Archive for November, 2009

A most frequently used concept in the human sciences such as anthropology, sociology, political science and history is the concept of a community. In recent times the idea of a community has also acquired a great deal of importance in philosophical debates. It is inevitable that the variety of uses of this idea in diverse academic disciplines will influence each other- in many cases in a tacit or subterranean fashion. Apart from the more or less technical use of the concept of a community in these various disciplines, it has also entered into common everyday vocabulary in phrases such as ‘the international community’, ‘the business community’, ‘the student community’ etc. Since very far reaching arguments in these disciplines centre round the idea of a community and that of its supposed opposite, the individual, it is of the utmost importance that we have before us as clear a map of this concept as possible for clarity of debate.

Another related idea is that of a tribe. Although this idea has a fairly well demarcated use in the discipline of anthropology, its use, like that of the concept of a community, has acquired a very significantly variegated perspective in contemporary intellectual parlance. Occasionally the employment of this concept in the practical political domain can be quite bewildering.

The two concepts of a tribe and a community together play a pervasive role particularly in our political debates within the framework of a democratic structure. There is also a tacit assumption that the two are most intimately connected. And yet there is very little analytic debate about either or about their inter-relationship.

In the context of the very wide use of the idea of a community and that of a tribe, the following aspects of modernity need to be seriously re-examined:

I. Liberalism and its focus on the individual.
II. Universal acceptability of certain values.
III. Context-independence of reasonability and truth.
IV. Moral responsibility of institutions and individuals for past actions of which they were not part. (Such responsibility as ground for “affirmative action”.)
V. The gulf between the so called global community and the geographically delimited tribal community.

In order to acquaint young scholars with these concepts a Winter School is planned from 22 February – 4 March 2010 in Shillong by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The venue of the winter school is most likely to be North Eastern Hill University and the ICSSR regional Centre. The proposed winter school will be devoted (in the form of lectures, seminars, presentations by participants) to above mentioned issues.

The Winter School will be conducted by various eminent scholars from several disciplines such as of politics, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and literature.

Applications are invited from young College and University teachers/researchers in the discipline of Philosophy (preference will be given to the candidates from North East of India) in the age group of 22 to 40 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).

All expenses will be borne by the IIAS. Applications for the above programme should reach IIAS on before 20th December 2009. Those selected will be informed by 31 December 2009.

Applications may be sent by email at autumnschool@gmail.com or by post at:

Winter School in Philosophy
Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Rashtrapati Nivas
Shimla 171 005

Link: http://www.iias.org/winter_School_2009.html

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Applications are invited for the first Spring School on the Mahabharata at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The duration of the School will be from 14 April, 2010 to 28 April, 2010. It will consist of lectures by Philosophers, Historians, and Sanskritists followed by discussions among the participants on a set of pre-selected readings. The themes covered will include but will not be restricted to the following: modes of narration, the critical edition and its methodology, the central characters, the ideal life style, dharma and its transgressions, dissidence, non-violence and cruelty, the Gita and its modern interpretations. A detailed Concept Note can be found at the Institute’s web site at http://www.iias.org . At the end of the School, every participant will be required to submit a monograph on a relevant theme approved by the Coordinators.

Applicants should be preferably in the age group of 25-40 and should hold a Masters Degree in any subject from Humanities or Social Sciences. Proficiency in Sanskrit is NOT essential. However, working knowledge of the language is desirable. Those interested are requested to send a one page write up on why they would like to attend the School, the level of their acquaintance with the Mahabharata, along with their CV. All expenses will be borne by the IIAS.
Applications must reach IIAS by 15 December 2009. Those selected will be informed by 31 December 2009.
Applications may be sent by email at autumnschool@gmail.com or by post at:

Spring School on Mahabharata
Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Rashtrapati Nivas
Shimla 171 005




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International Philosophy Day



December 14-15, 2009


Sponsored by

Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi


Organized by Department of Philosophy,

Aligarh Muslim University,

Aligarh-202002, (U.P.) India


The seminar on the Future of Philosophy is intended to discuss and deliberate on the future of philosophy and seek solutions for its survival and relevance.


a)      Future and Scope of Philosophy as a discipline

b)      Future Philosophical Research

c)      Issues and Problems of Philosophy in Future

d)      Applied Philosophy as the Future of Philosophy

e)      Role of Women in Future Philosophy

f)        Revolutions/turns in Future Philosophy

g)      Interdisciplinary areas/topics of Research in Philosophy

h)      Future of Religious Philosophy

i)        Curriculum of Philosophy in Future



There is no registration fee to attend the seminar. Traveling allowances will be given to only those outstation participants who will present some innovative/new ideas in their papers. Accommodation may be provided on request in advance only. The registration form should reach by 10th Dec., 2009.



