Saturday, September 27, 2014

CfPs: Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow - international workshop, 18-20 March 2015, Antwerp, Belgium

Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow - international workshop, 18-20 March 2015, Antwerp, Belgium
 
On 18-20 March 2015 UCSIA organizes an international academic workshop on Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow. Scientific Imagination and Development of Society at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.  
We understand imagination in relation to the scientific context as the art to creatively design, produce, discuss and  envisage societal alternatives for the future. In that sense it opens a window on the future and constitutes a source for societal development. Placed within a broader context, imagination processes play a role in the development of sciences and in the construction of societies, as well as in the interaction between sciences and societies, the former stimulating the further development of the latter, and the latter providing an environment in which the former thrives. Sciences and societies shape and further one another's imagination processes.
Call for papers
The study of the creative and  productive use of imagination at the intersection  of science and society in view of  building and shaping the future constitutes the  main purpose of this workshop. This reflection will be stimulated by focusing on four subthemes:
1. Imagination at work in the sciences
2. Sciences as  part of the imaginary of societies
3. Imaginaries of the future shaping contemporary reality
4. Politics of imagination


The workshop consists of a two-day international meeting with specialized lectures and presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. It provides a forum of exchange of research from different disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature and the arts, sociology, economics, physics, science and technology  studies, political sciences, policy studies, …
Researchers, doctoral students and other experts are welcome to submit their application until 31 October 2014. Candidates should send in the completed application form, accompanied by an academic curriculum vitae and an outline of the proposed paper. The selection of participants will be communicated by the end of mid-December 2014 at the latest.
The selected participant will present her/his paper in a panel session (20 minutes in English) and will afterwards send in an article to be considered for publication (which will be submitted to careful selection). The aim of the organizer is to publish a selection of articles presented at the workshop. 
The organizer takes on charge all costs pertaining to participation and stay in Antwerp of all selected participants, while travel arrangements and costs are incumbent on participants themselves.

Confirmed keynotes:
- Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics, Harvard University (USA) 
- Matthias Gross, Professor of Environmental Sociology, University of Jena (Germany) / Head of the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig (Germany)
- Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School (USA)
- Tom Moylan, Glucksman Professor Emeritus in the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and an Adjunct Professor, SAUL - School of Architecture of the University of Limerick, UK
- Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zürich (Switzerland) / founding member of the European Research Council

Organizing committee:
- Arthur Cools, University of Antwerp
- Raf de Bont, KU Leuven and Maastricht University
- Luc Braeckmans, Director of Academic Affairs ad interim, UCSIA
- Barbara Segaert, Scientific Coordinator, UCSIA
- Jean Paul Van Bendegem, VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Maarten Van Dyck, Ghent University
- Frédéric Vandermoere, University of Antwerp
- Geert Vanpaemel, KU Leuven
- Gert Verschraegen, University of Antwerp
 
Contact:
Ms. Barbara SEGAERT
Project Coordinator, barbara.segaert@ucsia.be
T +32 (0) 3 265 45 94
More information: www.ucsia.org

Thursday, September 25, 2014

5th BR Ambedkar Memorial Lecture "The Spectre of Social Counter-Revolution" by Prabhat Patnaik; September 27, 10 am at SSS1 Auditorium

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS) cordially invites you to the inauguration of the Decennial Celebration Conference "Inequality Revisited: Theory, Evidence, and Politics"

By the Chief Guest

Hon'able Shri H. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India

Followed by

5th Dr. BR Ambedkar Memorial Lecture

The Spectre of Social Counter-Revolution

by

Professor Prabhat Patnaik, Emeritus Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Date & Time: September 27, 10 am

At SSS-1 Auditorium, JNU New Delhi


Technical Sessions:

Date & Time: September 27, 2 pm onwards,

September 28, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Venue: Committee Hall, Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University

 All are cordially invited

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interesting Current Science opinion paper on "Predatory Journals"

Predatory Journals and Indian Ichthyology
by R. Raghavan, N. Dahanukar, J.D.M. Knight, A. Bijukumar, U. Katwate, K. Krishnakumar, A. Ali and S. Philip
Current Science, 2014, 107(5), 740-742.

