Friday, September 28, 2018

CfPs: Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry "Labour and Development" | 3-7 December

The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry (SSWSP) has been designed as a programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social sciences research.


The major thread of this 2018 Social Sciences Winter School will be to address societal challenges at the intersection between labour and development.

Only recently, international organisations placed labour in the spotlight of development research and policy making (UNESCO, 2012; World Development Report 2013; Filmeret Fox, 2014; OECD, 2017). However, it is noteworthy that academic and policy studies over the past decades took little hold of the subject to investigate the multifaceted nature of the link between labour and development, notwithstanding a strong interest around labour-related issues (such as forms of workers organisation, involving strike movements and unions) notably in history under Marxist influence from the 1950-60s onwards (Morris, 1965). A possible explanation for this gap in analytical focus and understanding is likely to be found within former dynamics backed by academic and policymaking discourse on development. For example, following the fast capital accumulation-driven transformation of the Soviet Union from a poor agrarian to an industrialised economy, the 1950s were dominated by logics of development via accumulation-driven growth. Labour was seen as an automatic – and homogeneous – complement to capital in this accumulation process. In other words, labour was considered a peripheral component of the development process.


By the mid-1960s and throughout the 1970s, the persistence of either open unemployment or under-employment and the incidence of working poor even growing in less developed economies were perceived as indicative of an employment crisis due to acute land shortage in 'overcrowded farming communities' and an acute job shortage in 'overcrowded urban communities' (Singer, 1970). As a result, the decade saw fundamental developments in academics' efforts to understand labour market duality from both economic (Harris and Todaro, 1970) and anthropological-cum-sociological perspectives (Hart, 1973). A renewed academic focus on the human input into the development process stimulated an international policy shift in the direction of welfare improvements by investment in health and education. Besides, along the closure of large industries, the late 1980s witnessed a revival in historical studies focusing on the world of work in relation to various themes: cultural and urban-related dimensions, national migration…By the end of the 1990s, when the structural adjustment rhetoric had fizzled out, both national and international policy attention turned towards more holistic approaches to poverty alleviation and redistribution, but it was only recently (in the 2000s) that the virtues of labour for both economic development, poverty alleviation, social emancipation and gender equality came to the fore.

Themes and scientific questionings and approaches to explore the complex relationships between labour and development are now many and call for interdisciplinary thinking. This year, the objectives of the SSWSP are to expose students and young researchers to research frontiers in social sciences on the multifaceted dimensions of labour.

Following the framework of the past editions, the SSWSP will be organised according to three complementary axes:

(a)   Plenary sessions at the beginning of the school: three presentations will introduce different thematic and methodological research on labour studies in social sciences.

(b)   Three thematic workshops lasting four days: issues related to Labour Dynamics: Conceptual, Methodological Perspectives and Focus on India (workshop 1), Gender and Labour (workshop 2), Labour, Informality and Precarity in India's New Economy (workshop 3), will be addressed from various cross-cutting angles.

(c)  Restitution, discussions, exchanges:participants of each workshop will work on a research designas a group based on the four days of training and make their presentation.


Workshop 1. Labour  Dynamics: Conceptual, Methodological Perspectives and Focus on India

Analysing Labour Force Surveys (LFS) is at the core of the analysis of labour in dynamic settings. This workshop will consist of providing the trainees with the essential tool box for working on the various dimensions of labour using LFSs, given official data scarcity and imperfections. The training provides knowledge on how to establish a labour profile to monitor labour conditions. This includes: formal presentations of labour transformation and dynamics in India; identifying the population of interest and collecting labour data through a case study in Tamil Nadu;understanding how to manage a survey using the statistical package STATA; producing and discussing simple labour statistics; identifying vulnerable groups of workers using decent work indicators and, finally, performing basic statistical analysis, such as manipulating earnings and conducting basic analysis of labour indicators. The workshop will end with a group work aiming at designing a research project based on the provided material.

Workshop 2. Gender and Labour  Dynamics

This workshop will take a conceptual and methodological approach on gender and labour-related issues, based on the contributions of labour sociology, development studies and socio-economics. It will mobilise both Indian and French theoretical works and examples, and begin with an analysis of major debates led by the sociology of gender within the discipline of labour sociology. The workshop will study how gender studies have crossed all fields of labour sociology and contributed to renew the definition of labour and its analysis on the basis of the theoretical challenge of articulating the sociology of both labour and family. The objective will be to understand the link between production analysis and gender relations within institutions, and to provide methods to examine practices and skills.Across French and Indian examples, the workshop will thus discuss about the place of women and men at work in social and economic organisations, about gender divisions at work, and about job systems organisation to understand how labour is an effective way to understand gender relations.The workshop will end with a group work aiming at designing a research project based on the provided material.

