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


Cordially invites you to a talk on:
Lonely Friendships of ‘largeness and freedom' 
Charles Andrews, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore 
An Epistolary Account from Santiniketan’s History 1912-1940pdf

Speakers: Prof. Uma Dasgupta
                 Sundararajan Visiting Professor 
                 Centre for Contemporary Studies
                 Indian Institute of Science

Day and Date: Thursday 5th March 2015
Time4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Abstract: This is a story of friendship between three remarkable individuals and also of Santiniketan’s place in the Indian freedom struggle.The three friends worked individually and together to obtain racial justice from a colonial state through patient understanding, non-violent moves and self-suffering. They were lonely because their scenes of action were often far apart. Their cause too was lonely.