Although the 21st century began with a hope that information and communication technology will act as a boon for reinventing taxonomy, the advent and rise of electronic publications, especially predatory open-access journals, has resulted in an additional challenge (the others being gap, impediment and urgency) for taxonomy in the century of extinctions.
Predatory publishing has damaged the very foundations of scholarly and academic publishing, and has led to unethical behaviour from scientists and researchers. The 'journal publishing industry' in India is a classical example of 'predatory publishing', supported by researchers who are in a race to publish. The urge to publish 'quick and easy' can be attributed to two manifestations, i.e.'impactitis' and 'mihi itch'. While impactitis can be associated with the urge for greater impact factor (IF) and scientific merit, mihi itch (loosely) explains the behaviour of researchers, especially biologists publishing in predatory journals yearning to see their name/s associated with a new 'species name'. Most predatory journals do not have an IF, and authors publishing in such journals are only seeking an 'impact' (read without factor), and popularity by seeing their names appear in print media. This practice has most often led to the publication of substandard papers in many fields, including ichthyology.

Download Full-text Article: http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/107/05/0740.pdf

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CfP: International Workshop on Village Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling, 3-10 Nov, at GIDR, Gujarat, India

Call for Participation

International Workshop on Village Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling: Application in Agricultural Research and Development Studies

Venue & Organizer: Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Dates: 3-10 November 2014

Goal and Learning Objectives:
This training workshop plans to enhance the analytical capacity of young researchers in using analytical tools and techniques of SAM and CGE and their applications in Agricultural and Rural Development sectors. The specific objectives are to:
a) Provide basic knowledge and hands-on training to researchers on application of theory and tools of input-output model, Village SAM and CGE models.
b) Enhance capacity of researchers in South Asia to do better policy research and impact assessment using village SAM and CGE models
c) Hands-on training in construction of village SAM and CGE models.
d) Evaluate direct, indirect and economy wide impacts of agricultural R&D and policy interventions, including quantifying their distributional and multiplier impacts.

Travel Reimbursement Available for Participants from South Asian Countries. Last date for receiving application at GIDR: September 30, 2014.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Call for applications: Water Futures II; Training Event during 26 October to 7 November, at Kolkata & Dhaka

Call for applications: Water Futures II

http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?18263/Call-for-application-Water-Futures-II

Bangladesh and India share the largest river networks in South Asia. These 54 trans-boundary rivers directly influence the lives and living of over half a billion people. Management of basin and regional level natural resource challenges is limited to practitioners in this region. Moreover, the curricula of universities, colleges and training institutes in Bangladesh and India, have a focus on national issues. Rather, attention is not given to trans-boundary water management concerns.

Against this backdrop, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India, with support from IUCN's project Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative, launched a Dialogue in 2013 for young scholars and professionals, offering opportunities to work and interact with academics, experts and practitioners in both countries to encourage interest in issues related to water management.

The purpose of Water Futures II is to further develop better informed public discourse on these issues.

What are the reasons to participate in the Dialogue – the goals and objectives 
Overall objective of the Dialogue is to promote a deeper and nuanced understanding of riparian issues and common concerns. Specific objectives include:
  • To build future leaders in water resource management in both countries;
  • To equip young scholars and professionals with practical tools and skills for designing problem solving initiatives at local, national and regional levels;
  • To provide opportunities to emerging practitioners to learn cross-country and cross-sectoral strategic, managerial and technical initiatives for sustainable water management, including  food and environmental security;
  • Provide a platform for open discussions on common problems, prospects and challenges relating to sustainable water resource management.
Who can participate
The programme is designed for young professionals, environmentalists, scholars, activists, journalists, creative artists, researchers from water resources and environmental disciplines, young diplomats and young policy makers from Bangladesh and India. There will be 10 participants from each country, excluding observers who may attend the programme at their own cost. 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • Graduation; 
  • Two years practical experience in a related field will be given preference;
  • Applicants below the age of 35 years will be given preference.
How to Apply 
Applicants are to send -
  • Application to include: Name, Designation, Institutional Affiliation, Academic background and contact details 
  • A Statement of Intent of not more than 250-300 words
  • Latest résumé with 2 references
 
Last Date of Submission
 
Application and supporting documents must be sent electronically to the following Email id: waterfutures2014@gmail.com  by 25 September 2014.  
 
Only selected candidates will be notified on email latest by 01 October 2014
 
Course Duration and Location
 
A two-week long programme including five days residential course each in India and Bangladesh, and field visits, will commence from 26 October 2014 till 7 November 2014. Course locations: India -- Kolkata and Bangladesh -- Dhaka.
 
