Events at the Centre for Contemporary Studies

Events in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

 
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES INVITES YOU TO THE FIRST LECTURE IN THE DECENNIAL LECTURE SERIES:

Lawyers, what do they know? The meaning of knowledge in normative contexts
pdf


Speaker: Christoph Möllers
              Professor of Public Law and Legal Philosophy
              Permanent Fellow Institute for Advanced Study
              Judge Superior Administrative Court Berlin-Brandenburg
              Germany


Day and Date: Saturday 2nd August 2014
Time: 2.00-6.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Abstract: The question if moral norms can be true (like a factual proposition) or if they cannot have any truth value has been contested since the beginnings of philosophy. Only if the first alternative was correct, it would make sense to speak of "knowledge" of moral norms in a strict sense. But social normative practices like law or manners cannot wait for philosophers to make up their mind. Though we can observe that these norms are "made" by social practices and that their meaning often remains deeply contested we have to assume that there is right or wrong with regard to these norms. The lecture will present strategies to make that assumption plausible.
   
 
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308.

Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)

  Invites you to a talk on: Khushi/ Gham/ Tristeza/ Felicidade: Brazil, India and the Promise of Postcolonial Happinesspdf
 
Speaker: Ananya Jahanara Kabir 
               Director- Modern Moves (www.modernmoves.org.uk)
               Professor of English Literature-Department of English 
               King's College London 
  Day and Date: Friday, 11th July 2014
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm
 
Abstract: ‘Kabhi khushi, kabhi gham’ (happiness sometimes, sometimes sorrow),proclaimed a Hindi film song of 1979 that then became a slogan for a new generation through its recycling as the title of a 2001 Bollywood film.'Tristeza não tem fim/ Felicidade sim,’ (sadness has no ending/ happiness does) declares one of the best-known Bossa Nova songs of Brazil,‘Felicidade’, written by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes in the 1960s, and still sung and enjoyed today. This talk presents a speculative foray into the hidden mechanisms that generate a citizenry’s sense of a collectivity through the production of happiness. What does it mean to insist that a person can be happy, that a nation can be happy? What is the relationship between desire and melancholia, on the micro- and macro-levels of identity formation in the postcolonial era? How does the production of happiness match up with the promise of happiness? I will explore these questions by looking at two nations, Brazil and India. To compare Brazil and India economically is all the rage; I will, however, probe deeper the affective realm. Some of the materials used will be carnival songs from Brazil, holi songs from India, national parades, and the comparable singing culture of both nations.
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (251Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
307.

Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)

 

Invites you to a talk on:The Interface between Ecology and Development: Conflict and Cooperationpdf

 
Speaker: Amit Bhaduri
            Professor Emeritus-Jawaharlal Nehru University,New Delhi
            Distinguished Professor-Council of Social Development,New Delhi
            Visiting Professor-Goa University 
  Date and Time: Monday, 7th July 2014, 4.30 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 4.00 p.m
 
Abstract: Growing unemployment and increasing ecological pressure are shown to be interrelated in India through the path of economic growth followed in recent years. As a result, growth and inequality not only coexist, but mutually reinforce one another through a mechanism of destabilizing positive feedback that has serious negative consequences for participatory democracy and increasing political corruption in public life. It restricts increasingly the possibilities for all round, inclusive development of the world’s largest democracy, also with the largest number of exceedingly poor people . The way out is not easy but possible and a start has to be made. The Chinese proverb that, “even the longest journey begins with a small first step” has to be remembered. That small first step in this context is our intellectual ability to imagine a feasible better alternative.
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (229 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
306.
Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
 
Invites you to a book release: "Magical Mantids"
  Author: 13-year old Ananda Shikhara Bhat, 
Vidyaniketan Public School, 
Bangalore
 
 
Day and Date: Thursday 19th June 2014
Time: 6.00-7.30 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc Tea/Coffee will be served at 5.30 pm
  Schedule: Welcome note and a short overview of Gubbi Labs, Introducing Shikhara
A short speech by Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar

