Friday, September 28, 2012

CfPs IIAS Doctoral workshop on Where is Home? Place, Belonging and Citizenship in the Asian Century; Hong Kong, 22 - 23 March 2013

Dear Friend,
What makes us feel at home in a specific locality? How is the sense of home connected to the production of place? And how are such constructions of home implicated in the authoritative discourses of nationalism, capitalism and religion / philosophy? Can one construct a sense of home that moves beyond these discourses? If you are a PhD student and you like to think about this topic, then we invite you to submit a paper for the following workshop.
Where is Home? Place, Belonging and Citizenship in the Asian Century
A two-day workshop for PhD students examining the transformations of place-making and cultural citizenship in the era of Asian influence
In March 2013, Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of Amsterdam, the International Institute for Asian Studies and the Institute for Culture and Society of the University of Western Sydney will hold a two-day workshop examining the transformations of place-making and cultural citizenship in the era of Asian influence.  During the first day, leading scholars in the field of cultural studies from different localities in Asia, including Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia and South Korea, will explore the notion of place and citizenship in the context of the geopolitical shifts that are taking place today. In the second day of the workshop, PhD students are invited to present and discuss their work with these scholars. This call for papers is for PhD students to submit their abstract. The best proposals will be selected; students from outside of Hong Kong will be fully funded for their travel and accommodation expenses. There will be no workshop fee.
1 November 2012
Workshop dates
22 - 23 March 2013
Procedure for PhD students
Please send by 1 November 2012:
- a 400-word maximum abstract of your paper
- a one-page CV
- contact details of two referees to Dr. Yiu Fai Chow (
The selection of candidates will be announced before 15 December 2012.
The speakers
Ien Ang, Melani Budianta, Chu Stephen Yiu-wai (tbc), Vivian P.Y. Lee, Koichi Iwabuchi (tbc), Kim So-young, Walter Mignolo
The Workshop
How to feel at home in a world that seems so much in flux? Where is our home now that a financial crisis is haunting the world? Confronted with the limits of neoliberalism, can we imagine a different home, a different sense of belonging? And given the shifting geopolitical ordering of the world, what role can and does Asia play in such re-imaginations of home? And what does "home" mean when it is constantly under the threat of demolition, as is the case in today's China? What constitutes a home when you are forced to migrate in search for a better life? These are the questions this workshop engages with.
The "rise of Asia" in the changing global context of the 21st century engendered real and imagined shifts in geopolitical power relations. While scholars have attended to the consequences of such shifts in economic and political terms, less attention has been given to the role of social and cultural processes in the "making of Asia" or to the ways in which such world-making constructions affect our sense of place and belonging: How does Asianization affect conceptions and practices of place, belonging and citizenship? A question that may well be formulated in a more banal way:  How does Asianization affect our sense of home?
Questions of place, belonging and citizenship have been high on the intellectual agenda since the early 1990s, yet most of these studies take "the West" as their focus point. The Asian turn may urge us to rethink these notions. With the emergence of what may be termed a Global Modernity, or better: Global Modernities, "Asia" and its citizens are reconfigured in new ways. Although citizenship has always been defined as a legal and political relationship between the subject and the state, recent studies propose a broader concept of citizenship. The dynamics underpinning the way in which globalization affects place-making can be seen as articulating new definitions of "cultural citizenship." What does it mean to be Asian today, how does one feel at home, in for example, Hong Kong? What does belonging mean in a place like Jakarta? And how can culture – be it art or popular culture – help to foster alternative imaginations of place, home and belonging, beyond the confines of the authoritative discourses of nationalism, capitalism and religion?  
We aim to address these questions through the notion of "home." What makes us feel at home in a specific locality? How is the sense of home connected to the production of place? And how are such constructions of home implicated in the already mentioned authoritative discourses of nationalism, capitalism and religion / philosophy (for example Islam or Confucianism) – the three interlocking discourses that seem to constitute the current rise of Asia? Can one construct a sense of home that moves beyond these discourses, or that challenges them? Or may a move towards homelessness, one that gestures towards a sense of cosmopolitanism, be a possible tactic to resist Asianization?
The Organizers
Dr. Yiu Fai Chow (Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Martina van den Haak (International Institute for Asian Studies)
Prof. Jeroen de Kloet (Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, University of Amsterdam)
Dr. Sonja van Wichelen (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney)
More information
Dr. Yiu Fai Chow,
Global Agenda & Application criteria, please visit

Sunday, September 23, 2012

CfPs National Conference on Rethinking Development (UGC Sponsored); 10-11 Dec; KCC Mumbai

National Conference on Rethinking Development: Emerging Issues and Contemporary Debates (UGC Sponsored)
10-11 December 2012
Organized by Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai

Concept Note
Development has generally been identified with economic growth and the consequent growth in per capita income. The social, human and environmental aspects of economic development remained on the margins of the development discourse for a long time. It was only after the 1990's,that there was a perceptible shift in the focus of development planning from mere economic growth to development as the process of enhancing people's capabilities for improving their quality of life.
It is in the context of this development paradox that this two day conference seeks to engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the development discourse in contemporary times.  


