Events at the Centre for Contemporary Studies in 2012

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261. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to a talk on "The usefulness of seemingly useless knowledge" pdf
  Speaker: Professor Helga Nowotny
President, European Research Council
WWTF Vienna Science and Technology Fund
 
The quest for useful knowledge has been an integral part of the Baconian Programme since the beginning of modern science. But what was considered useful knowledge’ in the 17th century and how to obtain it, differs substantially from what many funding agencies today expect researchers to deliver when competing for funding. I argue that what is considered useful – and hence the uses of knowledge – often has yet to emerge: new uses and users are co-invented. This makes it necessary to create autonomous spaces in which seemingly useless knowledge can be produced and flourish, while making sure that the transformative power of knowledge is recognized and put to use for the good of society.
  Thursday, 20th Dec’12; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (92 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
260. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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Invites you to A Lecture Series on the Practitioner’s Approach, Screening "Inside Job" pdf

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  Production of Knowledge in the Arts
Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
Co-hosted by Concern
 
The documentary film offers the possibility of bringing complex issues to life. To explore the form, CCS invites you to a Special Screening of Inside Job, a 2010 documentary film about the late-2000s financial crisis.
  Directed by Charles Ferguson
Narrated by Matt Damon
 
Inside Job provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China
 
The screening will be followed by a Question & Answer session with Srinivas Raghavendra, Associate Director for Research, Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway
  Wednesday, December 19, 2012; Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (134 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
259. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to 'A Lecture Series on the Practitioner’s Approach
Lecture 7, Production of Knowledge in the Arts',

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  Prakash Belawadi
  FIXING CLIVE in HISTORY
 
Abstract: The idea of the play in Kannada, 'Namma Robert Clive' (Our Robert Clive), was first based on the notion that the colonisation of India began with the defining epoch: June 23, 1757, The Battle of Plassey; and that the improbable and tragic Robert Clive was the master of the events that unfolded before and after this moment of history. But the research that this ambitious play entailed threw up other characters of history that actually set up many epochs of colonisation. It showed that colonisation was not the proposed project, but rather the setting up of stable regimes to sustain uninterrupted trade. And the real authors of the latter project were not really the British, but Indian money lenders who worked tax policies, money transfers and succession plots to maintain governance to further profits. The play that finally emerged was the convergence of purpose for the money lenders and Company’s private trade and the symmetry of conflict with the rulers – the London establishment for the Company’s employees and the Indian nawabs and subedars for the Jagat Seths......
 
Prakash Belawadi is a columnist and writer/director for the stage, television and films. He is the founder of the Centre for Film and Drama, now under the Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy, which conducts courses in filmmaking and acting and organises screenings, shows and seminars on aspects of media and issues of current interest. His debut feature 'STUMBLE' won the National Award for Best Feature in the English language (2003). He has won other awards for his work on the stage and screen and recently received the Karnataka Nataka Academy award (2012) for his contribution to the English and Kannada language theatre.
  Saturday, December 15, 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (133 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
258. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to 'A Lecture Series on the Practitioner’s Approach
Lecture 6, Production of Knowledge in the Arts',

Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
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  Session 1 :Clare Arni
  Disappearing Professions In Urban India & Street Space, Bangalore pdf
 
Clare Arni is a photographer based in Bangalore. Her work encompasses architecture, travel, social documentary and cultural heritage. She has been published by leading British book publishers Phaidon, Thames and Hudson and Dorling Kindersley. She has also contributed to magazines like Abitare (Italy) Tatler, Conde Nast (UK) Wallpaper, The WSJ and Harvard Design magazine as well as many Indian magazines.
Her work has been exhibited at the Essl Museum, Vienna Austria, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, Bose Pacia, New York, Berkeley Art museum, California and is in the permanent collections of the Saatchi Gallery, London, and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
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  Session 2 : Navroze Contractor
 

Film Screening “Jharu-Katha” pdf

Navroze Contractor has been the cinematographer for award winning feature films such as Duvidha (director Mani Kaul), Devi Ahilya Bai (director Nachiket Patwardhan) and Percy (director Pervez Merwanji).
He is a major contributor to the international documentary scene, being associated with legendary films such as Ballad of Pabu by George Luneau , Dreams of the Dragon’s Children by Pierre Hoffmann, Are you listening? by Martha Stewart, and the Last House in Bombay by Luke Jennings.
 
His Indian documentaries include All in the Family by Ketan Mehta and Something like a War by Deepa Dhanraj. He has conducted photography and film workshops all over India and at Pomona State University, California, USA and at the University of the Andes at Merida, Venezuela. He has had several one-man shows of his still photographs; his photographs of jazz musicians are in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum.
  Saturday, December 8, 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3 p.m
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (154 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
257. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to 'A Lecture Series on the Practitioner’s Approach
Lecture 5, Production of Knowledge in the Arts',

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  Padmini Chettur
  Researching The Body
 
Abstract: After training in Bharata Natyam and a Chemistry degree, I re-engaged with dance through the work of Chandralekha. Her systematic deconstruction of the form and her constant, meticulous attention to line were the starting point of my own research from the mid nineties onwards. When I use the word 'research' regarding my own practice, I refer mostly to a daily investigation into the body, the way it moves and its larger relationship with space, time and the bodies around it. It is also through the setting up of boundaries and parameters that I construct my choreographic work, always relying more on 'random processes', than on whimsical choices. Through a viewing and analysis of past work I will attempt to trace the trajectory of my own creative processes. And discuss the notions of continuity and identity that surround my work.
 
About the Speaker: Padmini Chettur has been trained in Bharata Natyam under Pandanallur Subbaraya Pillai in Chennai and started performing with the Chandralekha group in 1991. In her career spreading over two decades, she has performed and choreographed numerous solo and group events in India and abroad including ‘Beautiful Thing’, ‘Paperdoll’, ‘Pushed’, ‘Fragility’, ‘A Segment of a Solo’, ‘Soliloquy’, ‘Brown’ and ‘Unsung’. She has also conducted a workshop at the 2007 Asian Dance Conference (Tokyo).
  Saturday, December 1, 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (112 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
256. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to 'A Lecture Series on the Practitioner’s Approach
Lecture 4, Production of Knowledge in the Arts',

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  Rajat Kapoor
  SPEAKING CINEMATICALLY
 
