Visiting Professor


Names of the Visiting Professor

Topic of the Lectures

Professor Hoshang Merchant

(i) The Art of Bhupen Khakhar
What is Anais Nin Doing
(iii) Kautilya meets Latour: On the Inseparability of Nature and Culture (Divine Kingship II)

Professor Nirmalangshu Mukherji

(i) Ascription and Description
(ii) Species Specificity
(iii) Merge and Mind

Professor Sasheej Hegde (i) Mapping Disciplines: Some Formal and Analytic Protocols
(ii) Reorienting Disciplinary Agendas: Further Considerations on Reflexivity
(iii) Disciplinary History and Comparability: A Brief Working Through
Professor Jasbir Jain (i) Why Forgiveness? Meaning, Relevance and Problematics of the Discourse
(ii) Negotiations Between Past and Present: Equality, Forgiveness and the World Order
(iii) Is there a Future in the Past?
Professor Tiplut Nongbri (i) Development in North-East India: Issues and Challenges
(ii) Deconstructing Masculinity Matriliny, Fatherhood and Social Change
(iii) Christianity, Colonialism and Tribes: An Alternative View of Conversion
Professor Imtiaz Ahmad (i) Pakistan and the Indian Muslims
(ii) Economic and Social Change
(iii) Muslim Educational Backwardness: Competing Pressures of Religious and Secular Learning
Professor Raffaele Torella

(i) Passions and Emotions in Indian Philosophy and Religion: Preliminary Remarks
(ii) Niskama-Karma (‘Action Without Desire’) of the Bhagavadgita versus Niskarma-Kama (Desire without Object’) of Non-Dual Saivism
(iii) Liberation-From-Passion Versus Liberation-Through-Passions

Professor G.N Devy Aphasia: Indian Languages Today
Professor G.N Devy Understanding Adivasi: Voice and Silence


Professor Bettina Baumer Auspicious Beginnings or Philosophy in a Nutshell: An Introduction to Kashmir Shaivism through its mangalaslokas
Professor Bettina Baumer Trika and Trinity: Towards a Dialogue in Depth between Kashmir Shaivism and Christianity
Professor Meena Alexander Reflections on Poetic Process
Professor Pabitrakumar Roy The Lesson and Relevance of the Bodhisattva Ideal
Professor Pabitrakumar Roy Ethics of Pride: Apropos Bodhicaryavatara and the Imitation of Christ
Professor Ravi Arvind Palat Dangerous Fortunes: Financial Crisis in World-Historical Perspective
Professor Pabitrakumar Roy Emotions and the Buddhist Images of Human Perfection
Professor Ravi Arvind Palat Convergence Before Divergence? Euro-centrism and Alternate Patterns of Historical Change
Professor RaffaeleTorella Orality and Writing in Pre-Modern India
Professor Harbans Mukhia Positivism, Marxism and Theology: Breaks and Continuities
Professor Harbans Mukhia Time in Abu’l Fazl’s Historiography


Professor Sheldon Pollock
Crisis In the Classics?
Dr. Allison Busch Hindi Before the Nation
Professor Arun Patnaik (i) A Critique of Crony Secularism in India: Towards Rebuilding India after Mumbai 26/11
(ii) The Need for "Discovery of India": Towards an Indian Political Theory of India
 (iii) Ambedkar's Method: Towards an Immanent Critique of Egalitarian
Professor J.A. Erwin Desa GLASSES
Professor Shail Mayaram Philosophy as Samvada and Svaraj
Professor Suniti Kumar Pathak
(i) Religions, No-Religions and the Buddha’s Middle Path in Indian Sociology
(ii) Impact of the Buddhist Organisation in Western Societies
(iii) Buddhist Ethics for the Contemporary better living & Human Harmony
Professor Saroj Rani
Creative Hands of the Village Folk in Old Punjab
Professor R.C. Tripathi
(i) Hindu Social Identity and Imagined Past: Rallying for the Construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya
(ii) How Do Groups Get Locked Up in Conflict Cycles
Professor Vijaya Ramaswamy
(i) Between Textuality and Orality: The Grey Zone of Printed Folk Lore
(ii) Tragic Widows and Cunning Witches: Representation of Women in Tamil Folklore
(iii) Tamil Tales of Taming: Women from the Mahabharata Epic
Professor A.R. Vasavi
(i) Pluralising the Sociology of India
(ii) School Differenciation: The Reproduction of Hierarchies, Exclusions and Differences
Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram
(i) Plant Watching
(ii ) Seeds of Change
(iii) Bambo–A Precious Gift of Nature
(iv) Culture of Flowers