  • To explore the colonial legacy of the post independence international development aid industry
  • To engage with and explore ways in which an upward development strategy can be maintained without compromising on principles of equity, inclusion and sustainability
  • To debate and deliberate upon issues of governance in development
  • To interrogate the current growth model built on consumption for wealth creation and to explore alternative ways of measuring growth and development.

Subthemes of the conference

  • Historicising Development (Situating the colonial legacy of 'Development')
  • Governance and Development (community participation, role of NGO's, role of social capital, RTI, local and urban self government)
  • Gender and Development (Engendering development, microfinance and women),
  • The Politics of Development and Social Movements ( land acquisition, mining, power projects,environment, development induced displacement)
  • Towards a New Paradigm (inclusive, sustainable and participatory models of development)
  • Cultural spaces as markers of developmental change (Performance in the public domain, literary festivals)
Call For Papers
Papers are invited from academicians, researchers, activists on any of the subthemes of the conference. You are requested to send a brief abstract of your paper latest by 15th October 2012. The abstract should not exceed 500 words. The full length papers of accepted abstracts should be between 4000 to 5000 words and typed with double line spacing in Times New Roman 12pt. in MS-Word. The full length paper should be submitted to the Seminar Coordinator in a soft copy through e-mail,, All the papers presented in the seminar will be published in an edited volume.

The following are important dates to remember to meet the deadlines of the conference.
  • Title of the paper and brief Abstract of 500 words: 15th October 2012
  • Confirmation of acceptance of the Abstract: 1st November 2012
  • Last date for sending the full/final paper: 20th November 2012

Training Workshop on Ecology and Economics at GIDR, Ahmedabad; Nov 29 - Dec 02

Training Workshop on Ecology and Economics
November 29 - December 02, 2012
Venue: Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad
Co-organised by GIDR, INSEE and SANDEE

GIDR is hosting a four-day Training Workshop on Ecology and Economics during November 29 to December 02, 2012 at the Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad. The Workshop is jointly organised by GIDR, Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE).

The Workshop will focus on three themes in the broad domains of Ecology and Environmental Economics, viz., Ecosystems Management, Economics of Climate Change, and Policies and Instruments for Green Growth. The central aims of the Workshop are:
  • To give orientation to the young scholars/PhD Students on the foundations of ecological economics and domains of interdisciplinary research.
  • To provide practical guidance to the scholars for pursuing the specific research issues identified by them.

Who should apply
: Young scholars and teachers engaged in research, having MPhil/ PhD degree (or registered for PhD) in the relevant disciplines of Ecology, Environment and Economics and below the age of 35 years (relaxable under special circumstances) may apply.

Application requirements
: Applicants should send a short CV along with a write-up (not exceeding 1000 words) and a statement of purpose (with respect to participation in the Workshop) and evidence of prior/ on-going work in the field of Environmental and Ecological Economics. PhD students will also have to send a brief outline of their proposal (not exceeding 2000 words) including the research questions and methodology, along with a statement about the current status of their PhD.  
There is no Workshop fee. Out-station participants will be provided with partial travel support up to Rs. 1000 (or the actual cost of train fare for III tier AC to cover the shortest route). Boarding and lodging will be provided to the participants. Short-listed candidates will be required to submit a confirmation fee of Rs. 1000 by draft to GIDR, otherwise the seats will be offered to the waitlisted candidates. This fee will not be refunded in case of non-participation. It will, however, be re-funded on course completion.

The last date for submission of applications is September 30, 2012. Applications should be sent by email to Dr. P.K. Viswanathan <> and Dr. Jharna Pathak <>. The hardcopy may be sent to the following address:
Coordinator, 'Training Workshop on Ecology and Economics',
Gujarat Institute of Development Research,
Gota, Ahmedabad, 380 060, Gujarat.
Tel: 02717-242366/67/68.

Further Details

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Understanding Innovation: the Indian Context" August 2012 issue is now available

Understanding Innovation: the Indian Context

August 2012 issue

A Bulletin Initiated by:
National Science and Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS), DST, India
National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, India

Friday, September 21, 2012

CfPs International Conference on Revisiting the Silk Road, at JNU, 5-7 Nov

International Conference on Revisiting the Silk Road: India and the Silk Road Regions - Cultural Connections, Current Challenges

5-7 November 2012

Organized by Centre of Russian Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU

Venue: Convention Centre, JNU, New Delhi, India

In its heyday, the Silk Road was the world's greatest overland trade route that linked the historic destinies of not just the people of the regions of the Silk Road but also of its neighbours. In today's changed global scenario, with resurgent economies of Central Asia and the South Caucasus, this region with its strategic location and rich treasure of natural resources is once again in focus. While world powers play out a new Great Game, there is an urgent need of greater cultural and people to people interaction, trade and economic treaties, political and strategic alliances, and enhanced cooperation amongst the Silk Road countries and neighbouring regions.

