THE CSCS EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES PROGRAMME

in association with
Centre for Social Research, Christ College


The Centre for the Study of Culture & Society Educational Initiatives Programme cooperates with the Centre for Social Research, Christ College, to make available to undergraduate faculty and students the work of research in the humanities and the social sciences. This programme is funded by the India Foundation for the Arts.

The programme includes:

1. Workshops with Undergraduate Faculty.
2. Public events, including lectures and screenings, in association with various departments of the Christ College.

3. Undergraduate student and faculty access and participationn in International Conferences and Workshops organised by CSCS.

4. Certificate Course in Cultural Analysis.
(See Certificate Course page)

Public Events

WORKSHOPS WITH UNDERGRADUATE FACULTY

2002-03

August 8-10, 2002:
Workshop on 'Articulating Undergraduate Spaces'

2001-02

RETHINKING THE DISCIPLINES
6TH, 7TH JULY 2001.
PANEL ROOM, CHRIST COLLEGE

SESSION 1: ADDRESSING THE CRISIS
SHAJI VARGHESE, Christ College, MADHAVA PRASAD, CSCS,
SESSION II: CURRICULAR INITIATIVES
V.B. TARAKESHWARA, Kannada University, Hampi, V.S. SREEDHARA, Vijaya College, JANAKI NAIR, ISEC, RAMESH BAIRY, University of Hyderabad,
SESSION III: PEDAGOGY IN PRACTICE
MRINALINI SEBASTIAN, CSCS/Sheshadripuram College; SUDHA SITARAMAN, Government Arts College; S.P. VAGESHWARI, Christ College; ETIENNE RASSENDRAN, St. Joseph's College;
SESSION IV: RESEARCH QUESTIONS
H.S. RAGHAVENDRA RAO, National College, Jayanagar; TEJASWINI NIRANJANA, CSCS.
SUMMARY STATEMENTS
SUDHA SITARAMAN, SHARADA AJIT AND H.S. RAGHAVENDRA RAO

EVENTS 2001-02

October 13, 2001, Christ College auditorium
"Literary and Cultural Studies"

Speaker: Shivarama Padikkal

In association with Christ College Kannada Sangha;
October 20th, 2001 UTC
International Workshop: Feminisms in Asia (see Feminisms in Asia page)
December 3, 2001, Christ College
Screening of Leslie Carvalho's The Outhouse (English, 1998), in association with the Department of Communicative English, and Journalism, Christ College.
December 4, 2001, Christ College
Leslie Carvalho speaks to students at Christ College Department of Communicative English.
December 20 and 21, 2001, Christ College
Alternatives: Political Theory/Activism/Cultural Studies
Two day workshop in association with Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Alternative Law Forum and Centre for Social Research, Christ College

Shamsul A.B., Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia also independently addressed M.A. students of the Dept. of Sociology.
See Conferences for more details.
January 5, 2002, Christ College auditorium
Jayant Kaikini on Creativity and Literature in Kannada

In association with Christ College Kannada Sangha
January 19, 2002, Christ College
'Racism is a Western Category'
J.F. Ade Ajayi  
Professor J.F. Ade Ajayi, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, former Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, Stanford, USA, and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

Author of Milestones in Nigerian History, Yoruba Wardare in the Nineteenth Century (with R.R. Smith) etc.
(Organised in collaboration with Centre for Studies in Social Sciences and Sephis)

The talk is a part of Sambandh, a festival organised by the students, Department of Sociology, Christ College

(Note: the lecture was cancelled after the cancellation of Prof. Ajayi's Indian tour).

COLLABORATION WITH THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

2002-03:


Gulammohammed Shiekh, 'Viewer's View: Looking at Pictures'.
25th August 2002, NCBS auditorium, 6.30 pm.

2001-02:

Facets of Modernity
(10 sessions of 2 hrs. each) - between February and May 2002
Instructors: Vivek Dhareshwar, Mrinalini Sebastian, Ashish Rajadhyaksha

We commonly encounter and often ourselves employ words such as "modern", "modernize", "modernism"; sometimes the word also appears with prefixes such as Pre- and Post- (Pre-modern, Post-modern). It is also not uncommon to hear opposed evaluations of modernity - for some, everything good happened with it, and for others, it is to be blamed for everything that has gone wrong.

This course will focus on the concept, its history, its usefulness, its functioning in multiple contexts (art, industry, politics, science, colonialism) as well as multiple disciplines (sociology, philosophy, history). Our concern will be to examine what phenomenon the concept supposedly describes, explains, even criticizes, in its different employments. We will first look at the normative philosophical underpinnings of modernity, the values, such as autonomy, in virtue of which it is supposed to have spread globally or laid claim to our allegiance. Where and how are such values embodied in art, science, ethics, and politics?

We will then turn to an examination of it as a descriptive/explanatory category: what is the relationship between capitalism and modernity? Is it helpful in understanding a society such as India? What is the relationship or contrast between modernity and tradition? What are the features that establish a relationship between the two; and what are the features that make them stand in contrast to one another? Is westernization the same as modernization? How does one understand the phenomenon of literary modernism within the discourse on modernity? The discourse about science museums, theory of evolution, theories on race, taxonomy, gender difference, have consolidated certain notions about modernity. How does one understand then, the relationship between science and modernity? What happens when the relationship between science and modernity is further complicated by the gender questions? What are the other evaluations of modernity that are available to us in philosophical discourse? How do we understand the Indian Modern?

The course addresses several different but related issues. It would make use of different kinds of material. A reader consisting of essential readings will be provided.

What is Modernity and Who is Modern?

Session 1: An Introduction to the Concept; Philosophical Discourses of Modernism: Immanuel Kant, "What is Enlightenment?" and Michel Foucault- "What is Enlightenment?" Instructor: Vivek Dhareshwar
Session 2: Film: Modern Times. Instructor: Ashish Rajadhyaksha
Session 3: Film: Charulata. Instructor: Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Modernity and Aesthetic Modernism

Sessions 4& 5 : Marshall Berman, " Modernity- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", T.S. Eliot, "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock," Malcolm Bradbury on "Modernism" and Luigi Pirandello, "Six Characters in Search of an Author" - Instructor: Mrinalini Sebastian

Science as the Modern

Sessions 6&7: Harriet Ritvo , " Zoological Taxonomy and Real Life"; Ruth Bleier, "Lab Coat: Robe of Innocence or Klansman's Sheet ?"; Sandra Harding, "Feminism Confronts the Sciences: Reform and Transformation" - Instructor: Mrinalini Sebastian

The Indian Modern

Sessions 8: Excerpts from Gandhi and Nehru - Instructor: Mrinalini Sebastian
Session 9: Ashis Nandy, Excerpts from "Intimate Enemy"; Geeta Kapur, "Ravi Verma: Representational Dilemmas of a Nineteenth-Century Indian Painter" - Instructor: Mrinalini Sebastian
Session 10-: U R Ananthamurthy - " A Horse for the Sun", Partha Chatterjee, "Our Modernity" - Instructor: Vivek Dhareshewar


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