 Workshop 3. Labour, Informality and Precarity in India's New Economy

This workshop will explore some of the continuities and changes in the ways in which labour is recruited and deployed, and discuss some of the wider transformations in the nature of India's capitalist economy that have impacted on existing labour relations. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which opportunities and constraints are shaped by caste, gender and other markers of social identity. In addition, the workshop will also focus on individual experiences of workers across sectors and industries, and the new – neoliberal – subjectivities that are emerging in the context of new employment opportunities, such as in the IT and service sectors. It will consider more individualised forms of resistance as well as collective forms of organising and action. Finally, the workshop will reflect on the methodology and ethics of researching informal labour in contemporary India, considering the strengths of empirically grounded and ethnographic approaches, as well as the challenges and limitations that they produce. The workshop will end with a group work aiming at designing a research project based on the provided material.


The Winter School is open to Doctoral and Master Students of all fields in social sciences. Trainees will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, while taking into account the value of the training with regards to their research or professional projects.

The trainers will be from various disciplinary background and the teams will be international, composed of young and senior researchers originating from Indian universities and research centres of excellence, as well as from abroad. It is the result of a long-lasting Indo-French collaboration between Pondicherry University and the French Institute in Pondicherry, with IRD and CNRS in France.


The plenary sessions will take place at Pondicherry University (School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Silver Jubilee Campus) and the trainings at the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), from December 3 to 7, 2018.


1.      Full CV

2.      Postgraduate degree certificate

 These 2 documents should be sent by email to

  • The registration fees of Rs. 3,000 are payable on arrival (Rs. 700 for Pondicherry University Students)
  • Selected students will be offered accommodation and food in Pondicherry for the duration of the programme
  • Selected students will be offered round trip train fare (Sleeper Class).


All correspondence should be addressed to the team of coordinators:

More information and detailed programme will soon be available on the website of the Winter School:

Panel Discussion "Automation, Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Jobs" | IIC Delhi, 10th October

NITI Aayog, India International Centre and Centre for Policy Research are pleased to invite you to the sixth panel discussion on 

Automation, Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Jobs

Chair: Dr R Chidambaram, former Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

Anna Roy- Advisor, NITI Aayog
Rajat Gupta- Senior Director, McKinsey & Company
Sanjeev Bikhchandani- Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman, Info Edge (India) Limited –
Dr A Didar Singh- Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group and Member ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 6:30 p.m. 

Multipurpose Hall, Kamla Devi Complex, India International Centre

Metamorphoses Website

Sign up for the event at this link. This is necessary given seating requirements.

Current and anticipated developments in technology, such as advances in automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, are leading to concerns about their impact on jobs. Many employment streams we are familiar with today may be rendered redundant in the next few decades. There may be new jobs guaranteed by the technologies of the future, but they require different skill sets and educational curricula. Are our societies prepared to adapt these changes? What will be the likely impact on a country like India, where for several years into the future, millions of jobs will have to be found for a young and expanding demography? This session on 'Automation, Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Jobs' will debate these issues.

The talk will be live-streamed on the IIC website; streamed through Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels hosted on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accessed here.

Questions will be taken on a special number through SMS, provided at the venue, and selected ones will be answered given time constraints.

Dr Rajagopala Chidambaram is Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet. He is also President of the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum; Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; and Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. He is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change and Chairman of the High-Level Committee for establishing the Integrated National Knowledge Network. He completed his PhD at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and is a Fellow of all the major science academies in India as well as the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy.

Dr Chidambaram joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1962 and became its Director in 1990. He was Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and also Secretary to the Government of India at the Department of Atomic Energy from February 1993 to November 2000. In addition, Dr Chidambaram was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1994–95 and has been a member of its Commission of Eminent Persons. In 2008 he was appointed by the Director-General of the IAEA to prepare the report The Role of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond. He has contributed to the development of many sectors of India's nuclear technology and has more than 200 research papers published in international refereed journals.

Dr Chidambaram has won many awards including the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award bestowed by the Government of India, in 1999.

