Indigenous people and ethnic minorities have strived to preserve their rich heritages and linguistic characteristics against colonial powers, expanding nation-states, as well as the homogenizing forces of globalization and modernization. Emphasising the need to revive and strengthen endangered indigenous cultures, the United Nations has designated the period from 2022-2023 as the “International Decade of Indigenous Languages” in an effort to promote, protect, and revitalize indigenous languages around the world. This international conferenceaims to provide a hybrid platform for scholars, practitioners, faculty, and enthusiasts to come together and explore the significance of indigenous culture,language teaching pedagogy,share insights, and discuss strategies for its preservation and promotion.

Keynote Speakers:

  1. Alexander Stolyarov, RSUH, Moscow, Russia
  2. Indira Gazieva, RSUH, Moscow, Russia
  3. Abhai Maurya, Former Vice Chancellor, EFLU, Hyderabad

Themes and Topics:

We invite 200-250-word abstracts,exploring indigenous cultures and languages from a range of methodical approaches and geographical contexts on the following themes, but limited to:

  • Literature and translation
  • Language revitalization and documentation
  • Political linguistics
  • Child language acquisition
  • Community and identity
  • Oral tradition, myth and history
  • The power of storytelling
  • Cultures under threat
  • Food customs as cultural identity
  • Ecocriticism
  • Indigenous music and dance
  • Indigenous art, craft and artifacts
  • Indigenous traditions, rituals and practices
  • Politics of clothing
  • Multimodality and multilingualism
  • Integrative indigenous management
  • AI in language teaching and learning

Convernor: Dr.Nilakshi Goswami,HOD (i/c), Assistant Professor, Department of English and Foreign Languages

Co – Convenor: Manashi Devi, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Foreign Languages

Contact Person: Dr.JupitaraBoro, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Foreign Languages. Ph no. 7099034050

Important Dates:

Conference Dates: 23rdand 24thJanuary, 2024

Abstract Submission: 10thDecember, 2023

Notification of Acceptance:15thDecember, 2023

Submission of Full paper: 10th January, 2024

Selected full papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Kindly send the abstract and full paper to [email protected]

Guidelines for abstract submission:

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Abstracts should be submitted as MS-Word Documents, the font should be Times New Roman (12 size) and 3-4 keywords.

Registration Fees:  Rs. 2000/- (Rupees two thousand only) for Faculty Members and Academicians.

Rs. 1000/- (Rupees one thousand) for Research Scholars and students.

Kindly send the registration fee toRegistrar GCU Assam, Account No 31633443874, IFSC – SBIN0002060. In case of multiple authors, all the auths have to do registration separately.


Guest house accommodation on twin sharing basis may be provided @ Rs. 1500/- per day.

Hotel accommodation also may be arranged on request.Limited complimentaryaccommodations are available for Student-delegates on first come first serve basis.

About the University: The establishment of Girijananda Chowdhury University by the Act No. XLVII of 2022 of the Assam Government  is the realisation of the Shrimanta Shankar Academy Society’s objective to provide higher education opportunities and to instill in its students the universal human principles of empathy and equity as a means of empowering the individual human being. Girijananda Chowdhury University (GCU) is located on a vast 20-acre campus on the outskirts of Guwahati, Assam, between the DeeporBeel and the mighty Brahmaputra river. GCU is situated in close proximity to National Highway 37, 7 km east of Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, 20 km west of Guwahati Railway Station, and 4 km north of Azara Railway Station and its constituent campus is located at Dekargaon, Tezpur. The fraternity of  GCU strives to cultivate a comprehensive development approach that promotes students’ complete growth while preserving the institution’s historical heritage of commitment towards academic excellence.