This interdisciplinary International Conference is being organised to facilitate contemporary dialogue on this region. It promises to be an exciting event with lectures, symposiums, oral and multimedia presentations, focus group and interactive discussions covering the five Sections of the Conference which are:
  • History and Civilisation
  • Culture and Language
  • Contemporary Social Concerns
  • Economic and Trade Cooperation
  • Geo-Political and Strategic Relations
In addition to the academic presentations, the culture of the Silk Road Regions shall be showcased through an exhibition, cultural performances, films, food festival and informal interactions.

Please send your participation proposals for the academic events as well as cultural festival latest by 30 September 2012 to the Conference Secretariat. Guidelines for submission of abstracts of your proposals are enclosed.

We request you to register early as you can avail discounted registration fee by registering before 30 September 2012. Moreover, the complimentary accommodation at the JNU Guest House is limited and available on first-come first-served basis.

We look forward to meeting you at this confluence of academics and culture, with which, the Silk Road Conference at Delhi awaits you.

Call for Papers & Presentations, Submission of Abstracts & Proposals

Participation is invited for the academic as well as the cultural events.
  • Abstracts of proposals for lectures/ panels/ papers/ symposiums/ presentations in the academic and cultural events must be submitted by 30 September 2012.
  • Abstracts / Proposals must be in English, Russian or Hindi.
  • An abstract / Proposal should not exceed 350 words. It should be typed in single line spacing using 12 point Arial font.
  • Use capitals for the Abstract/ Proposal title to be placed at the top. Then provide authors/ presenters surnames preceded by initials, followed by name and address of the institution to which the author/ presenter is attached.
  • In case of more than one author/ presenter, underline the name of the presenting author/ lead presenter.
  • Abstracts/ Proposals must be sent by e-mail (preferred)

Further Details

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CfPs: International Conference on Inclusive Innovation and Innovative Management; 14-15 Dec; Bangkok

International Conference on Inclusive Innovation and Innovative Management
14-15 December 2012
Miracle Grand Convention Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Call for Papers
The conference organizing committee invites submission of full papers before 31 October 2012. Papers are to be submitted via the ICIIIM website. Please view the paper format on the Submission page. The conference invites both senior and junior scholars to participate and present the papers in the conference. In particular, the participation of young scholars (Ph.D. scholars and scholars who have finished their Ph.D. within five years) from developing countries will be encouraged. High quality papers will be recommended to the journals in the field. Acceptance of paper presentation is based on a review by the conference review committees upon novelty, academic quality, and relevance to the theme of the conference. Accepted papers will be informed by email. Please contact for any query related to paper submissions at; The first ten registered/accepted Presenters will be exempt from registration fee.

Possible Paper Topics
Inclusive Innovation
1. Inclusive Innovation Policies & Promotion
2. Inclusive Innovation Systems and Evaluations
3. Inclusive Innovation Issues
4. Inclusive Innovation for Inclusive Growth
5. Inclusive Innovation and Sustainability
Innovative Management    
1. Innovative Management in Public and Private Organizations
2. Innovative Management Systems and Evaluations
3. Innovative Management Issues
4. Innovative Management and Sustainability

Further Details

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

CfPs: SES Conference Management of Water, Energy and Bio-resources in Changing Climate Regime; Feb 8 & 9; at JNU

School of Environmental Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University

is organising International Humboldt Kolleg


Management of Water, Energy and Bio-resources in Changing Climate Regime: Emerging Issues and Environmental Challenges

February 8 & 9, 2013

Theme: Management of Water, Energy and Bio-resources in Changing Climate Regime: Emerging Issues and Environmental Challenge



  • Water resources assessment and management
  • Ecology, environmental policy and management
  • Pollution, vulnerability, quality control technologies and nanotechnology application
  • Geospatial analysis, geoinformatics and nimericalmodeling
  • Environmental issues, assessment and mitigation of hazards


Call for Papers

Abstracts of original papers, not more than 300 words (Times New Roman, font size 12) can be sent through email to or between September 15, 2012 to December 15, 2012.


Last Date for Abstract Submission: December 15, 2012

Last Date for Full Paper Submission: January 15, 2013


Further information

Call for Papers for "Communicator" and "Sanchar Madhyam" IIMC Journals

Department of Publications, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) invites Papers for:


The Communicator is one of India's most prestigious communications
related academic journals. It is the oldest academic journal published
by the Indian Institute of Mass Communication as it was established in
1965, with ISSN No. 0588-8093. The Communicator concentrates on
research articles and book reviews examining a wide range of issues in
communication theory, research and practice. It is specially
interested in research which is inter-disciplinary and based on the
experience of India and other developing countries.

