Archive for July, 2012

National Symposium on Life Skills Exploration in Youth – (NSLSEY 2012)

on 26th and 27th , July 2012
at Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore-43.

For DEtails, Contact :

Dr. Preetha Menon

Organizing Secretary, NSLSEY 2012

Ph. 09894896882
Email: prita_menon@yahoo.com

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Seminar on” Reflection on Emotions in Indian Thought-Systems”

4-6 September 2012 

Great, deep, wide and unbounded, the ocean is nevertheless drunk by underwater fires; in the same way, Sorrow is drunk by Anger.

(Translation of an unidentified Sanskrit stanza from India in the early Middle Ages; Gnoli, 1956, p. 35.)

At a given moment of time, in this greatly unstable era of existential dislocation, in this scattered reality impelled by the pending force of technology and globalization, in this virtual world of which we are a part, a need is felt to revive the significance of feeling, to pose a question about validity of emotions in our times, to ensure a potential for understanding a metaphysical meaning of emotions in the religious and philosophical world of mankind’s sensibility. It is a general misconception propagated by a popular culture and mass-media that views emotions in opposition to rationality, as the symptoms of inner weakness and vulnerability forged by a psychological unbalance and disorder. The existence of emotions is widely attested in the religious and philosophical landscape of India and it often provides a basis for the affective unfolding of conscious thought revealing its depth and intensity. In accordance with classical Indian philosophy, emotions are cognitions (jñāna, vijñāna), a justified mental phenomena not less rational than complex thought processes. What distinguishes emotions from thoughts is a prominent behavioral component articulating attitudes, conations and judgments that bring us to a closer understanding of the specific subfield of human life.  In the classical Sanskritic tradition, the words ‘bhāva’ and ‘vedanā’ are used in reference to the ‘emotive state’ which includes both the internal feeling and expressed emotion. Within the symbolic discourse of Indian culture, emotions are also held legitimate in religious life. To illustrate this point, let us refer to Varāhapuraa 17.33-37 which describes the Mother-goddesses (matkas) as symbols of human emotions: Brāhmī –pride, Maheśvarī – anger, Kaumārī – attachment, Vaiavī – greed, Varahi – envy, Aindrī – jealousy, Camua – depravity, Nārasihī – lust. Studies of Hindu myth tales, those of Campbell, Doniger and Shulman reflected on core components of emotional meaning that seem to be universal. Appraisal of emotional life has reached its apogee in the non-dualistic tantric traditions of Kashmir as it promulgated the Heart as the representative of the Self, the liberated consciousness. At the same time, emotional states, even the most negative ones, have been qualified as a stimulus for the expansion of consciousness. Needless to say, the emotional attitude pervades all intellectual and religious discourses of Indian culture, and, moreover, it appears as the most tangible and fundamental in mankind’s quest for the sacred and self-discovery. This seminar wishes to address a complex character of emotions by providing an interdisciplinary approach combining fields of philosophy, psychology and religious studies. This intellectual endeavour is intended to stimulate the multi-method strategy in conceptualizing emotions. In doing so, we will make an attempt to venture into the multi-faceted reality of emotions, unraveling its apparent equivocality, its seeming inconceivability. The seminar will try to systematize the cultural data on emotions in order to arrive at conceptual schema that would help us in defining the phenomenon of feeling in its multi-dimensional appearances. An effort will be made to give an ingenious replies on the mechanism of spontaneous activation of emotional behavior in religious experience and to elaborate on emendations of the theoretical maze confounding emotional and rational domains. Through the intellectual fusion and fruitful mingling of many perspectives, the seminar wishes to broader our understanding of the linkage between affect, cultural models and theoretical evaluation, reconnecting them. Finally, seminar furnishes a good opportunity to reflect upon the aesthetic emotions caused by a work of art that reinforce empathetic or non-empathetic feelings.