Teaching Methodology
The course will be interactive, including films, music, games, lectures and discussions. Working days would be divided into four sessions, including lectures and discussions. Participants would also be involved in problem solving exercises in which the following activities would be covered: 
  • Situation analysis and critique of existing joint water management initiatives, treaties, and water regimes;
  • Design of a water resource management regime;
  • Reviewing livelihood strategies.
  • Participants from India and Bangladesh will be placed in smaller groups and prepare joint papers based on the modules of the programme.
Course Certificate  
Participants would be given course completion certificates jointly by the University of Dhaka, Jamia Millia Islamia and IUCN.

Further Details: http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?18263/Call-for-application-Water-Futures-II

CSSP Recommended Journals for Publishing

CSSP would like to encourage all its students and affiliates to publish research papers in journals, which are indexed in reputed online databases such as, Webofknowledge.com, Scopus.com, ScimagoJR.org, Sherpa/Romeo (www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/), or DOAJ.org (for open access journals). Working papers of any reputed institution are also welcome.

However, we strongly advise you not to publish in any journal covered in the "Beall's List: Potential, Possible, or Probable Predatory Scholarly Open-Access Journals/ Publishers" (http://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/ or http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/).

 



CfPs: National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses, 30-31 Jan, at RGNIYD, TamilNadu

National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses
30-31 January 2015
at RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu

Call for papers
School of Development Practice (SDP) of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) is conducting a National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses during 30 th and 31 st of January 2015 at RGNIYD.
The proposed seminar intends to analyse and explore various dimensions of youth employment/ unemployment besides the critical review of existing policy responses. The deliberations in the seminar will be helpful in developing a framework that can address the issues of youth unemployment in its different dimensions by different actors.

Major themes:
1. Youth Employment
2. Youth Employability
3. Youth and Labour market policies
4. Migration for Employment
5. Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment
6. Gender and Employment
7. Youth Unemployment and under employment

Seminar Dates: 30th & 31st January 2015.

Important Deadlines:
Submission of Full length paper: 5th December 2014.
Communication on Acceptance of Paper: 25th December, 2014
Travel support will be extended to outstation delegates and Local Hospitality (Boarding and Lodging) will be extended to all the selected paper presenters during the seminar.

Publication of Papers:
All papers will be reviewed under the team lead by Experts from ILO in coordination with Dr.P.Sivakumar, Faculty School of Development Practice, RGNIYD and papers accepted for presentation will be published in Conference Proceedings. Subsequently, a few selected papers will be published as an edited volume with reputed publishers.

Communication may be sent to:
Dr. P. Sivakumar
Faculty, School of Development Practice, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Chennai-Bangalore Highway, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu  602105
Email: skrgniyd@gmail.com, Ph: 044–27163872, Mob: +91 9444581080 Fax: 044-27163227

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CfP: Workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Research Scholars & Teachers, Nov 17–22, at ISID

Workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Research Scholars & Teachers
November 17–22, 2014
Venue: The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi

The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) is organizing a six-day Workshop on the Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research during November 17–22, 2014. Print media is a format with which most researchers and scholars use extensively to bring out their findings and raise issues. In recent years, Audio-Visual Media (AVM), and the technology needed for its production, is becoming increasingly accessible, both in terms of ease of use, as well as cost. Digital media is being used by government departments, corporate houses, non-governmental organisations and others. However, social scientists and researchers in academic institutions have yet not fully realized the potential of integrating audio-visuals in their work.

The focus of the workshop is to familiarise the participants with AVM tools and motivate researchers and academics to use this medium as a tool, to not only enhance the content but also reach a wider audience and have greater impact of their research. Practical hands-on training in production of audio-video material will also be emphasised. Broad elements of the programme are: (i) understanding AVM – mass media in India and its use in various fields like health, social sector and the corporate sector; (ii) AVM as a tool in research – providing visual insight, supplementing other data, confirming or refuting findings, collecting video based data-subjectivity, authenticity and ethical issues; (iii) presentation and dissemination – effective communication of research findings, presentation skills and the new technology, integrating audio-visual data into PowerPoint presentations, the internet; (iv) AVM production techniques – understanding the technology, basic camera equipment, editing software, streaming video; and (v) hands-on production of AV output. Young researchers/teachers in academic institutions, colleges and university departments who are primarily from the social sciences discipline and whose work requires field surveys are eligible to apply. The batch will consists of 20 participants and selection will be based on relevance of research topic. A nominal fee would be charged from the participants @800/- for lecturer or equivalent; @400/- for scholars getting fellowship and @200/- for those without any fellowship or financial support. The selected scholars will be paid to and fro 2nd class railway fare from the place of study/work. For outstation participants there is provision for boarding and lodging in Delhi for the duration of the programme.

