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: Cultural Politics of Spatiality

Instructor: Carol Upadhya
                 National Institute of Advanced Studies

Day and Date: Saturday 22nd November 2014
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Lecture 2: Provincial Globalisation: Remapping the Region in India pdf

Abstract: The region, once an important theme in the social sciences and history of India, has dropped off the research agenda in recent years. The lecture will revisit earlier work on the constitution of regions as social and cultural spaces, and then explore how regions are being reconfigured in the post-liberalisation period through intensifying transnational connections, mobilities, and flows. Provincial towns, as nodal points of regional social formations and economies, have become key sites through which this transnational traffic moves and often congeals, inflecting the cultural politics of regionalism, community, and development. In contrast to conventional accounts of ‘globalisation’, I will argue that to understand the significant social transformations witnessed in many ‘provincial’ towns today, we need to map how trans-regional and transnational movements and networks emerge from, and are entangled with, older and regionally grounded modes of accumulation, structures of power, and social identities.


is pleased to announce the second part of the course Production of Knowledge. The second part entitled Cultural Politics of Spatiality, deals with cultural, spatial politics under the contemporary capitalist spatial complex of social relationships, a phenomenon that is inherently dynamic, conflicting, contradictory, challenged and contested. There spatial practices are strategically, geographically, ideologically, materially, and culturally mobilised at the individual as well as the collective levels of existence. How to engage with the myriad types of spaces such as those constituted through the circulation of images or spaces animated by the distribution of affect or the multiple topological forms that relational space can take? The theoretical aspects of the Course acquire clarity in this concluding part through the illustration of current politico-cultural spatial practices and involving a discussion of the exasperating issues of Capitalist spatialisation that deprives the livelihood space of the marginalised, the social space of the female, critical communicative media space and the democratic space of protest.

The confirmed speakers include:

Harini Nagendra

Azim Premji University, Bangalore

Carol Upadhyaya

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Danish Sheikh and Darshana Mitra

Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore 

Vasanthi Dass

Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore

Ashish Rajadhyaksha  

Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

Yumna Siddiqi 

Middlebury College, Vermont, USA

Janaki Abraham 

University of Delhi, Delhi

Like the previous courses, the lectures 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 or all the lecture.

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 and attend all the lectures will be entitled for a certificate after completion of the course/series.