The following themes shall be investigated:

  1. the problem of rationality and emotions in classical Indian philosophy (Sakhya, Nyāya-Vaiśeika, Miansa) and in Buddhism
  2. Emotions as enrapture of intensity, medium of psychological transfiguration
  3. Emotions (bhāvas) in construction of dynamic religious identity: Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sahaja Vainavism, Bauls of Bengal, Sufi Emotionalism
  4. The idea of salvation through intense emotional state: Kashmiri tantric śaiva traditions, Bengali Tantra
  5. The cultural psychology of emotions (Dimock, Kakar, Harre, Kleiman, Rorty, Shixie, Solomon)
  6. Natyaśastra as the theatre of emotions
  7. Expressed emotions: dance, song etc.
  8. The role of emotions in Bhakti movement

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Concept Note on Seminar on “Equality, Justice and Human Rights – A Minority Perspective”

(28-30 August 2012)

The celebration of difference, respect for pluralism, and avowal of identity politics have come to be regarded as the hallmarks of a progressive, multicultural outlook and as the foundation of modern liberal democracies. Over the past two decades, nations such as Australia, Canada and South Africa have created legal frameworks to institutionalize their existence as plural societies.  At times in a democracy the rule of the majority often becomes tyranny of the majority. It is in this context that minority rights become significant. It has been said that the real worth of democracy can be tested by how secure the minority feels within the state.
Minorities are protected under the Constitution of India which ensures fundamental rights to every citizen and especially to minorities under article 25 and 26, freedom to religion and freedom to culture. Yet there have been conflicts. The constitution recognizes minorities based on language and religion. Though there were conflicts between linguistic groups after independence, they were minimalized by the reorganization of states based on languages.  Conflicts post 1960s have been primarily between religious groups.  The Right wing groups attempting to foster majority nationalism have of late stepped up attacks on minorities. What is disturbing is that at times the state is complicit in the oppression and marginalization of the minorities. For example, the police and the army have got flak for their inaction, omission and commissions during communal violence. The police in some cases have been mute spectators or worse, have actively participated in attacks against minorities. There has been a repeated demand from Civil Society to make police and the State more accountable. Religious profiling in the form of arbitrary detentions, torture, encounters like that of Ishrat Jehan are not uncommon. Attacks against Christian missionaries and churches, accusing them of forceful conversions of dalits and adivasis trouble our collective secular conscience.  The incident of Graham Staines and the rape and humiliation of nuns in Kandhamal are cases in point. These crimes become gorier when the gender dimension is considered.  It is acknowledged that women are the worse oppressed and their bodies become the site of contestations and humiliation.

There is a need to problematize the status of minorities, not only owing to their security concerns but also relating to their cultural and socio economic rights. Communal violence overwhelms other concerns in the discourse of minorities.

The Muslims feel that not enough has been done on the Sachchar Committee Report. Conversely there are also feelings amongst certain sections that minorities only mean one particular minority, as far as positive ameliorative action by Government is concerned. Institutions such as the National Commission for Minorities and the National Human Rights Commission need to be strengthened.  It is also the duty of the State and Civil Society to see that the sense of victimhood creeping into the consciousness of the certain minorities is reversed.  At the same time the question of minorities becoming majorities in states (Muslims in J&K and Sikhs in Punjab) has also to be considered.  The glaring incident of Pandits fleeing from the Kashmir Valley,  should make us sit up.

With a rich legacy of composite culture and history of meaningful coexistence between various religious groups, the question today is how secular is the State? Does the state ensure the ideals of equality and justice to all, as enshrined in our Constitution? What is the way forward to make the state more accountable and make the minorities more secure? What are the strategies or policies and gaps thereof to ensure opportunities and development of minorities? It becomes imperative to map their struggle for citizenship varying from community to community.

In this present scenario, that the Indian Institute of Advanced Study  and Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPSCR) and the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) are organizing a two day National Seminar on the “Equality, Justice and Human Rights – A Minority Perspective”, to probe various aspects dealing with them and chart a way forward. This could range from communal Violence, education, Criminal Justice system etc.
The themes for the Seminar are as follows:

The seminar can look at different minorities facing discrimination differently in the field of education, employment, state welfare/ benefits, stigmatization and criminalization of religious communities

Ways to bolster the security of the minorities, police reforms, state impunity, Indian Criminal Justice system vis a vis minorities, Cultural and religious freedom

Minorityism: Ethos and self-consciousness of the feeling of belonging to a minority.

Affirmative Action:
To help the minorities to be at par with the other sections of society, and ensure social justice and equity, it is imperative to make policies which will be sensitive to the special needs of the minorities and allow them to reap the benefits of development and ensure their rights

With the plethora of policies and suggestions, there has to be an institutionalized monitoring system in built within the larger system to ensure that the efforts geared towards empowering the minorities is benefiting them

Perhaps issues like immigration , for instance of People, particularly Muslims from Bangladesh  into India, and instances of cross-border terrorism, and how these impinge on the consciousness of the majority, also need to be discussed and analysed.


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11th International Conference on “Early Modern Literatures in North India”

(3-5 August 2012)

Though often dismissed in colonial scholarship as a period of gradual decline and stagnation, the early modern period in North India (ca. 1400 – 1800 CE) was a time of prolific literary, artistic, and cultural production, reflecting the political and economic dynamism of the period.  Over the past thirty years, scholars in India and abroad have been re-assessing the valuable cultural and artistic contributions of this period; central to this effort in the realm of literary and religious studies is the International Conference on Early Modern Literatures in North India, which from 1980 has played a crucial role in bringing scholars together to discuss their work and share ideas.  In particular, the Conference provides a unique forum in which researchers from a variety of disciplines – language, literature, religious studies, history, art history, and philology – can exchange information and ideas across disciplinary lines, as well as across different regions, times, and literary traditions.  The Conference is excited to be working with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla to jointly organize its August 2012 meeting in India: by doing so, it hopes to provide a forum in which Indian researchers, and researchers from abroad, can interact extensively in person, sharing their research and establishing academic contacts and foundations for further scholarly collaboration.

Since its inception, the Conference has been a space for researchers to share their ‘work in progress’ and solicit feedback from other participants; such a format has proved most effective in generating discussion, increasing awareness of others’ work, and moving research forward and in new directions.  To this end, participants are asked to contribute ‘working papers’ (as opposed to the more typical ‘finished product’ of other conferences) describing the research that they are currently engaged in, their initial findings and questions for further study.  Participants’ papers are circulated prior to the conference, and each participant is generally given 15 minutes to present their research; this allows the maximum time for discussion and feedback.  Participants are encouraged to propose and apply as panels, as this gives a thematic focus to discussions, but individual papers are also accepted, and the Conference does its best to group individual presentations into coherent panels.  The opportunity though, is again for valuable cross-disciplinary, cross-lingual, and cross-regional dialogue and collaboration.  Past participants have presented on topics as varied as metrical structures in poetry, musical performance traditions, individual authors and texts, canon and community formation, problems of genre and historiography, and traditions of exegesis and criticism.


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Call for Papers ( Volume 1, Issue 3, 2012 )


Respected Faculty/Scholar,

I would like to invite all academicians from all disciplines to contribute articles for IJMER. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research offers an independent International journal for all Academicians, Philosophers, Theorists, Social Scientists, Educationists and Management Practitioners. The Journal promotes original academic research in Social Sciences, Humanities, Commerce & Management, Engineering & Technology, Medicine, Sciences, Art & Development Studies.

Deadline for submission of Research Articles: 25th July 2012

Guidelines :

  • Article should be original and unpublished.
  • The Article should have bibliography, footnote, references, suggestions and findings.
  • The title of your article should be appropriate.
  • The contribution should be 8 to 10 pages in A4 size paper and the text shall be in font size 12 in Times New Roman with one and half space on single side with 2-inch margin.
  • Subscription for Journal along with one article publication amount : Main Author : 1000/-, Co-Author : 500/-
  • Institutional subscription i.e. Rs. 1000/- per annum and 3 years for Rs. 2000/-
  • For Faculty and Students Rs. 500/- per annum and Rs. 1000/- per 3 years.
  • Single copy of the Journal 350/-
  • Advertisement: Rs. 5000/- per page and Rs. 2500/- per half page.

The subscription of the journal is payable in advance by demand draft drawn in favour of IJMER (International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research), payable at Visakhapatnam-530 003, Andhra Pradesh , India. The subscription charges are as follows.

Looking forward for your co-operation in this endeavour.

Thanking you

Please visit our website:http://www.ijmer.in

For any enquiry you can contact:

Dr.Victor Babu Koppula
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research (IJMER)
Saraswati Nivas,Door No: 8-21-4,China Waltair
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, Pin – 530 017, India
Mobile Number: 09247782851


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IIT Indore Faculty Vacancy

IIT Indore invites applications at any time of the year for exceptionally qualified Scientists and Engineers holding Ph.D. degree in all areas of Science, Engineering, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

For details, please click on the link below:

For further details, please contact Ms. Varsha Jain, PA to Dean of Faculty Affairs.
Email: varshaj@iiti.ac.in
Phone: +91-731-2438-756



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Vacancy of Guest Faculty

Vikram University
(An  MP State  Government University)
Ujjain, MP

Vacancy of Guest Faculty 

Applications are invited for the Guest Faculty for the session 2012-13 by the last date 27/07/2012 in various subjects.

Please view  http://www.vikramuniv.net/adhisuchna/july12/Guest_Faculty.pdf for details and application format.

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