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CSCS LECTURE SERIES

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

#1. S.V.Srinivas, CSCS: 'Consuming Images: Stars and Fans in Telugu Cinema'. March 14, 1998.

#2. Satish Deshpande, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, 'Modernity, the Modern and
Modernisation in Indian Sociology'. June 23, 1998.

#3. 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.

#4. Nalini Malani, Artist, Mumbai,'Video: New Questions for the Moving Image', February 13, 1999.

#5. Sherry Simon, Concordia University, Montreal,'Vernaculars Abroad: National Politics in Translation', On Cultural Issues in Quebec, Canada.

#6. Gulammohammed Sheikh, formerly M.S. University, Baroda, 'Reading Pictures: Stories of Mediation/Stories of Transgression'. March 27th, 1999.

#7. H.S. Raghavendra Rao, National College, Bangalore, 'Studying Culture in Karnataka The Twentieth Century'. May 31st, 1999.

#8. M.S. Prabhakara, South Africa Correspondent, The Hindu, 'After Mandela: South Africa Today'. July 22nd, 1999

#9. Tejaswini Niranjana, CSCS, 'Masquerade and Spectatorship: The Female Vigilante Films of Vijayashanti'. November 12th, 1999.

#10. Vivan Sundaram, Artist, New Delhi, 'Stuctures of Memory'. December 13th, 1999.

#11. Priya Narismulu, University of Durban-Westville, 'Language, Education and Race in the New South Africa'. December 21st, 1999.

#12. Thomas Waugh, Concordia University, Montreal, '"Masculinity in Crisis"  Homosociality and Homoeroticism in Indian Parallel Cinema'. March 10th, 2000.

#13. Amit Rai, Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research, New York, 'First Day, First Show', November 20, 2000.

#14. Karen Gabriel, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, 'Violations of the Past: Kamalahasan's 'Hey Ram', May 3, 2001.

#15. Ritty Lucose, University of Pennsylvania, 'Between Citizen and Consumer: Youth and the Space of Politics in Kerala', July 12, 2001.

#16. Ashwini Sukthankar, Harvard Law School and editor, Facing the Mirror: Lesbian Writing from India (1999). 'Putting Sex to Work, Putting Sex in its Place: On the Question of Sexuality in Social Justice Movements', August 10, 2001.

#17. Arvind Rajagopal, Department of Communication, New York University, 'The Violence of Commodity Aesthetics: Hawkers, Demolition Raids and a New Regime of Consumption in Mumbai', August 20, 2001.

#18, Muraleedharan T, St. Aloysius College, Thrissur, Kerala, 'Towards a Reconceptualization of Malayalam Cinema', September 22, 2002.

#19, Vasanthi Dass, 'Narration, Memory, and Representation of the Other in Godard's "King Lear", September 26, 2002.


Focus on the City

#1. B.K.Chandrasekhar, UGC Visiting Professor, National Law School, Bangalore: 'Managing the Metro: Public Administration of Bangalore City'. April 30, 1998.

#2. Narendar Pani, The Economic Times, Bangalore, 'The Dynamics of Bangalore's Economy', July 10, 1998. 

#3. Sanjeev Jain, NIMHANS, 'Mad Natives and Specialists: Histories of Treating the Mentally Ill in Bangalore', October 13, 1998. 

#4. Roddam Narasimha, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 'The Bangalore Science and Technology Cluster: Its Genesis, Its Future', February 25, 1999. 

#5. Dr. Solomon Benjamin, TIDE, Bangalore, 'The Civic Politics of Neighbourhoods as Factories: Local economies as a response to jobless growth'. July 1st, 1999.

#6. Janaki Nair, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Visiting Fellow, CSCS, 'The Map is Not the Territory: The Production of Space in Bangalore'. January 5, 2000.

#7. Asiya Siddiqi, National Institute of Advanced Studies, ' Ayesha's World: A Butcher's family in 19th Century Bombay'. January 25th, 2000.

#8. Balaji Parthasarathy, Indian Institute of Information Technology, 'Embedding The Region in the Information Age: The State and the Computer Software Industry in Bangalore', April 133, 2001.

#9. Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group, 'Securing Transparency in Decision-Making: A Focus on Developmental and Social Issues'. September 21, 2001.

#10, Prem Chandavarkar, 'Urban Space and the Urban Activist', January 24, 2002.


Occasional Lectures

#1.  Shailesh Kapadia, Psychoanalyst, Bombay: 'Two Lectures on Symbol Formation', February 17 & 18, 1998 

#2. Muzaffar Assadi, University of Mysore, 'Peasant Movements' Response to Globalization', July 24, 1998. 

#3. Vinod Vyasulu, TIDE/Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, 'Panchayats: Voluntary Agencies or Local Government?', Oct 3, 1998. 

#4. A.R. Vasavi, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 'Triple Crises and the Making of Agrarian Distress: The Bidar Case', November 9, 1998.

#5. Ramachandra Guha, Bangalore, 'Writing the History of Environmentalism'. July 30th, 1999.

#6. Ruth Frankenberg, University of California, Davis, Visiting Fellow, CSCS,'Sacred Reason: Spiritual Practices in the Contemporary United States' December 6, 1999.

#7. N.P. Shankaranarayana, 'Paniyeravas of Kodagu', June 9, 2000.

#8. Jill Didur, Concordia University, Montreal, 'At a loss for Words: Reading the Silence in South Asian Women's Partition Narratives', July 17, 2000.

#9. Biju Mathew, Rider University, 'Driving Across: Globalization, Labour Migration and the New York Taxi Industry', July 19, 2000.

#10. Timothy A. Brennan, University of Minnesota, 'Gramsci's Career in Postcolonial Theory', September 13, 2000

#11. V.K. Nataraj, Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, 'Positive Discrimination: Some Conundrums', January 19, 2001. 