Rajat Kapoor is an actor, writer and director. Born in Delhi in 1961, Rajat decided, as a young teenager, that he wanted to become a filmmaker and went on to join the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.
His first 26 minute non-feature documentary, Tarana (1994), won the National Award. He also won the National Award for his short film, Hypnothesis (1996), and for Raghu Romeo (2003) in the Best Feature Film in Hindi section. His other directorial ventures include Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One (1997), Mixed Doubles (2006), Mithya (2008) and Fatso (2012).
He has written, directed and appeared in many popular and critically acclaimed films including Dil Chahta Hai, Corporate, Bheja Fry, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a UK television film The Last Days Of The Raj in 2007. He is also a founding member of the leading theatre group, Chingari.
  Thursday, November 29, 2012; Time: 12 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 11.30 a.m
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (77.5 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
255. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to 'A Lecture Series on the Practitioner’s Approach
Lecture 3, Production of Knowledge in the Arts',

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  Kabir Mohanty
  Song for an ancient land— a practitioner’s reflections on the moving image today
 
Abstract: In a recent conversation with the great novelist, Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Sharmistha Mohanty and I asked him, “How do you see the novel being practiced in the world today. Do you think it is worn out, tired? Krasznahorkai replied, “The old genres of literature are not in crisis. We are in crisis. The old forms are wonderful. In old Greece there were artists, poets, playwrights, philosophers. They used wonderful forms. These forms were never in crisis. The hexameter is wonderful, in the 5th century and in the 21st.”
The Danube flowed outside, Krasznahorkai’s person left me quietened, yet rattled with his profound artistic quest.
……….
In this diaristic talk I shall invoke what we filmmakers have been thinking today.
How have I worked on Song for an ancient land for the last ten years? How do we know film today? Most of the talk will be focused on the impulses, possibly their reasons, their whys. I shall screen as well the second part of Song for an ancient land, 59 minutes, a video work in four parts, each close to an hour long.
 
About the Speaker: Kabir Mohanty’s films and videos have been screened at festivals in Amsterdam, Brussels, Chicago, and Oberhausen. He has received the Fond Sud Award from the Ministry of External Affairs, France and the Hubert Bals Fund Award from the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Mohanty has had solo exhibitions at GallerySKE, Bangalore and at Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai. Most recently his work was shown at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Being Singular Plural, March 1 to June 6, 2012.
  Saturday, 24th November 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (97.5 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
254. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to 'A Lecture Series on the Practitioner’s Approach
Lecture 2, Production of Knowledge in the Arts',

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  Sharmistha Mohanty
  Topic: Forming Fiction
 
Abstract: Sharmistha Mohanty is remarkable above all for her determination to shift narrative away from the easy urgencies of Western fiction towards a text that hovers between the contemplative and the hypnotic, sculpting extended landscapes of feeling from the quiet friction between realism and myth. To read Five Movements in Praise is like coming across an animal of a new species, but one that immediately appears to be in tune with its environment.---Tim Parks
Mohanty will talk about the elements that were seeds for her forthcoming work of fiction, Five Movements in Praise. These are disparate elements, the distant past next to the immediate present, images contiguous with text, storytelling along with the exploration of a dense, poetic prose, subterranean connections merging with narrative ones. Pahari paintings become fictional landscapes, the Ajanta and Ellora caves are the monumental past as well as sites for present violence. Mohanty will try to uncover the process of making a work which is not held together by narrative, but other wider, more tenuous, and vulnerable connections.
 
About the Speaker: Sharmistha Mohanty is the author of two previous works of fiction, Book One, and New Life, and the forthcoming Five Movements in Praise. She has also translated a selection of Tagore’s fiction, Broken Nest and Other Stories.
Mohanty is the founder-editor of the online literature journal Almost Island, www.almostisland.com., and the initiator of the Almost Island Dialogues, an annual international writers meet held in New Delhi.
She is on the International Faculty of the Creative Writing MFA at the City University of Hong Kong.
  Thursday, 22nd November 2012; Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (79 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
253. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to 'A Lecture Series on the Practitioner’s Approach
Lecture 1, Production of Knowledge in the Arts',

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  Rajeev Raja
  Topic: Musical Musings
 
An interactive session where music is used both as an analogy and a stimulus to creativity. This would convey how music has the power to break through our rational, logical, analytical brain and touch our emotional brain.
 
Rajeev Raja, one of India’s most exciting jazz and fusion flautists plays the silver flute (also called a key flute) and the bamboo flute with equal ease. A student of Carnatic music and jazz, Rajeev’s playing has a unique blend of Indian and Western elements. He has played with musicians like Shankar Mahadevan, Taufiq Quereshi, Ehsaan Noorani and Leslie Lewis. He is currently collaborating with Indian Ocean guitarist Susmit Sen. Rajeev also has his own band, the ‘Rajeev Raja Combine’.
Till recently Rajeev Raja was National Creative Director of DDB Mudra and is the brain behind all the Volkswagen advertising campaigns in India. He has just started a new sonic branding firm called BrandMusiq which brings together his passion for music and his understanding of brands.
  Saturday, 17th November 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (92.4 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
252. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to the fourth edition of the
Mini Course/Lecture series on "From Design to Marble: Making the Parthenon in Athens" pdf
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  Production of Knowledge: A Comparison of Natural
and Human Sciences (Module IX)
Co-hosted by: Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
  Speaker: Prof. Rolf Schneider
Professor for Classical Archaeology,
Institut für Klassische Archäologie
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität,
Munich,Germany
 
Abstract: The Parthenon set up on top of the acropolis of Athens (447 to 432 B.C.) became the most famous temple of the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome. Built entirely in Penteli marble the temple is distinguished by exceptional design, unrivalled workmanship, unique visual narratives and many puzzling questions. In my seminar I will first outline the preconditions and infrastructure needed to build this temple. Then I will show step by step the main stages of creating such extremely complex architecture. In doing so I will discuss exemplarily potentials, problems, and limitations Classical archaeologists face in their endeavor to produce knowledge.
Best comprehensive overview: Panayaotis TOURNIKIOTIS (ed.), The Parthenon and its impact in modern times. Athens: 1994.
  Saturday, 3rd November 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (164 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
251. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to a talk on: "Reading classical art and archaeology today"pdf CCS
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  Speaker: Prof. Rolf Schneider
Professor for Classical Archaeology,
Institut für Klassische Archäologie
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität,
Munich,Germany
  Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
Wednesday, 31st Oct’2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
  Abstract: The reception of classical, i.e. Greek and Roman art played a crucial role in the making of modern Europe. This statement raises questions. What kind of subject is it? Why is it significant today? What does it mean to me? And what do I feel I have contributed to it? At the heart of classical art and archaeology is the study not of the written but the material evidence produced and employed by the Mediterranean cultures of ancient Greece and Rome such as: infrastructure, cities, architecture and graves; sculpture, paintings and mosaics; pots, gems and jewellery; ships, vehicles and military equipment; furniture and objects of daily life. I intend to accentuate in my lecture what classical art and archaeology offer humanities and life sciences today.
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (95.2 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
250. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to the fourth edition of the
Mini Course/Lecture series on "Geology of Morals and the Politics of Nature" pdf
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  Production of Knowledge: A Comparison of Natural
and Human Sciences (Module VIII)
Co-hosted by: Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
  Speaker: Rohan D'Souza
Centre For Studies in Science Policy,
School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
 