Editor: Dr. Sunetra Sen Narayan, email -

Department of Publications currently soliciting research articles for
2009, 2010, 2011 issues and a special issue on "100 Years of Indian
Cinema" is proposed for 2012.

Sanchar Madhyam
Sanchar Madhyam is an academic and industry oriented journal of IIMC
in Hindi, covering wide-ranging topics on media, communication theory,
film, new media with multidisciplinary approach. The focus of this
journal is to publish the best available scholarship on all aspects of
mass communications and to encourage academic discourse in the field
of media and related areas. It includes commentary and essays.

Editor: Dr. Anand Pradhan, email –

Department of Publications currently soliciting research articles,
commentary and essays for 2008 to 2012 issues of Sanchar Madhyam.

Please circulate this mail among your colleagues and scholars
interested in contributing their articles for publication.

The guidelines for submission of articles are mentioned below.
  • Submissions should conform to the stylistic guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (4th edition).
  • Mailing address and brief biographical notes on all authors should be provided on a separate page, in addition to a 100-word abstract and a list of key words for indexing.
  • Successful submissions generally run no longer than 30 typed double-spaced pages.
  • The manuscript should be sent via email (
  • Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should the manuscript have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.
  • All manuscripts are subject to review.

CSSP Working Paper "Competing Through Technological Capability: Indian Pharma Industry in a Changing Global Landscape" by A.S. Ray and S. Bhaduri

Competing Through Technological Capability: The Indian Pharmaceutical Industry in a Changing Global Landscape

by Amit Shovon Ray and Saradindu Bhaduri

CSSP Electronic Working Paper Series (EWPS) No. 3; September 2012.


The evolution of the Indian Pharmaceutical industry reveals an interesting story of emergence through technological learning and capability, nurtured by a well focused policy framework. In this paper, we capture this story in order to understand how the Indian pharmaceutical industry has emerged as a major global generics producer and how it is poised to take on the challenges posed by a changing landscape of the international political-economy. The paper portrays the unique policy space that India had created for itself and shows how endogenously determined home grown policy models have helped the pharmaceutical industry to become self reliant, not only in manufacturing but also in technology, and eventually compete successfully in global markets through technological capability. We conclude by noting that the space for endogenous policy making by national governments have been shrinking over the last couple of decades with the emergence of a new world order driven by neo-liberal institutions like the WTO. Accordingly, the present global landscape does pose a rather challenging environment for the Indian pharmaceutical industry to continue to compete and emerge through its technological capability.


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Monday, September 17, 2012

TERI Seminar on "Trade and Technology Dimensions of Energy Use and Climate Change"; 29th Sep

Seminar on "Trade and Technology Dimensions of Energy Use and Climate Change"

29th September 2012

Organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Asian Energy Institute (AEI)

Venue: Magnolia Hall, IHC, New Delhi

This seminar is a part of the study on "Analyzing IPR regimes and carbon based trade issues", supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At a time when the international community is struggling to agree on a comprehensive, global effort to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, countries, primarily the developed ones, are planning to move unilaterally and explore and develop strategies that would curb local and global greenhouse gases emission. Certain strategies have important trade implications and it becomes pertinent to understand the possible consequences of such policies on global trade regime. Such measures can impose significant economic costs upon developing countries by affecting market access and reduced export revenues. This might in turn affect their ability to adopt clean energy and energy efficient technologies. The question that obviously arises is whether such carbon measures are compatible with the existing provision of WTO and the UNFCCC.

For Registration please contact at or

Please find attached the tentative agenda and concept note.

Exim Bank International Economic Development Research Annual (IEDRA) Award 2012

Exim Bank International Economic Development Research Annual (IEDRA) Award 2012  

The Award
Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) promotes India's international trade. The award was instituted by Exim Bank in 1986, with the aim of promoting serious research in the areas of International Economics, Trade & Development and Related Financing being carried out by Indian nationals at universities and academic institutions in India and abroad. The Award consists of a sum of Indian Rupees Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand (Rs. 2.5 Lakhs) and a Citation.

The Entry
Research work in International Economics, Trade & Development and Related Financing (either awarded a doctorate or accepted for award of doctorate), from a university or equivalent academic institution in India or abroad is a pre-requisite for eligibility of the Award. Issues of relevance to India / Exim Bank such as those pertaining to foreign trade, foreign direct investments, joint ventures, international competitiveness, policies impacting trade and investment, monetary and fiscal interventions would be of particular interest. Exim Bank will accept, as entry, those thesis for which doctorate has been obtained/ accepted for award of doctorate between January 1, 2008 and September 30, 2012.

