Academic Life

While Fellows of the Institute are primarily engaged in their own research on themes approved by the Institute, to further interdisciplinary dialogue there is also considerable formal and informal interaction among them. From March to December, the Fellows' Weekly Seminar is the primary forum for formal interaction.

Names Title of the Seminar
2014  
Dr. R. Uma Maheshwari Reading History with the Tamil Jainas: the Missing Tamil Jainas in Tamil and Language and Identity Discourses (11 December 2014)
Dr. Rajeev Kumaramkandath Social (Power) History (Knowledge) and Popular Memories: The Fractured History of Thathrikkutty (09 December 2014)
Dr. Aruna Bommareddi Narrative traditions of a Telugu epic Palnātivīrula Katha (04 December 2014)
Dr. Varsha Ganguly Culture of Protests and Rights of Citizens: Trends, Impact and Challenges (27 November 2014)
Dr. Enakshi Ray Mitra Recasting Later Wittgenstein’s Anti-foundationalist Approach to Actions: In Terms of Space and Time (20 November 2014)
Dr. Shivani Chopra Feminism and Literary Criticism; Scope and Limitations, in Context of Women Autobiographies (13 November 2014)
Dr. Yogesh Snehi Popular Sufi Shrines in Contemporary Punjab: Marginality, Identities and Dissent (16 October 2014)
Dr. Sarvchetan Katoch A Study on the Representation of the Nation in 21st Century Hindi Cinema (09 October 2014)
Dr. Albeena Shakil Neoliberalism, Middle Classes and the English Novel in India (25 September 2014)
Dr.Esha Shah Social and Cultural History of Science: Affective History of the Gene (18 September 2014)
Dr. Bharat Gupt Relationship between Ancient Indian and Greek Drama (11 September 2014)
Dr. Arnab Chatterjee Habermas and Social Work Ethics: Closing a Six Year Long Debate (28 August 2014)
Professor Meena Alexander Poetry, Landscape, History (21 August 2014)
Dr. Aryak Guha The Lesson of Sadhu Kalachand: Pedagogy and Delinquency in the Postcolony (14 August 2014)
Professor B. D. Chattopadhyaya Understanding Valmiki's Rama: A Historian's Approach (07 August 2014)
Professor Joseph Prabhu Gandhi’s Religious Ethics as Touchstone (05 August 2014 )
Professor Udayon Misra Partition Politics and Assam: Unresolved Issues (31 July 2014)
Professor Osmund Bopearachchi Dionysius, the God of Fertility and Wine, in India: the Greek Interaction with Gandhâran Buddhist Art (30 July 2014 )
Professor Joseph Prabhu Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective (24 July 2014)
Dr. N. Malemnganba Meetei Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Protest in Manipur (17 July 2014)
Professor Sharad Deshpande “Conversing about Conversation” and “Conversing with Tagore” (10 July 2014)
Shri Sukumar Muralidharan Development and Disproportionality: Revisiting the Choice of Technology Question (03 July 2014)
Dr. Rajeev Kumaramkandath Social (Power) History (Knowledge) and Popular Memories: The Fractured History of Thathrikutty (05 June 2014)
Professor Radhavallabh Tripathi Theory and Practice of Vada (Debate) in Indian Traditions of Scientific and Philosophical Discourse and its Relevance Today (05 June 2014)
Dr. Yogesh Snehi Popular Sufi Shrines in Contemporary Punjab: Marginality, Identities and Dissent' (29 May 2014)
Dr. Sarvchetan Katoch Reimagining the Nation: A Study of the Representations of the Nation in 21st Century Hindi Cinema' (29 May 2014)
Dr. Albeena Shakil Neoliberalism, Middle Classes and the English Novel in India (22 May 2014)
Dr. Esha Shah Affective History of the Gene (22 May 2014)
Professor K.G. Paulose Text and Performance: The Interpretative and Narrative Traditions of Indian Theatre (15 May 2014)
Dr. R. Uma Maheshwari Reading History with the Tamil Jainas: Locating Identity, Memory and Marginalisations in Historiography (08 May 2014)
Dr. Aniruddha Chowdhary Singular/Finite History: Toward a Post-Metaphysical Philosophy of History (01 May 2014)
Shri Arnab Chatterjee Is the Personal beyond Private and Public? A Contribution to Social Theory and Practice (01 May 2014)
Dr. Aruna Bommareddi Of the narrative (24 April 2014)
Dr. Enakshi Ray Mitra Later Wittgenstein on the Primacy of Actions (17 April 2014)
Dr. Pradip Phanjoubam Northeast Question: Birth Pangs of a Geographically and Psychologically Marooned Region (10 April 2014)
Dr. Shivani Chopra Hindi ki Arambhik Atamkathayen-Ardhkathanak aur Sarla ek Vidhva ki Atamjivni ka Stri Drishti se Mulyankan (03 April 2014)
Professor Priyambada Sarkar

