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 1st November 2014
Time: 3.00-6.30 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 

Tea/Coffee will be served at 2.30 pm

Lecture 4: Heterotopia-The Post-structural Understanding of Spatiality. pdf

Abstract: This lecture seeks to discuss how the Postmodern/Post-structural understanding and characterisation of spatiality are differentiated from the critical-theoretical interpretation of spatiality by radical human geographers who are largely modernists. This discussion mainly hinges on Michel Foucault’s concepts of discourse and heterotopia. His concept of ‘discourse’ is power – knowledge combine, which acts decisively on the mind and body of its individual subject. Heterotopia is an approximation of the utopian space in Foucault’s conceptualisation. He uses the term heterotopia to mean the multi-layered spatiality that is symbolic of different meanings and relationships at the instance any one that we encounter. It is an unreal image, but the real mirrored, which renders the utopian plausible. Postmodern/Post-structural understanding of spatiality involves the use of the concept of different types of heterotopias and the lecture will briefly review that as well.

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.