory will be held at about 3 pm on the 18th December.

For further information please contact:

  • Prafulla C. Kar (
  • Bruce Robbins (
  • Galin Tihanov (,
  • William D. Pederson (