Osmosis: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Human Sciences

Call for Papers

Date: 16 - 17 November 2022 

Organised by: Department of English, School of Liberal Arts and Social Science, East Delta University

Contact Email: osmosiseduconference@gmail.com 

Keynote Speakers: Professor Michael Keith and Professor Kaiser Haq

Registration Fees: 

i. International Presenter (Academics): USD 25 per day for each person

ii. International Presenter (Graduate-Level Students Only): USD 15 per day for each person

iii. Local Presenter (Academics): BDT 1500 per day for each person

iv. Local Presenter (Graduate-Level Students Only) / Participant (Non-Presenter): BDT 1000 per day for each person


For millennia, human civilization has been in a relentless pursuit of comprehending the relationship between the forces of the natural world and the human condition. This endeavour has produced a bewildering number of disciplines amounting to an impressive array of epistemological insights into the nature of human existence. Scholarly approaches in/(to) Human Sciences, e.g., philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, literature, language, linguistics, evolutionary biology, culture, religion, and anthropology initiate an inquiry into our ever-evolving sociocultural foundations, and in doing so, redress our sense of place in relation to the scheme of things. 

In this age of rapid changes in the socio-cultural fabric, individuals, as well as communities, are faced with apprehension with regard to their long-held sense of subjectivity and identity. At this crossroads of tradition and technology, man and machine, it is in the domain of Human Sciences that we must launch a critique of the contemporary world. For a wholesome understanding of the crises and triumphs of modernity, they must be viewed through the lens of an interdisciplinary approach that lends our critical inquiry a much-needed equilibrium and reinforces the relevance of the humanities in a radically transforming world. In addition to instilling empathy in the much-hardened modern psyche, an intersection of the humanities and the other sciences adds to the gravity of the liberal arts on the utilitarian scale in academia.

We are pleased to invite proposals that initiate an interdisciplinary exploration of questions like:

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Submission Guidelines (Now Closed): The conference welcomes scholars and researchers in any discipline within the broad theme of human sciences. We are expecting different modes of interdisciplinary scholarly engagement such as 20-minute paper read-outs, PowerPoint presentations, and focused panels (three-in-one). For an individual paper, the abstract should be no more than 250 words and for other formats, the word limit is 500. It should be accompanied by a 100-word short biography of each contributor. Please contact osmosiseduconference@gmail.com for any query.  

Points to Ponder: Osmosis is an in-person conference to take place at East Delta University, Chattogram, Bangladesh. The official language of the conference is English. The conference does not cover travel or accommodation expenses.

Publication: All selected abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. After the conference, participants will have the option of submitting their complete papers for possible publication in Palimpsest: East Delta University Journal of English Studies (p-ISSN: 2307-4094, e-ISSN: 2709-2771) , a double-blind peer-reviewed journal, in its 3rd volume in 2023.