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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a talk on:

What is Interdisciplinary? How is it different from Multidisciplinary?

Speaker: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies,
Indian Institute of Science

Day and Date: Thursday 8, September 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Abstract:Knowledge areas have been drawing closer to one another enabling convergence or holistic integration of disciplines today. Over the past few decades several non-conventional areas of knowledge cutting across physical, natural and social sciences have come out as a result of researches beyond disciplinary boundaries, letting disciplines draw closer to one another. This process is different from what we call the multidisciplinary that is essentially moored in disciplinary practice. Interestingly, many of us are in the habit of using ‘multidisciplinary’ and ‘interdisciplinary’ as interchangeable terms. The lecture seeks to distinguish the interdisciplinary from multidisciplinary by examining the philosophical foundation of the terms, the historical background of the constitution of disciplines and the intellectual compulsion to transcend the disciplinary boundary.

 
     
413.

CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES &UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Invites you to a talk on:

Coming of Age in Sports Journalism : On the pure joy and hard business of watching and reporting sport

Speaker : Sharda Ugra
Senior Editor at ESPNcricinfo

Day and Date: Tuesday 30, August 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: UG Main Lecture hall, IISc

The lecture is organized as part of Undergraduate Humanities course "Journalism for Scientists".

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a talk on:

Human Knowledge: An Evolutionary Perspective (INSA Golden Jubilee Commemoration Medal(Animal Sciences) 2015 Lecture)pdf

Speaker: Prof.Madhav Gadgil

Day and Date: Thursday 11, August 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 4.30 pm

Abstract: Life is an information-based, cooperative enterprise, evolving organisms capable of continually handling {1} greater quantities {2} of increasingly more complex information {3} ever more effectively. Social animals have taken this to new heights, with humans surpassing them all thanks to our language abilities, and capacity to elaborate an enormous diversity of memes, ranging over mythologies to scientific knowledge. Knowledge has grown through interplay of seeking after truth, monopolizing knowledge and telling calculated lies; science has succeeded in ensuring its truly progressive evolution by promoting diversity amongst knowledge elements and a regime of selection that ensures objective validity and internal consistency.

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a talk on:

A Forgotten Script from Ancient Kerala: Garshuni Malayalampdf

Speaker: Prof. Istvan Perczel
Professor of History,
Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary

Day and Date: Monday, 8 August 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Abstract: Before the introduction of the predecessor of Modern Malayalam a number of scripts were used to note the Malayalam language. One of them was Garshuni (or Suriani) Malayalam, used by the Kerala Christian community. Professor Perczel will give a short introduction about this script, and present some of the newly discovered documents written in it, such as historical records and the oldest, though forgotten, systematic dictionary of the Malayalam language.

 
     
410.

CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE AND SOCIETY

Invite you to open Ph.D defense of: Girija KP

Day and Date: Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Time: 10:30 am -1:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Thesis Title: Sites of Knowledge: Situating Select Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Modern Education

Synopsis: The thesis explores the ideas of health, body and disease inherent in indigenous healing practices. To analyze the alternative epistemologies of health and therapy, the study looked at specifically on two practices, kalari (includes healing practices and bodily exercises - bone-setting, vital spot massaging and kalarippayattu) and vishavaidyam (indigenous toxicology) and also the role of modern education in reshaping our understanding about these practices. The study sketches out the negotiations of the practitioners in coping up with the demands of a new scientific consciousness and an emerging market looking for alluring products. It outlines certain moments of rearrangement and re-figuration or, ‘productive self-formation’ in the whole process of negotiating with the state, biomedicine and the newly produced, institutionalized and systematized ayurveda. The significant moments of debates in the education in ayurveda and the corresponding changes occurred in the field of ayurvedic education is discussed to hints at the gradual transformation of the existed notion of vidya to an emerging idea of vidyabhyasam(education).

 
     
409.

CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE AND SOCIETY

Invite you to open Ph.D defense of: Ranjini Krishnan P

Day and Date: Saturday, 30th July 2016
Time: 10:30 am -1:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Thesis Title: The Experience of the ‘Intimate’ in contemporary Keralam: Towards an Understanding of Erotic Economy

Synopsis: This thesis is an exploration of the complex field of heterosexuality after the question of the 'sex worker' and the 'queer subject' have problematized the field. It studies both discourse and experience of a celebrated moment of heterosexuality in the given culture, namely wedding night (adya rathri in Keralam) and employs the concept of exchange to understand this moment as constitutive of the making of the institution of heterosexuality. Problematizing dichotomous thinking - thinking marked by the either/or of pleasure/violence- which haunts such an inquiry, this thesis focuses on the domain of intimate; where intimate is imagined as a contradiction-ridden force field between public and private and social and psychic. The thesis engages with the discursive production of the wedding night and juxtaposes it with the lived and memorialized aspects of the same to capture the promise of relationality "the fantasy of harmony" in the discursive register and lack of it in the narratives. This telling difference in the two registers - discursive and experiential - leads the thesis to rethink, on the one hand, the emergent 'erotic economy' in Kerala modernity and the (im)possible nature of the (hetero)sexual exchange on the other.

 
     
408.

CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a talk on:

"Is Science Emotional?" Alternative History of Reductionism in Genetic Science

Speaker: Dr. Esha Shah
Adjunct Professor,
School of Natural Sciences and Engineering
National Institute of Advanced Studies

Day and Date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Abstract:This presentation is based on one of the chapters of my forthcoming book which I have tentatively titled as “Affective History of the Gene”. In this book I have looked at the way scientists’ subjectivity (including the emotional and metaphysical self) relates to the making of objective science in molecular biology over the twentieth century. The presentation explores the isomorphism between immortality ideologies and the philosophy and method of reductionism in the scientific work of two pioneering scientists: Hermann J. Muller and Erwin Schrodinger. Muller posited that knowing the realm of the microscopic world that the universe was given to us. This overarching metaphysics was reflected both in his science and in his life-long belief in, what he called, the positive eugenics. The reductionist theory of the particulate gene was absolutely pre-requisite for the program of positive eugenics that Muller charted out in his non-science book Out of the Night: A Biologist’s View of the Future. And the obverse was true too. The empirical results of his science, for example, on the gene mutations induced by the application of X rays eventually strengthened his belief in the positive eugenics. In the similar vein, although synchronically speaking, Schrodinger’s celebrated book What is Life? provided the much needed language and semantics of the gene as a code-script in the post-war period – which, it is argued, played a significant role in founding structural molecular biology; however, placing What is Life? diachronically in Schrodinger’s life and thought reveals that his interests in the reductionist concept of the gene was inspired by his unwavering belief in the indestructibility of the human spirit.

 
     
407.

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.

 
     
406.

CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Hosting a course on:

Introduction to Governance in INDIA for UG studentspdf

Speaker: Dr.Uday Balakrishnan, Visiting Faculty, Centre for Contemporary Studies.

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE AND SOCIETY

Invite you to open Ph.D defense of:Rakhi Ghoshal

Day and Date: Saturday, 9th April 2016

Time: 2.00 pm -5.00 pm

Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Thesis Title:EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE OF BIRTHINGpdf

Synopsis: :Institutionalizing childbirth has actually been, not as much about changing physical venues of birthing, as about re-configuring knowledge-experience paradigms. This thesis illustrates how (i) childbirth institutionalization has always worked by (ii) foreclosing the TBA (traditional-birth-attendant) and (iii) birthing the TBA (trained-birth-attendant). In historicizing this triad, it engages with the (epistemological) ‘politics of (birthing) venues’, to argue how birthing was the only site which collapsed the distinction between the home and the world, and inaugurated a fissure in the Woman-Question by pitting (largely) subaltern women as adversaries of birthing women at large. Building on and examining the spill-overs and ruptures of the colonial momentum into the statist obsession around institutionalization in the contemporary, the thesis is a fort-da between the past and the present.

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES &UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Invite you to:

FOLK THEATRE FESTIVAL pdf

Date: Saturday 9 April 2016
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Venue: CCS premises (Next to the Health Centre)

Presented by the fourth-semester UG students as part of the Humanities course, Mapping India through the Folk Arts. The following folk theatre forms will be performed:

Shadow Puppetry (10.00 am-10.15 am)
Naqqal (10.15 am-10.30 am)
Chauu (10.30 am- 10.45 am)
Ram Leela (10.45 am-11.00 am)
Svang (11.00 am-11.15 am)
Jatra (11.15 am-11.30 am)
Raas Leela (11.30 am-11.45 am)

All are cordially invited

 

 
     
403.

CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME-INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Cordially invite you to an interactive session with:

Hormis Tharakan
Former head of India's External Intelligence RA&W
Former member of the National Security Council

Topic:ON NATIONAL SECURITYpdf

Day and Date: Thursday 7 April 2016
Time: 6.15 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 5.45 pm

All are cordially invited
The interactive session is organized as part of Undergraduate Humanities course "Introduction to Governance".

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to

Lecture 8:Anthropic Reasoning in Cosmology: Metaphysics of Future Lifepdf

In the course:
Historiography and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies
Indian Institute of Science


Day and Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Abstract: Physics goes metaphysical to render anthropic reasoning plausible in cosmology. It goes equally metaphysical to distinguish our Universe as a very special entity of the Multiverse. Even the physicalist perception of the Universe as an accident is metaphysical too. Physics dissolves itself into Metaphysics in presupposing a ‘fine tuner’ for turning the Universe to be suitable to the intelligent life. Physics holding on to universal laws leaves it for Metaphysics to imagine a super being gene-editing the human being to be incrementally intelligent enough to survive. The lecture seeks to review this fascinating ontology at the instance of the metaphysical bonding between Nikolai Kardashev’s historical futurology and Michio Kaku’s futurological physics

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME-INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Cordially invite you to an interactive session with:

Honourable Justice
Jasti Chelameswar
Supreme Court of India
New Delhi

On the topic

The Administration of Justice in India pdf

Day and Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
Time: 3.30 pm
Venue: Undergraduate Main Lecture Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.00 pm

All are cordially invited
The interactive session is organized as part of Undergraduate Humanities course "Introduction to Governance".

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a series of lectures in the course:Historiography and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies
Indian Institute of Science


Day and Date: Saturday 26th March 2016
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Lecture 7: Aspects of Philosophy of Nano Sciencepdf

Abstract: The lecture seeks to discuss the philosophical questions relating to the ontology of nanoscale science as well as technology, and the epistemological properties thereof. It is often pointed out that Nanoscience follows a new form of reductionism on the one side and systems-theoretical procedures on the other. The lecture would try and review the major arguments in the philosophy of nanoscience and technology. It seeks to go into the various questions such as: How do philosophers of science characterize the metaphysics and cosmology of this new transdisciplinary science-tech domain? Is this domain of knowledge heading towards the making of a new epistemology by itself ?

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a series of lectures in the course:Historiography and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies
Indian Institute of Science

Day and Date: Saturday 19th March 2016
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Lecture 6: Aspects of Philosophy of Biologypdf

Abstract: The lecture seeks to briefly outline the ontology, epistemology, metaphysics and cosmology of the organized knowledge claims in biology comprising breakthroughs and paradigms. Some of the philosophical questions that the lecture would address are: Is there an epistemic correspondence between physics and biology in terms their trajectories of ontological development taking off with the deterministic, teleological schema of absolute certainty changing through a relativistic atomism of relational certainty into sub-atomism of absolute uncertainty ? Do ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Information’ really represent two mutually exclusive paradigms in biology ? Is life ‘Chemistry’ or ‘Information’ ? Can information exist without meaning ? How can ‘genetic information’ be real if the ‘genetic code’ is not ? Aren’t both metaphors ? How about the alternative view that ‘Life is artefact-making’ ?

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES AND CENTRE FOR PUBLIC HISTORY

Invite you to a talk on:

MIT & The Technological Indian: Some Surprisespdf

Speaker: Professor Ross Bassett
Day and Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

All are cordially invited

About the Speaker: Ross Bassett is an Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University, where he teaches the history of technology. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in History from Princeton. His first book, To the Digital Age, was a history of MOS semiconductor technology. Bassett’s book The Technological Indian was published by Harvard University Press in 2016.

Abstract: This talk introduces The Technological Indian, a book based on a database of every Indian to graduate from MIT from its founding in 1861 to 2000. The book argues that Indians looked to MIT to an extraordinary extent in their quest for technological development. While MIT’s role in providing the model for the IITs is well known, we will focus on three surprises that came to light in researching this book.

The long history of Indians at MIT

The first Indian attended MIT in 1882 as part of a nascent technological nationalist movement in Poona and Indians regularly attended MIT in the colonial period, showing Indian efforts to obtain a world-class technological education well before the IITs. The Connection Between Gandhi and MIT In the late 1920s through the early 1940s, a cluster of MIT students were associated with Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi had an engineering ethos, largely ignored by scholars, which shows that Gandhi’s Satyagraha Ashram and MIT were not as antithetical as they might first appear.

