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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES


Invites you to a talk on:

Chinese Science and Technology Parks: Development and Construction Experiencepdf


Speaker: WANG Delu
President and founder of Beijing-based Greatwall Enterprise Institute (GEI), China’s leading consulting firm.
 

Day and Date: Sunday 24th May 2015
Time4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


All are cordially invited


Abstract: During the past few decades, science and technology parks have become an important driver of China’s economy. As well, China is now a major player in assisting the development of science and technology parks in many countries of the Global South. This lecture will share the experience of the development of Chinese science and technology parks in recent decades. It will also explain the mechanics of everyday operations, as well as China’s new emphasis on innovation and high-tech development. 
   
 
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a talk on:

Understanding Responses to Colonial Health Policy in Mumbai: Cartoons in the Hindi Punchpdf
 
Speaker:Dr. Mridula Ramanna
                Historian
                Former Associate Professor & Head, Department of History
                SIES College of Arts, Science &Commerce
                University of Mumbai 

Day and Date: Thursday 14th May 2015
Time4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

 

Abstract: This lecture  is  based on  the issues of the Anglo-Gujarati monthly, Pickings from the Hindi Punch, of the years, 1894 to 1910. A selection of cartoons, cuts, sketches and caricatures of contemporary events and personalities, from the Hindi Punch, which appeared every Sunday from 1888, was published under the title, Pickings from the Hindi Punch. The paper commented on a variety of subjects, and was at its best reporting on local matters concerning the city of Bombay. The  public health scene and the need for urgent attention to sanitary matters by the authorities, attracted frequent comments and was picturized in cartoons. They spared no one in power, neither the Municipal Corporation nor the health officials, and,  at the same time, gave praise when  required. The cartoons are an important indication of growing civic awareness. The lecture would be  accompanied by slides.
 
     
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME-INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE



Invite you to an interactive session with:

Mr. P.K. Hormis Tharakan
Indian Police Service (Retd.) and Security Expert
Former Secretary(R)-Cabinet Secretariat Government of India
Member of the National Security Advisory Board

On,

Global Terror and Intelligencepdf

Day and Date: Saturday 2 May 2015
Time: 10.30 am
Venue: CCS seminar hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 10 am


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 & 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 
Ecology Growth & Democracy in Indiapdf

Day and Date: Saturday 25 April 2015
Time: 10.30 am
Venue: CCS seminar hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 10.00 am


All are cordially invited

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

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Interactive Session with Jairam Ramesh available in mp3 format(20MB)

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Video of Lectue available on Youtube

 

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



Invite you to an interactive session with:

N. Gopalaswami
Indian Administrative Services (Retired) 
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India


ON ELECTIONSpdf

Day and Date: Saturday 11 April 2015
Time6.00 pm
Venue: Main Lecture Hall, UG Building, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 5.30 pm

All are cordially invited
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Abstract: The interactive session is organized as part of Undergraduate Humanities course "Introduction to Governance". It will be preceded by a group presentation by the students.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & BHARAT GYAN VIGYAN SAMITI



Invites you to a panel discussion on:

Science and Superstition Dialogue: The Anti-Superstition Legislationpdf


Panelists: 
Prof. Shobhana Narasimhan
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore

Neenu Suresh

National Law School of India University, Bangalore

 

Day and Date: Thursday 9 April 2015
Time4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


All are cordially invited


Abstract: Superstitious practices though widespread in our societies, have been questioned time and again, facilitating a collective discussion in the society. After the murder of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar in 2013, the widespread outrage consolidated in demanding the anti-superstition legislation, which was a decade long demand of Dr. Dabholkar and other rationalists. This captured the imagination of the people in other states, like Karnataka, where certain superstitious practices unleash violence or dehumanise people. A cross-section of academics, writers, legal experts thus came together in drafting The Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Bill 2013. This Bill has generated a considerable interest and debate in the state. In this panel discussion, we highlight both the social function of superstition and what is the role a scientist play in this contemporary issue, vis-a-vis the anti-superstition legislation.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES


Invites you to a talk on:

What Humanities/Social Sciences Can Mean:Transmuting the ‘Two Cultures’ Ideapdf


Speakers:Sasheej Hegde
               Professor
               Department of Sociology
               University of Hyderabad

Day and Date: Tuesday 7 April 2015
Time4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