Professor Malashri Lal  
(i) Women’s Issues in India: An Overview,  (ii) Exploring Indian Feminism: Three Novels of the 1970s: by Anita Desai, Ruth P. Jhabvala and Rama Mehta, (iii) Towards a Feminist Theory for India: Crosscutting Themes and Contexts, (iv) Using Feminism to open up Texts: V.S. Naipaul’s Marginal Women in India: A Million Mutinees Now
Professor S.L. Sharma  
(i) Corruption in India: Socio-Cultural Specifities, (ii) Rise of Corruption: A Systemic Perspective,  (iii) Role of Corruption in Democracy and Development, (iv) Enhancing Ethics in Public Life: A Challenge of Civil Society
Professor Surendra Gopal  
(i) Encounter with the West: the Indian Experience, (ii) Encounter with the West: The Indian Experience – Colonial Bihar: Peasantry,  (iii) Encounter with the West: The Indian Experience – Colonial Bihar: The Middle Class, (iv) Encounter with the West: The Indian Experience – Colonial Bihar: Dalits (Lecture IV)
Professor Bhalchandra V. Nemade  
(i) The Concept of Nativism in Literary Culture, (ii) Modernity, Globalisation and Nativism,  (iii) The Native Styles: Oral, Written, Bilingual—Indo-Anglian, (iv) Linguistic Acculturation and Nativisation: The Novel as a Genre
Professor Rajat Kant Ray
Nationalism, Civil Society and the Subalternist Critique
Professor Sitakant Mahapatra
(i) The World of Tribal Poetry- An Unexplained World -
Its Main Contours and Patterns (ii) The World of Tribal Poetry - The Multiple Streams, (iii) The Aesthetics and Poetics

Professor Rajat Kant Ray

Nationalism, Civil Society and the Subalternist Critique

Professor Satish Chandra
State and Society in Medieval India
Professor Shahid Amin

(i) The Lie of the Land: Walking in and out of the Colonial Archive, (ii) In Colonial Ethnographer, Ram Gharib Chaube's Own Hand: an Exploration of the anonymous manuscript ' Customs and Ceremonies of the Eastern District of N.W.P. and Oudh" Kept in the Grierson Collection, (iii) The Dubhashi -ethnographer Ram Gharib Chaube and two great Collector-Scholars, William Crooke and George A. Grierson
Professor Sheila Bhalla
(i) India's Rural Non-farm Sector: Issues of Employment and Income Generation, (ii) India's Rural Non-farm Sector: Recent Developments in the Unorganised Rural Non-farm Sector, (iii) India's Rural Non-farm Sector: The Rural Non-farm Sector: Questions of Policy and Practice
Professor Satish Chandra
(i)State and Society in Medieval India, (ii) State and Society in Medieval India: Rajputs and Marathas
Professor Daya Krishana
(i) Civilizations: Past and Future (Lecture - I), (ii) Understanding Civilization: Two Case Studies, Indian and Western, (iii) Civilizations - Utopia and Nostalgia

Margaret Chatterjee

(i) Lifeworlds, Philosophy and India Today, (ii) Pluralism & Multicultural Worlds, (iii) Explicit and Implicit Violence - Does the Distinction Hold?, (iv) Religion and Social Harmony   