Anna Roy is presently an Advisor in NITI Aayog. Anna has held various positions like Deputy Director, Joint Director, Director in Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and also Ministry of Civil Aviation during the period from 1996 to 2012. She was Officer on Special Duty to the Finance Minister from February-July 2009. Previously, she was Director, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

She is a post graduate in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, started her career as a lecturer of Economics in Delhi University during 1988 to 1990. She joined the Indian Economic Service in 1992. She was a Research Officer in the Planning Commission, Transport Division in 1993. She was also a Research Officer in the Project Management Unit, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance from 1993 to 1996.

Rajat Gupta leads McKinsey's energy and materials work in Asia, helping companies in emerging markets transform their performance, achieve breakout growth, and become global leaders.

Rajat is a leader in McKinsey's global energy and materials sector. Since joining McKinsey, Rajat has lived on three continents and served clients in 15 countries, including China, India, Indonesia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Rajat has worked with leading companies in the metals, chemical, infrastructure, mining, power, oil, and telecommunications sectors. He brings particular expertise in operational transformations and change programs, leveraging digital tools in these areas. Rajat has also served clients on business building (including digital businesses), marketing, organisation, and strategy. He leads McKinsey's relationships with two of India's top five conglomerates, serving them across the globe. Rajat also leads the firm's work with the central government, working across multiple ministries—such as those for aviation, railways, roads, and shipping—on major programs and transformations.

Rajat is committed to building long-term relationships with Indian companies based in emerging markets, helping them transform their performance and grow to become global leaders. For example, his involvement with a leading Indian metal company spans 20 years of building better operations, creating a stronger performance culture, and engendering marketing excellence across Asia, Europe, and India. Today, the company is a global leader in its industry.

Passionate about sustainability and resource productivity, Rajat has published work on poverty, carbon abatement, and water in India; been on the jury for several awards; and served on several industry and government committees on sustainability. He is on the board of the Indian think tank CSTEP and the governing board of the Childline India Foundation. Rajat leads McKinsey's social-responsibility efforts through Generation, the world's largest demand-driven skilling initiative, and is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute advisory council.

Rajat was awarded gold medals for securing first place in both his MBA and engineering degrees at two of India's top schools.

Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the founder and executive vice chairman of Info Edge which owns, a job portal, as well as the co-founder of Ashoka University.

Info Edge is the most profitable web business in the country running other websites in addition to Naukri, spanning real estate, matrimony, and education. In 2005, was reported as being India's largest web-based employment website.

Along with his partner Hitesh Oberoi, Bikhchandani won the Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008 for Business Transformation. He also won the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award and the Teacher's Achievement Award for Business in 2008. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship at conferences and at business schools.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St Stephen's College and a PGDM from IIM-Ahmedabad. He has earlier worked in marketing at Lintas India Limited, at HMM Limited (now known as Glaxo SmithKline), and at a senior management position at CMYK Printech Private Limited (owner of The Pioneer newspaper).

Dr A Didar Singh author and former civil servant (IAS) served as Secretary to Government of India from 2009 to 2011 and as Secretary General (from 2012 to 2017) of India's largest apex business chamber, FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).

Dr Singh is presently Senior Fellow at the Delhi Policy Group and at the Society for Development Studies, Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Dr Singh also functions as Chair of the Diaspora group of KNOMAD (Knowledge Network on Migration), of the World Bank and in 2017 was named as Global Fellow at IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is presently a Commissioner of the ILOs 'Global Commission on the Future of Work' (2017-19).

Dr Singh has a Bachelors and Masters in History from St Stephens College, Delhi; a Masters in Development Administration from Birmingham University, UK; and a PhD in e-Commerce from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr Singh has four books and several publications to his credit and has given talks and lectures in over 30 Institutions and Countries around the world.

Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. It will unfold in a series of nine interactions covering different aspects of the digital revolution.

This series will examine the impacts of digital technologies on the human psyche and on societies – exploring ways in which some of the negative elements may be mitigated. There will be a peep into the future – of what machine learning and artificial intelligence may bring to human experience – and the moral and ethical dilemma associated with these. It will also delve into issues relating to data privacy and cyber security as well as the emerging legal regime to regulate this critical domain.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

New Book | "Energy Law and Policy" | edited by Usha Tandon, OUP

Energy Law and Policy
Edited by Usha Tandon, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2018, Hardback, ISBN: 9780199482979.

