38th LAN Annual International Conference Held

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Chitwan:  Literary Association of Nepal's 38th Annual International Conference was held. The theme of this event is “Human Animal Nexus in Literature”. The two-day long program was scheduled for 1st and 2nd March, 2019.

It was organized in the lap of mother nature, the tourist hub of Nepal, Sauraha, Chitwan. The program was inaugurated by Mr. Narayan Ban, the honorable mayor of  Ratnanagar Municipality, Chitwan. The chief guest, Mr. Ban expressed his happiness of welcoming the national and international delegates in his home town.

The inaugural session was chaired by Prof Ram Babu Ghimire. Prof. Shreedhar Gautam, President of  LAN in his presidential speech, added that LAN was to disseminate Nepalese literature abroad. The crucial thing is to provide forum for the study of foreign literature in Nepal, too.

Prof. Ramchandra Paudel, the Chief Editor of Literary Studies, LAN’s annual journal, launched Literary Studies volume-32 in the opening ceremony. Mr. Khum Prasad Sharma, the general secretary highlighted the intention of organizing the program on regularly basis. He added the importance of program and regular seminars for fostering Nepali literature in the international arena. The conference passed a resolution on the contemporary issue of Anthropocene.

Over one hundred delegates from Nepal, India, China, and Germany involved themselves actively in the panel discussion held in the evening session of the day one. Research papers were presented on the given theme by the participants in morning and afternoon sessions.

The day long sessions were chaired by Menfreud Troy from Germany and Chan Huwa from China. The key presenters of the event prof. Padma Devkota, Prof. Hriseeksh Upadhaya and Prof. Ananda Sharma focused on the literacy strength and expressiveness of the powerful creation of literary fields to benefit the entire humanity through literature.

In this regard, Prof. Padma Devkota eulogized the blend of animals in literature and focused on the cultural meaning of animals in all genres of literature including fables kingdom with an emotional entanglement that transmutes the wild and dangerous into the superb and awesome creations that offer with wonder and respect.

Most of the papers presented on the theme, highlighted on the need of expanding human-animal nexus in the present context of globalizing modernity that has affected the age-old harmonious existence between human and nonhuman creatures.

The first day conference concluded with the expectation that growing awareness about the human animal nexus would help preserve the wildlife in Nepal specifically and all over the world in general.

The second day of the conference emphasized on the theme with papers written by scholars from Nepal and abroad.

The conference concluded with the promise to meet in Lumbini in 2020 with the theme of “Spiritual Theme in literature”.