Interactive session

  About the book: Many kids carry puppies and kittens home to keep as pets, but Shikhara took home a mantis when he was ten. You can imagine his mother’s reaction.What is a praying mantis? It is a beautiful insect that keeps garden pests in check and even makes for very good pets. The praying mantis and its relatives are called “mantids”, the insects Shikhara loves.Growing up in the lush green campus of the Indian Statistical Institute, Shikhara was fascinated by insects. His parents encouraged his keen interest and enthusiasm, taking him to visit scientists and entomologists in India to expose him to research. His many mantis pets became live material for observation for him.The result of his observations and research is “Magical Mantids”, a short book on the ecology of these very interesting creatures. Shikhara has written the book himself, at the age of 13! Gubbi Labs has taken the initiative to publish the book and hopes that both children and adults will find the book interesting.The book will be released by Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar from the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science. He is the President of Indian National Science Academy and has authored two popular books on animal and insect behavior; more importantly, he is delighted to know about Shikhara’s passion for insects and his career goal to be an entomologist.
 

BOOK DETAILS
Title: Magical Mantids
Author: Ananda Shikhara Bhat
ISBN: 978-81-924461-3-4
Published by: Gubbi Labs LLP

  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (95.2 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
305.

Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)

  Invites you to 'Screening of Indian Sci-Fi Films' pdf
 

Lucia (2013) – Thursday 22nd May
7aum Arivu (2011) – Friday 23rd May
Enthiran (2010) – Monday 26th May
Porosh Pathor (1958) – Tuesday 27th May
Dasavatharam (2008) – Wednesday 28th May 

  Time: 4.00 p.m. onwards
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 p.m
 
The second semester IISc–Undergraduate Humanities course “Ways of Seeing” introduces the students to concepts and theoretical projects related to how various cultural forms and genres represent the world around us and how we see and understand the world as refracted by these forms. Science fiction was a module of this course. The films being screened supplement the material on Indian Science fiction that the students were introduced to in this module. 
   
304. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you to screening of the short films 'Ways of Seeing : City'
  A Selection of Films made by IISc-UG Students 2013 pdf
  Date: Thursday, 15 May 2014
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Time: 4:00 pm
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
 
We present a selection of short films made by the 2013 batch Undergraduate students as part of their Humanities course "Ways of Seeing". These films were made by the students as their final assignment on the module- Cinema.
   
303. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
 

Invites you to the screening of the documentary film

"Encounter at the end of the world" 99 minutes (2007) pdf

  Written and Directed by Werner Herzog
  Thursday, 8th May 2014
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Time: 4:00 pm
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
 
'Werner Herzog' takes his camera to Antarctica where we meet the odd men and women who have dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of science in treacherous conditions. A scientist studies neutrinos, which are everywhere, yet elusive; he likens them to spirits. A researcher's nighttime performance art includes contorting her body into a luggage bag. A survival guide teaches his students to survive white-out conditions by wearing cartoon-face buckets over their heads. Animal researchers milk mother seals as part of their study. Volcanologists offer advice on what to do when a volcano erupts. A pipefitter shows us the anomaly in his hands that he says are a sign he descended from Atzec royalty. A former Colorado banker drives what he has christened Ivan the Terra Bus. An underwater diver shows his colleagues DVDs of apocalyptic sci-fi films like Them! (1954). And -- though Herzog declares he's not "making another film about penguins" -- we meet a penguin researcher who answers the filmmaker's questions about homosexuality and insanity in his subjects. We also meet an individualist penguin, who breaks away from the other birds to run toward the mountains, facing certain death.
   
302. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you for a talk on 'A  Prosperous China faces  problems at home and contradictions abroad' pdf
 

Speaker: C.V. Ranganathan
Retired Indian Foreign Service personnel 1959 batch 
Specialization in China

  Day and Date: Friday 4th April 2014
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 
Time: 4.00 pm
 
Abstract: Contemporary history has not witnessed such large sections of a single country achieving prosperity within a short span of two decades as has happened in the People’s Republic of China. However, what   is less well understood in India is that the model of growth undertaken by China over these two decades has become unsustainable, prosperity for millions of Chinese has been accompanied by inequities for million others, the damage to the environment is very costly and corruption by the cadres of the ruling mono Party has led to a crisis in its credibility, with challenges to the political and governance system.   As for its foreign relations China is pursuing a contradictory policy. Policy statements at the highest levels of its leadership profess commitment to contributing to a peaceful environment in its neighborhood and other such statements which are unexceptionable. However actions on the ground reflect an assertive, even aggressive, behavior. India-China relations which have acquired diverse and beneficial dimensions over the last two decades are also witness to this contradictory behavior on the part of the Chinese.  The speaker hopes to cover the domestic and external aspects of China’s policies with special reference to their impact on India and the future prospects of India-China relations.
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (223 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
301. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
& Undergraduate Programme, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invite you to a talk on: 'Evolution of Indian Judiciary since Independence' pdf
 

