Over the last three decades the scholastic, intellectual, political and social interests in Gandhiji’s life and thought has acquired a new urgency and depth. Gandhiji’s writings like An Autobiography Or The Story of My Experiments with Truth and Hind Swaraj have been subject of minute textual, philosophical and literary studies. The theory and practice of Satyagraha, constructive work and the institutions that Gandhiji established have come to be studied by historians, political theorists and commentators and chroniclers of social movements. Lives of Gandhiji’s associates and interlocutors like Mahadev Desai, J C Kumarrapa, Mirabehn, C F Andrews and Lanza Del Vasto have added to our understanding of Gandhiji. As a result of these studies our understanding of Gandhiana has emerged deeper, richer and nuanced.
The Winter School seeks to acquaint the participant to this variegated intellectual tradition of thinking of and about Gandhiji. The School would seek to provide a non-fragmentary understanding of Gandhiji’s life and thought. Quite often we have come to look at political Gandhi as quite distinct from the Gandhi of the constructive work or see Gandhiji’s spiritual quest as distinct from his quest for Swaraj. The School would try to unravel the underlying relationship between seemingly disparate practices, utterances and writings. With this in view a two-week Winter School is proposed to be held at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla during 1 December - 15 December 2014.
The Winter School will be conducted by Professor Tridip Suhrud, Director, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad and other eminent scholars from several disciplines who will explore various aspects of Gandhi’s life and thought.
Applications are invited from young college and university teachers/researchers from Humanities and Social Sciences/Journalist/NGO activist in the age group of 22 to 35 years.
A batch of 25 participants will be selected from amongst the applicants. Those interested may send their bio-data (that should include their academic qualification, experience, research interest and area of specialization) along with the note of 200-250 words regarding how they perceive life and thought of Gandhi.
All expenses will be borne by the IIAS. Applications may be sent by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org which must reach IIAS by 30 September 2014. Those selected will be informed by 31 October 2014. The decision of the Institute in selection of candidates to attend the Winter School would be final and no correspondence in this regard would be entertained.
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