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, CSCS, 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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Forthcoming Events


Invites you to a series of lectures on:

Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Dr. Sunandan K.N.
Azim Premji University

Day and Date: Saturday 5th September 2015
Time: 2.00-5.30 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Lecture 1: The Emergence of Science-Ipdf

This section will discuss how the concept of Science has emerged historically and the role history of science in defining what science is. We will discuss the historical events like Renaissance, Copernican revolution, Invention of telescope, ‘Galileo Debates’ and the emergence of a Newtonian Universe. The historical emergence of modern science and 15th to 17th century will be the focus of the lectures in this theme.



Invites you to a talk on:


Speaker: Shoba Narayan
Day and Date: Friday 4 September 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

All are cordially invited
Abstract: Where do stories come from? What is their purpose? In this crazy busy world, is there a place for stories? Why tell stories? Is there a way that we can incorporate narrative into our current professional lives— whether we are in the sciences or the humanities; in a large corporation or a small start up; as entrepreneurs and individuals? Do stories have a place in our ecosystem? And how do you tell stories? Using words, gestures and objects, Shoba Narayan, will discuss the power of storytelling using her latest book, “Katha: tell a story; sell a dream,” as a broad template.



Invite you to a guided tour on:

Otto Koenigsberger:pdf
Building Bangalore in the 1940s

Tour leader: Dr. Rachel Lee
Day and Date: Thursday 3 September 2015
Tour start point: M. N. Krishna Rao Park
Time: 1.00 pm
Tour end point: CCS, IISc
Time: 5.00 pm

Please send an email to cph@srishti.ac.in for registering for the entire tour.
Last date of registration is Tuesday 1 September 2015.

Interested participants can join the group in CCS at 5.00 pm for the last league of the guided tour- IISc campus even without prior registration.

Tea/Coffee will be served at 5.00 pm in CCS.

Abstract: Otto Koenigsberger (1908-1999) was Government Architect of the Princely Mysore State from 1939 until 1948, when he was called to Delhi by Jawaharlal Nehru to take on the post of Director of Housing in the Ministry of Health. Koenigsberger, a Berlin architect of Jewish origin who had come to India to escape persecution in Nazi Germany was, as Government Architect, responsible for all the architecture and town planning projects undertaken by Mysore State.Beginning at the Krishna Rao Park, this tour will introduce the participants to a wide range of Koenigsberger’s architecture in Bangalore as well as to the architectural debates that marked the final period of colonial rule and the early years of independent nation building. Led by Dr. Rachel Lee, the tour will cover Koenigsberger ’s work under Dewan Mirza Ismail and follow his career from his involvement with the Mysore State to urban planning projects.

About the speaker: Dr. Rachel Lee is a senior researcher at the Habitat Unit, Berlin. Before joining the Habitat Unit in 2014, Dr. Lee studied architecture at the Mackintosh School in Glasgow, and completed her doctoral dissertation on Otto Koenigsberger’s work at the TU Berlin. She is currently preparing a research project that investigates the history of East and West German development cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also involved in DARCH! – a project to establish an architectural heritage cent re in Dares Salaam which is currently underway. Dr . Lee is a member of MOD Institute and the Transnational Architectural Group.