B.N. Goswamy

(i) Stepping into the Light, Softly : the Changing Image of Women in Indian Art, (ii) Colour in the Desert: Paintings from Kutch, (iii) Painters and Devotees: A 16th Century Series of the Bhagavata Purana, (iv)Gaining Visual Entry into Works: Thoughts on Some Paintings

Gautam Patel

(i) Bhakti - Its Origin and Definition, (ii) Bhakti in Sutra Literature with Special, Reference to Shandil-Bhakti Sutra and Narada Bhakti Sutra, (iii)Bhakti - according to Bhagavata and Vallabhacarya, (iv) Bhakti in Bhagavad -Gita according to Shankaracary and Ramanujacarya   

I.N. Chaudhuri

(i) Hind Swaraj and Modernism, (ii) Ecology and Indian Literary Culture, (iii) The First Ever Presentation of a Play in India Ended in Disaster: An Analysis With Reference to Bharata &Brecht and the Idea of Total Theatre  

 Satya Vrat Shastri

(i) Sanskrit Content in Thai Language, (ii) Rama Story in Thailand : In Literature, (iii) Rama Story in Thailand: In Arts and Folklore, (iv) Rama Story in Thailand : In Arts and Folklore   

K.G. Srivastava

(i) India's Treatment in the Classical Literature of Greece, (ii) The Impact of the Gita on Coleridge, (iii) Laksana and Its Examples in English Poetry, (iv) Eliot's Knowledge of the Sanskrit Language

M.S. Sriram

(i)Indian Astronomy in Perspective (ii) Indian Astronomy in Perspective, (iii) Indian Astronomy in Perspective  

Bharati Ray

(i) Reconstructing Women in Colonial Bengal: India's First Ladies' Home Journal: Bamabodhini Patrika 1863-1922, (ii) Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932): An Educationist and a Feminist, (iii) Sarala Devi Chaudhurani (1872-1945): a  Forgotten name in History

Afsar Abbas

Philosophy of Space, Time and Matter  


Bettina Baumer

(i) Sarvam Sarvatmakam and the Relevance of Kashmir Saivism, (ii) Siva the Essence of Consciousness: Utpaladeva's Sivastotravali in the Light of his Philosophy of Recognition (Pratyabhijna), (iii) The Essential Gesture: Mudra as a Reflection of Consciousness in Kashmir Saivism, and (iv) Sakti in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra


Sachchidanand Sahai

(i) The Indianization Debate in South-East Asian Historiography (ii) Transmission of the Ramayana to South-East Asia: Laotian Examples

 P.N. Tandon

Memory and the Brain

Ravindra Panth

(i) On Meditation, (ii) Vipassana Meditation & Paticcasamuppada, and (iii) Heritage of Nalanda and its Continuity

N.S.S. Raman

(i) The Problems of Interpretation, (ii)The Problems of Translation, (iii) Forms of Philosophical and Religious Expression, (iv) Role of Metaphor in Philosophy and Religion

Raghuveer Singh

(i) Human Rights in Inhuman World, (ii) Fallacy of Taking Rights too Seriously 

Arun Kumar Biswas

(i) The Quality of Indian Science in the Pre-Harappan, Harappan, Vedic and Post-Vedic Eras, (ii) The Primacy of India in Ancient Zinc Metallurgy, (iii) Science in Post-independence India: Some Positive and Negative Features, and (iv) The Future of Syncretism of Science with Spirituality and Samya  

Muchkund Dubey

(i) Globalization: Process or Project? (ii) Globalization: Consequences, (iii) Institutions of Globalization, and (iv) Coping with Globalization

Roy Harris

(i) The Language of History and the Language of Science, (ii) The Origins of Mathematics, (iii) Communication by Numbers, and (iv) Language Unlimited


R. Balasubramaniam

(i) New Insight on Some Historical
 Enigmas of the Delhi Iron Pillar,
(ii) New Insights on Some Technical--Enigmas of the Delhi Iron Pillar, (iii) New Insight on the Dhar Iron Pillar

