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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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