Monday, December 2, 2013

CfPs: Power Students' Seminar, University of Delhi, at January 30-31

Power: Contestations and Perspectives - Multidisciplinary Students' Seminar
Venue: Department of Political Science, University of Delhi
Dates: January 30-31, 2014

How can one understand power in theory and power in practice? How does one address questions on violence? Must power be violent? Where does one locate power in society and how does one study its contestations? Can there be power in disempowerment? Does power lie in the State as the classicists would insist, or does it reside in State institutions, culture, and language as Marxists point out? Where does power reside in knowledge systems and truth-producing mechanisms? What role does the Press play in society?
We invite multidisciplinary research papers by students of MA in Humanities and Social Sciences which attempt to offer fresh perspectives on, including but not limited to, classical macro categories such as State power and resistance, and under-explored micro categories that construct and legitimise cultures.
Following are the possible sub-themes for exploration.
  • State Power and Resistance: Understanding State coercion and resistance through new protest cultures and contemporary social movements
  • Power and Culture: Deconstructing location and reproduction of the power of culture - and - knowledge producing processes engaging areas such as language, erotica, identity, sexuality, pop culture, cyberspace and art.
  • Power and Pedagogy: Analysing power relations in supposed 'sacred' spaces like the School, the University, the Academy, religious Schools
  • Power in theory: New theoretical turns in debates and theories on power cutting across fields such as International Politics, Gender Studies and Environmental Studies, Media and Communication Studies and Jurisprudence.

Papers could be presented with the aid of alternative media like power-point, performance, poster, and audio-video.

Important Dates:
  • December 15, 2013: Last date for proposal submission
  • January 20, 2014: Submission of final drafts for plagiarism review.
  • January 30-31, 2014: Seminar

Eligibility: Currently enrolled in any of the MA courses in humanities and social sciences in any University in Delhi.

Suggested format for writing the proposal:
  • 500-750 words long; References in APA format
  • Times New Roman, 12 size font
  • The document should be sent either in .pdf, .docx or .doc format.
  • The name of the file should be YOURNAME_INSTITUTION_DEPARTMENT.format
  • The subject of the email should be: Entry for Students' Seminar Political Science
  • The document itself should NOT contain anything indicating your name or institution
  • The following details should be provided in the body of the email itself: name, institution, course/ programme.

The last date to send in proposals is December 15, 2013. Kindly email them to Proposals written in Hindi will also be accepted. Please write to us for further inquiries, if any.

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