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Rethinking Svaraj


Conference Call for Papers


To be held at: Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH),

Manipal, Karnataka, India, 15-17 January, 2015


Invited Speakers

Akeel Bilgrami, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA

Mrinal Miri, Chairperson, Indian Council of Philosophical Research

A. Raghuramaraju, Professor of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad

Sanil V., Professor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Probal Dasgupta, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta

Bijoy Boruah, Professor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Gopal Guru, Professor of Political Science, JNU, Delhi



In a seminal lecture presented sometime between 1928 and 1930 [the lecture can be found at http://www.unipune.ac.in/snc/cssh/ipq/english/vol11_4.htm], the philosopher K. C. Bhattacharyya* discusses the question of intellectual self-determination, or what he calls ‘svaraj in ideas’. In the process, he offers an account of what the lack of such a determination, or ‘cultural subjection’, might mean. In addition, he also offers some positive insights into what is entailed in the concept of intellectual self-determination. Barring an issue of the Indian Philosophical Quarterly, published in 1984, in which several well-known commentators like Ramchandra Gandhi, Ashis Nandy and Probal Dasgupta engaged with this lecture, philosophers have not examined this text in any significant way. In the context of Arvind Kejriwal’s recent political appropriation of the term ‘svaraj’, and given that it is now almost 25 years since India was liberalized, we think this might be a good time to re-examine the concept of svaraj through an ontological rather than a political lens.


Although this conference takes its point of departure from Bhattacharyya’s essay on svaraj, our aim is more broadly to explore the possibility of creating new philosophical knowledge regarding the notion of svaraj. It is our view that Bhattacharyya’s essay offers several suggestive claims that could serve as the starting point for articulating new ways of thinking about svaraj. However, we also welcome essays dealing with the concept of svaraj in conversation with thinkers other than Bhattacharyya, and/or dealing with aspects of svaraj not covered by Bhattacharyya’s essay.


Possible topics that elucidate, develop or critique some of the ideas in Bhattacharyya’s essay could include (but are not restricted to):


  • Kant’s notion of autonomy (and its reception among the German idealists), and Bhattacharyya’s concept of self-determination
  • How Bhattacharyya’s notion of svaraj may have been influenced by ideas in Indian philosophy, including both classical and modern Indian philosophers (by employing Western hermeneutical methods, etc.)
  • Comparison between Bhattacharyya’s and Gandhi’s notions of svaraj (one of the aims of this conference is to explore the possibility of decentring Gandhi’s characterization of svaraj)
  • The notion of the self, and the relationship between self and other implicit in Bhattacharyya’s notion of self-determination (or any other conceptualization of ‘svaraj’) in conversation with classical or contemporary Western philosophy
  • Bhattacharyya’s notion of ‘assimilating’ an alien culture
  • Bhattacharyya on the ‘hybridization’ of ideas, and the conflict of ideals, especially in conversation with the contemporary hermeneutical tradition (Gadamer, Ricouer)
  • The criterion (or criteria) for the surrender of individuality
  • Exploring the middle ground between ‘rootless universalism’ and ‘clinging particularism’
  • What Bhattacharyya’s plea for a ‘genuine translation of foreign ideas into our native ideas before we accept or reject them’ might mean; etc.


Other potential topics may include, among others:


  • Svaraj and the notion of self-creation in the Western philosophical tradition (e.g. Nietzsche)
  • Ramchandra Gandhi’s notion of svaraj as self-realization
  • The implicit notion of svaraj in thinkers of the Bengal Renaissance, and in the writings of Nehru or Ambedkar
  • The very idea of the call for an ‘Indian’ contribution to the culture and thought of the modern (for us, also globalized) world


We invite 3,000-word papers (excluding footnotes) that critically examine any of the themes relating to the notion of svaraj along the lines of the themes listed above. The ideal paper must make an original philosophical contribution to the topic; and must be explicitly situated within the Western tradition of philosophy. All contemporary philosophical approaches – hermeneutical, phenomenological, historical, deconstructive, psychoanalytical, pragmatist, etc. – are welcome.