#12. Vijay Chandru, Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, 'The Simputer: Radical Simplicity for Universal Access', May 9, 2001.

#13. Sasheej Hegde, Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad, 'Modernity: Mappings', May 16th, 2001.

#14. R. Raj Rao, Department of English, University of Pune, Reading and Discussion of his story 'Landya Ko Maro', June 8th, 2001.

#15. Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Harvard Law School, leads a discussion on 'The Philosophical Foundations of a Transformative Politics: World and Indian Perspectives, August 12th, 2001.

# 16. Dr Chris Uroh, University of Ibadan, "The 'Final' End of History and the Future of the Third World: Problematizing the Present, Interrogating the Future"

#17, Uma Maheshwari B, Department of Anthropology, Colombia University, 'Telugu Cinema, Pulp Fiction and the Supernatural', August 14, 2001.

#18, Lawrence Liang, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, 'Metamorphosis of the Author in Copyright Law', October 3, 2002

#19, Jayasree Subramanian, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, 'Gender and Science Institutions in India', October 24, 2002.

#20, Sharmila Rege, Pune University, 'Satyashodhak to Ambedkarite Counter-Publics: Tracing Dalit Heterotopias in Maharashtra', November 7, 2002

#21, Janaki Nair, leads a discussion on 'The Cauvery Crises'. November 14, 2002.

#22, Nitin Sawhney, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 'Cooperative Innovation in the Commons', December 4, 2002.


Reconceptualising the Human Sciences

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


Visual Culture 

#1. Vidya Dehejia, The Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 'Curating Indian Art at the Smithsonian', November 9, 2000.

#2. Tara Kashyap, Independent Art Historian, Bangalore: 'Cult at Crossroads: Maramma, Art and "Tradition", December 21, 2000.  

#3. Geeta Kapur, Art Critic, New Delhi and Ashish Rajadhyaksha, CSCS, An illustrated talk on the exhibition Bombay/Mumbai 1992-2001, held at Tate Modern, London.
In association with Gallery Sumukha, June 17th, 2001.

#4. Annapurna Garimella, "Doing Feminist Historical Archaeology: Theorizing Temple Patronage in the Pre Modern Deccan,1000-1430 C.E." November 9, 2001

#5. A .S. Sripriya, Department of Architecture, M.S. Ramiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, '(Re)turn to India', December 14, 2002.

#6. Natalie Kampen, Barnard College, Columbia University, 'Aphrodite & her Audiences' January 12, 2002.

#7. Pankajaksha, Sculptor, and IFA Grantee, 'Sampradaya shilpa vrithi- ondu samvaada' (A Profession in Traditional Sculpture - a Dialogue), January 31, 2002.


History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences

(Co-organized with National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore).

#1. Ramachandra Guha, Bangalore, 'Social Science Responses to the the Environment Debate', October 8th, 1999.

#2. Tejaswini Niranjana, CSCS, ‘The Challenge of Feminism', October 22nd, 1999. 

#3. Satish Deshpande, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, ‘Disciplining Development and Developing Disciplines: Sociology in Independent India, November 12th, 1999.

#4. Susie Tharu, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, ‘What, then, is Literature?, November 26th, 1999.

#5. Nivedita Menon, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, ‘The Nation-state in the Mirror of Political Science: Tracking a Discipline in India, December 10th, 1999. 

#6. Madhava Prasad, CSCS, ‘Rediscovering the Present: Cultural Studies in India', December 24th , 1999. 

#7. Veena Das, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, ‘Burden of Disease: Conceptual and Methodological Issues', January 7th, 2000.  

#8. Vivek Dhareshwar, CSCS, ‘The Problem of Consciousness and Intentionality in the Human and Natural Sciences', January 21st, 2000


Through the Lens of Life Sciences

(Co-organised with the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore).

#1. Nipam Patel, University of Chicago, ‘From Worm to Human: How Animals are Made', January 8, 2001.

#2. V.S. Ramachandran, University of California at San Diego, 'The Neurology of Human Nature and Artistic Experience', February 2, 2001.

#3. Partha P. Majumder, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, 'Human Footprints in the Sands of Time: A genetic Reconstruction with Special Reference to India'. Mythic Society, April 20, 2001.

#4, K. Vijay Raghavan, National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bangalore, 'How Brains are Made -Genes and The Evolution of Behaviuor', February 1, 2002


Film Screenings

#1.  'Kahankar: Ahankar' (Story Maker: Story Taker) 1995, and YCP 1997 (1997). Directed by Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayashankar, May 20, 1999.

#2. In association with Majlis, Mumbai: 'Scribbles on Akka', Scripted and Directed by Madhusree Datta, September 15, 2000.

#3. 'Three Women and a Camera', Sabina Gadihoke, July 1999.

#4. 'Jari Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories', Surabhi Sharma, May 29, 2001.

#5. 'The Play is On /'Pather Chujaeri', Pankaj Rishi Kumar, September 18, 2002

#6. "Speaking of Violence" Presentation of BOL: Eight Public Service Advertisements on Domestic Violence', Shabnam Virmani, October 10, 2002.


Rethinking Caste

#1, Sathianathan Clarke, 'Dalit Religion as Resourceful Symbolic Domain: Theories of Religion and Dalit Subjectivity', February 21, 2002.

#2, Ravivarma Kumar, Advocate, First Chairman, Karnataka State commission for Backward Classes, 'Caste and Social Change', March 9, 2002.


Library Fellows Work-in-Progress Series

#1, Naresh H. Rao, Department of Journalism, Christ College, Bangalore, 'Quest for Identity and the Emergence of a Counter Culture and Literature' November 13, 2002.


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