Established June 2004

 Chairman, Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar


Associate Faculty
Dr. H. N. Chanakya
Centre for Sustainable Technologies
Prof. S. Ramakrishnan
Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Visiting Faculty
Amrita Shah
Columnist & Writer
Dr. Uday Balakrishnan
Former Registrar, IISc,
Member, Postal Service Board, Govt. of India
Prof. Tejaswini Niranjana
Senior Fellow CSCS,
Lead Researcher HEIRA, Bangalore
Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Sundararajan Visiting Professor,
Former Vice Chancellor,
M. G. University, Kottayam, Kerala

Prof. S. V. Srinivas
Visiting Professor,
Centre for Contemporary Studies,
Senior Fellow,
Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore


The Centre for Contemporary Studies, a relatively new experiment at the Institute,  endeavours to bring to the campus some of the best practitioners of different disciplines in the human sciences, such as philosophy, sociology, economics, law, literature, poetry, art, music, cinema etc. These scholars, drawn from all over the world, visit and lecture at the Institute and some are in residence for periods ranging from a few days to several months. Students, faculty and staff of the Institute as well a number of people from other institutes in Bangalore attend these lectures.  The aim of this experiment is to forge useful and meaningful interaction between the natural sciences and human sciences with special focus on understanding the diverse research methodologies of different disciplines and create opportunities to rethink the foundations of our own disciplines - often the opportunity to criticise the methodological foundation of another discipline leads to a re-examination of the foundation of one’s own discipline. In addition to such one-off lectures, the Centre offers (presently, once in two years), a one-semester course entitled “The Production of Knowledge – A comparison of Natural and Social Sciences”. The Centre has now moved to the former JNCASR building near the Health Centre.


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Invites you to a series of lectures in the course:

Production of Knowledge: Social Theory of Spatiality

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
                 Visiting Professor 
                 Centre for Contemporary Studies
                 Indian Institute of Science 

Day and Date:
 Saturday 25th October 2014
Time: 3.00-6.30 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 

Tea/Coffee will be served at 2.30 pm

Lecture 3: Socio-Spatial Praxis. pdf
Abstract: The lecture is a continuation of the discussion of social spatialisation or the process of the reproduction of the socio-economic system, with a specific focus on the interpretation by David Harvey, a well-known radical human geographer. He has expanded the social theory of space by emphasising the praxis dimension of the Marxist spatial theory. His famous work, Social Justice and City, is examined to show the importance of socio-spatial praxis in understanding the social implications of urban processes under capitalism. In capitalist society spatialisation is a process of co-option, incorporation, assimilation, subordination, subjection, and even destruction of the spatial practices of others by the dominant. Different human spatial practices lead to the production of different concepts and meanings of space, ethical as well as unethical, but invariably contained by the hegemonic through its legitimising rhetoric of ‘development.’

Invites you to a talk on:


Speakers: P.K. Michael Tharakan
               Former Vice Chancellor- Kannur University
               Visiting Faculty-CSES, Kochi

Day and Date: Friday 24th October 2014
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Abstract: What I am presenting is a tentative review of two of the major distributive policy measures that Keralam has undertaken and for which Keralam is well known -  land reforms and educational development.  The results of the tentative review show that these policy reforms, as envisaged and implemented, had certain anomalies that slowed down further redistribution after an initial spurt. I argue that the distinctive development pattern of the region was realized mainly through organized struggles based upon the growing consciousness of rights among the relatively underprivileged groups that the access to basic services was made possible to wide sections of the people. If poverty was being reduced, it was elsewhere and not particularly among the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, the marginalised. Why?

is pleased to announce the fifth edition of Production of Knowledge. This year the focus will be on knowledge production on Spatiality. pdf

It will consist of two short courses/lecture series during October-December 2014.

The first course/series is entitled "Social Theory of Spatiality" and will be conducted by Prof. Rajan Gurukkal, Visiting Professor at Centre for Contemporary Studies- Indian Institute of Science. It will consist of six lectures starting from Saturday 11 October 2014.
The second course/series will be entitled "Cultural Politics of Spatiality" and will be coordinated by Amrita Shah and Prof. S.V. Srinivas of Centre for Contemporary Studies. 

As in previous years, all course/lecture will be held on Saturdays at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. As always we will endeavour to make each lecture "stand-alone" so that people can attend any lecture of their choice or each entire course/series.

Individual announcements will be made for each event. All are welcome to attend even without prior notice. However an e-mail to (ccs.iisc@gmail.com) registering for the course/series will be welcomed. Those who register for the course will be entitled for the course material and would require doing some written assignment. They will be given a certificate after completion of the course/series.