Those desirous of participating in the programme may kindly send their brief CV along with a write-up of around 1,000 words on their research topic so as to reach the Programme Coordinator, preferably through email at avmprog@isid.org.in, before September 30, 2014. Further details and programme updates are regularly posted at: http://isid.org.in/avmprog.html.

Programme Coordinator
Institute for Studies in Industrial Development
4 Institutional Area Phase II, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi - 110070 INDIA
(Phone: +91 11 2676 4600, Fax: +91 11 26122448)
http://isid.org.in/avmprog.html

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review by former CSSP Student Debojyoti Das, JSAD, 2014

Book Review by Dr. Debojyoti Das

Das,
Debojyoti (2014). Book Review: Akhil Gupta and K. Sivaramakrishnan (eds). 2011. The State in India After Liberalization: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.Journal of South Asian Development August 2014 9: 207-209, doi:10.1177/0973174114536102
Download Full-text PDF: http://sad.sagepub.com/content/9/2/207 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CfPs: Special Issue on Linking Technology Foresight and Entrepreneurship; for Technological Forecasting & Social Change

Call for papers: Linking Technology Foresight and Entrepreneurship
Technological Forecasting and Social Change; ISSN: 0040-1625, Elsevier
Submission closing date: January 31st 2015

Guest Editors: M. Atilla Öner, Özlem Kunday; Yeditepe University, Turkey

Motivation
Entrepreneurship has gained renewed attention of academicians as well as policy makers since early 1990s. The reason behind this interest is the role of entrepreneurship in innovation and value creation.  Various disciplines approach entrepreneurship from different perspectives to understand the insights of the journey that starts with idea generation and results in innovation driven economies.
The intersection of entrepreneurship and technology foresight promises to be one of the most popular fields of the 21st century.  There is a significant lack of knowledge and a need for interdisciplinary research on linking of technology foresight and entrepreneurship. The interaction of  entrepreneurship and technology foresight is inevitable and needs further attention.
Entrepreneurship and technology foresight are expected to initiate an increasing number of innovations in various economic sectors. Uncertainties in environmental, human health and safety effects associated with the increase of new technology introduced by entrepreneurial businesses raise concerns about their potential risks.
Entrepreneurship and technology foresight also raise more fundamental questions on the relationship between the entrepreneur and technology creation; and ethical, political and even religious dilemmas are put on the public agenda.
Understanding the dynamics of technology innovation and its subsequent exploitation in the value chain network (i.e., entrepreneurship) is in need of additional research.

Research questions
This special issue intends to improve the understanding of linking entrepreneurship and technology foresight. We are interested in contributions which look at the role of technology foresight in entrepreneurship.
Questions of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • What is the impact of entrepreneurship and technology foresight on global economy and how it will grow in the following decades?
  • Which factors affect the success of  entrepreneurship and technology foresight?
  • How effective are the public policies supporting entrepreneurship and technology foresight in different countries?
  • How can we model and measure risk and opportunity in entrepreneurship and technology foresight?
  • What are some issues and challenges in creating successful business strategies for the implementation of  technology foresight and intrapreneurship in companies?
  • How can we measure the effectiveness of R&D programs on technology foresight leading to intrapreneurship?
  • Which criteria can be used for the evaluation of funding/investment decisions of entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship  and technology foresight projects?
  • How can we measure value creation for customers by entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship and technology foresight?
  • What kind of mechanisms and partnerships affect the emergence of successful entrepreneurship and technology foresight outcomes?
  • How is power exercised during the process of starting a business and partnering research projects?
  • How would the relatively modern trend of assigning patent rights to universities impact diffusion of technology foresight practices and entrepreneurship leading to industrial growth?