Speaker: Honourable Justice Jasti Chelameswar
Supreme Court of India
New Delhi

  Day and Date: Saturday, 15th March 2014
Time: 11 am 
Venue: Faculty Hall, IISc, Bangalore 560012
All are cordially invited
 
Abstract: Honourable Justice J. Chelameswar is currently a judge on the Supreme Court of India. He is one of India’s most experienced legal personalities and has  been Chief Justice of the Guwahati and Kerala High Courts. In his talk, Honourable Justice Chelameswar will give an overview of the evolution of the Indian judicial system since Independence and seek to respond to the question ‘Is judicial activism in Indian something that has always been there or is it a more recent and unavoidable development?"
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (242 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
300. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you to the screening of 'London - The Modern Babylon (2012)' pdf
  A Julien Temple film '125 min; Documentary'
  Date: Thursday 13 March 2014
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Time: 3:30 pm
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:00 pm
 
Synopsis: London: The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's (Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown.
   
299. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you to a talk on "Design of Smart Villages" pdf
 

Speaker: N. Viswanadham
INSA Senior Scientist,
Computer Science and Automation,
Indian Institute of Science

  Date: Thursday 6th February 2014
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Time: 4:00 pm
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
 
Abstract: In this lecture, we describe the ecosystem for a village and then map out an integrated design procedure for building a smart village. We define a Smart Village as a bundle of services which are delivered to its residents and businesses in an effective and efficient manner. Dozens of services including construction, farming, electricity, heath care, water, retail, manufacturing and logistics are needed in building a smart village. Computing, communication and information technologies play a major role in design, delivery and monitoring of the services. All the techniques and technologies needed to build a smart village are available now and some of them are being used in villages in India but these are disparate, fragmented and piecemeal efforts. We recognize that the need of the hour is - strategy, integrated planning and above all monitoring and execution of the activities using appropriate governance models. Our integrated design is a way forward to deal with the demographic deficit and also achieve the goals of inclusive growth. It is replicable and can be used to design and build smart villages in other parts of the World.
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (202 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
298. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you to a talk on "An Exploration of Theories of Caste and Caste Discrimination for Modern India and Japan" pdf
  Speaker: Jessica Main
Director, Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program
Chair, The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation
University of British Columbia
  Date: Thursday 30 January 2014
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Time: 4:00 pm
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
Abstract: In this presentation, I explore recent theories of caste and discrimination emanating from postcolonial studies, sociology, and religious studies as part of a general consideration of the role that modern religion plays in caste discrimination in both India and Japan. After a brief review of older theories of discrimination, such as the Marxist influenced “feudal survivals” theory, I reflect on how modern religion works with more recent understandings of caste discrimination as a structural outcome of modernity, nationalism, and state racism.
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (193 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
297. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you to a talk on "One hundred years of remembering: The 'Komagata Maru' and Punjabi migration to Canada, 1914-2014" pdf
  Speaker: Anne Murphy
Assistant Professor and Chair
Punjabi Language, Literature and Sikh Studies
University of British Columbia
  Date: Thursday 23 January 2014, Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
 
