A Two Day National Conference on
SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY AND ETHICS FOR DALIT EMANCIPATORY DISCOURSE
22-23 March 2013
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapti Nivas, Shimla
& Department of Philosophy, Arul Anandar (Autonomous) College,Karumathur, Madurai-625 514
01. Engaging a discourse on Social Epistemology, Ethics for Dalit Emancipatory and Discourse is academically and socially relevant in the context of the emerging and divergent theoretical paradigms to social research action for liberation. Given to the facets of modernization with technological appropriations, the structures and contents of knowledge (episteme) are increasingly modified and constructed as a product-for-exchange and commodity-for-production, resulting in a type of mitigating human consciousness which in turn reduces human existence of the powerless people as objectified economic, political cum technological category paving way for either steadied silence or neglect of those subordinated sections people, namely the Dalits.
02. The promises of the politics of modernity and technological globalization ingrain afresh structures/forms of social deprivations/exploitations of the already disadvantaged people. Within Indian society over last five decades caste-based political systems combined with the politics of modernity seems to be determining and continuously re-defining the lives of Dalits as a social category in favor of the dominant people/structures. Within these paradigms the deprived sections of society are perceived as (i) transnational economic category and (ii) as caste-based political category within Indian Society. The metamorphosis of caste-based transnational capitalism propel ‘Dominant Epistemologies’ as against ‘Liberation Epistemologies’ producing dominant structures of knowledge and social exclusions resulting in oppressive existential structures. These power-constructions with its multiple tentacles of caste-grounded-traditions and uncritical techno-modernity propel lopsided forms of epistemological conditions and social practices and are enforced as inevitable and natural, cumulatively hinder the emancipation of the Dalits as vulnerable-Other.
03. The pretext of dominant epistemologies and the need for liberation epistemologies with reference to the vulnerable-Other, the Dalit life-world posses aa vital arena that needs to be seriously reviewed and evaluated both by academic and activist community for engaging an ‘epistemic break’ and exploring liberation epistemologies with specific ethical orientations.
04. Responding to dominant epistemologies, alternate epistemological grounds are to be augmented and to be evidentially and rationally justified both at academic and public spheres; however these efforts by and large seem to remain either fragmentary or asymmetrical; hence arises an academic necessity to study, expose and evaluate their rationales in view of engaging Dalit Emancipatory Discourse.
05. Such a context aims at an academic consultation (i) to take stock of the status of the problematic of collective humiliations, deprivations and exclusions of the socially excluded people (ii) critically augment the plight of them with reference to affirmative Dalit life-world (iii) and to embark upon alternate epistemological frames for a discourse on Dalit emancipation. We are happy to welcome your presentation and discussions on these textual and contextual horizons.
06. In response to this imperative a Two Day National Conference on Social Epistemology and Ethics for Dalit Emancipatory Discourse is hypothesized and positioned inviting your presentations and discussions. The conference is sponsored by by Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and organized at Department of Philosophy, Arul Anandar College (Autonomous), Karumathur, Madurai, Tamilnadu.
07. The suggested areas for presentations and deliberations: (however the presenter could focus the themes of presentations depending upon their fields of inquiry)
o Social Constructions of Knowledge & Dalit Life World
o The Problem of Identity and Solidarity in Dalit Discourse
o Patterns of Modernity, its Fragmentations and Dalit Assertions
o Social Exclusions- Dalit Human Right Perspectives
o Ideological & Political Conflicts in Dalit Politics
o Dominant Political & Social Systems and Dominant Epistemologies
o Forms of Structures of Power/Knowledge
o Contradicting the Contradiction inherent in Sociological Perspectives towards Dalit Emancipation
o Critique of Dalit Politics
o Rights & Ethics Vs. Responsibilities
o Dalit Feminist Epistemology
o Religious & Cultural Ethos Vs Emancipation of Dalits
o Logic of Cultural Domination & Social Identity
o Social Activism and Dalit Question
o Technology and Dalit Reality
o Dalit Social Struggle: Affirmation for Empowerment
o Rethinking Philosophies of Emancipation for Evolving Affirmative Action for Liberation.
These areas are open ended as to enable the presenter to identify relevant and related issues for presentations and deliberations.
Duration: A Two- Day Conference Date: 22-23, March, 2013
Contact Dr. S. LOURDUNATHAN
Head, Department of Philosophy
Arul Anandar College (autonomous)
Karumathur – 625 514, Madurai dt,Ttamilnadu.
Mobile No: 09566477696 College office no (04549) 287221
Please see: Philosophy Oikos Arul Anandar College, 2011-2012.wmv @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tds2mWn5Y_E for our last year academics at the department