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: Janaki Abraham 
                 Department of Sociology
                 Delhi University, Delhi

Day and Date: Saturday 20th December 2014
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Lecture 7: Mapping locality: Gender, space and the production of neighborhood culturespdf

Abstract: In engaging with the implications of the local, inadequate attention has been paid to the space of the neighborhood. Instead, what has been prioritized are identities of caste, class or religion on the one hand and the nation on the other.  Drawing from two ethnographic registers from a town in north India and one in south India, this presentation will seek to explore how neighborhoods are sites of the control of women, while they simultaneously carry the potential of an alternative, more liberating culture for women. 


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.