Abstract: As the philosopher Mark Sagoff pithily puts it “Nature has no essence but a history”. The belief of climax ecology that ecosystems invariably hurtle towards some sort of stable equilibrium has, in fact, been long abandoned. But to accept that nature has no direction, no purpose nor a determined goal opens up a new world of challenges in the manner in which we continue to conceptualize models for preservation, conservation or even the idea of stewardship.
What becomes of the fate of the modern environmental subject in the era of “discordant harmonies” and global warming? How is environmental politics to be pursued if the planet is fragile and in irredeemable ecological flux? In this talk, I will discuss a few Western thinkers — Delueze, Guttari and Latour —as they grapple with the tensions between nature and culture. Is nature at all a basis for cultural politics?
  Saturday, 20th October 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (98.6 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
249. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to the fourth edition of the
Mini Course/Lecture series on "Singular and Universal: The Strange Knowledge We Gain in Talking about Literature"pdf
Cancelled
  Production of Knowledge: A Comparison of Natural
and Human Sciences (Module VII)
Co-hosted by: Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
  Speaker: Michel Chaouli
Associate Professor of German,
Indiana University, USA
 
Abstract: Why do many of us feel compelled to talk about the stories and books we read (or the movies we see, the music we hear, ...)? Why not just enjoy the book (movie, music, ...) and leave it at that? What do the vast machineries of literary criticism and scholarship accomplish? I suggest that, despite what they may claim, they do not mainly provide us with a body evidence leading to arguments and thence to knowledge; they are as a rule not modes of reasoning consonant with scientific standards. Instead, the best writing about literature—about art in general—provides us with a glimpse of a singular experience. Because of its singularity, this experience does not and cannot accord with scientific standards of repeatability, quantification, and control—in short of objectivity. Yet this does not mean that talking about art is a matter of mere opinion. To make sense of how something utterly singular can still make a claim to universality I suggest the idea of aesthetic reasoning, a mode of thinking and writing that I try to describe and understand.
  Saturday, 13th October 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
   
248. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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Invites you to a talk on "The Problem of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Study of Religion" pdf

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  Speaker: Susan Visvanathan
Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
Monday, 8th Oct’2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
 
Abstract: The talk is concerned with the problem of Subjectivity and Objectivity in Social Sciences. It essentially looks at the way in which field workers (sociologists, social anthropologists etc.) make a difference to the field of the study by posing problems for their respondents. Their interactions make them catalysts or problems in the milieu in which they work. By their concerns they pose new questions to the informants who may well be problematised in their work and life by the intruder's demands.
Prof. Visvanathan is the author of The Christians of Kerala (Oxford 1993), An Ethnography of Mysticism (IIAS 1998), Structure and Transformation: Theory and Society in India (Oxford 2001), Friendship, Interiority and Mysticism:Essays in Dialogue( Orient Blackswan 2007), The Children of Nature: The Life and Legacy of Ramana Maharshi (Roli 2010) and Reading Marx Weber and Durkheim Today (Palmleaf 2012). She is a well known writer of fiction where obscure problems in Sociology are further handled through narrative.Her novels are Something Barely Remembered (2000), The Visiting Moon (2002), Phosphorus and Stone ( 2007), The Seine at Noon (2007), and Nelycynda and other Stories (2012).She has been a Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi and at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. She was a Charles Wallace Fellow to Queens University, Belfast 1997. She was Visiting Professor to the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (2004) , Universite Paris 13 (2011) and to Freie University, Berlin (2011).
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (129 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
247. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to the fourth edition of the Mini Course/Lecture series on "Problems for Contemporary Psychology: The Indiscipline of a Discipline" pdf CCS
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  Production of Knowledge: A Comparison of Natural
and Human Sciences (Module VI)
Co-hosted by: Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
  Instructor: Anup Dhar
Associate Professor,
School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi
 
Abstract: This talk takes off from my own experiences in the mental health clinic in the 1990s. It is shaped by my discomfort with what was happening in the clinic: the simple cause-effect analysis of the medical perspective, the absent connection with larger historico-cultural questions, the turning away from the language of unreason, the bracketing of distress in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and the insensitivity of clinical practice. It is necessitated by the felt need to rethink on my part, a rethinking that is still incomplete and hence ongoing. It asks: what are the problems that haunt contemporary psychology in India? The problem is perhaps two-fold: one, stemming from the urge to "Be like Others". This urge is marked by medical/anatomical and psychiatric/nosological models of doing psychology. The other, stemming from the urge to "Being Oneself". This urge is marked by a turn to ‘Indian Psychology’. The indiscipline of the discipline of psychology is thus represented on the one hand in a non-reflective turn to the natural sciences and on the other in an equally problematic turn to the ‘culture question’ or to the 'Indian'.
  Friday, 5th October 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
(Please note the lecture has been re-scheduled to Friday on account of Karnataka bandh on Saturday)
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (152 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
246. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to the fourth edition of the Mini Course/Lecture series on "Understanding Human Problem Solving Using Network Analysis"pdf CCS
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  Production of Knowledge: A Comparison of Natural
and Human Sciences (Module V)
Co-hosted by: Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
  Instructor: Sudarshan Iyengar
Indian Statistical Institute, Chennai
 
Abstract: While a familiar proverb says - a friend in need is a friend in deed, the 'science of networks' has a lot more to add: "Friends of friends play a significant role in your life and are as important as your friends". This subject which goes by the name network science is a study of interacting entities, e.g., friendship networks, network of proteins, network of connected computers, information networks, terrorist networks; to name a few. A topic that was solely of interest to sociologists, has from the past 15 years permeated into several other branches of pure and applied science, the main reason for this being the advancement in information processing and information accumulation techniques in the recent years which has enabled one to garner 'big data'.
In the first session, we shall start with a historical note on the subject and discuss 5 great ideas that have raised the brows of researchers across several disciplines. We will discuss on the questions asked, the objections raised and the methodologies practised in this subject. In the second session, we will tour through an application of networks in understanding human problem solving techniques. We shall see, how a simple word game called the 'wordladders' invented by Lewis Carroll comes in as a framework to dissect and understand the human problem solving strategies. The talk will be self-contained and assumes no mathematical pre-requisites.
  Saturday, 29th September 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm
  Podcast (audio recording) of the talk is available in mp3 format (128 Mb). (For more podcasts please click here...)
   