Submissions will be reviewed using a DOUBLE-BLIND REVIEW process: the identity of authors and referees will not be revealed to each other. To ensure blind reviewing, authors’ names and affiliations should not appear in the paper; author names should be deleted from the document properties; and bibliographic entries should be made so as to preserve author anonymity.  Submissions must be made electronically to the following email address: svaraj.mcph@gmail.com. Contributions from PhD scholars are encouraged, but will be evaluated on the same basis as regular submissions.


Please contact Apaar Kumar (apaarkumar.mcph@gmail.com) if you have any questions. The last date for submissions is 15 October, 2014.


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3rd International Conference on SPIRITUALITY: The Essence of Ethical Leadership and Management

Organized by: School of Management Sciences, Varanasi
On : 22nd -24th November, 2014
Venue: SMS, Varanasi

Link : http://www.icon.smsvaranasi.com/


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Call for Paper Presentati​on in the Internatio​nal Conference on Impact of Globalisat​ion on Indian Financial System

Modern banking in India has traversed a long way since independence. Globalisation of Indian economy has created an environment where the financial services system has to be cost effective, customer oriented and technology based. Banks are now reaching out to the masses with technology to facilitate greater ease of communication and transactions through tremendous innovations. With mindless modernization of financial system in India due to globalisation in the banking sector is faced with many challenges. This conference is a sincere initiative to find solutions to the challenges of globalisation in Indian Financial System. We, the academicians, are well aware that merely creating awareness to social issues which have a wider and global impact is not enough. So we feel that it is time to find solutions to the challenges of globalisation in Indian Financial System. This issue is general and multidimensional in nature. Hence, the Post-Graduate and Research Department of Commerce of Vivekananda College initiates this conference to highlight the impact of globalisation on Indian Financial System.

Objectives of the Conference 
-To know the extent of globalization of Indian banks and to suggest strategies for the globalization of Indian Financial Sector. 
-To study and analyze the impact of globalization on Indian Financial Markets 
-To find the challenges and explore the future opportunities for Indian Financial Institutions in the global markets 
-To suggest some strategies for the globalization of Indian Financial Services

Impact of Globalisation on Indian Financial System

Sub Themes 
-Globalisation and Indian Money Market 
-Globalisation and Indian Capital Market 
-Financial Intermediaries and Innovative Financial Instruments 
-Depository System in India – Issues and Challenges 
-Credit Rating Agencies in India – Future 
-Financial Services – Fund based and Non-Fund based 
-Mutual Funds in India – Growth and Future 
-Leasing and Hire Purchase in India – Problems and Prospects 
-Securitisation in India – Scope 
-Merchant Banking in India – Trends 
-Derivatives in India – Forward, Futures, Options and Swaps 
-Housing Finance – Problems and Prospects 
-Credit Card Business in India – Challenges 
-Growth of Venture Capital in India 
-Discounting, Factoring and Forfaiting in India – Present and Future 
-Insurance Services in India – Life and Non-Life

Call for Papers
Papers with Abstracts should be original and unpublished on the above themes. All the selected papers will be edited and published in a book with ISBN Code. Top 20 selected papers will be edited and published in a journal (Special Edition) with ISSN Code. Papers should be formatted with A4 size, font size 12 (Times New Roman), single line spacing not exceeding 5 pages in WORD file. Papers should be submitted only through e-mail. (vccommercedept@gmail.com).
Date to Remember The last date for submission of Full Paper along with Abstract and Registration Fee is on or before 8th August 2014.