MIT and the Indian IT Industry

Indian graduates of MIT played a central role in the development of the Indian IT industry. Three Indian MIT graduates started Tata’s first IT effort, which grew into Tata Consultancy Services, led for decades by F. C. Kohli. In 1991 five of India’s top ten IT exporting firms had an MIT graduate in their genealogy.

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME-INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Cordially invite you to an interactive session with:

Prof. Vinay Lal
Professor of History and Asian American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

On the topic

GANDHI AND THE WESTpdf

Day and Date: Monday 14 March 2016
Time: 6.15 pm
Venue: Undergraduate Main Lecture Hall, IISc

All are cordially invited

Abstract: The interactive session is organized as part of Undergraduate Humanities course "Introduction to Governance".

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a series of lectures in the course:Historiography and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies
Indian Institute of Science


Day and Date: Saturday 12th March 2016
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Lecture 5: Philosophical Aspects of Physicspdf

Abstract: Philosophy of Physics pervades through its theories that are intelligible approximations of what is knowable about the nature, structure and dynamic of natural phenomena. The lecture seeks to start the discussion with the theory of mechanics in the Newtonian natural philosophy, which explains the motion of larger objects against the speed of light. Then it would try and examine the philosophical shifts in the 20th century theories of new aspects like the chaos, as enunciated in quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, electro-magnetism and special relativity. What the lecture seeks to probe there is the space-time philosophy. It winds with a discussion of the ontological unity of space and time.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to

Open Day Celebration Programmepdf

Day and Date: Saturday 5th March 2016
Time: 9.00 am-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS premises

Openday
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a series of lectures in the course:Historiography and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies
Indian Institute of Science


Day and Date: Saturday 27th February 2016
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Lecture 4: Science as Theory and Ideology in the Present Societypdf

Abstract: The lecture seeks to explain what science theoretically means as a corpus of all inclusive abstractions about the knowable. Science as theoretical knowledge is immanently demystifying and hence subversive. It provides a rational knowledge-base for critiquing power that has mystified truth claims. Science demystifies it and empowers people with critical consciousness rooted in reason. Its innately public nature and characteristic affinity to truth and justice make science political. Society of asymmetrical power relations needs ideology to hush up the unpleasant truth about it for reproducing and perpetuating itself. Ideology is truth distorted, which mystifies and de-politicises consciousness. Religion had been the primary source of ideology in the past. In the present day world science is constrained to play the role of religion and serve the purpose of ideology. The lecture goes into the inscrutably hidden myriads of strategies of the dominant science, which mystify truth.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a series of lectures in the course:Historiography and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies
Indian Institute of Science

Day and Date: Saturday 20th February 2016
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Lecture 3: Historiography of Science: Critical Perspectivespdf

Abstract: The lecture seeks to distinguish critical historiography of science that is explanatory, from the narrative history of science. It goes into the limitations of the history of science that discusses scientific discoveries and inventions in their chronological sequential order against the social history of discoveries and inventions, which is distinct of its intellectual depth. It shows how Boris Hessen’s explanatory perspective is different from the narrative approach of George Sarton. It examines the tenability of the interpretation of Ludwik Fleck, and the uniqueness of the structural approach of Thomas Kuhn. Then it takes up the following questions like – Can empiricism legitimately constitute history of science as a separate epistemology? What is the character of historical evidence and what function does it perform in the case of history of science?

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a series of lectures in the course:Historiography and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies
Indian Institute of Science


Day and Date: Saturday 13th February 2016
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Lecture 2: Western Philosophical Issues of Knowledge and Immanuel Kant pdf

Abstract: In the second lecture we seek to draw closer to the Western philosophical issues of knowledge. This is done with a special reference to Immanuel Kant, the famous German philosopher of the critique of pure reason. It is an essential pre-requisite for a student of philosophy of science to know the Kantian process of a-priori reasoning based on inborn cognitive structures, namely "categories" such as space, time, objects and causality. He argues that knowledge is improved upon through an analytical deduction of the a-priori in its pure form. How Kant’s transcendental deduction holds the objectivity of time, space and cause, to differentiate the subjectivity of the sensory experiential knowledge, from the objectivity of the universalisable. We then discuss how the concepts of K.Popper and Thomas Kuhn have influenced the formulation of the basic properties of modern science.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a lecture on