Last date of submitting entries is September 30, 2012. Entry forms are available on the Bank's website as well as from the address given below.
Research and Planning Group
Export Import Bank of India
Floor 21, Centre One Building, World Trade Centre Complex
Cuffe Parade, Mumbai- 400 005

Further Information

Entry Form

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Call for applications: IIAS PostDoc Fellowships. Deadline 1 October

masthead call for applications
Dear Scholar, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands, invites outstanding researchers to work on an important piece of research in the social sciences and humanities with a postdoctoral fellowship. The deadlines for applications are 1 April and 1 October.

IIAS Fellowships

We are particularly interested in researchers focusing on one of the Institute's three thematic clusters: 'Asian Cities', 'Asian Heritages', and 'Global Asia'. However, some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed.

Next deadline
1 October 2012

Asian Cities

The Asian Cities cluster deals with cities and urban cultures with related issues of flows of ideas and goods, cosmopolitism, métissage and connectivity, framing the existence of vibrant "civil societies" and political urban microcultures. It also deals with such issues as urban development in the light of the diversity of urban societies.

Asian Heritages
The Heritage and Social Agency in Asia cluster explores the notion of heritage as it evolved from a Europe  originated concept associated with architecture to incorporate a broader diversity of cultures and values.

Global Asia
The Global Asia cluster addresses Asia's role in the various globalization processes. It examines examples of and issues related to multiple, transnational intra-Asian interactions as well as Asia's projection in the world. Historical experiences as well as more contemporary trends will be addressed.

Research projects that can contribute to new, historically contextualized, multidisciplinary knowledge,
with the capacity of translating this into social and policy relevant initiatives, will be privileged.

More information
For more information on the research clusters and the fellowship application form please go to our website:

Engaging Asia

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a research and exchange platform based in the university city of Leiden, the Netherlands. IIAS encourages the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and promotes national and international co-operation. It acts as an interface between academic and non-academic partners including cultural, social and policy organisations.

IIAS | P.O. Box 9500 | 2300 RA | Leiden | Contact

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Call for Papers in Public Economics

Call for Papers in Public Economics

The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy has initiated a lecture series and an annual conference on Issues in Public Economics, in honour of Dr. Raja J. Chelliah. The fourth event in this series is being organized in November 2012. Papers on issues broadly in the area of Public Economics can be submitted for the conference.

Papers received would be subject to review. Accepted papers can be published after suitable revision as working paper of NIPFP. The conference would be organized during November 7-8, 2012 at New Delhi. For all accepted papers, the Institute will reimburse travel expenses.

Submission of Paper October 15, 2012.
Authors of accepted papers would be intimated by October 25, 2012.
The papers should be sent in soft copy to
Any other communication regarding the Conference can also be addressed to or


CfPs: 54th ISLE Annual Conference; 20-22 Dec; at BHU, Varanasi, India

54th ISLE Annual Conference

20-22 December 2012

Organized by Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) & BHU, Varanasi, India

Call for Papers
The 54th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be held during 20-22 December, 2012 at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India. Prof. S.K. Thorat, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, will preside over the Conference.
The themes for this year's Conference are:
  • Wages and Wage Share
  • Employment in the Post Reform India
  • Labour Rights in the Globalising World

Those who wish to contribute papers may send papers along with a summary of about 1000 words latest by 31 October, 2012 to: the Hon. Secretary, Indian Society of Labour Economics, NIDM Building, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, New Delhi – 110002, India.
The soft copies may be emailed to: The summaries of the selected papers will be brought out as a publication of conference summaries to be distributed among the Conference participants, along with a CD of the complete papers. Selected and revised papers based on peer reviews will be published in subsequent issues of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics.
Two awards have been instituted for best paper writers, below 40 years: Ruddar Datt Memorial Award and Sanjay Thakur Young Labour Economist Award (carrying prize money of Rs. 10,000 each). Those willing to be considered for the awards are requested to send their date of birth along with the papers before the deadline.

For further updates please visit our website: or email your queries to:

Last Date for Paper submission: 31 October, 2012


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

CfPs: National Seminar on Agrarian Crisis in India: The Way Out; NIRD Hyderabad; 5-7 Nov

National Seminar on "Agrarian Crisis in India: The Way Out"

5-7 November 2012

Organized by National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad

The Objectives of the Seminar are:
To discuss and deliberate the macro scenario and problems faced in agriculture
To bring out the root causes of agrarian crisis and their impact;
To create a platform for discussing various issues of social, economic and technological in nature;
To suggest suitable policy changes and programmes to tide over the crisis; and
To evolve a roadmap and suggest long term strategies for agriculture development.