245. The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science
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  Invites you to the fourth edition of the Mini Course/Lecture series on "Between the devil of “women's knowledges” & the deep sea of “women's experience”: lessons for a feminist epistemology"pdf CCS
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  Production of Knowledge: A Comparison of Natural
and Human Sciences (Module IV)
Co-hosted by: Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
 
Instructor: Asha Achuthan
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
 
Abstract: It has been feminist political common sense to acknowledge a commonality of experiences among women, and to make such experience exclusive and unique to women as a constituency. In this frame, there is no attempt to claim epistemological status for such experience, rather activating it to critique existing knowledge systems.
The space of feminist epistemology, on the other hand, has been trying to articulate different models of knowledge than the propositional – models of relatedness, care, situatedness. This space does not wish to give up on objectivity but rather revise its parameters.
This session will explore the somewhat obscure field of ecofeminism and the somewhat over-examined context of childbirth to illustrate these positions, and to ask the question of what might be connections between these two.
  Recommended readings:
Vrinda Dalmiya and Linda Alcoff. 1993. "Are "Old Wives' Tales" Justified?" in Feminist Epistemologies. Eds. Linda Alcoff and Elizabeth Potter. Routledge.
Lorraine Code. 1988. “Experience, Knowledge and Responsibility”, in Feminist Perspectives in Philosophy, eds. Morwena Griffiths and Margaret Whitford.
Donna Haraway. "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective", in Feminist Studies, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Autumn, 1988), pp. 575-599.
  Saturday, 22nd September 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
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  Production of Knowledge: A Comparison of Natural
and Human Sciences (Module III)
Co-hosted by: Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
& Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
  Instructor: Dieter Grimm
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin,
Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin
 
The more multicultural societies become the more frequently does it happen that the requirements of religious beliefs collide with the general legal norms of a country. Many societies are torn back and forth between tolerance of any religiously motivated behavior on the one hand and a desire for assimilation of religious minorities on the other. The disputes increasingly concern the courts and legal solutions of the problems have to be found. The lecture will try to develop a typology of such conflicts and to suggest guidelines for an accommodation of the various rights and interests involved.
  Saturday, 15th September 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
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Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin,
Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin
  Thursday, 13th September 2012; Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: CCS Premises, IISc
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Abstract: Dignity is an old philosophical and legal notion. But only recently did it acquire constitutional recognition. In the founding documents of modern constitutionalism one would not find it. It needed the atrocities committed by various totalitarian political systems in the 20th century to create the desire for a paramount principle on which the relationship between public authority and the individual could be based. Today the protection of human dignity is a centerpiece of constitutions and human rights documents. But what exactly does it mean and how does it operate? These are contested questions which the lecture will try to clarify.
 
About the speaker: Dieter Grimm teaches constitutional law at Humboldt University of Berlin and at Yale Law School. He is also a Permanent Fellow and former Director of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study). From 1987 to 1999 he served as a Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. He holds law degrees from the University of Frankfurt and a Master of Laws from Harvard as well as honorary doctoral degrees from Toronto and Goettingen. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Academia Europaea and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  Instructor : Jahnavi Phalkey
King’s college, London
 
What is the History of Science the History of? The historian of early modern science Peter Dear explored this question in the same year (2005) as another historian of science, John Heilbron, gave two lectures at the University of Barcelona on “Science as the Subject of History” and “History as a Collaborator of Science”. These are but characteristic of the questions historians of science have routinely raised at professional fora: the disciplinary mandate of the history of science is far from settled and the debate has been renewed, again, more recently in dialogue with sociologists and philosophers of science. History of science is a young discipline and has worked between the two bodies of knowledge (“history” and the “sciences”) beginning in the early twentieth century. My talk will offer an overview on the development of the discipline, especially the contested processes of constructing the object of its study. I would like to further discuss the implications of this process for the specificities of writing histories of twentieth century science in India.
  Saturday, 8th September 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
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  "Production of Knowledge in the Natural and Human Sciences (Module I) "
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  Introduction & Welcome: Raghavendra Gadagkar,
Chairman, CCS-IISc
  Inaugural Address: Theodore Baskaran
Noted Environmentalist & Film Historian, Bangalore
  Tea/Coffee and Snacks (at about 3:00 pm)
  Instructor : Tejaswini Niranjana
Lead Researcher - Higher Education Innovation &
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Senior Fellow - CSCS

"Music in the Balance: Language and Modernity in Dharwad"

 
My talk, which examines the social role of Hindustani music in the Dharwad-Hubli region, situates the early 20th century emergence and proliferation of Hindustani sangeet in this region against and within the debates on language that were central to cultural transformation in that area. The language terrain on which such contestations were mounted is not amenable to easy understanding, either then or now. What was the problem of Kannada and more broadly the language question in the mid- to late 19th and early 20th centuries in the region known in the official British records as the Southern Maratha Country? What might have been the role of vocal music in negotiating the language conflict? I will focus on musical contestations that also manifest themselves as a tussle over linguistic dominance. My method of argumentation will be to focus on anecdote, and try to make it yield – through close ‘reading’ – a sense of the range of questions thrown up by the music-language conjuncture.
  Saturday, 1st September 2012; Time: 2 p.m.
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Sundararajan Visiting Professor at CCS, IISc
 

Day and Date: Saturday, 25th August 2012
Time: 2 p.m. onwards

Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
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Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm,
in between the two modules

 

Lecture 7: Angus Maddison

Here I shall talk about Angus Maddison, who started mining the OECD statistics in the 1960s, and progressed over the next half century to speculations about the development of the world economy over 3000 years.

 

Lecture 8: Personal Escapades

In this last lecture, I shall talk about my own small-scale adventures – comparison of Akbar’s India with ours, and prediction of India’s rise as a novice superpower.

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Day and Date: Saturday, 18th August 2012
Time: 2 p.m. onwards

Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
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Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm,
in between the two modules

 

Lecture 5: THE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK

Abstract: Here I shall talk about the theoretical framework of macroeconomics that began to emerge with the debates on trade cycles at the turn of the 19th century, which drew in continental economists like Spiethoff, Wicksell and Schumpeter, and was systematized by John Maynard Keynes.