Title of the Paper: 14 points bold

Author Name: 12 points

Department’s Name and Address: 10 points

One page abstract should be typed in 12 points, Times New Roman, normal font, single line spacing MS Word 2007 format.



Mohammad Muqim (Director)

Chairman, Department of Philosophy,

Aligarh Muslim University,

Aligarh-202002, (U.P.) India

Contact: (0571)2700920, 21-26

Cell No. 09358251720

Email: muqim@yahoo.com




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International Confrence


// // 3 to 5 December 2009
Belgaum, KARNATAKA, India

Website: http://www.klsimer.com
Contact name: Dr. A.B. Kalkundrikar – Director
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Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility have become critical business issues in the scenario of the recent global economic meltdown. The main theme of the ICBECSR’09 will be to relook at Business Ethics and CSR.

Organized by: KLS’s Institute of Management Education and Research, Belgaum
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 15 June 2009 for

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  • Winter School on Community, Tribes and Modernity, 22 February- 4 March 2010.
  • Sree Narayana Guru and his Contemporaries: Situating Modernity in Kerala, 8- 10 March 2010.
  • Spring School on Mahabharata, 14- 28 April 2010. 

Go to the following link for more details:



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Email: prabuddhabharta@gmail.com





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New Delhi-110070

Email: vichar@vicharnyas.com


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A Quarterly Journal


Dr. B.R.Sharma

Managing Editor, YOGA-MIMAMSA

Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla-410403

Dist- Pune, Maharastra (INDIA)

Web: www.kdham.com




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Email: dr.kbsingh@yahoo.com



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PARISHEELAN: A Quarterly Research Journal

For all information Contact:

Anjani Kumar Mishra

Chief Editor

PARISHEELAN: A Quarterly Research Journal

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Note: This is only partial information, kindly contact the journal authority for more details:

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Faculty Position in IIT,Kanpur

Faculty Vacancy Advt No. DF-2/2009

IIT Kanpur, an Institute of national importace, Invites applications for faculty positions of  Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professor in various departments.

Departments : Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences & Bio-engineering, Chemical Engineering,  Civil engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Management Engineering, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Applicants are expected to have an excellent academic record with Doctoral Degree along with experience in research/ development/ industry.

Reservation at entry level will be applicable as per GOI norms.

Last date of receipt of application is 20/12/2009.

For further information and application form, kindly visit // http://www.iitk.ac.in/dofa/recruitment2009/

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March 6 – 9, 2010

(Under Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi) 

VENUE: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Prologue to the Congress

First Asian Philosophy Congress is scheduled to be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, during March 6-9, 2010. it invites you to participate and join, reflecting on the rich intellectual traditions of the East.


Proposal Submission Deadline   30th Dec 2009
Registration Last Date ( By Post)   15th Jan 2010

Abstract/Paper Submission Deadline
  30th Jan 2010
On-line Registration Closing   30th Jan 2010
On-line Registration Closing ( with late fees)   15th February 2010
Accomodation Registeration Closing   30th January 2010
Accomodation Registeration Closing ( with late fees)   15th February 2010

Submission of Abstract

Participants are requested to send an abstract not exceeding 250 words mentioning the
section of their choice to Secretary General of the Asian Philosophy Congress by 30th January 2010

Email: info@asianphilosophy.org

Format for Abstract
Section in which the paper is to be presented

Title of the paper (14 PT BOLD, CENTERED)

Presenting Author, Other Authors, Senior Author*

(12 Point, Normal)

Department Name, Institute Name and Address

(10 Point, Normal) ,E-mail :(9-Point, Normal)

The one-page abstract should be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman, normal font, single line spacing MS word 2003 format.