Arindam Chakrabarti

(i) Utterance as Creation: Making Sense of "Vyahrtis, (ii) Insight, Imagination, Intuition: Making Sense of  "Vimarsa"/Pratibha", (iii) Whose Emotions?: Making Sense of  "rasa"/"camatkara, and , (iv) Applying Abhinavagupta's Aesthetics of Disgust Across Cultures: Making Sense of "bibhatsa" -

B.N. Goswamy

 Mirrors of the Mind: An Examination of three Seminal Series of Indian Paintings

R.C. Sharma

A Fresh Appraisal of Raghu-Kaustsa Episode of Raghuvansa

B.B. Lal

(i) The Two Myths Clouding our Vision of India's Past, (ii) Myth I: The Aryan Invasion of India,  Myth II: The Extinction of the Harappan Culture Misconceptions about the Rigvedic Sarasvati, (iii) The Sarasvati in the Rigveda and (iv) The Identification of the Sarasvati on the Terra Firm

P.D. Hajela

(i) Institutions-the Economic Approach (ii) Issues of Economics Policy  


P.K. Mukhopadhyaya

Discourse on Language

Vidya Niwas Mishra

Indian Aesthetics


Y.M. Bammi

(i) Threats of India's Security, (ii) Insurgency and Terrorism in India, and (iii) Contribution of Indian Armed Forces in Nation Building

S.C. Pande

Some interesting Aspects of Sanskrit Literature

C.D. Tripathi

(i) An Outline of the History of Assam,(ii) Medieval Assam: The Thais in Assam, the Ahoms and their Rule, (iii) Medieval Assam: The Neo-Vaishnava Movement and Shri Shankaradeva, his role in National Integration

K. Srinivasa Rao

(i) Life and Work of Ramanujan


Narendra Mohan

(i) Partition: History and Memory, (ii) Partition: A Literary Text, and (iii)Blotted Sunshine

Shahid Amin

Towards Alternative Histories: On Writing Chauri Chaura


L.M. Khubchandani

(i)  Language Movements and the Plurilingual  Milleu of South Asia,(ii) Communication Processes and Communication Rights, and (iii) Speech Community, Diaspora and State: Striking the Balance

Riaz Punjabi

(i) Politics and Human Rights, (ii) Theoretical basis of Human Rights, (iii)The State of Human Rights in South Asia, and (iv)The Future of Human Rights- Individualism-Anarchism-Utilitarianism -Universalism  

B.N. Patnaik

Ancient Indian and Chomskyen Linguistics: A Study from a Comparative Perspective

J.P.S. Uberoi

The Origin and the End of Modernity and A Possible Alternative to the European Modernity

Y.B. Damle

Alternative Paths: Modalities of Development


Mohit Bhattacharya

(i) Some Reflection on Theorising the 'Urban', (ii) From Urban Ecology to Urban Political Economy: Paradigm Shift in Urban Social Theory, (iii) Third World Urbanization: A Review and a Critique

Makarand Paranjape

The Poetics of the Indian English Novel

Edward John Craig

Hume and Religion


Kalyan Kumar Dasgupta

(i) Time Space and Icon: New Perspectives on Indian Iconography, (ii) Indian Iconography, (iii) Eastern Indian School of Medieval Iconography

T.N. Madan

(i) Defining Fundamentalism, (ii) Secularism and Pluralism and the Hindu Cultural Tradition, and (iii) Maulana Azad's Quest for Pluralism

Pranab Kumar Sen

(i) Truth, (ii) Meaning, Reference and Realism,  and (iii) Knowledge Truth and Scepticism  

Sudhir Chandra

(i) The Brutal Embrace: A Debate about, (ii) Marriage, Law and Civilization in, and (iii) Colonial India


Bh. Krishnamurti

(i) Official Language Polities with Special Reference to the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, (ii) Mother Tongue in Education: A Case of Policy Failure, Why and Howand (iii) Indian English: Its form and Function  

Arindam Chakravarti

(i) False pleasure: Can we Judge Feeling and Emotions as Right or Wrong?, (ii) Understanding and Teachabilityand (iii) What is "Use"? Does Philosophy have any of that?  