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Call for Papers : TWO DAY NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON Women’s Quest for Equality in India Promises, Problems and Prospects

Papers may be presented on any of the following themes.
1. Constitutional and legal safeguards for women to ensure equality
2. The unequal status of women manifested in the following arenas:
• Demographic Inequality
• Health Related Issues
• Educational Opportunities
• Personal space
• Employment
• Political Participation
• Safety and Security
• Representation in Media.
3. Policy initiatives to ensure equality and role of civil society in Empowering Women

Call for Papers and Participation
Participants are requested to submit abstracts of their paper in the
following format:
1) Abstracts not exceeding 300 words should be submitted in MSWord,
version 2007. The text should be in Times New Roman with font
size 12 and double spacing.
2) The abstract should include Title, name of the presenter, affiliation details, mailing address and key words.
3) An e-mail version of abstract must be sent at
4) The paper presenters are also required to register as delegates for
the conference.
5) Decision of the Editorial Committee will be final regarding the selection of papers

Important Dates:
• Last date for submission of abstracts : 20th August, 2014
• Notification of acceptance : 1st October, 2014
• Last date for submission of paper : 15th November, 2014
• Date of the Conference : 9th & 10th January, 2015

Download brochure : http://vpmthane.org/comm/Seminar/Details.pdf



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National Seminar on Regional Development Challenges and alternatives from 22-23 Aug, 2014.



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Centre for Comparative Literature
School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, India
Researchers at Work Conference (RAW.CON 2014)
“Literature and Culture; Expanding Horizons: New Paradigms of Knowledge Production”

10 – 12 September, 2014
Hyderabad, India

RAW.CON or Researchers at Work Conference, in its fourth year, from the Centre for Comparative Literature, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, is a research initiative which broadly focuses on Literary and Cultural Studies. In the previous years, this conference looked at various issues of literatures, cultures and modernities. This year it proposes to explore new frontiers of knowledge production so as to understand how they contribute to research and analyses.
The idea of knowledge has been questioned profoundly from different positions, especially in a world where politics of identity asserts itself through various domains and what has been privileged as knowledge is called into question. Over time, knowledge has undergone major conceptual changes with various interventions and expansions. In addition, knowledge production in the recent times has altered its production, dissemination and reception in drastic ways. The everyday social, political and cultural identities are highly mediated by technologies. This mediation manifests itself in a broad range of circulatory practices which both dissolve and expand spatial, temporal and social boundaries, offering us new ways to represent the world. Knowledge production in contemporary world of ‘New Media’ visualizes identities through social networks and enlarges the concept of culture as a sphere of acceptance. The altered space and time juxtapose the material and the digital places, producing new forms of the ‘social’, while simultaneously renegotiating the political and social logics of local/global or private/public. It also augments the understanding of Culture and Literature as engaged in gaining historical knowledge to interpret contemporary situations.
Keeping all these as backdrop, RAW.CON 2014 calls for papers that connect new forms of knowledge, from all domains of literature and culture including ones that are mediated and facilitated by newer technologies, newer media, and newer modes of production. Terrains of textual making generating newer understandings through gender and queer, resistance literatures, texts through translation, dalit and minority writing, tribal literature, and, their possible interface with the available forms of technology will be focused upon.
Hence, RAW.CON 2014 seeks to raise questions such as how does ‘new media’ trigger and create new social phenomena. It intends to interpret the new-now that is mediated. What are the altered modes of communication, collaboration, and consumption of knowledge. How does it structure new forms of expression while transforming knowledge production and dissemination?
Abstracts are invited, but not limited to, the following areas:

* Historiography of Digitization
* Knowledge in Digital Domains
* Newspaper and Publishing
* Television, Advertisement, Photography
* Video as Text and Narrative
* Media, Intermedia and Interart
* Archiving Folk Art and Forms
* Translation and Knowledge Networks
* Sports and Performance Studies
* Gender and Sexuality
* Language and Ideology
* Margins and Popular Culture
* Dalit, Tribal, Minority Discourses
* Virtual Activism and Resistance
* New and Emerging Areas and Forms of Literatures

Last date for submission of abstracts : 30 June 2014
Intimation of selection : 15 July 2014
Submission of full papers : 31 August 2014
Abstract should be emailed to: raw.con2014@uohyd.ac.in
Further, please visit: http://profiles.uohyd.ac.in/raw-con-2014 or http://www.ccluoh.in

The conference is exclusively for full time or independent ‘research scholars’, thus graduate, post-graduate students, senior teachers are humbly requested not to apply.
Abstracts should be around 250-300 words in Microsoft word (.docx) format. No way it should cross 300 words. Please write your full name, institution, contact details and current programme/year/semester of research in the body of the mail.
Papers will be screened through blind peer review process. Authors will be intimated accordingly.