We would want to encourage the submission of empirical papers. Conceptual, theoretical, or modeling papers (with reference to the specific phenomena identified above) are also welcomed.

Deadlines and Submission Instructions
Authors can submit their papers any time after July 1st 2014 and up until January 31st 2015. Online submission can be found at: http://ees.elsevier.com/tfs/default.asp . When asked to choose article type, please stipulate 'Special Issue: Foresight&Entr.ship' In the 'Enter Comments' box, the title of the Special Issue, along with any further acknowledgements, should be inserted.
All submissions should meet Technological Forecasting & Social Change author guidelines. http://www.elsevier.com/journals/technological-forecasting-and-social-change/0040-1625/guide-for-authors

Review Process
Papers will be reviewed following the regular Technological Forecasting and Social Change double-blind review process.

More Information
For additional information, please contact the special issue editors:
M. Atilla Öner maoner@yeditepe.edu.tr
Özlem Kunday okunday@yeditepe.edu.tr

Further Details

CfPs: Special Issue on "Management and Policy for Frugal Innovation" in IJFIP

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Management and Policy for Frugal Innovation"
International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy

Editor: Prof. Jin Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Frugal innovation is the ability to generate considerably more business and social value while significantly reducing the use of scarce resources. It's about solving the paradox of "doing more with less". It is a game-changing strategy for an "Age of Austerity" in which firms are being compelled by cost-conscious and eco-aware consumers, employees and governments to create offerings that are simultaneously affordable, sustainable and of high quality.
Even more than a strategy, frugal innovation is a whole new mindset – a flexible approach that perceives resource constraints not as a debilitating challenge but as a growth opportunity (Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, 2013).
To better understand the essence of frugal innovation, this special issue aims to collect a set of high-quality papers investigating management of frugal innovation and its demand for better innovation policy.
Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  •     Drivers of frugal or jugaad innovation
  •     Mindset and frugal innovation between western and eastern countries
  •     The innovation process of frugal products and services
  •     The technology trajectory of frugal innovation
  •     Foresight and forecast methods for frugal innovation
  •     Corporate strategy and frugal innovation
  •     Frugal innovation and anti-poverty
  •     Cases of frugal innovation in developing countries and its reverse innovations in developed countries
  •     Innovation policy shifts for frugal innovation
Notes for Prospective Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).
All papers are refereed through a peer review process.
All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.
If you have any queries regarding this call, please contact the Guest Editor, Prof. Jin Chen, at chenjin@sem.tsinghua.edu.cn.

Important Dates
Submission deadline for full papers: 31 October, 2014
Notification of acceptance: 27th February 2015
Submission deadline for final versions: 31 May, 2015

Further Information: http://www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral/cfp.php?id=2424

Invitation - Bhoomi 2014 Festival:: Annapurna: Feeding the World

Bhoomi 2014: Annapurna: Feeding the World
on 1st of October, 2014 at India International Centre, Delhi

Navdanya in collaboration with India International Centre invites you to another year of participation in Navdanya's annual festival Bhoomi, based on Annapurna: Feeding the World, on the 1st of October, 2014 at the India International Centre.
The Right to Food is the natural right of all beings born on this planet. The Right to food is also being recognised as a human right. And Annapurna is a metaphor of the abundant and eternally renewable capacity of the Earth to provide food for all the living beings sharing this planet, provided we do not violate her sanctity by poisoning her. For the Right to Food inherently means the right to access safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. Viewed in this perspective, Annapurna becomes the symbol of Food Security, Food Safety and Food Sovereignty and Feeding the World is an act embedded in sustainability, integrity and equity, honouring the contributions of our small farmers and women.
This year's edition of Bhoomi will bring to you the voices of people who are deeply committed to ensuring the Right to Food through praxis, reflection as well as cultural expression. They will share with you how agro-ecology and a reconnection to our food and its source can indeed Feed the World nurturing, affordable and relishing food.
Aptly named Abundant Earth, the dinner which will follow the day's event is a tribute to Earth's carrying, nurturing and sustaining capacity as reflected by the diversity of our table.
Sessions:
09:30 am    Welcome, Lighting the Lamp & Invocation by Vidya Rao
                   Book Release and Opening Remarks by Shri Radhe Mohan Singh, Cabinet Minister, Agriculture
10:00 am    Opening Session: Ela Bhatt, SEWA
10:30 am    Session 1: Praxis of Agro-Ecology
12:00 pm    Short Film: Introduction and screening of film on farmer's suicides in Vidarbha by Tadpole Artists Collective
01:00 pm    Lunch (on prior registration)
02:00 pm    Session 2: Mahila Anna Swaraj: Women Feeding the World
03:30 pm    Session 3: Healthy Food, Healthy Life
05:30 pm    Session 4: Bija Swaraj: Ensuring Abundance on Earth
                   Closing Session: Dr Vandana Shiva
07:00 pm    Songs celebrating food by Vidya Rao & Formidable Vegetable Sound System
* Lunch: Please register for lunch. (Only those with prior Registrations for lunch can be catered to)
* Dinner - On prior booking  by the 20th of September,

