CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Established June 2004

 Chairman, Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar

 

Associate Faculty
   
Dr. H. N. Chanakya
Centre for Sustainable Technologies
chanakya@astra.iisc.ernet.in
Prof. S. Ramakrishnan
Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
raman@ipc.iisc.ernet.in
 
 
Visiting Faculty
     
Amrita Shah
Columnist & Writer
amritareach@gmail.com
Dr. Uday Balakrishnan
Former Registrar, IISc,
Member, Postal Service Board, Govt. of India
udaybalakrishnan@gmail.com
Prof. Tejaswini Niranjana
Senior Fellow CSCS,
Lead Researcher HEIRA, Bangalore
teju@cscs.res.in
         
Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Sundararajan Visiting Professor,
Former Vice Chancellor,
M. G. University, Kottayam, Kerala

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

svsrinivas99@gmail.com
 
 

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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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES INVITES YOU TO THE DECENNIAL CELEBRATION NATIONAL SEMINAR ON:


Methodological Aspects of Knowledge Production in Pre-Modern Indiapdf

Speaker's:Prof.Romila Thapar, Prof. M.S.Valiathan, Prof. George Geevarghese Joseph, Prof. Balachandra Rao etc


Date: 24 Jan 2015-26 Jan 2015
Time: 9:30am onwards

Venue:24 Jan  2015-Faculty Hall,IISc Bangalore 12,

25&26 Jan 2015-CCS Seminar Hall, IISc Bangalore 12

   
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES INVITES YOU TO THIRD LECTURE IN DECENNIAL LECTURE SERIES:


Why Having a 'Conversation' Between the Humanities and the Natural Sciences Is So Very Hardpdf

Speaker: Michel Chaouli 
              Associate Professor of German, Indiana University
              Director, Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities


Day and DateThursday 22nd January 2015
Time5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 


Tea/Coffee will be served at 4.30 pm

 
Abstract: An enlightened view holds that the natural sciences and the humanities make up distinct but equally legitimate ways of making sense of the world, and that only if they "join together" do we stand a chance of finding answers to the big challenges of the day. This view is well-meaning, yet wrongheaded, I argue. There are fundamental differences in the ways these two large enterprises have developed, differences that stand in the way of the "conversation" we keep trying to have. In seeking to remove these differences, we must keep in mind that they are not merely limitations, but the enabling conditions for distinct ways of knowing.