All are cordially invited


Abstract: Working off the programmatic thrust of the ‘two cultures’ idea fostered by C.P. Snow way back in the late 1950s, the central contention will be that the debate also names a phenomenon which has to do with contradictory dispositions internal to academic disciplines, whether humanistic or otherwise.  The ‘transmutation’attempted is meant precisely to come to terms with these ‘dispositions’ – broadly, styles of thought and practice within disciplines – while also translating into the claim that the stakes in the ‘two cultures’ division have to do ultimately with the status of normative considerations that invoke some sort of ‘ought’ claim.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES & UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME


Cordially invites you to an Interactive session:

How Parliament Works A Personal Takepdf
 
Speaker: Prof.M.V.Rajeev Gowda
Academician and Honerable Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)       
National Spokesperson-Indian National Congress

 

Day and Date: Saturday 4 April 2015

Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Main Lecture Hall, UG Building, IISc

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Talk of Rajeev Gowda available in mp3 format(18MB)

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES


Cordially invites you to a talk on:

Do It Yourself Synthetic Biology – Bio hacking, Democratization of Science and Social Goodpdf
 
Speaker: Dr. Krishna Ravi Srinivas
Faculty         
Research and Information Centre for Developing Countries ,New Delhi

 

Day and Date: Thursday 26th March 2015

Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

 

Abstract: Do It Yourself Synthetic Biology (DIY SynBio) has attracted much attention because of its novelty and concerns over biosecurity and biosafety. In this presentation I provide an overview of this phenomenon and point out that DIY SynBio is much more than amateur biology as groups working in this are contributing to synbio and build labs for citizen engagement and participation while some are specifically concerned with applying synbio for meeting socially relevant needs and products. By developing cheaper alternatives and democratizing science they are demystifying science. Developing nations should utilize and encourage DIY SynBio. While concerns over biosecurity and biosafety have to be addressed exaggerating them in the context DIY SynBio will be counterproductive.

 

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Talk of Krishna Ravi Srinivas available in mp3 format(12MB)

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Video of Lectue available on Youtube

 

 

   
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES
 

Invites you to screening of:

FURIOUSLY CURIOUSpdf

Documentary, 85 mins

Followed by Q & A with director Sarat Talluri Rao

Day and Date: Thursday, 19th March 2015

Time: 4.00 p.m.

Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 p.m

 

Synopsis: What's it like to be a trivia junkie?  Furiously Curious takes you on a unique journey of India - one filled with eccentric passionate individuals. Who are however, driven by a very potent human trait of curiosity. There's the tombstone tourist, the boy who builds little airplanes, the old man who got arrested for writing Nostradamus, the woman who's read telephone directories and many more. The film looks at quiz clubs across the country, each with their unique style and idiosyncrasies. It also explores the advent and development of quizzing in India. 

Sarat Talluri
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES


Cordially invites you to a talk on:

Studying human social foraging groups in Berlinpdf


Speakers: Hari Sridhar
Ph.D Student          
Centre for Ecological Sciences          
ndian Institute of Science          
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Day and Date: Thursday 12th March 2015
Time4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

 

Abstract: : Imagine you are a biologist in a restaurant full of scholars from different disciplines- fellow biologists and economists, musicologists and historians, economists and sociologists. After you load your tray from the lunch counter you have to make a choice- should you go to the table where your fellow biologists are seated, to the familiarity and comfort of known territory? Or should you pick that table where an economist, a historian and a sociologist are seated, and give yourself the opportunity to gain new knowledge and new ways of thinking?  Might other factors - nationality, age, gender- also influence your choice? This situation confronted me everyday when I was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (a.k.a Wiko) last year. In this talk, I will tell you about a project I carried out to examine the formation of "social foraging groups" in the Wiko restaurant. 

Hari Sridhar
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES


Cordially invites you to a talk on:

Quest for a Culture of Excellence in Indian Universities pdf


Speakers: Prof. Bharat H. DESAI 
                    Professor of International Law
                    Chairman, Center for International Legal Studies
                    Jawaharlal Nehru University 
                    New Delhi


Day and Date: Wednesday 11th March 2015
Time4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

 

Abstract: : The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, has sought to underscore, in his convocation address on 17 November 2014 at the Central University of Jamia Millia Islamia, that “there is not a single Indian institution amongst the top 200 universities in the world”. He has repeatedly hammered on this issue in addresses to various Indian Universities as well as at the President's 'Knowledge Court': Annual Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It raises also larger questions as regards role of universities in a democratic nation such as India. What makes us not wake up from “slumber” and “inertia”, as the President calls it? Why are we facing such an ‘implosive’ situation in spite of our huge untapped potential to make it to the top knowledge league in the world? The talk will seek to raise some of the simmering questions in the education sector and offer a way out.

