Short-term Course on Understanding and Interrogating Postmodernism
May 15 – 18, 2008
Department of Humanities& Social Sciences IIT Kharagpur
The focus, firstly, will be on providing a comprehensive understanding of postmodernism by re-reading and re-analyzing those philosophic discourses and insights that have contributed to the creation of postmodernism, and those, which have maintained and carried forward the exploration of issues concomitant with and ensuing out this concept.
Secondly, the focus will be on mastering the critical and alternative approaches to postmodernism with a view to devise creative responses, something that will display the way of exploiting this concept as a form of discourse or better as an idea to formulate our own. The bottom line would be to de-centre postmodernism from our consciousness and our intellectual landscape so that our responses would be truly post-colonial and our writings instead of attempting to re-create the condition of post-modernity would validate the presence of core-unified sensibility, the resistant, unchanging core of our ontology(ies) preparing for post-colonial future(s).
Each lecture will be followed by an interactive session. The aim of this session would be to clarify the doubts of the participants while providing an occasion for them to engage with the faculty conducting the session. These sessions would last for 15-20 minutes. An effort shall be made to extract creative responses from the participants.
The course aims to attract faculty from well-known institutes within India, preferably from Central Universities, other IITs and some of the top universities of the state. Apart from academics, we may also have creative writers/poets/literary critics, particularly those with keen interest in postmodernism. Lectures will also be delivered by the team of excellent faculty with expertise in critical theory, literature of our Department.
Target Audience/Eligibility of the participants:
This is a highly specialized course meant for faculty from Recognized/Deemed Universities, UGC approved colleges, AICTE approved technical and Management institutes, and Ph.D and M.Phil Scholars, MA students, and Graduates from the same. The course also has a scope to accommodate people with MA/BA/M.Tech/B.Tech degree from non-academic realms/professions, particularly those who wish to explore post-modern issues.
The course aims to accommodate approximately 50 partcipants
A sum of 3000/- from participants who are working as full/part time faculty or those working for non-academic organization
A sum of 2000/- from Ph.D scholars, M.Phil, MA/M.Tech Students
No registration fee from faculty and students of our Institute
The Registration fee is non-refundable. The fee will take care of accommodation and course materials. The Department will host a dinner, and tea and refreshment will be provided after two consecutive sessions.
Kindly, pay the registration fee by a bank draft drawn in favor of CEP-STC, IIT Kharagpur.
How to Apply:
Interested participants should download the completed application form from the IIT website and submit the hard copy to the coordinator at the mailing address mentioned below.
Last date for receiving applications: 1 May 2009
Intimation to participants: 7 May 2009
Course Dates: 15-18 May 2009
Dr Saswat. S. Das, Coordinator:
STC on Understanding and Interrogating Postmodernism
Dept. of HSS, Indian Institute of Technology,
Kharagpur-721302, West-Bengal, India.
Tel: 03222-283611 (O), 03222-283610 (Res.)
IIT Kharagpur is situated 116km away from Kolkata, and it is the oldest and the largest amongst all the IITs. Kharagpur is an important junction in the south Eastern Railways, and is well connected to all major cities in India. The IIT is about 5 km from Kharagpur railway station, and is accessible by rickshaws, autos, and taxis from the station.
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