 

Lecture 6: COLIN CLARK

Abstract: I shall then turn to the pioneer of macro-measurement, Colin Clark, who collected national statistics and used them to speculate about the Conditions of Economic Progress

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Associate Professor of English
English Department, Axinn Center
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753, USA
 

Date & time: Thursday, 16th August 2012; Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
(Former JNCASR, near the Health Centre)

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Abstract: Propelled by the vicissitudes of capitalism, imperialism, and ethnic and national conflict, migrants have transported their lives across vast distancing and life-altering borders, and set up afresh. Many scholars celebrate the migrant as a paradigmatic figure of modernity who eschews roots and embraces cultural hybridity and a fluid identity. These celebratory views of migration and diaspora elide the vast differences between the experiences of bourgeois and subaltern migrants. For the latter, migration can mean a constriction of experience by legal and cultural borders and boundaries, extreme alienation, exploitation, immiseration, and violence. To tell the story of subaltern migrants is to trace the links between imperialism, capitalism, and migration. I explore these links in relation to Kiran Desai’s novel The Inheritance of Loss.
   
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Day and Date: Saturday, 11th August 2012
Time: 2 p.m. onwards

Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
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Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm,
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Lecture 3: ADAM SMITH

Abstract:Here I shall talk about Adam Smith, whose The Wealth of Nations, which came out in 1776, introduced a system into the debate and provided the framework for discussions in the following century.

 
Lecture 4:THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

Abstract: In this lecture, I will talk about the spate of treatises on political economy that erupted in the nineteenth century and their writers – Malthus, Ricardo, Bagehot, Nassau Senior, Cairns, Edgeworth etc.

   
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Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University
  Date & time: Thursday, 9th August 2012; Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
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Is “the scientific method” real or only a Platonic ideal? Karl Popper’s criterion of falsification formalized the scientific method, but examples will illustrate how knowledge was obtained in a scientific manner as long ago as ancient Greece. The criterion of falsification makes clear the difference between the “hard” sciences of chemistry and physics and the “soft” science of biology. Some disciplines within biology are susceptible to teleology, which is never acceptable in scientific analyses. Thomas Kuhn’s model of a paradigm shift conceptualizes a pattern of change in major hypotheses in science. Kuhn’s model can also serve to show that science sometimes proceeds not so much by application of the scientific method as within a context of constraints, possibilities, peer pressures, and fads. Examples will illustrate these perspectives on science and the scientific method.
   
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"Large-Scale Economics: Epochs, Economies And Empires" pdf

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Day and Date: Saturday, 4th August 2012
Time: 2 p.m. onwards

Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc
(Former JNCASR, Next to the Health Centre)


Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm,
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  Lecture 1: The Beginnings
The discovery of the Cape route to the Indian Ocean gave Europe much cheaper access to oriental luxuries, such as spices and textiles. But it also unleashed fierce rivalry amongst West European powers, in which access to capital and mastery of shipbuilding and armaments were crucial. The emergence of these new macroeconomic problems let loose a chaotic economic debate in England; this was the origin of today’s economics. In this initial lecture, I shall talk about the debate.

Readings:

Barbon, N. (1690) A Discourse of Trade. Printed by Tho. Milbourn for the Author, London

Bauer, S. Nicholas Barbon : biography

Bonar, J. (1896) Locke on Currency. Palgrave Dictionary of Political Economy; edited by Henry Higgs, volume 2, , Macmillan and co., limited, London

D'Avenant, C. (1697) An Essay on the East-India Trade.

Digges, D. (1615) The defence of trade : in a letter to Sir Thomas Smith, knight, gouernour of the East-India Companie, etc. Printed by William Stansby for Iohn Barnes ..., London

Gentleman, T. (1664) England’s way to win wealth. Printed by J.G. for Thomas Clark, and are to be sold at his Shop at the South entrance of the Royal Exchange, London

Hale,M. (1683) A Discourse Touching Provision for the Poor. Printed for William Shrowsbery, at the Bible in Duke-Lane, London

Harrington, J. (1656) The Commonwealth of Oceana. Printed for D. Pakeman, London

Hull, C. H. (1900) Petty's place in the history of economic theory. Quarterly Journal of Economics

Locke, J. (1691) Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and the Raising the Value of Money. Printed for Awnsham and John Churchill, at the Black Swan in Pater-Noster-Row, London

McCulloch, J.R. (1856) A select collection of early. English tracts on commerce, from the originals of Mun, Roberts, North, and others. Printed for the Political economy club, London

Merchant, E.M. (1623) The circle of commerce, or, The ballance of trade in defence of free trade. Printed by John Dawson for Nicholas Bourne ..., London

Mill, J.S., and Laughlin, J. L. (1885) Principles Of Political Economy. D. Appleton and Company, New York

Misselden, E. (1622) Free trade; or, the meanes to make trade florish. Wherein the causes of the decay of trade in this kingdom are discovered. Printed by John Legatt, for Simon Waterson, dwelling in Paules Church-yard at the Signe of the Crowne, London

Mun, T. (1664) England’s treasure by foreign trade. Printed by J.G. for Thomas Clark, and are to be sold at his Shop at the South entrance of the Royal Exchange, London

North, D. (1691) Discourses Upon Trade; Principally Directed to the Cases of the Interest, Coynage, Clipping, Increase of Money. Printed for Tho. Basset, at the George in Fleet Street, London

Petty, W. (1662) Treatise of taxes & contributions. Printed for N. Brooke, at the Angel in Cornhill, London

Petty, W. (1682) Quantulumcunque concerning Money

Petty, W. (1690) Political Arithmetick; Phoenix in St. Paul's Church-yard

Roberts, L. (1641) The treasure of traffike. Or, A discourse of foreign trade. Printed by E. P. for N. Bourne, London

Stephen, L., and Lee, S. Eds.(1888) Davenant, Charles : biography. Stephen's Dictionary of National Biography , London

Vaughan, R. (1675) A Discourse of Coin and Coinage. Printed by T. Dawks, for T. Basset, London

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  Speaker: Prof. Amit Bhaduri
Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning
Jawaharlal Nehru University
School of Social Sciences, New Delhi
 
Date & time: Thursday, 19th July 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue:
CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
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Abstract: The relation between the market and the economic policy is assumed according to ideological inclinations. This lecture explains, without jargon, how to understand this relationship. The lecture will also explore what has changed in the realm of economic policy making in India and the why it has changed.
 