Ethics and the Threshold of Language: Early Wittgenstein and Rabindranath Tagore (27 March 2014)

2013  
Dr. Ambalicka Sood Jacob The Maternal Metaphor in Art: The Woman, the Womb and Wisdom (14 March 2013)
Dr. Aleksandra Wenta Playful Agent: The Metaphysics of Play and Ontology of the Dancer in the Kashmiri Saiva Reformulation of Nataraja' (21 March 2013)
Dr. Anupama Vohra Kashmiri Women’s Testimonies (4 April 2013)
Shri Jasvir Singh Plight of Agricultural Wage Workers in Democratic India  (11 April 2013)
Shri Sumanta Banerjee Memoirs of Roads; Topography of Calcutta from Colonial Urbanization to Global Modernization (18 April 2013)
Dr. Rahul Govind Imperialism and Political-Economy: Tracing the Doppelganger (18 April 2013)
Dr. Varsha Ganguly Culture of Protests and Rights of Citizens: Trends, Impact and Challenges (18 April 2013)
Dr. Amitranjan Basu Psychiatry and its Public (25 April 2013)
Dr. Priyambada Sarkar Crossing the Limits of Language: Early Wittgenstein and Rabindranath Tagore (2 May 2013)
Dr. Sunita Raina Regulating Bt Technology: Constructing Modes of Imperial Governance (9 May 2013)
Dr. Lakshmi Arya Normativity, Power and Politics: On the Question of Cultural Difference (16 May 2013)
Dr. Maidul Islam Indian Muslim(s) in the Globalized World (16 May 2013)
Dr. Shivani Chopra Feminism and Literary Criticism; Scope and Limitations, in Context of Women Autobiographies (16 May 2013)
Dr. K.G. Paulose Text and Performance-Study with Special Reference to Kutiyattam (23 May 2013)
Shri Prasanna From the Arts to the Artefact (30 May 2013)
Dr. Pradip Phanjoubam Geography and Conflict: History of Militarization of Northeast (6 June 2013)
Dr. Malavika Kasturi Caste, Orthodox Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism in Early Twentieth Century India: The Shuddhi-Karan Campaign (13 June 2013)
Shri Om Prakash Valmiki Hindi aur Marathi Dalit Kavita ka Tulnatmak Adhyan aur Dalit Andolan Par Uska Prabhav (20 June 2013)
Professor Kunal Chakrabarti Mothers, Lovers and Discards: Representations of the Goddess in Pre-Modern India (27 June 2013)
Dr. Enakshi Mitra On the Quest for Reference (27 June 2013)
Dr. Yashodhara Mishra Vrata-Katha as Mirror: Women’s Lore in Odisha (04 July 2013)
Shri Rajvinder Singh Where Soil Changes its Moods: Four Writers, Four Modes of Moulding the Canon in Oriya Literature (11 July 2013)
Dr. Aruna Bommareddi Narrative Traditions of a Telugu Epic Palnativeerula Katha (18 July 2013)
Dr. Vikram Harijan The Occupational Castes Groups and the English East India Company in Madras during 17th to 19th Centuries (18 July 2013)
Professor Vrinda Dalmiya Hunting Deer and Searching for the Snake's Feet: Care Ethical Agency in a Comparative Context (25 July 2013)
Dr. Manish Kumar Thakur The Past(s) of Indian Sociology: Why Read Radhakamal Mukerjee? (1 August 2013)
Professor Shirshendu Chakrabarti Rabindranath Tagore and the Aesthetics and Ethics of Evanescence (8 August 2013)
Professor Uma Dasgupta Lonely Friendships of “largeness and freedom”: Glimpses From the Letters of Andrews and Tagore and Gandhi (22 August 2013)
Shri Sumanta Banerjee A Tale of Four Towns – Black, White, South – and New (29 August 2013)
Ms. Sayantoni Datta On the Badhshahi Sadak: Memories of Change along the Damodar River Basin (26 September 2013)
Professor D.N. Dhanagare Selective Appropriation of Gender Discourse– The Mahila Aghadi of the Farmers’ Movement in Maharashtra 1980 to 1994 (10 October 2013)
Professor Sharad Deshpande Conversing about Conversation (17 October 2013)
Dr. Maidul Islam Imag(in)ing Indian Muslims in Post-Liberalization Hindi Cinema (24 October 2013)
Dr. Rahul Govind

