The PhD fellows of the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore (http://www.cscsarchive.org/) are organizing a workshop (Young Researchers’ Workshop 2010) from March 25-27, 2010, for doctoral and post doctoral fellows registered with a recognized university or research centre in India. Please find attached a concept note for the workshop with details concerning participation. We shall be sending a hard copy of the same to your institution within a few days.
We take this opportunity to welcome research scholars from your institution for an enriching experience of sharing their research work with other researchers as also engaging with the research interests of young scholars from across the country. We look forward to the participation of research students from your institution for the event.
Please circulate this to your colleagues, students and friends.
ps. Kindly contact the following persons in case of any further queries. Ranjini Krishnan
or Elizabeth Thomas
The Young Researchers' Workshop is an event initiated by the research students of the
Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore since 2003. It aims to engage
with critical research in contemporary Social Sciences and Humanities in India focussing on
interdisciplinary projects and new methodological tools.
Cultural Studies has over the years challenged the rigid boundaries of disciplines by insisting
on the need for inter-disciplinary research that can actively engage with the question of
culture as an organizing principle of human societies. However, new challenges seem to be
emerging today from diverse locations about the descriptive and explanatory capacities of
Cultural Studies’ frameworks and methods in its ability to map and respond to social realities
and lived experiences. The 2010 Young Researchers’ Workshop which works with the broad
thematic ‘Culture, Experience and Knowledge Production’ wants to further critical
engagement with the question of knowledge and experience by attempting to go beyond
cultural relativism or an unproblematic rendition of dierences. This requires a closer look at
the founding assumptions and presuppositions that animate present day cultural theory
and practice as also newer and better epistemological grids that can recongure research
towards greater usefulness in understanding varied experiences. Such an exercise would
also demand a clearer understanding and perhaps recasting of the questions raised by
domains such as gender, politics and ethics and a fresh engagement with new spaces such
as the digital. The workshop is also an attempt towards a dialogue with emergent research
from disciplines such as law, medicine, science and technology that foreground questions
related to culture and experience.
The workshop aims to bring together research that provides new insights into the above
concerns from areas related to democracy, development, gender, caste, ethnicity,
urban/rural spaces, visuality, media, cyberspace, politics, law ethics, science and society, and
education. The workshop will provide an opportunity for doctoral and post-doctoral
researchers from dierent parts of the country to discuss their areas of study and enrich the
methodological and theoretical rigour of their work. It will be structured around presentations
by resource persons on selected sub-themes followed by presentations of the research
work of the doctoral students with focussed responses from individual respondents, and
general discussions. The nalized programme schedule with the list of sub themes and
possible resource persons will be sent soon after receiving the applications.
Interested doctoral and post doctoral researchers please write in/or send an e-mail with an
abstract of 400-600 words (or no more than two typed pages) of the paper you intend to
present which draws on your current research work, along with your current c.v. indicating
academic aliation, postal address and email IDs latest by February 1, 2010 to the
address/email id given below. Selected participants will be informed via e-mail within a
week of receiving the applications. The nal paper to be presented in the workshop would
be expected by March 15, 2010. Travel and accommodation will be provided for the participants.
YOUNG RESEARCHERS’ WORKSHOP 2010
Culture, Experience and Knowledge Production