Shimla: As many as 39 scholars from abroad and India would participate in an international conference on early modern literature in North India, beginning at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) in Shimla on Friday.

The 11th four day long 'International Conference on Early Modern Literatures in North India' would see the participation of 18 scholars from USA, eight from Europe, three from Japan and 10 from India.

This conference would provide a unique forum in which researchers from a variety of disciplines including language, literature, religious studies, history and art history would get the opportunity to exchange information and ideas across disciplinary lines, convenor of the conference, Rajvinder Singh, said.

Though often dismissed as a period of gradual decline and stagnation, the early modern period in North India (1400-1800 CE) was a time of prolific literary, artistic, and cultural production, reflecting the political and economic dynamism of that time , he said.

Over the past thirty years, scholars have been re-assessing the valuable cultural and artistic contributions of this period and this conference would provide a forum in which researchers from India and abroad will interact extensively, he added.


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