Events at the Centre for Contemporary Studies

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

Forthcoming Events
 
 
 
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Completed Events
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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 CCS
 

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 CCS
 

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
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  Invites you to a talk on "Design of Smart Villages" pdf CCS
 

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 CCS
  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
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  Invites you to a talk on "One hundred years of remembering: The 'Komagata Maru' and Punjabi migration to Canada, 1914-2014" pdf CCS
  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 CCS
  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 CCS
 

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 CCS
 

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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