The Neurobiology of Aesthetic Experiences and the Significance of Beauty pdf
As part of public lecture series Science and Beyond by the British Council and IISER Pune

Speaker: Semir Zeki
Day and Date: Friday 12th February 2016
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Biological Sciences Auditorium, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Abstract: The experience of beauty, whether derived from sensory sources such as visual art or music, or from highly cognitive ones such as mathematics, correlates with activity in the same part of the emotional brain, field A1 of medial orbito-frontal cortex (mOFC). This raises important questions about the role and uses of beauty not only in our daily experience but also in our efforts to understand the structure of the Universe in which our brains have evolved.

About the Speaker: Semir Zeki FMedSci FRS is a British neurobiologist who has specialized in studying the primate visual brain and more recently the neural correlates of affective states, such as the experience of love, desire and beauty that are generated by sensory inputs within the field of neuroesthetics. He was educated at University College London (UCL) where he was Henry Head Research Fellow of the Royal Society before being appointed Professor of Neurobiology. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Neuroesthetics at UCL. He was Editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (B) from 1997 to 2004. He has won various awards for his work which include The Golden Brain Award (1985), Award in Electronic Imaging (2002); King Faisal International Prize in Biology (2004), Erasmus Medal (Academia Europeae, 2008), Aristotle Gold Medal (2011) and Rome Prize (Atena Onlus) (2012) among many others. He has lectured widely across the world, giving over 60 named lectures and published three books and held an exhibition of his own art work at the Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art in Milan in 2011.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a series of lectures in the course: Historiography and Philosophy of Science

Instructor: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Visiting Professor
Centre for Contemporary Studies
Indian Institute of Science


Day and Date
: Saturday 6th February 2016
Time: 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Lecture 1: Non-European Antecedents of Science: The Indian Experiencepdf

Abstract: The first lecture under the Course in Historiography and Philosophy of Science seeks to review the process of constitution, ways of testing and methods of confirmation of knowledge in India’s past, by way of an attempt at searching for antecedents of science in it. This is proposed to be done at the instances of the shadanga sutra-s (six axims) that constitute the earliest compendia of specialised knowledge forms and the shad-darsana-s (six systems of philosophy) that are the subsequent compositions. It is conceived as a brief examination of different epistemic stances of early India’s knowledge tradition in the perspective of historical epistemology.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME-INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Cordially invite you to an interactive session with:

Shri. Jairam Ramesh
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
Former Union Minister (Environment? & Forests/Rural Development)

On the topic

Legislating for Justice The Making of the 2013 Land Acquisition Law pdf

Day and Date: Saturday 6 February 2016
Time: 3.30 pm
Venue: Undergraduate Main Lecture Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.00 pm

All are cordially invited

Abstract: The interactive session is organized as part of Undergraduate Humanities course "Introduction to Governance".

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a lecture on

Issues in Doctoral Education and Innovation Policies
Looking Beyond One's National Horizon
pdf

Speaker: Maresi Nerad
University of Washington, Seattle
Professor and Director, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies/Higher Education
Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE)

Day and Date: Friday 22nd January 2016
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

All are cordially invited

Abstract: The process of PhD education, long of interest primarily to academic faculty and departmental administrators, is increasingly an arena where competing interests are converging to affect policy and set standards worldwide. Globalization trends and recent national innovation policies result in requiring more from the next generation of researchers. Many countries have established flagship doctoral programs. Preparing the next generation of PhDs to function successfully in and contribute to today’s and tomorrow’s global environment requires an approach that goes beyond conceptualizing an apprenticeship model and institutes communities of practice. As a result, a silent paradigm shift has occurred in doctoral education.