RSVP/Contact: 011-26532124, 9015034971, 011-26968077, cpd.iic@nic.in, navdanya@gmail.com

Download: BhoomiInvite2014
Download: BhoomiDinnerInvite2014
Download: RegistrationForm-Bhoomi2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

CfPs: Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies; 19-20 Dec; Chandigarh

Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies
19-20 December 2014
Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Call for Papers
The India China Institute at The New School, New York and Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, invite abstract submissions for the Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium For Emerging Scholars on India China Studies. The symposium will be held on 19-20 December 2014 at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. 

ELIGIBILITY
Researchers pursuing an advanced degree (MPhil/PhD) and young scholars who have been awarded their PhDs within the last five years are invited to send in their proposals. Advanced Master's degree students from professional fields such as law, design, and architecture are also welcome to apply. The call for papers is open only to Indian citizens based in India and abroad. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Interested candidates are invited to send an abstract not exceeding 1,000 words by 30 September 2014. The proposal should clearly state the paper's key research questions, its theoretical framework and the theme's overall relevance to the applicant's ongoing research work. Papers with a strong analytical focus on India-China interactions, comparisons, and impact will be given preference. The proposal should clearly mention the name, current affiliation, and contact information of the applicant. Only original unpublished papers will be given preference. 10 selected scholars will be notified through email by 15 October, 2014.

DEADLINES
  • Submission of paper proposals (maximum 1,000 words) : 30 September 2014
  • Notifi cation of selected proposals : 15 October 2014
  • Final Paper submissions (maximum 6,000 words) : 30 November 2014

MORE INFORMATION
We will provide domestic economy airfare within India as well as accommodation. International airfare will not be provided. Please send all abstract submissions by email to icisymposium@gmail.com. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted. 

Published paper by former CSSP Student “Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges in Nanotechnology Innovation in India”

Azamat Ali and Kunal Sinha "Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges in Nanotechnology Innovation in India", Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications2014, 2(2), 227-251.

Abstract: Nanotechnology is one of the emerging technologies of the 21st century. It is an interdisciplinary science domain with potential applications in biotechnology, computer science, electronics, communication, medical and food, energy production and new materials. It has generated wide interest and its impact on society is expected to be huge. Innovative aspects of such new technology have important implications for the economic growth of the nations. It has received much global interest and many national governments are making large investments in nanotechnology research and development (R&D) activities. The present paper is an attempt to explore the nanotechnology R&D in the area of energy, water, health, food and agriculture sector in India. It also highlights the outcome of nanotechnology in the publications and patent numbers, institutional players in nanotechnology policy in India and the environmental, health and safety issues of this emerging technology. The information and data have been collected from publicly available sources and cited accordingly. 



Thursday, September 4, 2014

SDC "Ten Days Course on Research Methodology", 15-26 September, at Dhaka, Bangladesh

"Ten Days Course on Research Methodology"
15-26 September 2014
at Dhaka, Bangladesh

Its our pleasure to inform you that East West University in collaboration with SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC), New Delhi, India is going to organize 'Ten Days Course on Research Methodology' from 15th to 26th September 2014 at East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This course is meant for researchers, Faculty members, M.Phil and PhD students.

How to apply
The applicants from India may apply through their parent organizations. The application should be forwarded by the head of the Organization. The application should be addressed to the Director, SAARC Documentation Centre, NISCAIR Building, 14 Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi – 110067. Last date to receive the nomination is 5th September 2014. Direct applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
The selected candidates will be notified by 11 September, 2014. The applicants of SAARC Member States other than India can contact their National Focal Points. Nominations will be accepted through the SAARC Secretariat.

