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, CSCS, 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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Forthcoming Events

CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a talk on:

Fostering Breakthrough Research: Challenges for Global Research Systemspdf

Speaker: Mats Benner
Professor in Science Policy Studies,
Lund University and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Day and Date: Thursday 21st April 2016
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

All are cordially invited

Abstract: With the multiple challenges that the world is confronted with, there is an urgent need for "transformative knowledge" that addresses large and complex issues. Contributions to such breakthrough knowledge are, however, very unevenly distributed among nations. This presentation affords an overview of the capacity of nations to contribute to breakthrough research- focussing primarily on European countries but also with a global overview (including India, China, Japan and other Asian countries). Some conclusions are drawn regarding the institutional preconditions for breakthrough research - including policy formation and priority setting, funding models, and university governance and leadership.