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CSCS - Centre for Study of Culture & Society

CSCS activities include organizing lectures to enable the fellows of the Centre and the general public to interact with scholars working in areas of interest to CSCS.

Media and Culture Lecture Series

  • S.V.Srinivas, Postdoctoral Fellow, CSCS: 'Consuming Images: Stars and Fans in Telugu Cinema'. March 14, 1998.
  • Satish Deshpande, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, 'Modernity, the Modern andModernisation in Indian Sociology'. June 23, 1998.
  • Brigitte Schulze, 'What is Indian about the Beginnings of Indian Cinema? A Comparative Study of Phalke's Raja Harishchandra Project 1913-1917', December 18, 1998.
  • Nalini Malani, 'Video: New Questions for the Moving Image', February 13, 1999.
  • Sherry Simon, Concordia University, Montreal,'Vernaculars Abroad: National Politics in Translation', On Cultural Issues in Quebec, Canada.
  • Gulammohammed Sheikh, formerly M.S. University, Baroda, 'Reading Pictures: Stories of Mediation/Stories of Transgression'. March 27th, 1999.
  • M.S. Prabhakara, South Africa correspondent, The Hindu, 'After Mandela: South Africa Today'. July 22nd, 1999.

    Forthcoming: B.P. Sanjay (University of Hyderabad). 

City Lecture Series

  • B.K.Chandrasekhar, UGC Visiting Professor, National Law School, Bangalore: 'Managing the Metro: Public Administration of Bangalore City'. April 30, 1998.
  • Narendar Pani, The Economic Times, Bangalore, 'The Dynamics of Bangalore's Economy', July 10, 1998.
  • Sanjeev Jain, Additional Professor, NIMHANS, 'Mad Natives and Specialists: Histories of Treating the Mentally Ill in Bangalore', October 13, 1998.
  • Roddam Narasimha, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 'The Bangalore Science and Technology Cluster: Its Genesis, Its Future', February 25, 1999.
  • Solomon Benjamin, TIDE, Bangalore, 'The Civic Politics of Neighbourhoods as Factories: Local Economies as a Response to Jobless Growth', July 1, 1999.
  • Ramachandra Guha, author of Savaging the Civilised, 'Writing the History of Environmentalism', July 30, 1999.

Occasional Lecture Series

  • Shailesh Kapadia, Psychoanalyst, Bombay: 'Two Lectures on Symbol Formation', February 17 & 18, 1998
  • Muzaffar Assadi, University of Mysore, 'Peasant Movements' response to Globalization', July 24, 1998.
  • Vinod Vyasulu, TIDE/Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, 'Panchayats: Voluntary Agencies or Local Government?', Oct 3, 1998.
  • A.R. Vasavi, Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 'Triple Crises and the Making of Agrarian Distress: The Bidar Case', November 9, 1998. 
  • V.K. Nataraj, Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, 'Positive Discrimination: Some Conundrums', January 19, 2001. 

New Lecture Series: Reconceptualising the Human Sciences

  • S.N. Balagangadhara, University of Ghent, Belgium, 'Rethinking Indian Traditions: Is Bhakti Religious At All?', January 28, 1999.

Summer Programme in Media Studies/Cultural Studies 

A three-week course in media studies was taught by a core faculty drawn from CSCS and the Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad at Golden Threshold, City Campus, University of Hyderabad, from June 3 to June 18, 1998. The course provided a comprehensive introduction to the history and theory of print media, radio, television  and cinema. It also addressed new developments such as the internet, multimedia, etc. Divided into two daily sessions over 15 days, the course covered :

  • Historical perspectives on different media, covering a time-span from the late19th century in India to the present;
  • Histories of media reception and of attitudes and positions taken in relation to the different  media. 
  • Theoretical frameworks employed in media studies, including critical debates drawn from  communication studies, film theory, television theory and cultural studies. Sessions also  focussed on analysing specific texts (televisual, cinematic, print), with the emphasis on  developing--through assignments and practical exercises--participants' skills in employing  different methodologies.  
  • Questions of technology, specially in relation to radio/TV broadcasting and cinema. 
  • Questions of policy and the history of policy on media in general and on specific media. 
  • Trends in relation to new broadcast laws, and alternative media such as community radio.


Summer Workshop in South Asian Cultural Studies, for advanced research  students

  • Location: Bangalore 
    Duration: One Month, July 2000. 
    For more information: contact admin@cscsban.org

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