Sunday, October 24, 2021

Call for Abstracts: RISFreM-2022: International Conference on Role of Indian Science in Freedom Movement, February 28-March 1, 2022

RISFreM-2022: International Conference on Role of Indian Science in Freedom Movement
February 28-March 1, 2022
Abstract  Submission Deadline: November 26, 2021

Topics: Science and freedom movement, Establishing colonial hegemony through science, Swadeshi industries in colonial time, Science diplomacy and freedom movement

About: RISFrem-2022 is an International Conference on "Role of Indian Science in Freedom Movement" to commemorate Swatantrata Ka Amrut Mahotsav. This conference is being organised by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in collaboration with Vijnanabharati, NIScPR and Vigyan Prasar on 28 February and 1st March 2022. India's freedom struggle was waged on several fronts: political, economic, social, cultural and scientific. Although Indian scientists played a significant role in the Indian freedom movement through their meticulous work in science and technology, the British left no stone unturned in undermining their work. It is important to understand that the British invasion was entirely different from the earlier invasions in India as the British used science and technology to undermine the Indian culture and knowledge system. They deployed science not only to consolidate and expand their empire but also to exploit the economic resources of the country. They used science as a magical tool to impress Indians to prove their civilizational superiority.
Indian Scientific Community, although was in a nascent stage, countered the colonial narratives and strongly criticized their discriminatory and exploitative policies. In response to British rulers' undermining the significance of India's past achievements, many Indians took up the task to study India's past and showed the glorious achievements of India in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, metallurgy, and medicine and surgery. They mobilized native resources and established scientific institutions and societies to promote development of science and technology in India. Despite several hurdles Indian scientists used various diplomatic tactics to ensure their subtle work against the British and parallelly develop ties with scientists in other countries to promote science and technology in India. While echoing the needs for political representations they also demanded recognition of Indian scientists and promotion of science and technology in India.
This conference is aimed to create awareness and generate scholarly evidence for the role of Indians in cultivation of modern science, development of scientific societies, institutions, industries and fighting against the British colonial rule in India. Papers are invited in Hindi or English on the following listed topics.
Submission Guidelines: All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome: The abstract of the paper should be written in 250 words containing title, brief introduction, objectives, relevance, methodology and major findings of the paper. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt fonts for English and for Hindi use Kurti Dev 10 pt fonts.
Poster/Short Article (800-1000 Words) are also invited from students who wish to participate in the conference in any areas related to the themes of the conference.
Workshop for authors: An Online workshop on 'Research Paper Writing' will be organized on 13 th December 2021 for the authors whose abstracts are accepted. Renowned scholars will be invited to guide authors to write full papers.
Submission of Full Papers: The authors of all accepted abstracts are required to submit their full papers in 3000-5000 words (Hindi/ English) in required format by 5th January 2022 for publication in the Proceedings of the Conference. Registration for the conference will start from 15th December 2021. Fee for Registration is Rs. 500 for students and Rs 1000 for teachers, scientists and academicians.

List of Topics
  • Science and Freedom Movement
  • Establishing Colonial Hegemony through Science
  • Role of Indian Scientists and Resurgence of Indian ethos and culture
  • Intellectual colonialism and Freedom movement
  • Swadeshi industries in colonial time
  • Achievements of Indian Scientists and its Implication for Political Freedom
  • Emergence of scientific racism in India and Indian response
  • Impact of colonialism on Environment/ Sustainable consumption
  • Public engagement for development of Scientific Institutions and Societies
  • Science Diplomacy and Freedom Movement
Venue: The conference will be held Online/Offline depending on the pandemic situation in India and government's guidelines.

Contact: All questions about submissions should be emailed to

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