Three Arguments on Distinguishing Imperialism and Political-Economy (31 October 2013)

Dr. Varsha Ganguly

Culture of Protest and Rights of Citizens in Gujarat: Impact, Trends and Challenges (7 November 2013)

Professor Kunal Chakrabarti

The Discarded Goddess: Alakshmi and the Making of a Negative Divinity (12 November 2013)

Shri Jasvir Singh

Public Expenditure: An Important Tool for Promoting Economic Justice (21 November 2013)

Dr. Aleksandra Wenta

From the Karmic Body to the Aesthetic Body: Tracing Different Modes of Body Construction in the Kashmiri Śaivism (28 November 2013)

Dr. Anupama Vohra

Kashmiri Life Narrative (5 December 2013)

2012  
Dr. Ambrose Pinto SJ From Democratic Socialism to Neo-Liberalism: The Story of India’s Democracy (1 March 2012)
Dr. Vijaya Singh Rail Tracks: Mobilizing the Gaze (22 March 2012)
Professor Satish K. Sharma Visual Expression: Arts and Aesthetics in Socio-historical Context (29 March 2012)
Professor Ghanshyam Shah Governance of Democratic State: A Study of Gujarat (19 April 2012)
Dr. Soumyabrata Choudhury Events of Default on the Debt of Sovereignty (26 April 2012)
Dr. Manisha Gangahar Decoding Violence in Kashmir (3 May 2012)
Dr. Jaya Tyagi Channelizing Feminine ‘Energies’: Conflict and Resolutions in Representations of Goddesses (10 May 2012)
Dr. Amit Ranjan Basu Knowledge of Asylum Psychiatry in 19th Century Bengal (17 May 2012)
Professor K Gopal Iyer Centrality of Tribal Land and Forest Question in the Globalisation Era (24 May 2012)
Dr. Sayantoni Datta Narratives on Environmental Conflict and Losses in the Upper and Middle Damodar Valley: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis (31 May 2012)
Dr. Jasvir Singh India’s Constitutional Democracy and the Victims of Socio-Economic Injustice (With Special Reference to the Agricultural Wage Workers in India) (31 May 2012)
Dr. Anupama Vohra Reflections of Post 1990 Turmoil in the Writings of Kashmiri Muslim/Pandit Writers: A Comparative Study (31 May 2012)
Shri Aditi Nath Sarkar Translating the Annadamangala (7 June 2012)
Dr. Veena Sharma Ethical Values in African Traditional Religion and Their Transmission (14 June 2012)
Professor Kavita Panjabi Ektu Phyan De Ma” – “Mother Give Me Some Rice Water”: The “Man-Made” Famine and Women’s Responses to Hunger (21 June 2012)
Professor G.C. Tripathi Ascetic Tradition of India and its Western Ramification (28 June 2012)
Dr. Aleksandra Wenta Dancing in the Sky of Consciousness the Construction of the Ritual Body in Medical Cidambaram (5 July 2012)
