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CSCS - Centre for Study of Culture & Society


 

CSCS provides affiliation to Indian and international researchers for varying periods of time. In addition CSCS also invites academics to interact with faculty and students and to present their work at the Centre.


Among the Visiting Fellows at CSCS:

A.R. Venkatachalapthy (2003)

A.R. Venkatachalapathy has a PhD from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published widely in Tamil and English. He is an Assistant Professor at Madras Institute of Development Studies. He was invited by CSCS to spend a week at the centre in January 2003. He gave a public lecture at CSCS titled, "In Print, On the Net: Tamil literary canon(s) in colonial and post colonial worlds." He also delivered a lecture to the students of journalism in Christ College, Bangalore.

Shivarama Padikkal (2001)

Shivarama Padikkal has a PhD from Mangalore Unversity, Mangalore and teaches at the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, University of Hyderabad. He was invited to participate in the discussions on CSCS curricular initiatives at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He delivered a lecture to the students of Christ College, Bangalore. Dr. Padikkal has visited CSCS periodically over the next two years and also participated in the cultural studies workshop organized by CSCS at Kuvempu University in 2003.

Annapurna Garimella (2000-2002)

Annapurna Garimella finished her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Art History from California State University, Northridge and went on to complete her M.A., M.Phil and PhD from Columbia University in New York. Her Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Vijayanagara: Public Space, Kingship, Gender and Devotion." She received a grant from Indian Foundation of the Arts to study public space, politics and religious culture in Bangalore. Her publications include "A Handmaid's Tale: Sakhi, Love and Devotion in Rajput Painting," (Romance in Asian Art, Washington, DC. and Seattle: University of Washington and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC, Autumn, 1998) and "Engendering Indian Art," (Representing the Body in Indian Art, ed. Vidya Dehejia, Kali for Women, New Delhi, 1997). She was affiliated to CSCS for a period of two years from March 2000 to March 2002. Her project at CSCS was: "In the City of God: Religious Architecture and Public Space in Contemporary Bangalore."

Ruth Frankenberg (1999 & 2000-2001)

Ruth Frankenberg is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She has written on race, racism and whiteness and has also published in the area of colonial and postcolonial discourses. She was affiliated to the Centre for a period of six months between July and December 1999. While at CSCS she worked on a monograph titled A Quiet Revloution: Transformative Spiritual Practices in Contemporary United States. This study analyzes the radical reshaping of religion and spirituality in the United States in the last three decades of and its impact on both sacred and secular life. Dr. Frankenberg delivered a public lecture at the Centre titled "Sacred Reason: Spiritual Practices in the Contemporary United States". Dr. Frankenberg returned to CSCS in September 2000 and was affiliated to the Centre till June 2001. During this period she worked on preparing a book length manuscript.

Janaki Nair (1998-2000)

Janaki Nair, a historian, began research towards a contemporary history of Bangalore city from 1949 to the present as a Visiting Fellow at CSCS from February 1998 to January 2000. Her project titled "Worlding the City: The Futures of Bangalore," funded by SEPHIS, examines several intersecting themes relating to the development of the city after Indian independence when Bangalore became the location, first of several large public sector units and private industries, and more recently, the prime location of the country's information technology industry. The work focuses on questions of spatial development (planning and law), cultural politics, public life and architecture, and on the specific ways in which new notions of citizenship and democracy have been defined in the contemporary Indian city. As part of this study, Dr. Nair also put together an archive of photographs of the city collected from various sources, which forms part of an archive housed at CSCS, called the SEPHIS/CSCS Bangalore Photo Collection. A selection of these photographs with maps and text was exhibited in June/July 2000 at Bangalore, and was entitled Beladide Noda Bengaluru Nagara! A book based on her project is in press. During her stay at the Centre she delivered a public lecture titled "'The Map is not the Territory': The Production of Space in Bangalore".

Mathew John (1999-2000)

Mathew John is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He was affiliated to CSCS for a period of one year from March 1999 to February 2000. During this period he received a fellowship from Oxfam (India) to work on a project titled 'Cultural Rights and the Languages of Law'. The project analyzes the manner in which indigenous communities have been voicing their dissent to dominant notions of development through the languages of law and legality and the struggles of such peoples democratize the functioning of law. He completed his project and a detailed report is available with the Centre. Mathew John joined CSCS as Fellow, Law and Culture, in 2003.

Valentina Vitali - Visiting Research Scholar (1999-2000)

Valentina Vitali visited CSCS as a graduate student and assistant at the Photography, Film and Television Department, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland. She worked on a Ph.D dissertation on Indian cinema titled: "The Aesthetics of Cultural Modernisation: Hindi Cinema in the 1950s" under the supervision of Professor Paul Willemen. She was affiliated to CSCS for five months - from October 1999 to February 2000. During her stay here she held discussions on her project with the Centre's faculty. She also used the CSCS' facilities such as library and Media Archive. Her Ph.D. dissertation was submitted in the academic year 2000-2001.

Jill Didur (2000)

Jill Didur is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Concordia University, Canada. Her areas of specialization are: Postcolonial Literature and Theory, South Asian Studies, Women's Writing, Feminist Theory, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. She was affiliated to CSCS for a period of one month in July 2000. During her stay at the Centre she carried out library work and accessed the CSCS Media Archive for a research paper on Gender and Partition. She presented her current work at a public lecture delivered at CSCS titled "'At a Loss for Words': Reading the Silence in South Asian Women's Partition Narratives".

Bart Simon (2000)

Bart Simon is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University, Canada. His areas of specialization are: Sociology of Knowledge, Social Theory, Sociology of Science, Culture, Communication and Information Technology, and Qualitative Methodology. He was affiliated to CSCS for a period of one month in July 2000. In this period he made use of the CSCS Media Archive and the library.


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