The Themes of the Seminar are as follows:
Structural and Institutional Dimensions (Changes in Landholding Structure; Unfinished Agenda of Land Reforms : Tenancy and Landlessness;
Resource Constraints (Land Degradation; Problems of Dryland Agriculture; Changing Contours and Crisis in Irrigation Development)
Technological Dimensions (Green Revolution Technologies - pros and cons; Risks and Vulnerabilities in Agriculture; Sustainable Agriculture - Policy and Programmes)
Changes in Costs and Returns in Agriculture (Trends in Cost of Production in Agriculture; Farm and Non-Farm Sources of Income)
Agricultural Credit and Indebtedness (Trends in Institutional and non-Institutional Sources; Packages of Agricultural Debt Relief)
Agricultural Distress and Regional Dimensions
Economic Reforms and Agriculture (Public Investment in Agriculture; Trends in Agricultural Impact Supply and Subsidies; Agricultural Price Policy; Reforms in Agricultural Marketing; State of Agricultural Extension; Impact of WTO and Agreement on Agriculture)

Interested persons are invited to send their Research papers on any of the themes indicated above to Dr K. Suman Chandra, Professor & Head (CAS&DM) and Seminar Co-ordinator by e-mail to or

  • Abstract of the paper must be sent on or before 15th September 2012.
  • Full paper must be sent on or before 15th October 2012.

Travel Grant for IGIDR Silver Jubilee International Conference; Dec. 1-3; Mumbai

IGIDR Silver Jubilee International Conference

Organized by Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai

December 1-3, 2012

IGIDR, a deemed university located in Mumbai and established by the Reserve Bank of India, is celebrating its Silver Jubilee during 2012-13 and to fl ag off the silver jubilee celebrations, a special Silver Jubilee International Conference consisting of invited papers, to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, is scheduled on December 1-3, 2012.

Several distinguished scholars such as Dilip Abreu, Dilip Ahuja, Kaushik Basu, Hans Binswanger, Raj Chetty, Ravi Kanbur, Ashok Kotwal, Sugato Marjit, Anil Markhandaya, Kaivan Munshi, Kirit and Jyoti Parikh, Mihir Rakshit, Bharat Ramaswamy, Nirvikar Singh, T.N. Srinivasan, Shyam Sunder and Marti Subrahmanyam from India and abroad would present either state of the art overviews of their research fields or a summary of their pathbreaking research. As each of these presentations is planned for approximately an hour each, it would offer an immense learning opportunity to young scholars and researchers to learn from and interact with these scholars of repute.
Hence, as part of our continuing capacity building and outreach activities, we invite applications from Ph.D students, and young faculty (preferably below 40 years) working in Economics (including Energy and Environment) to participate as audience in this conference.

The application should include detailed cv with contact details such as phone and email id, and a precise one page description of your current research. IGIDR will provide boarding and lodging to the selected participants. In addition, selected outstation participants will be paid travel allowance (not exceeding return 2-tier AC train fare by the shortest route) on furnishing the original tickets, apart from a fixed consolidated amount for local travel.

Applications should be sent to The Registrar, IGIDR, Gen. A. K. Vaidya Marg, Goregaon (East), Mumbai 400 065 by post or by fax (022-2840 2752) or by email ( by September 28, 2012. Please add "Silver Jubilee International Conference" header to your envelope or electronic message.

CfPs: National Seminar on Planning and Development; 23 Nov; at Santiniketan

National Seminar on Planning and Development
23rd November 2012
Organized by A.K.Dasgupta Centre for Planning and Development, Visva-Bharati, (sponsored by the Planning Commission, Govt. of India), Santiniketan

Call For Papers
We invite full paper with abstract of 500 words in MS word format on the following themes.
i) Rural Health in India
ii) Women and Child Development
iii) Rural Development programme of Govt. of India and their effectiveness –an assessment
iv) Agriculture and Rural Development.

Submission of Papers
The paper stating the themes under which the paper comes, contact address with telephone number and email address, and the institutional affiliation of the author(s) must reach the Seminar Committee at We encourage young researchers to submit and present their works. All accepted papers will be refereed and may be published. Registration fee for the seminar is Rs.1000/-. No Travelling allowance will be given. One day Moderate accommodation and local hospitality will be provided to the Participant.