About the Book: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all is one of the goals of sustainable development. In order to meet the increasing demand for various forms of energy—whether derived from fossil fuel, nuclear substances, or renewable sources—conservation, equitable use, and efficient management of its usage have gained primacy. Energy Law and Policy provides a constructive understanding of energy law, a relatively new area in the discourse of environmental law. It argues the importance of looking into existing legal imperatives to frame a robust, and comprehensive legal framework on renewable energy at national and international levels. In this volume, leading energy law experts shed light on crucial aspects of energy law, such as the linkages between energy and sustainable development, energy trade, energy tax, and intellectual property rights in clean energy. Providing a comparative perspective, the volume discusses domestic laws of India, China, Mauritius, and Nigeria, and links the legal instruments developed by environmental law to an energy regime where economic motives dominate and differ across nations depending on the availability of their natural resources. 

About the Editor: Usha Tandon is professor of environmental law, population law, and gender justice at Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, India.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Richard L. Ottinger 
Part I International Perspectives 
1. The Atmosphere as a Global Commons and Cleansing It with New Energy Options | Klaus Bosselmann and Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan 
2. Making Sense of Energy and Natural Resource Law in the Anthropocene Epoch | Upendra Baxi 
3. Regulation of Nuclear Energy for Sustainable Development: A Critical Overview of International Regime with Special Reference to IAEA | Usha Tandon 
4. International Energy Law and WTO: Issues and Challenges | V. Chandralekha 
5. Intellectual Property in the Way of a Clean and Green Environment: Is Licensing the Solution? | Nikita Pattajoshi and Akash Kumar 
Part II National Perspectives 
6. Clean Energy in India: Supply and Prospects | Armin Rosencranz, Rajnish Wadehra, Neelakshi Bhadauria, and Pranay Chitale 
7. Renewable Energy Development in India: The Need for a Robust Legal Framework | Sanjay Upadhyay 
8. Examining the Legal Impediments in the Development of Renewable Energy in Nigeria | Erimma Gloria Orie 
9. Sustainable Energy for Sustainable Development: World View on Nuclear Energy with Special Reference to India | Abdul Haseeb Ansari 
10. The Indian Energy Conservation Law: A Critical Overview | C.M. Jariwala 
11. Information Disclosure: A Policy Tool for Managing Environmental and Energy Challenges | Shivananda Shetty and Surender Kumar 
12. Assessing the Legal Framework of Mauritius on Sustainable Energy: Is It Robust Enough to Achieve the Dream of 'Mauritius: A Sustainable Island'? | Amar Roopanand Mahadew 
13. Eco-Tax on Energy Resources: A Critical Appraisal with Special Reference to India | Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Pratibha Tandon 
14. Humanity, Energy and Law: Urgencies and Challenges | M. Afzal Wani 
15. Achieving Redistributive Energy Justice: A Critical Analysis of Energy Policies of India | Maansi Verma

New Book | "The Conflicted Superpower: America's Collaboration with China and India in Global Innovation" | by Andrew B. Kennedy, CUP

The Conflicted Superpower: America's Collaboration with China and India in Global Innovation
by Andrew B. Kennedy, Columbia University Press, 2018, Hardback, ISBN: 9780231546201.

About the Book: Innovation is globalizing. Cross-border flows of brainpower have reached unprecedented heights, while multinationals invest more and more in high-tech facilities abroad. In this new world, the technological leadership of the United States increasingly involves collaboration with other countries. China and India have emerged as particularly prominent partners, unrivaled suppliers of intellectual talent to the United States, and U.S. companies are the largest foreign investors in research and development in both countries. In The Conflicted Superpower, Andrew Kennedy explores how the world's most powerful country navigates the policy of its collaboration with these two rising powers.
Whereas China and India have embraced global innovation, policy in the United States is conflicted. Kennedy explains why, through in-depth case studies of U.S. policies toward skilled immigration, foreign students, and offshoring. These make clear that U.S. policy is not strategic but rather the outcome of domestic battles between competing interests. Pressing for openness is the "high-tech community"--the technology firms and research universities that embody U.S. technological leadership. Yet these pro-globalization forces can face resistance from a range of other interests, including labor and anti-immigration groups, and the nature of this resistance powerfully shapes just how open national policy is. Kennedy concludes by asking whether U.S. policies are accelerating or slowing American decline, and considering the prospects for U.S. policymaking in years to come.  