The conference committee may think of separate sessions to accommodate short films, documentaries, digital documentation and archival work in these areas by researchers. Proposals are invited and are subject to the approval of the advisory committee.
Shared accommodation and food will be arranged for outstation participants. The conference committee will think of a limited number of minimum travel allowances depending upon the availability of funds.

Once the conference over, we hope to publish selected papers either in hard or e-book format.
If the outstation participants are interested, the conference committee may arrange a city tour on Saturday, 13th September, 2014 to the few important places in Hyderabad.

raw.con2014@uohyd.ac.in * 040-2313-3350
http://profiles.uohyd.ac.in/raw-con-2014 * http://www.ccluoh.in

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International Conference on “Development, Biodiversity and Climate Change: Issues and Challenges”
3rd to 5th October 2014
Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, India

Website: http://www.conferencechamba.com/home.html
Contact person: Dr. Mohinder Kumar Slariya

This international intellectual endeavour would provide platform to professors,researchers, policy makers, NGOs, practitioners etc. working in the areas of development, biodiversity and addressing the issue of climate change from the remotest area.

Check the event website for more details.

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Conference: Call for paper presentation: 26th & 27th September 2014

Conference theme: Peace within

Mahatma Gandhi said   ‘…there is no peace without strife. Strife is inherent in peace. We should know it (strife). Life is a perpetual struggle against strife whether within or without. Hence, the necessity of realizing peace within in the midst of strife’.

The conference seeks to look into and explore and attempt to understand peace within and answer fundamental questions about its meaning, process and necessity with special reference to Mahatma Gandhi.

Within this conference theme, papers are invited from every discipline in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. The conference will support hermeneutical interpretations, narrative life stories and tradition, philosophical, historical, scientific and other approaches and investigations into all essential aspects of Gandhian studies which are conducive to peace. The conference is especially interested in areas of peace research that have cross-disciplinary, cross-religious relevance and new implications for this field of scholarly interest.

The  Conference will be held at Gandhi Bhawan, University of Delhi
on Friday & Saturday, the 26th & 27th September 2014

Proposals are invited on issues broadly related to or on any one of the following themes:

  1. Understanding/locating peace in Mahatma Gandhi
  2. Religion, Spirituality and Peace
  3. Justice, moral responsibility and peace
  4. Peace as a social reconstruct
  5. Standards, approaches and challenges that promote peace
  6. Peace through hands-on experiences; spinning, etc

Dates and Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstract is Thursday, the 31st July 2014

All abstracts will go through a blind review process and will be notified by Thursday, the 14th August 2014.

Final full text papers of the notified abstracts must be submitted by Monday, the 1st September 2014.

Full paper presentation will be of 12 minutes and 3 minutes discussion. Authors are advised to prepare their presentation accordingly and strictly follow the time limit.

Proposals must include: (i) Name of the author, (ii) Institution, (iii) Email & phone, (iv) title of the paper and (iv) Language of presentation (English/Hindi), (v) Theme, (vi) a 300-word abstract, (vii) A brief bio data of 100 words describing the author, affiliation, background, accomplishments and research interests should also accompany the abstract.

Proposals should be sent electronically to gandhibhawan32@gmail.com.
E-mails should be entitled: Peace: GB

As a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to all colleagues and all delegates, it would be required that all participants attend the full duration of sessions.

Publication Opportunity

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication. All accepted full papers will go through a blind review process before they are accepted for publication. All authors are deemed to be individually and collectively responsible for the content of papers published by Gandhi Bhawan. Hence, it is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to Gandhi Bhawan attain the highest ethical standards with respect to plagiarism.

Best paper awards

Few best papers are likely to be awarded by eminent Gandhian scholars.