About the Speaker: Amit Bhaduri is a distinguished economic theorist renowned for his compelling ideas and analysis. He has been a consistent critic of mainstream neoclassical economic theory. He has made valuable contributions in several important fields including capital and growth theory, Keynesian and Post-Keynesian macroeconomics and development economics. He is currently internationally selected professor in Pavia University, Italy and visiting professor in the Council for Social Development, New Delhi.

Website: http://amitbhaduri.weebly.com/

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  Date & time:Tuesday, 17th July, 2012
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
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  9:00 Inauguration
Govindan Rangarajan
Professor, Department of Mathematics, IISc

9:10 Session I: Financial Globalization and Indian Economy
9:10-9:50 Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay
“Provisioning Indian Cities: Speculations on the question of FDI in Calcutta’s wholesale-retail network”
9:50-10:30 Jafar K
“Informal Finance: Possibilities of alternatives”

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:25 Shiv Sethi
“Calorie consumption debate and Poverty in India”
11:25-12:05 Amit Bhaduri
“Global Financial Crisis and Indian Economy”
12:05-12.20 Wrap up Session I – Comments

12:20 Lunch break
(We kindly request the participants to make their own arrangement for lunch)

1:30 Session II: Political Institutions and the Indian Economy
1:30-2:10 Usha Ramanathan
“The politics of the law on `eminent domain', land acquisition and `land titling`”
2:10-2:50 H. Vasu
“Changing Political Economy of Rural Karnataka”
2:50-3:30 Partho Sarothi Ray
“Political Geography of SEZs in India”
3:30-3:45 Wrap up Session II - Comments

3:45-4.00 Coffee break

4.00-5:00 Session III: Political Economy of Development
Chair Uday Balakrishnan
Partho Sarothi Ray, Madhu Bhaduri, Usha Ramanathan, Amit Bhaduri

5.00 Ashok Krishnan
Way forward and concluding remarks

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Archivist
Archdiocese of Ernakulam, Kerala
 

Date & time:Thursday, 24th May 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
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Abstract: The Syrian Christian palm-leaves and inscriptions of Kerala are one among the least exploited primary sources in history writing and academic inquiry in Kerala. Its in-depth study will open up new areas in the history of the Christian Community. Although there are a good number of research studies on the history of the St. Thomas Christians, there is a lacunae in the study based on the palm leaves of this community. Such studies have now beginning to be undertaken. life. The micro history formulated from these primary sources can contribute to the development of comprehensive history of Kerala.
This presentation is an introduction to the nature and content of church palm leaves and importance of the same in the history of Kerala and in particular the history of Christian communities and the local history.

 

About the Author: Fr Ignatius Payyappilly, a Catholic priest, is an Archivist working in the Archdiocesan Archives of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Kerala since 2001. He collaborates with Archives and Publication Cell of IISc as a consultant since May 2011. He helps both public and private organizations as a consultant to build up Archives and Records management. He is a trained Archivist with a Masters in Archives and Records Management from the University of Liverpool, UK. He is the founding Director of the Archdiocesan Archive as well as the Catholic Art Museum at Ernakulam. He is one of the founding members and secretary of the Association for Preserving Saint Thomas Christian Heritage which has digitized almost 10 TB images of the old records and documents of the Saint Thomas Christian tradition to make it available to the scholars and researchers.

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Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
 

Date & time:Thursday, 19th April 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
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Abstract: Historiography of science deals with the methodological history of doing history of science. The lecture seeks to examine the evolution of methods and perspectives of conceiving history of science over the years. The focus is on the science-history’s transition from the chronological sequential narrative mode to the social systemic sequential explanatory mode.

Against the background of the changing nature, structure and dynamic of knowledge production in time, the lecture seeks to reflect on what is critical historiography of science and how do we respond to the following questions: What is the character of evidence for doing history of science and how does it influence the domain of knowledge production? What is the role of the historian or his/her explanatory frameworks in understanding history of science? Does empiricism constitute history of science as a new epistemology?

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Speaker: M. P. Joseph (Menacherry Paul Joseph)
Senior IAS Officer
Head of the International Labour Organization ILO, Cambodia

 

Date & time:Thursday, 29th March 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
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Abstract: Year Zero, Nineteen Seventy Five marked the beginning of the Cambodian genocide that in less than 4 years killed 2 of its 12 million people. In pursuit of a Communist Utopia, Pol Pot thus wiped out a whole generation of educated young men and women, who had they lived, would have been in their 40s and 50’s today.

Cambodia has since moved on from Khmer Rouge’s ultimate Communism to an extreme form of Gold Digger’s market economy. Cambodia is booming today. There are more Land Cruisers, Hummers and Humvees on Phnom Penh’s roads than perhaps any-where else in the world.

But Cambodia’s modern Post Pol Pot Society has something intrinsic missing. While State and Society encourages culture and instills pride in Khmer history and arts amongst its youngsters, the State is not a substitute for father’s guidance or a mother’s example and advice nor can Society instill family values. Only a parent can pass on family values, ethics and morals to the next generation. By wiping out a whole parental generation which could have passed on the Khmer value system to today’s generation, Pol Pot created an inter-generational disconnect for today’s youth. By killing off a generation, Pol Pot has created a moral vacuum in today’s youth.

Cambodia Post Pol Pot Society is adrift today, without ethics and values, adrift in an amoral world. No moral compass exists to determine right and wrong. No ethical load-stone or compass differentiates ethical from the unethical. Money and success are the only values worth pursuing. Right is determined by Success. The wealthy cannot be wrong. A car can knock down a motorcyclist and speed away. A crowd will collect to stare at the victim of an accident, but will not step in to help.

The exalted concept of Karma as we know in India has been converted in Post Pol Pot Cambodia into a justification for greed, an amoral pursuit of wealth and a disdain for life. The poor deserve to be poor, for poverty is the punishment for past sins. Wealth, wrongly begotten is a reward for your past good and therefore perfectly good and legal. The victim of an accident through that agonizing death lives out the penance of his past sins. You are not helping him by helping him.

