Events at the Centre for Contemporary Studies

Events in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Forthcoming Events
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
Completed Events

Methodological Aspects of Knowledge Production in Pre-Modern Indiapdf

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

Session 1


  • 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]



Session 2


  • 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]




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]




Session 4


  • 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]




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

 Session 5


  • 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]



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. 

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. 

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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