 Hiren N. Gohain

(i) The Crisis of Indian State, (ii) Roots of the Crisis: A Glance and (iii) Intellectuals Today and the Indian Crisis  

Dilip K. Barua

(i) Indian Renaissance: James Henry Cousins, (ii)  F.D. Maurice: Five Sermans on Mutinty  (1857),and (iii)   B. Hockley's Pandurang Hari (1826): A Paradigm for Anglo-Indian Fiction

W.H. Mecleod

(i) Sikhism and Gender: The Issac, (ii) Sikhism and Gender: Feminism, and (iii) Sikhism and Gender: Future

G. H. Sutherland

(i) The Politics of Begging: Asceticism, Exchange and the Alimentary Ethics of Ancient Buddhist and Jain Mendicants, (ii) The origins and limitations Ahimsa  


Arun Ghosh

Development Paradigms  

Rukmini Bhaya Nair

Mind, Maxims and Metaphor


 Amiya K. Bagchi

Alternative Theories of Development and Change  

G. Haragopal

(i) Institutional Bass of Development Planning - A Political Economy Perspective, (ii) Social Bases of Administrative Culture: Continuity and Change,and (iii) Technological Progress: Organizational Development

M.M. Sankdhar

(i) Theory of the Welfare State, (ii) Laissez-faire Foundation of the Welfare Stat,(iii)   Fabian Socialism and Welfare Statism
and (iv)  The Welfare State: Identification of Crisis

Shireen Moosvi

 (i) The Mughal State and the Fiscal System, (ii) The Mughal State and the Economy, and (iii) The Mughal State and Religion  

 Ajiaz Ahmad

(i) Formative Background of Urdu Language,  Mapping the Language: Survey, (ii) nbsp; Verse, Poetics and Genres


Bipin Chandra

Colonial History: A Case Study of India and Structural Change in India's position in World Economy

Shiv K. Kumar

Contemporary Indian Writing in English -- Recent Trends

K.M. George

Facets of Indian Literature  

Malati J. Shendge

Invention of Writing: Archaco-Economic Perspectives

M.A. Mahendale

Reflections on the Mahabharata War

R. Siddharth and Y. Wakanker

Contributions of the Indians to the Astronomical and Mathematical Knowledge from Vedic Time to Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur (1743)


Ravinder Kumar

The Emergence of Modern India : Retrospect and Prospect

B.N. Goswamy

The Indian Painter  

Jayant V.Narlikar

Cosmology and Local Environment

A.N. Kaul

History, Sociology and the American Romance


Caitanyaite Vaishnava Religon and Biographies of Sri Caitanya (1486-1533)

Rekha Jhanji

Human Condition in Mahabharata

J.S. Rahi

Reflection of Communitarian Concerns in Modern Punjabi Literature

M.L. Raina

Politics, Society and the Novel



Human Existence, Transcendence and Spirituality

B.D.Nag Chaudhuri

Technology and Society: An Indian View

S.A. Akbarabadi

Development of Sufism in India


Satish Chandra

Problems of Mughal India and Aspects of the Fall of Mughal Empire


B.K. Roy Burman

The Modern Phoenix

Niharranjan Ray

An Approach to Indian History


K.C. Sivaramakrishnan

Indian Urban Scene

B.N. Ganguli

Concept of Equality : Nineteenth Century Indian Debate



Triveni : Science, Democracy and Socialism


K.R.Srinivasa Iyengar

Dawn to Greater Dawn ( Lectures on Aurobindo's Savitri)


K. Satchidananda Murty

The Realm of Between



The 19th Century Indian Renaissance