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Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
 

Date & time:Thursday, 22nd March 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
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Abstract: This paper is in part, an attempt to revisit the Tamil music revival movement, namely the Tamil Isai Iyakkam in order to be able to demonstrate what an investigation of cultural practices holds for understanding power structures and their semiotics. In attempting this, the paper acknowledges the potential that the writing of new social and cultural history has had for studying aural practices that have been at least in the South Asian context understudied as well as for understanding social relations in general that develop around the production and consumption of cultural practices like music. Studying the aural field in southern India through the lens of revival movements, I will suggest, enables us to understand the overtly political nature of the cultural agenda of the revivalists. It also enables us to access regimes of listening and pleasure and thereby, to unpack the construction and transmission of meaning attached to cultural practices like music even while recognizing that music has its own distinct register and language. I will thus argue that music revivals and the construction of a discourse around them came to have a very special affective signification in southern India largely through networks of print and performance that helped produce different communities of listeners some of whom were more effective in deploying retrospective fantasies to structure their subjectivities. The emphasis is not on or at least exclusively on the voice of the subaltern here, it is more directly engaged with looking at practices and the embedded politics in the articulation of cultural practices fashioned around material structures.

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Invites you to the talk on "Re-imaging space technology: Encounters with Chandrayaan-1 through art-practice perspectives" pdf

 

Speaker: Joanna Griffin
Artist-in-residence,
Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore
Mentor, The Moon Vehicle Project

 

Date & time: Thursday, 15th March 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12.
(Note our new premises : Former JNCASR, near Health Centre)

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm

 

 

Abstract: The presentation will unravel the fragmentary nature of space enterprises as they are experienced outside of the space agency organisation, with particular reference to the determining influence of images and imaginaries.

The research presented draws primarily on an artist-led project called Moon Vehicle, based out of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, which aimed to make evident the cultural dimensions of Chandrayaan-1’s mission to the Moon. This project brought together the communities of Srishti and ISRO through education/art practice projects which then filtered out into the city of Bangalore in a variety of unpredictable ways.


What was revealing in this process was how a space agency presents many images and many imaginaries, depending on the viewpoint of the observer. Using the example of the seen and unseen Chandrayaan spacecraft, this suggests that within the complexity and diversity of the mental and material phenomenon of the image of space technology found in and around Bangalore, lies the potential for new ways of thinking about the invitation to re-imagine cosmos that is offered via the spacecraft and its apparent materialism.

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Invites you to the talk on "Dismal Science of Economic Austerity: Metaphors, Models and Policies"

 

Speaker: Dr. Srinivasa Raghavendra pdf
Associate Director for Research,
Institute for Business, Social Science and Public Policy & Department of Economics
J.E. Cairnes School, National University of Ireland, Galway

 

Date & time: Thursday, 8th March 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12.
(Note our new premises : Former JNCASR, near Health Centre)

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm

 

 

Abstract: Austerity seems to be the only solution offered by the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission (the ‘Troika’) to the member states of the European Union to overcome the ongoing economic crisis. The economic scientific logic that underlies these austerity policies is based on a belief that the austerity policies will help the economies to revert to their long-term growth rates. The speaker will discuss how the economic science that underpins the current policy disposition offered a diametrically opposite policy prescription in the 1930s when the world economies faced a similar situation, and will contextualize such a shift in the scientific view from the perspective of the evolution of economic theory in the post-war era.

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Invites you to a talk on "Gender differences in local residents' relationships with protected areas in Asia"

 
Speaker: Dr. Teri Allendorfpdf
 

Date & time: Thursday, 2nd Feb 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12.
(Note our new premises : Former JNCASR, near Health Centre)

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm

 

Abstract: Although participation and inclusion are considered critical to successful conservation of protected areas, women are often underrepresented in park-people studies. In this presentation, we examine differences between women's and men's attitudes and perceptions toward protected areas in Nepal, Myanmar, and China. These examples highlight the important role that gender can play in park-people relationships and demonstrates the need to explicitly recognize and analyze gender in human-environment relationships. Using social role theory, we discuss the different ways that gender roles impact attitudes toward the environment in general and protected areas in particular. We conclude with some lessons for creating more gender-sensitive approaches to conservation in order to engage women in conservation.

 

About the Speaker: Dr. Teri Allendorf is a conservation biologist working on human dimensions of biodiversity conservation, including park-people relationships, community-based conservation, and biodiversity values and attitudes. She is an Honorary Fellow in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Land Tenure Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a research associate with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. She has also been a member of USAID’s Biodiversity Team and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.

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Invites you to a talk on "India's High Economic Growth: Is the Solution the Problem?"

 
Speaker: Prof. Amit Bhaduri pdf
 

Date & time: Tuesday, 31st Jan 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue:
CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12
(Note: We have shifted to the former JNCASR, near the Health Centre)

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm

 

Since early 1990s India has experienced unprecedented high growth and yet, most indices about the economic well being of the majority of our citizens indicate they are no better off. The economy is doing well but not not the people! This talk would explain without obscure economic jargon why this is happening. This understanding is essential for all concerned citizens who would collectively decide the future course of our economic social and political development.

About the speaker:Amit Bhaduri is a distinguished economic theorist renowned for his compelling ideas and analysis. He has been a consistent critic of mainstream neoclassical economic theory. He has made valuable contributions in several important fields including capital and growth theory, Keynesian and Post-Keynesian macroeconomics and development economics. He is currently internationally selected professor in Pavia University, Italy and visiting professor in the Council for Social Development, New Delhi.

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Workshop organised by Central University of Tamilnadu (CUTN),
Centre for Conemtporary Studies, IISc. &
Higher Education Innovation & Research Applications (HEIRA)

  Dates: January 27-28th January, 2012
Venue: CCS, IISc, Bangalore 12.
 

January 27, 2012
10 – 10.20 am: Welcome by Prof.Raghavendra Gadagkar, Chairman, CCS-IISc
Objective of the workshop: Prof.B.P.Sanjay, Vice-Chancellor, CUTN
Scope of the Workshop: Dr.Tejaswini Niranjana, HEIRA

 

Session I: 10.20 – 11.30
National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education: Recommendations and Possibilities
Prof.C.Seshadri, former Director, RIE Mysore
Prof.A.K.Sharma, former Director, NCERT
Prof.Poonam Batra, Delhi University
11.30 – 11.45: Tea Break
11.45 – 12.15: Discussion

 

Session II: 12.15 – 1.30 pm
Institutional Setting of Education Training
Prof.Padma Sarangapani, Centre for Education, TISS
Prof.Indira VijaySimha, Azim Premji University
Discussion
1.30 – 2.30 pm: Lunch Break

 

Session III: 2.30 – 4.00 pm
General Education (Science) and Teacher Training
Prof.Shyam Menon, Vice-Chancellor, Ambedkar University
Girija Balan, St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai
Discussion

 

Session IV: 4 – 5.30 pm
Inter-disciplinarity and integration in Science Education
Prof.L.S.Shashidhara, IISER-Pune
Dr.Rohan deSouza, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dr.Partho Sarothi Ray, IISER-Kolkata
Discussion