Important Dates:
  • Last date for receiving full paper with abstracts: 10th October, 2012
  • Intimation of acceptance of paper: 15th October, 2012
  • Email for Correspondence:
For Assistance Call to Sri Daya Shankar Kushwaha, Ph. 09475983934,; or Prof. Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay,

Article "Examining the Determinants of Drug Launch Delay in pre-TRIPS India" by Saradindu Bhaduri of CSSP and T. Brenner

Examining the Determinants of Drug Launch Delay in pre-TRIPS India

Saradindu Bhaduri
and Thomas Brenner

European Journal of Health Economics, 2012, published online before print. DOI: 10.1007/s10198-012-0422-7.
The dynamics of drug launch has been an under-researched area, especially in the context of developing countries, which have diverse disease profiles and weaker forms of regulation compared to developed countries. A limited set of studies, undertaken in recent years, on the diffusion of new drugs in developing countries indeed conjectures the importance of these factors in shaping drug launch dynamics. Taking a survival analysis approach, we investigate the delay of new drug launch in India for drugs launched in the German market during 1990–2004, when, due to weak intellectual property rights (IPR), not only the innovators but also domestic firms could launch new drug molecules in the country. The paper makes an attempt to distinguish between the commercial success of a new drug and its innovativeness. We find little association between these two characteristics of a drug. Also, the influence of global commercial success in shortening delay is much stronger than that of innovativeness. The study also finds interesting results for the threat of imposition of a strong IPR system, market structure and first mover advantages. Policy implications are discussed briefly.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program in Canada 2013-15

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program in Canada 2013-15

Purpose of the Fellowships
Canada is building world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier postdoctoral trainees at an internationally competitive level of funding.
The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.
The fellowships are administered by Canada's three federal granting agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program allows highly motivated and competitive researchers to realize their full potential and develop their careers.

Eligibility Criteria
You must meet the following criteria to apply for a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.
1. Citizenship
    Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply.
2. Eligibility Window for Degree Completion
Applicants for the 2012/13 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree: on a date within the eligibility window of November 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012. Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must do so no later than December 31, 2012 and submit proof no later than January 15, 2013. Applicants who do not submit such proof will be automatically withdrawn from the competition.

Program Scope
Budget available for 70 new two-year awards annually with a total of up to 140 awards active at any one time.
The fellowships will be distributed equally across Canada's three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Value and Duration
$70,000 per year (taxable) for two years.

Competition Timelines
  • July - October 2012: Applicants seek endorsement from host institution to apply, prepare and submit application
  • November 1, 2012: Deadline for complete application submission
  • Nov 2012 - Mar 2013: Evaluation of applications
  • March 2013: Results announced by March 31

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SANDEE's Call for Research Concept notes: Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Change

SANDEE's Call for Research Concept notes
Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Change
Deadline: 31st October 2012

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is a regional network that provides research support to South Asian researchers and institutions interested in the inter-connection among development, natural resource use and the environment. SANDEE is currently inviting research concept notes on the Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Change in South Asia. Concept notes, if accepted, will lead to an invitation to submit a full research proposal.

SANDEE requests research concept notes in three prioritized areas:

  • Ecosystems Management: Ecosystems provide a variety of provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services that are being lost at an accelerating rate. Research on ecosystems management will focus on: a) understanding the implications of ecosystem changes for economic and social systems; b) identifying trade-offs, i.e. the costs and benefits to different stakeholders (particularly the poor), from conserving ecosystems services; and c) examining different institutional arrangements to manage ecosystem services.

  • Economics of Climate Change: With climate change, South Asia is expected to get warmer and witness more extreme events. SANDEE's climate portfolio will support research on: a) valuation of the impacts of climate change; b) evaluation of adaptation and mitigation strategies, particularly those that offer local co-benefits and c) examination of institutions and policies that need to be in place for low carbon growth and long-term adjustment to climate change.
  • Policies and Instruments for Greener Growth: Governments and NGOs in South Asia put forward a variety of policies and regulations to manage local to global environmental problems. In order to ensure that these strategies are effective, this thematic area will emphasize: a) program evaluation of the impacts of environmental policies, regulations and programs; and, b) assessment of the economic incentives associated with different regulatory and market mechanisms and their contribution to policy compliance.

While SANDEE's focus is on environmental management, proposals have to include a strong economics component. Multi-disciplinary projects with a robust economic focus are encouraged. Institutional affiliation is required for receiving support. Concept notes will be evaluated on their academic merit and policy significance.

SANDEE will collect proposals throughout the year.  The average grant size in recent years has been 20,000 USD for one to two year projects. Larger grants will be considered if a multidisciplinary team of natural and social scientists are involved and there is a clear identification of roles and tasks. Please upload concept notes on SANDEE's website at For any additional queries, please contact us at

Please see guidelines/requirements and upload concept notes by visiting For any additional queries, please contact us at

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CfPs: Cultural Studies Workshop 2013, at Santiniketan, 25-29 Jan 2013

Cultural Studies Workshop 2013: 17th Annual Cultural Studies Workshop

Venue: Santiniketan, West Bengal

Dates: 25-29 January 2013

Organized by Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC)

Broad theme: Cultures of Everyday Life

Drawing on a tradition of scholarship of thinkers like Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau and Pierre Bourdieu, recent decades have witnessed remarkable advances in understanding the ordinary, repetitive life of the everyday. This is largely due to the coming closer of different disciplines of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, and the parallel rise of Cultural Studies as a new mode of producing and organizing knowledge.