Abstract: This paper will explore a single event and how the remembering of it has constituted a crucial way to understand both the development of the Punjabi Diasporic community of British Columbia, Canada, and diversity in Canada overall. The event in question is known as "the Komagata Maru Incident," named for a ship that was the centre of controversy in 1914 when it arrived in the port of Vancouver bearing 376 would-be immigrants to Canada from British India. The passengers of the ship were disallowed from entering Canada under three orders-in-council passed by the Dominion Government that amended Canada’s Immigration Act, as a part of a broader move against Asian immigration in the period. The paper focuses on three theatrical representations of the event: "The Komagata Maru Incident" by Sharon Pollock (1976; in English), "The Komagata Maru" by Ajmer Rode (1984; in Punjabi) and "Samu?dar? sher n?l takkar" or "Conflict with the Sea Lion," co-authored by Sukhwant Hundal and Sadhu Binning (1989; in Punjabi). Pollock's The Komagata Maru Incident has become a classic work in the canon of Canadian theatre; in it, the playwright examined Canada’s past from an emotional and humanitarian perspective that challenged comfortable assumptions about the country’s history at a time when such reexamination was prominent. The works by Hundal/Binning and Rode represent foundational Punjabi-language efforts to remember this troubled past and bring it into the experience of an also sometimes troubled present, expressing ongoing experiences of racism as well as transitions occurring in the Canadian cultural landscape. The plays act as a lens through which we can see how memory produces the present, and how the past creates possibilities for creative engagement with the present and future.
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (190 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
296. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you to a talk on "The Novel and the City" pdf
  Speaker: Yumna Siddiqi
Associate Professor
Axinn Center, Middlebury College
Middlebury
  Date: Saturday 11th January 2014
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Time: 2:00 pm
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
 
In this talk, I will explore how some contemporary novels portray the city, and conversely, how urban formations give rise to particular kinds of literary texts. Urban theorists attribute to the city specific forms of sociality and imagined community. For example, in his classic essay "The Metropolis and Mental Life," Georg Simmel argues that the modern city gives rise to a "blasé attitude" and to a "narrower type of economic individuation," tying his claims to the social and economic environment of the city. More recently, Michel de Certeau describes two different experiences of the city, that of the viewer from above, and that of the walker in the city, distinguishing between the scopic, panoptic modality of the former and what he calls "the modalities of pedestrian enunciation" of the latter. While their work focuses on European cities, their insights are helpful in illuminating the ways in which postcolonial and global cities produce specific forms of sociality, subjectivity, and power. My talk focuses on novels by Patrick Chamoisseau (Texaco), Rawi Hage (DeNiro's Game and Cockroach), Zadie Smith (White Teeth), and Teju Cole (Open City: A Novel), examining how these writers represent urban sociality and subjectivity in relation to migration, diaspora, cosmopolitanism, class, racism, and war. Recently, writers trained in journalism have turned to narrative strategies typical of the novel to convey the sociality of cities such as Mumbai and Delhi. The talk will end with a consideration of urban experience and narrative form in Katherine Boo's Behind the
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (362 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
295. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you to the open PhD Defense of: Bitasta Das
 

Thesis Title:"Unravelling Ethnic Tensions: Colonialism, Post Colonialism and The Question of Identity in Assam" pdf

  Date: Saturday, 4 January 2014
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
Time: 1:15 to 3:45 pm
 
Synopsis: The thesis examines why tensions in the recent times have often taken ethnic dimension. It probes what underpins contemporary tensions as “ethnic” tensions. The thesis locates its study on the ethnic situation in one of the Indian states—Assam. By studying three contemporary “ethnic” assertions- The Assam Movement, ULFA and the Bodo Movement, the thesis proposes a need to understand the dynamics that propel assertions to assume ethnic dimensions, in contrast to the existing parlance of unreflectively proclaiming them as an inherent ethnic malady. In the case of Assam, the thesis argues, an overwhelming ethnic discourse exists and this discourse renders the imagination and expression of the region as fundamentally fragmented—ethnically.
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (263 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...).
   
294. Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society
(URL: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/hpg/ragh/ccs/Welcome.html)
  Invites you to the open PhD Defense of: Rajeev Kumaramkandath  
 

Thesis Title:"The Discursive Production of Sexual Subjects: Sexual Morality and Homosexuality in Keralam" pdf

  Day and Date: Saturday, 4th January 2014
Time: 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
 
Synopsis: This thesis examines the complex genealogies of contemporary ideas of sexuality in Keralam. Focusing on the cultural contentions in different periods the thesis shows how the very definition of modernity was arrived at by engendering a language of sexual discipline in the regional context. Just as the language of rights and politics of visibility spread across the globe this thesis attempts to unravel how non-normative and homoerotic sexual practices in Keralam were consistently contested and rebuked even resulting in faked representations in order to consolidate this language of discipline and morality. Through an examination of important sites – contestations, networks of knowledge and cultural practices around them and their linkages with the contemporary – the thesis attempts to offer a critical understanding of the interconnections between modernity and sexuality.

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