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Talk about the book available in MP3 Format (13MB)

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Invite you to the launch of Rajan Gurukkal's
Rethinking Classical Indo-Roman Trade
Political Economy of Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Relationspdf

The book will be released by eminent scientist
Raghavendra Gadagkar

Guest of Honour will be renowned Historian
S. Settar
Emeritus Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISc

Date: Wednesday 13 January 2016
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
High tea will be served from 3.30 pm

The book is critical rethinking of the nature of the classical eastern Mediterranean exchange relations with the Indian sub-continent. It revises the existing notion of Indo-Roman trade with a distinctly new historical interpretation. The book is authored by one of the most eminent scholars on south Indian history.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES and IIScPress
Invite you to:


IIScPress Author’s Reception and Book Release

Non Commutative Mathematics for Quantum Systemspdf

Author UVe Franz, Adam Skalski


Book Release by Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar
Chair, Centre for Contemporary Studies

Keynote Lecture
Amrita Shah will speak about her new book

Ahmedabad -A City in the World

Date: Monday, 11 January 2016
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall

Abstract: Amrita Shah examines the socio-cultural implications of India’s accelerated urbanization programme through a contemporary history of one of its oldest and most dynamic cities. Ahmedabad, six hundred years old and currently India’s fifth largest city has been an important trading centre, a textile town, Gandhi’s home in the early days of independence struggle, a communal hotspot and a showcase of an influential, new development vision.

About the Speaker: Amrita Shah is a journalist, social theorist and a writer. Well known for her pioneering investigation into Mumbai underworld, she has worked for Time magazine edited features magazine Debonair, Elle, and has been a contributing editor with The Indian Express. She is the author of Hype, Hypocrisy and Television in Urban India (Vikas 1997) and Vikram Sarabhai-A Life (Penguin- Viking, 2007). She is based at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her most recent book is Ahmedabad: A City in the World (Bloomsbury, 2015).

 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a lecture on

WHAT ARE THE BIG THEMES OF THE HISTORY OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY SCIENCE?pdf
As part of public lecture series Science and Beyond by the British Council and IISER Pune

Speaker: Jon Agar
Professor of Science and Technology Studies
Day and Date: Wednesday 6th January 2016
Time: 3.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 2.30 pm

Abstract: History of modern science is a burgeoning and exciting field of academic study. There are now many cases studies of different branches of science in different places and settings. In this talk, Jon Agar asks what are the big themes that emerge when the field of history of twentieth century science is surveyed? He will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of focussing on the histories of particular disciplines or in purely national settings. Drawing on examples from his book, Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (2012), Jon Agar will share his main conclusions of this synthetic, historical approach. In particular, he will argue that 'working worlds' contexts within which problems are posed and solved, provide a means of understanding the roles played by much science as it developed over the past century, as well as model that offers insights to the organisation of, and policies for, science today.

About the Speaker: He has authored 'Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond' published by Polity Press in 2012. He won the Dean's award fro teaching at Harvard University in 2007, and his thesis was awarded the UKC Development Trust's prize for the best thesis in the faculty of Humanities in 1997. He is currently working on a history of Margaret Thatcher's influence on science and science policy.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Invite you to a lecture on:

The Media and Responsive Administrationpdf

Speaker: Sir Mark Tully
Day and Date: Tuesday 5th January 2016
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: Faculty Hall, IISc

All are cordially invited

Sir William Mark Tully was Chief of Bureau, BBC, New Delhi. He worked with BBC for a period of 22 years before resigning in July 1994. Educated in India and England, he stayed mostly in India covering all major incidents in South Asia during his tenure. He was made an Officer of The Order of the British Empire in 1985 and was awarded the Padma Shree in 1992, a rare distinction for a non-Indian. He was knighted in the 2002 New Year Honours. In 2005 he received the Padma Bhushan. His love for India is encapsulated in his several books.This lecture inaugurates the 2016 Sixth Semester Undergraduate Humanities Course "Introduction to Governance".

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Literary Art and Heritage Forum, NIAS and
Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISC

Invite you to the following events:
A film screening -

From Africa to India : Sidi Music in the Indian Ocean Diasporapdf

Directed by Prof Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy (UCLA)

Date & Time: 1st January 2016, 5.00 PM

Venue: Lecture Hall, National Institute of Advanced Studies


Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy will be present to introduce and discuss the film.
A detailed e-vite is attached.

Entry is free. Kindly be seated 10 minutes before the event begins.

A discussion on research methods in ethnomusicology

Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy will lead the discussion on research methods in the study of music as a cultural product using material from her previous documentaries. Students and researchers interested in anthropology, musicology and related field methods are invited to participate in the session.

Date & time: 2nd January 2016, 10.30 AM

Venue: Conference Hall II, National Institute of Advanced Studies


Individuals interested in attending the methods discussion, kindly write a mail to Naresh Keerthi [nakeerthi@gmail.com], with a short note on your work and research interests.

 
 

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