Monday, August 27, 2012

CfPs: International Conference on Technology, Innovation and Social Change, TISS Mumbai; 22-24 Jan 2013

International Conference on Technology, Innovation and Social Change

22-24 January 2013

Organised by Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Call for Papers
The aim of the Conference is to provide a platform to academicians and practitioners from multiple disciplines to debate and deliberate on social change that is encompassed by innovation and technology. The Conference will help the Scholars to produce publishable quality of research papers.

Research Questions
The proposed International Conference will throw light on the nature, significance as well as relationship between technology, innovation and social change. We submit the following research questions to kick-start the process. These questions are indicative in nature and must not limit creative participation of scholars, practitioners and policy makers to add to the list.
1. What is the role of technology in social change in the era of globalisation?
2. How do you see changing in technology as the discourse of development? Has technology acquired a new meaning or it has become the driving force of development?
3. Is the process of social innovation caught in the discourse of technology development resulting in de-politicization of development discourse?
4. Are technology and social innovation discourse aim at structural change as an agenda of social change?
5. Is technology and social innovation subservient to global capital or has it potential to question the hegemony of global capital?
6. Are there specific technologies that have boosted enterprises and provide space for experimentation?
7. What kind of capabilities our research and educational institutions must develop to produce new technologies?
8. What kind of technologies exists and deployed for the grassroots level social transformation?
9. What is the role of Incubation Centres in promotion of technologies that are useful for social change?
10. What are the existing enterprises and models for experimenting with technologies that facilitates the process of social transformation?
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We invite papers, both theoretical and empirical, that address one or more research questions mentioned above. Authors can also send papers on other related research questions. They must submit an abstract in about 500 words explaining the intent for participation, research question and research plan to Dr. Rama Krishna Reddy Kummitha on his email id not later than August 30, 2012. The abstract must also contain authors' names, institutional affiliations, email and postal address. Authors will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by September 10, 2012.

Need based scholarships are available for the paper presenters. The scholarship covers registration fee, accommodation and food. Ph.D scholars will be given preference.

Key Deadlines
Extended date to send Abstract: 30 August 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 10 September 2012
Submission of Full Papers: 31 October 2012

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