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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES


Cordially invites you to a talk on:

Lonely Friendships of ‘largeness and freedom' 
Charles Andrews, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore 
An Epistolary Account from Santiniketan’s History 1912-1940pdf


Speakers: Prof. Uma Dasgupta
                 Sundararajan Visiting Professor 
                 Centre for Contemporary Studies
                 Indian Institute of Science

Day and Date: Thursday 5th March 2015
Time4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Abstract: This is a story of friendship between three remarkable individuals and also of Santiniketan’s place in the Indian freedom struggle.The three friends worked individually and together to obtain racial justice from a colonial state through patient understanding, non-violent moves and self-suffering. They were lonely because their scenes of action were often far apart. Their cause too was lonely. 

Prof. Uma Dasgupta
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES
Invites you to a lecture in the course:
Production of Knowledge: Social Theory of Spatiality

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


Day and Date:
 Friday 27th February 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 


Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Spatial Turn: Hermeneutic Improvement in Social Science Methodologypdf

Abstract: This is the wrap-up session of the Course, ‘Knowledge Production in Spatiality.’ The session, recapitulating the main currents in social theory of spatiality, would revisit the empirical illustrations we had in the Course, and see how theoretical props can bring in hermeneutic improvement. Spatial turn in social research presupposes theoretical pre-occupation of spatiality, which produces its own heuristics. Hence it would mean a hermeneutic turn as well. The primary objective of the session is to demonstrate methodological advantages of spatiality theory in social science researches

Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES INVITES YOU TO THE DECENNIAL CELEBRATION NATIONAL SEMINAR ON:


Methodological Aspects of Knowledge Production in Pre-Modern Indiapdf

Date: 24-Jan-2015
Venue: Faculty Hall
Time: 9:30am onwards

Session 1

9:30am-1:30pm

  • Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar [Introduction to CCS]
  • Prof. Rajan Gurukkal [Introduction to Seminar]
  • Prof. Anurag Kumar [Introduction of speaker]
  • Prof. Romila Thapar [Opening Lecture on Knowledge of the Past before Us]
  • Dr. Bitasta Das [Vote of Thanks]
  • Prof. M.S.Valiathan [Charaka’s Approach to knowledge]
  • Prof. George Geevarghese Joseph [Comparing Mathematical Traditions]

Prof.Romila Thapar
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Introduction is available in mp3 format(3.5MB)

Lecture of Romila Thapar is available in mp3 format(11.5MB)

Video of Lecture available on Youtube

Lecture of M.S.Valiathan is available in mp3 format(7.42MB)

Lecture of George Geevarghese is available in mp3 format(4.65MB)

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Session 2

2:45pm-6:30pm

  • Prof. Balachandra Rao[Three Contemporary Astronomers of 16th Century]
  • Prof. P.P.Divakaran [What is Indian about Indian Mathematics]
  • Prof. Sundar Sarukkai [The importance of doubt in Indian Philosophy]
  • Prof. Raghuram Raju [Debate as a Methodology of Knowledge Production in Pre-modern India]

 

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Lecture of Balachandra Rao is available in mp3 format(6.29MB)

Lecture of P.P.Divakaran is available in mp3 format(7.33MB)

Lecture of Sundar Sarukkai is available in mp3 format(5.88MB)

Lecture of Raghuram Raju is available in mp3 format(6.68MB)

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Date: 25-Jan-2015
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall
Time: 9:30am onwards

Session 3

9:30am -12:45pm

  • Prof. T.K.A.Nizar [Nagarjuna’s Critique of Pramana-s]
  • Prof. C.Rajendran [Inference as a Means of Valid Knowledge in Indian Epistemological Tradition]
  • Prof. M.R.Raghava Varier [ How meaning is Generated]
  • Prof. Dambarudhar Nath [ Knowledge Production, Dissemination and Practice]

 

Dambarudhar Nath
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Lecture of T.K.A.Nizar is available in mp3 format(7.14MB)

Lecture of Rajendran,Raghava & Dambarudhar Nath is available in mp3 format (16.7MB)

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Session 4

2:30pm-5:30pm

  • Prof. Champakalaksmi [In Search of the Beginnings of Specialised Knowledge Production in Early Tamil]
  • Prof. Subbarayalu
  • Prof. M.V.Narayanan [Bodies of Knowledge in Kathakali]