Table of Contents
1. The Rise of Global Innovation
2. Innovation Leadership and Contested Openness
3. The Swinging Door: Skilled Workers
4. The Open Door: Foreign Students
5. The (Mostly) Open Door: Global R&D

Invitation | JNU TRCSS T2Lab Workshop & Exhibition on Urban Water System in Gurgaon: Pathways to Sustainable Transformation | 29-30 September | Gurugram

JNU TRCSS organizes 

T2Lab Workshop and Exhibition on 
Urban Water System in Gurgaon: Pathways to Sustainable Transformation

September 29-30, 2018

Venue: Swatantrata Senani Zila Parishad Hall (John Hall); Civil Lines, Gurugram

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Call for Sessions: RC21 Urban Conference at Delhi | In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures

RC21 Urban Conference at Delhi

September 18th- 21st , 2019

In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures

Across the globe, cities surpass their own contours. Urban cores expand and intensify in size and height, and we see connectivities, nodes and enclaves involving new technologies, information flows, migrations, time/space compressions and everyday rhythms and experiences that defy known cartographies and categories. Meanwhile, a city's decision makers, planners, politicians, representatives and all other agents who govern urban life face increasing challenges that exceed their tools of measurement and categorizations in unprecedented ways.

This surpassing of the gaze and grip of the city can also be seen as a reworking of everyday ontologies, or the properties and relations between concepts that we, as urban scholars, may long have assumed to be easily understood, like 'neighborhoods', 'social networks', 'place', 'urban politics', 'urban movements', 'rural-urban continuum' or more. While these contours impact how we live in and understand cities, most traditional urban concerns and vulnerabilities – social and spatial inequalities, racial and ethnic exclusions, injustices and exploitations in livelihoods, inadequacies of housing, infrastructure, health, security and environment – remain. Practices of technology, design and innovation develop simultaneously which adapt to scale and pressure, for example, sustainable, affordable and resilient building and infrastructure, or ways to manage urban waste. New urban experiences that produce new cultural formations, practices, urban art and aesthetics and modes of being political also emerge.

The conference's location in Delhi – a city that has long exceeded theoretical parameters, material forms, planned or unplanned practices both within and outside its limits – provides an ideal starting point to think through emerging and dominant concerns of addressing the city.

In this conference, our call is to search for perspectives that support these changing theoretical, practical and empirical terrains. We invite discussions that move beyond conventional understandings and encourage an inclusive framing that allow innovative planetary comparisons that are not confined to a North – South divide. We invite proposals on sessions that focus on ways in which city futures are imagined and addressed in scholarship. While we encourage a critical approach to agendas for the future in cities, we are eager to learn about hopeful futures that may be unfolding over urban terrains.Overall, the conference invites proposals that address conventional challenges as well those related to changing scales and technologies of the urban.

Under the three overall sub themes, Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures, alongside our committed focus on urban injustices and dispossessions, we offer the following suggestions as possible topics for submission:

  1. State, city and governance: How does the logic of the state or practices of governance respond to the changing scales of the urban/the city that is mentioned in the main theme? In what ways is control displaced or redistributed? How do people engage with, modify, manipulate and negotiate the structures of urban control in their everyday life?How does governance and infrastructure regulations provoke practices of housing, water, electricity, transportation that do not follow typical planned developments.
  2. Networks, communities and capital: Stable durable networks are only part of the picture of sociabilities we know in the urban – how can everyday ways of knowledge transfer, circulation, care and connectivity in and beyond the city be thought of beyond simple forms of capital? How do mobility, residence, dis-locations and trans-local lives affect these?
  3. Place, belonging, and action: How are understandings of connections between concepts of place, belonging and communities affected by the expansion of urban cores, for example in the cases of extensive suburbia, large urban conglomerations and conurbations, community neighbourhoods and vertical living? How do these influence people's potentials for urban collective action?
  4. Rights, entitlements and citizenship: How do rights, entitlements and forms of citizenship change, empirically and conceptually, when their connection to other concepts like nation or state becomes challenged? This includes but is not limited to, for example, forms of voice and exit; political economies in urban health,housing regimes and education; global migration and the city;refugees, violence and security.Or, what futures are imagined through the lens of the urban as a focused venue for political expression and change, or as a venue for claims on justice and rights.
  5. Emerging technologies, exclusions and inclusions: How do we think about and include technology and its manifold applications in urban life, from security regimes to its potential for local connectivity and social action. How does technology enable urban networks, virtual or actual, which do not necessarily follow planned city forms and functions? How can we discuss futures like the "Smart City" idea through the lens of such newer formations, their advantages and their possible critical effects? How do technological changes affect patterns of exclusions, the formation of social categories, or new and persistent inequalities?
  6. Ecologies, Environments and Encroachments:How does an expanding urban show its impact on concerns of the environment? What kind of issues come to the forefront in city discourses – for example, waste management, air pollution, or environmental degradation. How do these processes produce zones of heightened vulnerability, destabilize existing fragile ecosystems -for example,increasing number of people live with threat of unprecedented floods in urban areas. At the same time, what kind of strategies and innovations are developed in order to respond to thee concerns.
  7. Persistent problems in a changing world: How do we continue to think about structural forms of exploitation and urban poverty and all those other themes mentioned in the concept note in a global perspective in a politically fragmented world? For instance, how are issues related to housing and segregation developing now? How do we include the everyday and the resilient without romanticizing the grassroots, losing sight of structural inequalities and reactionary movements on the ground?
  8. Architectures, Aesthetics and Art: How does architectural or artistic thinking at the scale of a neighborhood, a community or a city manifest, expand and negotiate with an aesthetic vision of the city? What is the imagination of the city that can be learned from the proliferation of public art? Or, how does the city become a location for new social movements and other collective expressions in urban art, visual and material cultures?Imaginations of the urban that shed light on nuances of artistic expressions, material cultures and architectural imaginations in and about the city, that think of social and political futures.
  9. Methodologies and Comparative Theorizations for new forms of urbanity: How can visual and digital methodologies help us improve our understanding of the urban? How do cinematic imaginations or visual methods help in understanding the expanding scales of the urban? What can sociology learn from other disciplines, and what new techniques and methods can we incorporate in urban sociology research in understanding the emerging ontologies? How do new scales of connections, networks outside the usual frameworks of globalities or localities inform comparative theorizations beyond conceptions of size, function, 'importance' or economic scale? What are the ways in which we can go beyond the divisions of North-South? What compels us to do so?