Dr. Ambalicka Sood Jacob The Maternal Metaphor in Art: The Women: Womb and Wisdom (5 July 2012)
Dr. Yashodhara Mishra Women at Play: Vrata Rituals and Gender in Orissa (12 July 2012)
Professor Priyambada Sarkar A Religious Point of View: Wittgenstein and Rabindranath (19 July 2012)
Shri Pradip Phanjoubam The North-East Question: Limits of Objectivity (26 July 2012)
Shri Om Prakash Valmiki Comparative Study of Hindi and Maraathi Dalit Poetry and their Influence on Dalit Movement (26 July 2012)
Dr. Piyush Mathur Environmental Citizenship: Lessons from India’s Tribal Conundrum (9 August 2012)
Dr. Abamfo O. Atiemo Returning to Our Spiritual Roots’ African Hindus in Ghana Negotiating Religious Space, Identity and Legitimacy (16 August 2012)
Dr. Sunita Raina Making a Bioempire: The Indian Encounter with Bt Technology (23 August 2012)
Professor N. Jayaram Social Theory and Research Methods: A Study in the Philosophy of Social Sciences (23 August 2012)
Professor Vrinda Dalmiya Who is a Good Knower?  The “Intellectual Virtue” of Humility in a Comparative Context (30 August 2012)
Dr. K.G. Paulose Text and Performance-Study with Special Reference to Kutiyattam (13 September 2012)
Dr. Vibha Arora Envisioning Save the River Teesta Movement and its Indigenous Eco-Warriors (13 September 2012)
Dr. Malavika Kasturi Crafting Hindu Publics: The Sanatana Dharma Sabha Movement, Sacred Space, Ritual and Reform in Twentieth Century India
Dr. Manish Thakur Towards Disciplinary Histories: Reading Radhakamal Mukherjee (27 September 2012)
Dr. U.A. Vinay Kumar Synthesis of World Religions: Arriving at the Common Metaphysical Structure (18 October 2012)
Shri Rajvinder Singh Bards from the Soil of parted Souls: Three writers from Dhai-Aab, the land of Two-and –a half-Rivers (1 November 2012)
Dr. TRS Sharma Dialogics of Cultures in Ancient Indian Literatures (8 November 2012)
Professor Sharad Deshpande Conversing with Tagore: Towards a Reconciled Universal and Human Flourishing (15 November 2012)
Professor D.N. Dhanagare Understanding the Farmers’ Movement in Maharashtra, 1979-2010 – Analytical Framework (22 November 2012)
Professor Shirshendu Chakrabarti Towards and Ethics and Aesthetics of the Future: Rabindranath Tagore (1930-1941) (29 November 2012)
Ms. Sayantoni Datta Reading the Past/Negotiating the Present (6 December 2012)
Professor Uma Das Gupta Santiniketan Ashram to Santiniketan Visva-Bharati 1861-1941~notes from a poet’s archive~(13 December 2012)
Dr. Ambalicka Sood Jacob

The Maternal Metaphor in Art: The Woman, the Womb and Wisdom (14 March 2013)

