Student Uprisings and the Political University: Perspectives from India
Thursday 2 June, 18:00-20:00. Alte Mensa, Wilhelmsplatz 5, University of Göttingen
Over the past year, university campuses across India have witnessed a series of intense and protracted student protests. Although decisions taken by the university administration have been the immediate target, the protests have been galvanized by a far wider set of sociopolitical concerns, ranging from caste and gender discrimination to the privatization of higher education and the concerted assault on democratic rights and freedoms by political authorities. The increasingly authoritarian tendencies of state power stand exposed in the fraught space of the contemporary Indian university. At the same time the university is also a place of active democratic experimentation and transformation, where studentmovements are forging solidarities across existing divisions of ideology and identity and building a new politics of hope and struggle.
To understand the significance of student uprisings and the "political university" in the context of similar struggles that are unfolding in universities from South Africa to the United States, the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) of the University of Göttingen will host a roundtable discussion. Three senior Indian scholars with first-hand experience of the recent events at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), will present their reflections to a public audience. The conversation will be moderated by CeMIS faculty.
Prof. Dr. Neeladri Bhattacharya, JNU
Prof. Dr. Ayesha Kidwai, JNU
Prof. Dr. Janaki Nair, JNU
Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahuja, CeMIS
Prof. Dr. Srirupa Roy, CeMIS
Dr. Karin Klenke
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"Sustainable Birth: Systematic Solutions Across the Continuum of Care" Workshop & Edited Volume
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Call for papers now closes May 30.
Birth is in a state of transition as well as crisis across the globe. The Sustainable Birth workshop and edited volume seeks to address the shockingly high human, social, and economic cost of birth in different parts of the world. There have been considerable gains in reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in the last 15 years. Yet with a death toll of nearly 830 mothers every day, 2.9 million neonatal deaths and 1.2 million intrapartum stillbirths every year from largely preventable causes, the status quo is neither sustainable nor particularly laudable. In accord with the current focus on sustainability, we explore systematic and innovative solutions to excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity that can be adapted across nations, regions, and communities to restore mother-centered and newborn-centered models of birth.
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CALL FOR PICTURES
The CeMIS International Photo Competition 2016: "Inequality and diversity in contemporary India"
Call for pictures closes Friday 24 June 2016.
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CeMIS COLLOQUIUM SUMMER SEMESTER 2016
Wednesdays, 4.15pm - 5.45pm, CeMIS Board Room 2.112, Second floor, Waldweg 26, Göttingen 37073
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Between the State and the Site of Production: The Making of Informal Labour Relations
International Workshop, 26 - 27 September 2016, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
Call for Papers closes 15 March 2016
International Centre for Advanced Studies "Metamorphoses of the Political"/ Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
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