 

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Lecture of Champakalakshmi is available in mp3 format(6MB)

Lecture of Subbarayalu and M.V.Narayanan is available in mp3 format(17MB)

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Date: 26-Jan-2015
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall
Time: 9:30am onwards

 Session 5

9:30am-5:30pm

  • Prof. Sharada Srinivasan [Metallurgy in Indian Antiquity]
  • Prof. Mr. R.V. Achari [From the Mythology of Vastusastra to the Methodology of Vastuvidya]
  • Prof. S.N. Venugopalan Nair [Knowledge Generation in Ayurveda]
  • Mr. Naresh Keerti [Polysemy of the prabandha]
  • Prof. Rajan Gurukkal [Historical Epistemology]

 

Sharada Srinivasan
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Lecture of Sharada & R.V.Achari is available in mp3 format(13MB)

Lecture of Venugopalan & Naresh Keerti is available in mp3 format(10MB)

Lecture of Rajan Gurukkal is available in mp3 format(15MB)

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


Why Having a 'Conversation' Between the Humanities and the Natural Sciences Is So Very Hardpdf

Speaker: Michel Chaouli 
              Associate Professor of German, Indiana University
              Director, Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities


Day and DateThursday 22nd January 2015
Time5.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 


Tea/Coffee will be served at 4.30 pm

 
Abstract: An enlightened view holds that the natural sciences and the humanities make up distinct but equally legitimate ways of making sense of the world, and that only if they "join together" do we stand a chance of finding answers to the big challenges of the day. This view is well-meaning, yet wrongheaded, I argue. There are fundamental differences in the ways these two large enterprises have developed, differences that stand in the way of the "conversation" we keep trying to have. In seeking to remove these differences, we must keep in mind that they are not merely limitations, but the enabling conditions for distinct ways of knowing. 

Michel Chaouli 
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES and CENTRE FOR PUBLIC HISTORY


Invite you to panel discussion on:

Community Landscape and Memorypdf

Panelists: Annie Valk
                Nitin Rai
                Heather Goodall


Day and Date: Thursday 8 January 2015
Time: 4:30-6.30 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 


Tea/Coffee will be served at 4.00 pm

Abstract: Oral History allows us to see how people make sense of the space round them in terms of the places of their past as well as their present. This is a particularly intense process in densely populated urban areas, where 'nature' is seldom recognized. As urban spaces change, oral history reveals the relationships between places with cultural and "natural" significance. Among displaced populations the relationship between sense of belonging to a place and memory is a particularly fraught one. The panelists will draw on their experience of working on this theme in Australia, USA and India to trace tensions, overlaps and juxtaposition. 

Annie valk,Nitin Rai,Heather Goodall
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CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES

Invites you to a talk on:

Genetically Engineered Crops in Indiapdf


Speaker: Professor Chavali Kameswara Rao 
                 Executive Secretary
                 Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education, Bangalore


Day and Date: Thursday 1 January 2015
Time: 4:00 pm onwards
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc 


Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Abstract: Genetically Engineered (GE) crops, commonly known as ‘genetically modified’ (GM) crops are developed through elegant, predictable and precise tools of modern biotechnology. A large number of GE products in medicine, environment and agriculture are now globally commercialized. In all countries that develop them, GE crops and products are stringently regulated by mandatory rules and procedures for their efficacy, bio safety, environmental safety and socio-economic benefits,while no conventionally bred crops or their products undergoes any such evaluation.

Over 30 years of bio security evaluation of GE crops and consumption of their products for over 19years by more than 350 million people in North & Latin America, China and elsewhere, have demonstrated both the effectiveness of the regulatory regimes in establishing the safety of GE crops and the safety of the GE crops per second. Nevertheless, in some countries, more particularly the developing countries, a number of hurdles have been created by politically motivated activism, making the development, evaluation, regulation, and deployment of GE crops very frustrating.

In India, But cotton has performed exceedingly well and immensely benefiting the farmers and the country. Nevertheless, persistent and vehement activism has hampered the functioning of the regulatory regime and the development and commercial deployment of GE crops. Absence of robust public education programmes to counter activist propaganda led to several myths taking deep roots in the public mind.The global diversity of GE crops, the bio security regulatory regimes, the impact of anti-tech activism on the development of GE crops in India, and measures needed to promote their development and commercialization, are the focus of this talk.

 

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