Course Fee
SDC will bear the cost of training including the cost of course material, working lunch, tea, etc.

Local Hospitality
SDC will provide local hospitality for the participants, which includes free accommodation. SDC does not provide for medical insurance and sightseeing trips. However, transport for airport pickup and drop would be provided by the SDC.

Travel Expenses
To and fro travel expenses of the participants will have to be borne by the sponsoring institution or the individual concerned.

The training details and the application form is linked bellow.
http://www.sdc.gov.in/downloads/short%20term%20course%20on%20research%20methodology.pdf

Thanks and best regards.

Dr. Dilara Begum
Course Coordinator and Librarian, Head of Library, East West University, A/2, Jahurul Islam Avenue, Aftabnagar, Dhaka-1212, dilara@ewubd.edu

New CSSP Publication "Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out of It" (Book Review), by Madhav Govind

Govind, Madhav (2014). Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out of It. (Book Review).

International Journal of Environmental Studies,

DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2014.947739.  Download.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CFPs National Seminar on Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems & Challenges Ahead; at NIRD, Hyderabad

National Seminar on Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems & Challenges Ahead
November 19-21, 2014
Venue: National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana

Call for Papers
Flagship Programmes of Government of India, monitored by the Planning Commission are symbolic of the main thrust of the nations developmental policy.
It is time to look into the efficacy of these programmes in the light of the experience gained and suggest improvement in their planning and implementation. The main objective of the seminar is to assess their impact, to identify the problems faced in implementing and reaching out its benefits to
the poor and weaker sections of the society. Research papers are invited from Academicians, Researchers, Development Practitioners on the following themes.
1. Rural Livelihoods
2. Habitation
3. Basic Amenities
4. Provision of Rural and Urban Infrastructure
5. Basic needs for improved Human Resources Development

Important Dates:
Last dates for submission of abstracts: September 22, 2014
Communication regarding acceptance: September 30, 2014
Submission of Final paper: October 25, 2014

Contact address:
Dr. K. P. Kumaran, P. K. Nath
Seminar Director, Seminar Co-Director
Tel No + 91-40-24008418 +91-40-24008594
+91-9989305086 + 91-9618719004
Email: kum@nird.gov.in, kumaranp9@gmail.com, aanustoop@gmail.com
For details refer to www.nird.org.in

Call for applications - Fung Global Fellows Program 2015/16

Call for applications - Fung Global Fellows Program 2015/16

Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Each year the program selects six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who are expected to return to their positions, and who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise but who are still early in their careers.

During the academic year 2015/16, the theme for the Fung Global Fellows Program will be "Ethnic Politics and Identities." Recent events around the world have highlighted the role of ethnic politics and identities in shaping domestic and international political arenas. The Fung Global Fellows Program seeks applications from scholars who explore the causes, narrative modalities, and consequences of the politicization of ethnic, racial, and national divides from a comparative perspective. Researchers working on any historical period of the modern age or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due on November 1, 2014. To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent) no earlier than September 1, 2005. Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate's proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the program's theme, the candidate's scholarly record, and the candidate's ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the program. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process itself, see the program's website at http://www.princeton.edu/funggfp/

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CfPs: Conference on Decentralized Disaster Governance in Urbanizing Asia, at ARI Singapore; 5-6 March 2015

Conference on Decentralized Disaster Governance in Urbanizing Asia
5-6 March 2015
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore 