We invite proposals for sessions that focus on the themes outlined in the Concept Note. We encourage a variety of submissions for sessions that will cover a 90-minute slot, which can include Panels, Round Tables, Book Discussions, Author Meets Critics etc. We also invite stream conveners where one or more convener(s) can take on the responsibility of organizing two or three sessions, which can include different formats as above, under a single theme. 

Please send submissions by the deadline of 31st October, 2018, to

For detailed concept notes and guidelines for submitting proposals, go to

New Books | Structural Reforms in India: Achievements of the Modi Government - New Initiatives for Rejuvenating the Indian Economy, Vol. I & II | edited by Shalini Sikka & Pawan Sikka

New Books
Structural Reforms in India: Achievements of the Modi Government - New Initiatives for Rejuvenating the Indian Economy
edited by Shalini Sikka & Pawan Sikka, Volume I, Synergy Books India, 2019, ISBN 9789382059783. 

About the Book
A select few national public policies are incorporated in this book, namely, Juvenile Justice, Skills Development, Aadhaar Card, Patents & IPR, SC/ST Act, eWaste Management, Healthcare, Motor Vehicles Act, etc.

Structural Reforms in India: Achievements of the Modi Government - New Initiatives for Rejuvenating the Indian Economy
edited by Shalini Sikka & Pawan Sikka, Volume II, Synergy Books India, 2019, ISBN 9789382059790. 

About the Book
A select few national public policies are incorporated in this book, namely, Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, Medical Devices Bill, the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act, Consumer Protection Bill, etc.

CfPs: International Workshop on Reinforcing Coastal Zone Disaster Management: Saving Lives, Habitats & Livelihood of People| 15-17 November | Puducherry

International Workshop on Reinforcing Coastal Zone Disaster Management: Saving Lives, Habitats and Livelihood of People (India & Coastal Neighborhood Countries)
15-17 November 2018 | Puducherry 
Organized by Special Centre for Disaster Research, JNU (in collaboration with NIDM & Pondicherry University)

Call for Papers
Thematic Division for Discussions/ Paper Presentation
a) Human Activity, Population Density and Urbanization
b) SDMAs, State Governance and Preparedness against Disasters
c) Legislation and Important Coastal Zone related judgments from High Courts and Supreme Court.

Submit your Paper:
  • Last date for Submission: Thursday 20th Oct.2018 (selection results by 25 Oct. International participants by invitation only). Only e-Submission accepted. Submit on

Sunday, September 23, 2018

HRSP, SIS Talk "Assessing the Law Relating to Sexual Violence against Children in India through the Human Rights Prism", by Monica Chaudhary | 4th October

Human Rights Studies Programme
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University


October 4, 2018

SIS-II Room: 349
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Assessing the Law relating to Sexual Violence against Children in India through the Human Rights Prism
 [Special Reference to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2018]

Chair: Professor Rajesh Rajagopalan

Director, Human Rights Studies Programme, SIS

 Guest Speaker:

Dr. Monica Chaudhary

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi