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Conference on “Uncanny Explorations : Delineating the borders of uncanny”

Mount Carmel College was established in 1948 in Bengaluru. It is a prominent institution run by the Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa (CSST), a religious order within the Catholic Church. As a minority institution run by Carmelite sisters, it strives to provide holistic education to its students without discrimination based on caste, class and creed. The college believes in promoting the growth of young minds, in all spheres, not limited to intellectual, social, emotional, cultural and physiological.

Mount Carmel College has been re-accredited with A+ Grade on it’s IV cycle by NAAC and credited Star College Status by DBT. It has also been ranked 20th among the colleges for Arts and Humanities in India.

Established in 1948, the Department has been setting a standard both within the college as well as in the larger city educational community regarding innovations in studying and teaching English. Mount Carmel’s Department of English is one of the earliest departments to introduce Literature as a subject in undergraduate studies. It currently offers an undergraduate dual major in Literature with Psychology; a Master’s in English and a doctoral programme.



“Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend, will keep the dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof shuts out the sky.”  -Charles Dickens 


Civilised society comes at a price; it stands on the edifice of repression. All things that threaten its existence, stability and orderly functioning are to be expelled. In other words, for the reality principle to exist, the pleasure principle must be sacrificed. Thus, id instincts are tabooed and suppressed, unconventional ideas are censured and censored, ambiguity is frowned upon, excess is a sin and inexplicable phenomena condemned. Things thus sublimated by the dominant social order find their way into the unconscious: that vast repertoire of human experience. Here, in the dark basement of the mind, the banished mingle with the wounds of social injustice, past trauma, wishes and forgotten memories. And from this emerges our shadow self: the Hyde to society’s Jekyll. As Freud said, what is, “buried alive… will come forth later in uglier ways”. The latent surfaces, often in displaced form.

While these uncanny expressions may seem to provide a distraction from the mundane world, they do more than that. Some of them act as a vent for the banished, therefore diffusing threats to the dominant order and aiding the maintenance of the status-quo. But most of all, “the uncanny” questions society, its exclusivist nature and reductivism as a civilising process by presenting dualism, mirror and multiple selves among other things. It challenges social morality, materialism, prejudice and discrimination. It attempts to dismantle the very pillars of society–its politics, bureaucracy, law and order. Psychological coherence and unities of time, space and character are shattered through the presentation of alternate realities and hybrid creatures.

Much like dream symbols, the uncanny must be unravelled and interpreted. The banished must be faced and addressed. Neither peace nor progress is possible otherwise. A periodic review of the existing order, undoing and redoing is a necessity for social transformation. This conference attempts to do just that.

We invite original, unpublished research articles from academicians, research scholars and students of various disciplines. The papers may include but are not limited to the following themes and sub-themes:

  • Gothic Articulations
  • The Uncanny Man: AI, Post-humanism Popular
  • Literature and the Uncanny
  • Media and Performance (film, visual media, performance art, music, dance)
  • Graphic Interventions
  • Spatiality Studies and the Uncanny (Dystopia, Postcolonial, Partition, Border narratives)
  • Culture and the Uncanny (food, fashion, architecture, design)
  • Legal and Medical Humanities
  • Ecology and the Uncanny. (Environment Humanities, Ecocriticism and the anthropocene)
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Religion Mysticism and Spirituality

Registration Deadlines:

November 25, 2023

Paper Guidelines:

No. of words: 3000-4000 words
Follow: APA Format 7th Edition
Paper Submission: November 30, 2023
Email full papers to :
Registration Link: Click Here to Register
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  • Select papers will be published in the Carmelight Journal special edition with an ISSN
  • Hardcopies can be availed with additional charges.
  • Presenters will be notified to proceed with the payment process once the article is accepted
    by the peer- review panel.

Payment Grid

Research Scholar15001000
Research Scholar1300800

Bank Details:

Account Number: 20150110282373
Bank: UCO Bank
IFSC: UCBA0002015

Email Address:

For further queries and clarifications write to

Chief Patron
Dr Sr Albina, Director

Dr George Lekha, Principal

Conference Conveners
Dr Sr Sajitha, HOD 

Ms Sheryl Puthur, UG Co-ordinator
Dr Vinitha Chandra, PG Co-ordinator

Advisory committee
Dr. Sreevidya Surendran, Assistant Professor
Ms. Mamatha V Freeman, Assistant Professor
Dr. Ashima Solanki Sona, Assistant Professor
Dr. Aditi Chatterjee, Assistant Professor
Dr. Latha S, Assistant Professor

Placement Policy & Guidelines for Students

The Placement Policy is applicable to all students registered with the Placement Cell of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, and is to be followed during their entire tenure at the college.

  1. The Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator are the facilitators and counsellors for placement related activities and will be responsible for all concerned activities & functioning of the Placement Cell.
  2. The Student Placement Committee will be assisting the Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator in all activities related to placements.
  3. Neither the College nor the Placement Cell guarantees a job. The Placement Cell will facilitate and coordinate the placement activities on campus including bringing in companies, coordinating the recruitment drives, organizing recruitment training and other related activities leading to the successful placements of the deserving students.
  4. Applying for a company, getting recruited, joining a company is entirely the responsibility/decision of the student concerned.
  5. Opting to register for placements is completely the choice of the students. As some would want to pursue higher studies or other opportunities, such students can refrain from registering with the Placement Cell.
  6. Students are required to check the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for registering with the Placement Cell before registering.
  7. All final year students with an aggregate score of 60% and above and with NO ACTIVE BACKLOGS are eligible to register for placements.
  8. All registered students are required to MANDATORILY attend the recruitment training conducted by the Placement Cell and meet the necessary threshold of 75% attendance and 80% completion of the practice tests & assessments to qualify for applying to the cos. Failing to qualify may result in re-training of the student at an additional cost which is to be borne at actuals by the concerned student.
  9. The Placement Cell will notify all the registered students about the upcoming recruitment drives through mails and Whatsapp group notifications and not individually. The students are to be alert and keep a track of the notifications and apply as per their interest and eligibility.
  10. Once a student registers/enrolls for a particular company, she is expected to complete the entire recruitment process as relevant and required. Failing to do so, will result in the student being debarred from sitting for further recruitment drives. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Placement Cell only in genuine cases. Such cases/reasons to be formally communicated to the Placement Office over mail at least one day prior to the drive.
  11. The student has a choice not to participate in the recruitment process of a company after attending the Pre-Placement Talk. If she decides to continue, then she will be bound by the College Placement Policy to attend the rest of the recruitment process of the company as stated above.
  12. Students will not be allowed to participate in the selection process of a company for which she has missed the PPT.
  13. While the Placement Cell will do its due diligence and bring in the right companies, it is the responsibility of every student to check the company profile, eligibility, Job Profile and the Job Role before applying. The same will also be mailed and/or updated on the Notice Boards or social media groups.
    a. Ex 1- If a company requires the applicant to have an average of 70%, be well assured that you meet the criteria before applying to that company.
    b. Ex 2- If the company requires you to have NO standing arrears/backlogs at the time of attending the placement process, kindly DO NOT APPLY to the company if you do not meet this criterion.
  14. If, after being selected by a company, for some reason the student is not satisfied either with the pay, the timings, work allotted, etc during onboarding, she will need to take it up with the concerned within the company. The Placement Cell will not be able to intervene in internal matters. However, it is important that the students reach out to us in case there are major deviations from the terms mentioned by the company at the time of recruitment.
  15. A student can apply to as many companies as she wants and appear for interviews until the first job is secured. A student will be considered to have secured a job if her name appears in the final select list of a company.
  16. The Placement Office of MCC follows a strict “ONE OFFER PER STUDENT” Policy. However, if a student has been offered a job with a CTC less than or equal to INR 2 lakhs PA, she can opt to apply for ONE more company, subject to prior formal approval by the Placement Office.
  17. Once a student’s name appears in the final selects of a company, it is obligatory for the student to accept the offer. Rejecting offers is strictly not allowed. Defaulters will be required to submit a letter to the Principal along with a penalty fee which could be equivalent to one month’s salary being offered by the said company.
  18. Recruitment Process: All companies generally follow the following procedure (however they could be exceptions) –
    a. Presentation about the company & Job Profile (Pre-Placement Talk)
    b. Written Exam (Aptitude / Technical Test)
    c. Group Discussion and/or Task (Assignments)
    d. Interview (Technical/HR/Others)
    e. Verification of Documents
    f. Offer Letter
  19. Students are to strictly ensure the following for all recruitment drives:
    a. Must report on time as mentioned in the schedules
    b. Wear Business Formals for every recruitment process. Students wearing casuals during recruitment process will be sent back
    c. Always carry one folder containing resumes (2-3 copies), passport size photos, copies of mark sheets, certificates & stationery
    d. Compulsorily carry College & Govt. ID Cards
  20. Most companies require applicants to have Govt. ID – Aadhar & PAN. Hence it is advised for all students to apply for these before registering for placements.
    Students are not allowed to contact the Company / HR team directly for any reason through the recruitment process. In case of any issues or concerns, they are advised to contact their Placement Office and discuss their problems.
  21. Strict action will be taken against students found to be engaged in maligning the College or the Placement Office with the companies. Any grievances you may have, are to be brought to the notice of the of the Placement Officer for resolution.
  22. If a student makes any false claims in the Resume/Student Registration Form, her registration will be cancelled immediately and job offer if any, will be revoked.
  23. All companies conduct a thorough background check/verification. If the company finds that you have manipulated your marks / documents in any manner/or mis-represented any information, your job offer will be terminated, and your name will be blacklisted.
  24. Strict discipline needs to be followed by every student during the recruitment process. Any sort of indecent behavior/misbehavior which affects the decorum of the Placement Cell or the reputation of the College or the Company, will attract severe penalty and disqualification.
  25. Unless explicitly permitted by the companies, use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited during the recruitment process.
  26. Malpractice in all forms or marking proxies during the selection process and beyond, is strictly prohibited and those caught indulging in such activities would be debarred from the placement process. Also, note that no concessions in any form shall be made in such cases.
  27. It may happen that the campus recruitment process can stretch till late evenings. Students are required and prepared to be available accordingly. In case of off-line drives, students are to inform their parents and should arrange their own transportation.
  28. In case of virtual (online) recruitment drives, it is the responsibility of the students to ensure they have the necessary equipment (laptop/PC with functional webcam and mic) and sufficient internet bandwidth for seamless conduction of the process.
  29. Students are required to provide correct email IDs and contact numbers at the time of registration. These will be used for all communication from the Placement Cell and the recruiting companies. The onus is on the students to ensure the contact details provided are correct and up to date.
  30. Students are advised to check their mails regularly as all communication related to placements will be sent through mails.
  31. It is mandatory that once you receive an Intent Letter/Offer Letter from the Company, a copy must be submitted to the Placement Office. Failing which, the end semester examination Hall Ticket/results will be withheld.
  32. All students registered for placements will be bounded by the Attendance Policy of the College. Any exception to the above is permitted only through formal approval of the Placement Office and the respective Department Heads.


For all matters not covered in the above policy, the Placement Office will use its discretion to take appropriate decisions as and when required.

The above guidelines are to ensure a smooth process in the best interest of our students and the participating companies.

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