Dr. Aleksandra Wenta Playful Agent: The Metaphysics of Play and Ontology of the Dancer in the Kashmiri Saiva Reformulation of Nataraja (21 March 2013)
Dr. Manisha Gangahar Locating a Kashmiri Space (28 March 2013)
2011  
Dr. Yoginder Singh Sikand 'A Critical Analysis of Discourses of Islamic Feminism' , 2 June, 2011
Dr. Soumyabrata Choudhury 'Theatre, Number, Event: Three Studies on the relationship between Soveriegnty, Power and Truth' , 9 June, 2011.
Dr. Vijaya Singh 'Trains in the Early Cinematic Imagination of India' , 16 June 2011
Dr. Nandani C. Sen 'Women in Combat: A Study of the Naxalbari and the Mau Movement', 23 June, 2011
Dr. Veena Sharma 'The Concept of God and the Modes of Knowledge Transmission in the Akan Spiritual Tradition and the Advaita Vedanta: A Comparative Study', 30 June, 2011
Professor G.C Tripathi 'Tracing the Roots of Christian Monasticism: The Desert fathers of Egypt', 7 July, 2011
Dr. Prachi Khandeparkar 'Interrogating Nationalism Marathi Literary Theory Between 1875 and 1900', 14 July, 2011.
Professor Gangmumei Kamei 'Colonial Policy and Practice in Manipur', 21 July, 2011
Professor TRS Sharma 'Cultural Encounters in Ancient Indian Literature', 28 July, 2011.
Dr. Amit Ranjan Basu 'Of Knowledge :Politics of Culture and Psychiatry in Modern India', 28 July, 2011
Dr. Manisha Gangahar 'Contemporary Literature and Media Reports to locate the Idea of Kashmiriyat and Ambivalence', 28 July, 2011
Dr.Kazunori Sasaki 'European Discovery of Indian Buddhism in 19th Century', 4 August, 2011.
Professor Kavita Punjabi 'Eros and Politics: Desire in the Face or Armed Struggle in the Tebhaga Movement', 11 August 2011
Professor Madhavan Palat 'The Making of History in Modern Times', 18 August, 2011.
Dr. Queeny Pradhan Singh 'Empire in the Hills: The Politics of Landscape (1820-1920)', 25 August, 2011.
Dr. Dhananjay Singh 'Pravasi Mazdoor: Bidesiya Lok Sanskriti', 1 September, 2011.
Dr. Anita Cherian 'The Nehru Shatabdi Natya Samaroh: Staging Policy, Thinking through a Retrospective', 8 September, 2011.
Dr. U A Vinay Kumar 'A Synoptic view of Synthesis of World Religions: Arriving at the Common Metaphysical Structure’, 15 September, 2011.
Dr. Susmita Chatterjee 'Seeing, Seeing Through: Small Talks on Sexuality and Tantric Buddhism in Eastern India', 22 September, 2011.
Shri Aditi Nath Sarkar 'Translate Bharatchandra Roy Annadamangala', 13 October, 2011.
Dr. K. Gopal Iyer 'Globalization, Agrarian Reforms and Rural Social Transformation', 13 October, 2011.
Dr. Rajvinder Singh 'A hybrid portrait of the Literature of Modern Indian Languages', 13 October, 2011.
Profesor Ghanshyam Shah ' Globalisation, Civil Society and Governance', 20 October, 2011.
Dr. Piyush Mathur Defining Enviornment', 27 October, 2011
Professor Sharad Despande 'Enjoying Life', 2 November, 2011
Professor Maria Aurora Couto 'Goa 1961: The Politics of Erasures', 3 November, 2011.
Professor Yashodhara Mishra 'Festivals, Rituals and Gender: Women of Orissa', 17 November, 2011.
Dr. Vrinda Dalmiya 'Caring to Know: Towards a Comparative Care Based Epistemology', 17 November, 2011.
Dr. Manish Kumar Thakur 'The Politics of Indigenous Social Sciences: Radhakamal Mukherjee and the Quest for an Indian Sociology', 17 November, 2011.
Professor Gangumumei Kamei 'A History of Manipur: The Modern Period 1826-2000 A.D', 24 November, 2011.
Dr. Jaya Tyagi 'Women as Patrons and Promoters of Religious Cults', 1 December, 2011.
Dr. Nandini Choudhury Sen 'Gender, Militancy and Memory: A Study of the Mau Mau and Naxalbari Women', 8 December, 2011.
Professor G.C. Tripathi 'Peeping behind the thick walls of Monasteries: The daily life of the Christian and Buddhist monks', 15 December, 2011.