Participants will manage their own funding for travel. Local hospitality and accommodation will be provided by Gandhi Bhawan. Gandhi Bhawan will also arrange a local trip for all participants to Gandhi Smriti, Gandhi Samadhi and NationalGandhiMuseum on Sunday, the 28th September 2014.


    Joint Chairs                                                                                    Conference Convenor                          Dr. M. Aslam Parvaiz                                                                         Dr. Nisha Bala Tyagi            Prof. Ashum Gupta                                                                        inpeacenisha@gmail.com

Gandhi Bhawan, 32 Chhatra Marg, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007, India
Phone: 011-27666243, Email: gandhibhawan32@gmail.com


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We are happy to announce that the Second Asian Philosophy Congress, organized jointly by the Department of Philosophy, Andhra University and GITAM Center for Gandhian Studies will be held in Visakhapatnam during 26-28 December 2014. You are cordially invited to participate in the celebrated event.

Abstracts for Submission

Participants are requested to send an abstract not exceeding 250 words mentioning the theme of their choice to 2nd Asian Philosophy Congress – 2014 on or before 30th August 2014 by Email to acp.gitam@gmail.com. The last date for submission of full papers is 31st October 2014.

Prior to 15th October 2014
After 15th October 2014**
Reg.fee with Accommodation * (A/C) Prior to 15th October 2014
Reg.fee with Accommodation * Non A/C) Prior to 15th October 2014
Delegates (Foreign )
75 $(US)
100 $ (US)
75 $ (Reg.fee ) +210 $ (accommodation)
Delegates (Foreign) Accompanying person
75 $ (US)
100 $ (US)
75 $ (Reg.fee )+210 $ (accommodation)
Student Delegate
Accompanying Delegate


*Moderate accommodation will be available from 26th Dec. morning to 29th Dec. forenoon only on twin sharing basis. Delegates who require accommodation before and after these dates will be provided accommodation on additional payment.

**After 25th October 2014 accommodation arrangements as per availability.


1) Free hospitality (Food, transportation, conference kit etc.) shall be available to all the registered delegates.

2) If you prefer individual rooms and separate accommodation or information about star hotels and their tariff contact us for further information.

3) It may be noted that Gandhirama-2014 is also being organized at this time at GITAM University. Those who register for Gandhirama-2014 need not register separately for the Second Asian Philosophy congress.

Click here for Online Registration



Center for Gandhian Studies

GITAM Institute of Management

GITAM University

Visakhapatnam – 5300045

Email: acp.gitam@gmail.com




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Subject:  Surana & Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition (India Western-Rounds) & National Judgment Writing Competition on Criminal Law August 22 -24, 2014


Respected Sir/Madam,

It gives me an immense pleasure to inform you that our College is hosting the first ever Western Rounds of Surana & Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition & Judgment Writing Competition on Criminal Law to be held during 22nd to 24th August, 2014 at our campus in Pune. I would be delighted to have your institution participate in the said competition.



Bharati Vidyapeeth which has grown from mere a sapling to an ark marks the completion of its 50 glorious years of existence and academic excellence in the arena of education. Recently, we have celebrated the Golden Jubilee Year and commemorated the journey of our institute by rejoicing the illustrious path of academic and intellectual triumph.


Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University New Law College, Pune is one of the premier institutes consistently ranked amongst the top law colleges in India. The College has secured 9th rank by Outlook in 2014 and 9th rank by Business Barons Magazine. The College has received 4th (Factual) & 14th (Overall) Rank by India Today Magazine in its special issue of June, 2014. The Week-Hansa Research Survey has also placed our College at 17th Rank.

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University is also ranked among top 5 Best Universities in Western India and 35th Best University in India by India Today, Special Issue, 2013. Recently, the College has also received the ‘Gold Star Award’ from the Bar Council of India.

Besides this, the College is re-accredited with ‘A’ Grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an organization that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in India. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has also conferred ‘A’ Grade to our institution.

The details can also be found at www.bvpnlcpune.org  and also at www.mootsite.com

Thanking you.
Prof. Aman Mishra
Asst. Professor,
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University
New Law College, Pune

Maharashtra (INDIA)

Mo:+91 9637109415

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