CALL FOR PAPERS (SUBMISSION DEADLINE - 30 SEPTEMBER 2014)
Throughout Asia, political reforms are devolving state authority to sub-national jurisdictions to improve governance processes and outcomes by imbedding them in local contexts and capacities. The purpose of this multidisciplinary workshop is to examine decentralized governance from the perspective of environmental disasters. Often portrayed as the preferred means for bringing government closer to the people, decentralized governance is expected to more effectively respond to societal needs by empowering people and their communities to politically articulate their expectations and priorities through public decision-making. Decentralized decision-making is also expected to more quickly respond to disasters due to proximity to events and better ability to mobilize social resources and local knowledge in planning for, responding to and gaining resilience to future disasters.   
Realizing the many hopes of decentralization encounters well-known bottlenecks and opposing perspectives. Local governments are frequently without sufficient authority, qualified personnel or adequate material resources in times of disaster. Participatory governance mechanisms can equally be thwarted by local power relations and patronage networks. When large-scale disasters occur, centralized government agencies in tandem with donor-assisted programs often assert command over local governments rather than working with them as partners.  
At the same time, innovations in decentered disaster governance are appearing alongside an engaged civil society and active non-government community advocacy and planning organizations. Their successes do not negate the need for centrally coordinated engagement in disaster governance. Rather, the challenge is to build multi-level capacities through governance institutions at all scales to identify issues that would most benefit from higher level decision-making processes without compromising the efficacy of community engagement in the politics of disasters.
In addition to raising questions about governance practices, a focus on the intersection between centralized and decentralized regimes of governance through the lens of disaster reveals how their disruptions can lead to new alignments and compounding impacts that transcend existing political jurisdictions. Because many disasters cannot be neatly contained within territorially demarcated boundaries, both vertical and horizontal arrangements among government units can be destabilized. In such cases, the 'rupture' of disastrous events may produce new transborder networks, relationships and connections based upon shared problems, ideas, knowledge and technologies within and among nation-states. Environmental disasters may also compel local governments to seek or foster wider networks of cooperation in post-disaster recovery priorities and programs. In all cases, rigid routines of existing political and administrative arrangements may prove incapable of meeting the exigencies of disasters, and more flexible responses can emerge that do not fit neatly into received ideas about territorially bounded hierarchies of governance.
We invite submission of papers from young and established scholars, policymakers, planners and development practitioners to more fully explore these and other questions about the reflexive relationships between decentralization and disaster governance in urbanizing Asia. We encourage applicants to consider empirical case studies and theories within comparative Asian contexts to draw lessons that can be learned from Asia for decentralized disaster governance regimes in other urbanizing world regions. Core questions that will guide the workshop proceedings to speak to related themes across disciplinary and geographical boundaries include:
- How can we conceptualize the relationship between devolved systems of governance and environmental disasters at multiple scales and across a broad time scale of preparedness, response, and long-term recovery and resilience?
- Does the devolution of political power effectively lead to participatory forms of disaster governance?  What is the evidence that this occurs, and what are the bottlenecks that inhibit more inclusionary disaster governance processes? 
- How do environmental disasters reveal or even magnify relations of power and social cleavages?  Do post-disaster power relations change toward greater concentrations of power, more inclusive governance, or no significant change at all?  What lessons can we draw from assessing the politics of disasters?
- To what extent do international and transborder networks of cooperation among decentralized governments emerge from shared disaster experiences? What are the promising dimensions of this kind of cooperation, and what are the major bottlenecks in creating collaborative horizontal linkages among localities?  

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg by 30 September 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 10 October 2014 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 31 January 2015.

CONTACT DETAILS
Workshop Convenors
Dr Michelle MILLER
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore

Prof Mike DOUGLASS
Asia Research Institute and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore

Contact Person: Mdm YEO Ee Lin Valerie

Download Paper Proposal Submission Form: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/showfile.asp?eventfileid=824

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Article by CSSP Scholar, A. Borthakur "Generation and Management of Electronic Waste in the City of Pune, India"

Borthakur, Anwesha (2014). Generation and Management of Electronic Waste in the City of Pune, India. Bulletin of Science Technology Society, published online before print, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0270467614541242.

Abstract: Electronic waste (E-waste) illustrates discarded appliances that utilize electricity for their functioning. It is one of the fastest growing waste streams across the globe. A study on the generation and management of E-waste was conducted in the city of Pune, India, involving four different stakeholders, namely, the information technology (IT) sector, banking sector, educational institutes, and households. All these stakeholders are listed by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest as major contributors to the problem of E-waste in the country. Semistructured interviews were carried out at 4 IT companies, 10 banks, 16 educational institutes, and 50 households. Results show that the generation of E-waste with respect to computer waste is highest at the IT sector, followed by the banking sector. Apart from a few exceptions, rudimentary management practices were prevalent among the stakeholders. There is a lack of awareness on concerns related to E-waste. Establishing sustainable E-waste management practices, formulation and implementation of appropriate policy initiatives, transparency in the system, and educating people on their responsibility toward global E-waste problem are essential in order to address the emerging concern of E-waste in India.

Full-Text PDF: http://bst.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/08/08/0270467614541242.full.pdf+html