The forthcoming Cultural Studies Workshop proposes to participate in these explorations of the intellectual, cultural and political aspects of the everyday and broaden their scope by throwing light on different features of contemporary Indian life. It will discuss the specificities of the everyday as a temporal and spatial category; the myriad strategies of contestation, governmentality and claims to citizenship as they work out at an everyday, micrological level; the dispersal of power and the texture of affect; the gendered realities of the everyday; the effects of commodification upon cultural practices; everyday objects and technologies, and the discursive and semiotic registers of the everyday in literary and aesthetic activities.

The Workshop is intended to give young researchers an opportunity to share their work with some of the faculty of the CSSSC and other senior scholars in the field. Over the years, the Workshop has played a key institutional role in the emergence of Cultural Studies as a discipline and concerns itself with the broader issues of social sciences and humanities today as viewed from a cultural studies perspective. It is aimed at doctoral and postdoctoral students and young lecturers (below the age of 35) whose ongoing or recently completed work focuses on one or more of the issues listed above. They are required to present a paper based on their research at the workshop.
The morning session of each day will be devoted to faculty presentations based on a select number of readings. Under the anchorage of this year's theme, each session will address a specific topic.

The possible topics of this year are:
  • Theorizing the Everyday (Day 1);
  • Quotidian Histories (Day 2);
  • The Everyday State (Day 3); and
  • Regimes of Representation (Day 4).
Between Day 2 and Day 3 is a break-day. The afternoon sessions are for students' presentations.

CSSSC will bear the expenses of rail travel (AC two tier) and accommodation at Santiniketan for all selected candidates. Priority will be given to students currently affiliated to Indian educational institutions.

Those wishing to participate in the workshop may apply with their current C.V. clearly indicating date of birth, educational qualifications, current academic affiliation and mailing address and email IDs. Applications must include a brief description (between 500 and 750 words in typed pages) of the paper they intend to present which draws on their current research. E-mail application must reach the Registrar, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta latest by October 5, 2012 [email:].

Monday, September 3, 2012

SAARC Regional Essay Competition on "Women & Girls: Invisible Force of Resilience"

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012

SAARC Regional Essay Competition


"Women & Girls : The Invisible Force of Resilience"


On the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13th October 2012, a Regional Essay Competition shall be held among the children  in the SAARC region in collaboration with the  UNISDR.



  The objectives of the Drawing Competition would be to:

(a)    To create awareness among the young generation about disaster risk reduction in the SAARC region;

(b)    To provide an opportunity to the young to observe and respond to the specific issues concerning women and girls on the theme of emerging concern in the region; and

(c)    To promote regional cooperation for DRR among the people of the region.    

Target Group

The target group of the competition are the Nationals of the SAARC countries in the two age groups of 15-18 years and 19-22 years as of 31st August 2012.

For further details please refer the prospectus.

 (Last day for Receipt of Essay extended to 10 September 2012)

Download Prospectus& Entry form

Concept Note


Sunday, September 2, 2012

CfPs: Congress of Philosophy and Foundations of Science XVII [CPFS-XVII '12]; Dec 17-21; New Delhi, India

Congress of Philosophy and Foundations of Science XVII [CPFS-XVII '12]
December 17-21, 2012
New Delhi, India

International Program 'Frontier Areas Research Excellence' of the The World Institute for Advanced Study, CPFS, New Delhi comprising eight Sections:
1. Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics (CAP)
2. Cognitive and Logical Aspects of Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CLAIM)
3. Genomics Revolution & Emerging Advances in Therapeutics (GREAT)
4. Neuroscientific Investigations of Conscious Experience (NICE)
5. Plenty of Room: Advances in Nanoscience (PRAN)
6. Quantum Uncertainty, Information, Communication & Knowledge (QUICK)
7. Sustaining Humanity: Opportunities, Risks and Threats (SHORT)
8. Unifying Natural Law: Advances and New Approaches (UNLANA)

The international program committee consists of WIAS Distinguished Visiting Professors, CPFS Faculty Associates and Members of the Board of Advisers. The program will combine keynote lectures, plenary lectures, symposia and workshops by leading practitioners. Interested specialists and researchers who wish to contribute papers (20 minute presentations) or posters should contact the Convener, Prof. Ranjit Nair, Director CPFS by e-mailing Submissions may be made directly via the following webpage which will be read by all members of the Programme Committee. Decisions will be communicated within a fortnight of receipt of abstracts 300-500 words long, which must arrive no later than the extended deadline 30 September 2012. Invited and contributed papers must be received by 30 November 2012 for the publication to be available at the Congress.

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