Use A4 size paper with margins-top:1inch; bottom:1inch; left:1.25 inches; and right:1.25 inches.

Strictly following this format is essential to ensure uniformity in the printing of the abstract. The official language of the Conference is ENGLISH and all abstracts must be in English.


Registration Fee Schedule is given below:

Proposal Submission Deadline Prior to 30th January After the 30th January 2010 till 15th Feb. 2010
Delegate (Foreign ) 150/- (US $) 200/- (US $)
Accompanying Person 150/- (US $) 200/- (US $)
Delegate Rs.1000/- Rs.1500/-
Student Delegate Rs.750/- Rs.1000/-
Accompanying Person Rs.1000/- Rs.1500/-

Quick Contact

Dr. Mercy Helen
Director (P& R)
Indian Council of Philosophical Research
36 Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi – 110 062
Mob: +91 -9968098501
Tel.: +91-11-29964756 (Direct), 29964753, 29964754 (Ext. 105)
Fax: +91-11-29964750

Dr. Sushim Dubey
Programme Officer
Indian Council of Philosophical Research
36 Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi – 110 062
Mob: +91 – 09899743426, 09760193440
Tel.: +91-11 29964753, 29964754 (Ext. 120)
Fax: +91-11-29964750



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1- 15 December 2009

Concept Note

Rev. Joseph Doke’s biography An Indian Patriot in South Africa inaugurated a large and immensely rich tradition of scholastic studies of life, thought and practices of Gandhiji. This tradition has been enriched by a vast amount of memoir writings on Gandhiji, his ashrams and the movements. Gandhiji’s own published corpus runs into 100 volumes of the CWMG.

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 workshop seeks to acquaint the participant to this variegated intellectual tradition of thinking of and about Gandhiji. The workshop 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 workshop would try to unravel the underlying relationships between seemingly disparate practices, utterances and writings.

The major thematic of the workshop are:

1.   The Biographical Gandhi
2. The Gandhi of Historians
3. The ‘Bapu’ of associates and ashrams
4. The practice and theory of Satyagraha
5. Constructive work and the creation of a community
6. Gandhi in Dialogue
7. Gandhi and the quest for Swaraj and Moksha
8. The seven principles texts of Gandhi
9. Gandhi and the literary imagination
10. Gandhi of the contemporary Social


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A Study Week
Indian Logic and Epistemology

2-11 November 2009
Conveners: Prof. V. N. Jha and Prof. Ujjwala Jha.

The structural depth in Indian philosophical systems was acquired in ancient India through dialogue among various philosophical systems.

For a meaningful dialogue, however, what is most important is the language of communication. Therefore, by 1000 A.D. it was felt necessary to develop a language of precise communication. It started taking shape and by the 13th A.D. a language called Navya Nyaya language was fully developed and thereafter almost all intellectual and philosophical discourses adopted that very language of Navya Nyaya for precise communication and it continues to be used in traditional philosophical discourses even today.

But unfortunately, there is hardly any Institution in India engaged in the study of Indian intellectual and philosophical traditions offering any Course in the language of Navya Nyaya in which the entire discourse of 1000 years is preserved. As a result these texts are not accessible to a genuine scholar having genuine interest.

In order to acquaint the scholars in this discourse Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla announces a Study Week on “Indian Logic and Epistemology”, at IIAS, Shimla during 2-11 November 2009. Study Week is aimed at giving exposure to that Navya Nyaya language and methodology so that scholars can know how to equip and transform themselves to have access to the original texts written in Navya Nyaya language in Sanskrit. This Study Week will have (A) 10 lectures for introducing the fundamental concepts and theories and (B) the reading of an original text in Sanskrit. The medium of instruction will be English. The knowledge of Sanskrit language, though advantageous, is not a pre-requisite for joining the Programme.

Applications are invited from College and University teachers of Philosophy, Sanskrit and Computer Science.
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)

All expenses will be borne by the IIAS. Applications for the above programme should reach IIAS on before 20th September 2009. Those selected will be informed by 30th September 2009.

Applications may be sent by email at autumnschool@gmail.com and copy to vnjha46@yahoo.co.in

or by post at:

Study Week on Indian Logic and Epistemology
Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Rashtrapati Nivas
Shimla 171 005

More details:


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