 

January 28, 2012
Session IV: 10 am – 1 pm (Tea Break at 11.30 am)
Challenges for Science Education Equitable and Sustainable Development
Dr.Anup Dhar, Ambedkar University, Delhi
Dr. H.N.Chanakya, IISc

 

1 – 2 pm: Lunch Break
Session V: 2 – 5 pm

Formulating Recommendations for the proposed B.Sc-B.Ed programme in Central Universities

   
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Invites you to a talk on "Social Sciences: The Missing Beacon of India" pdf

  Speaker:
Rama Bijapurkar
 

Date & time: Wednesday, 25th Jan 2012; Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12.
(Note our new premises : Former JNCASR, near Health Centre)

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm

 

 

About the speaker: Rama Bijapurkar is a well respected and recognised thought leader in business strategy and India’s Consumer Economy. She has her own consulting practice, and serves or has served on the boards of several of India’s leading companies including Infosys, Bharat Petroleum, Mahindra Financial, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Axis Bank, Titan Industries etc.

She is a visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad, her alma mater and also serves on its board of governors.
She is the author of WALTO “We are like that only- Understanding the Logic of Consumer India” and a dominant voice in the media and global forums in her field.

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Invites you to a release of the book "The Story of Asia’s Elephants" pdf

  Prof. P. Balaram, Director, IISc, will
preside and release the book
Theodore Baskaran
the noted environmentalist
and film historian will speak on the occasion
Prof. R. Sukumar
will read excerpts from his book
 

 

Date & time: Tuesday, 17th January'12, Time: 4:00 p.m.
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12.
(Note our new premises : Former JNCASR, near Health Centre)

 

 

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm

 

 

Note: Tata Book House has offered a special discounted price for the book at the venue

 

 

About the book: This book is an ecological and cultural history of the Asian elephant and is the first single volume to comprehensively cover the history of Asia’s elephants, profusely illustrated with images of the elephant in art from ancient to contemporary times, offering new interpretations, and drawing upon a wide range of literary texts. The volume begins with an account of the ancient origins of the Asian elephant and its possible relationship with early humans, leading eventually to its taming between 4,500 and 5,000 years ago in the Harappan period. Subsequent chapters trace the story of the elephant under the major religious establishments – Vedic, Buddhist and Jain, post-1st century Hindu, and Islamic – of the Indian subcontinent and beyond.


Further chapters discuss the fortunes of the elephant under colonial rulers in Asia, and the post-independence history of the animal in 13 range countries. The final chapter summarizes the latest scientific knowledge of the elephant’s ecology and behaviour, and conservation concerns.


About the speaker: Raman Sukumar is Professor and Chair of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, Bangalore, and is recognized internationally for his contribution to nature conservation.

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  Invites you to a play titled "Copenhagen"
 

Designed and Directed: Prakash Belawadi, Suchitra Production, Bangalore

 

Date & Time: Friday, 13th January 2012 at 6.30 p.m.
Venue:
Satish Dhawan Auditorium, IISc, Bangalore 12

 

 

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 5:00 p.m.

 

Centre for Contemporary Studies in collaboration with the Higher Education Innovation and Research Applications Programme of the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society is engaged in a Curriculum Development initiative with a view to assembling new courses at PG and UG level that could take forward the dialogue between natural and social sciences-humanities. One of the components of this curricular innovation is to explore the use of theatre for the teaching of science. As an initial step in this direction, CCS invites the Suchitra Production to stage Michael Frayn’s play ‘Copenhagen’ designed and directed by noted journalist and theatre person Prakash Belawadi.

   
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Invites you to a talk on 'Roll of Honour'pdf

 

Speaker:
Amandeep Sandhu
Writer

 

Date & time: 12th January 2012, Time: 4:00 p.m.
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12.
(Note our new premises : Former JNCASR, near Health Centre)

 

 

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm

 

 

About the book: In the year 1984, Appu is studying in a military school in Punjab. He dreams of joining the Army, thus fulfilling the tradition of honour and loyalty that has earned his community, the Sikhs, respect from the whole country. In June the Indian Army attacks the Golden Temple in Amritsar. This is a story of how Appu’s loyalties split and how he deals with the assassination of Mrs Gandhi, the riots, and his own fears.

Aman’s second book of fiction, Roll of Honour, will be out by mid-year from Rupa and Co.

 

 

About the speaker: Amandeep Sandhu was born in Rourkela and has lived in Orissa, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. He has a Masters in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad and is currently settled in the National Capital Region. He has worked as a farm-hand, woolen-garment seller, shop assistant, tuition master, teacher, journalist with The Economic Times, as a technical writer with Novell Inc, Oracle Corporation, and now Cadence Design Systems.

'Literature, for me, is an understanding of the essential human struggle to become complete. I write to understand myself and my world, and to sleep peacefully. Sepia Leaves is my first work of fiction.'

 

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Curriculum Development Workshop for Integrated Science Education

Organised by: Higher Education Innovation & Research Applications (HEIRA) &
Centre for Contemporary Studies (CCS).

 

Venue: Centre for Contemporary Studies (CCS), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Date: 3rd-4th January 2012

  Schedule: 3rd January 2012
  Opening Session 10.00 am to 11.30 am
Introduction to the “Integrated Science Education” work on different sites:
Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar, Centre for Contemporary Studies (CCS),
Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana, Higher Education Innovation and Research Applications (HEIRA),
Dr. Anup Dhar, Ambedkar University and
Dr. Asha Achuthan, Tata Institute of Social Science
  Tea Break 11.30 am to11.45 am
  Session I: 11.45 am to 1 pm
Discussion of the Central University Jharkhand project with reference to the What is Science course: Dr. K.Sridhar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and
Dr. Anup Dhar, Ambedkar University.
  Lunch Break: 1 pm to 2 pm
  Session II: 2 pm to 5 pm
Discussion of each proposed course. Course instructors will present an outline, possible readings, etc.
  Tea Break 3.45 pm to 4.00 pm
  Schedule: 4th January 2012
 
Session III: 10 am to 11.30 am
Summarising the challenges so far:
Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana, Higher Education Innovation and Research Applications (HEIRA) and
Dr. Anup Dhar, Ambedkar University.
  Tea Break 11.30 am to 11.45 am
  Session IV: 11.45 am to 1 pm
Responses from resource persons.
  Lunch Break 1 pm to 2pm
  Session V: 2 pm to 5 pm
Taking the project into other locations; discussion of where, how etc.
  Tea Break 3.45 pm to 4.00 pm

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