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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.

 

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.

 

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

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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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.

Settar
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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.

JonAgar
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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".

Mark Tully
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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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