King's India Institute Graduate Forum Conference
Re-thinking ‘Contemporary’ India
June 12, 2014
Call for Papers
India has a fifth of the world’s population, some of the world’s oldest written cultures, fastest economic growth rates, astonishing achievements in several modern industries, a highly sophisticated and burgeoning democracy and complex forms of governance. It also wields increasing influence in the world. Yet, it has the world’s largest concentration of poor and malnourished people; it has a massive informal economy; it ranks low on indexes of good governance; it has pressing environmental and security problems; and some of the most severe forms of oppression persist despite seven decades of attempts to remove them.
In order to better understand how these issues are
connected and related to each other, there is a compelling need for knowledge
that transcends disciplinary boundaries, integrating politics, international
relations, political economy, anthropology, human development, environment, and
research methods to generate a comprehensive and critical understanding of
contemporary India. The study of contemporary India provides an intellectual
laboratory through which to focus and study global theoretical and policy
questions; indeed, the Indian experience can be instructive to question
assumptions within established fields and to challenge settled orthodoxies,
while deploying relevant and unusual perspectives to analyse India in ways that
enable us to delineate between what is ‘universal’ and what is specific and particular
to the modern Indian experience. Thematically, papers should deal with one of
the broad themes listed below:
- Politics, Democracy, and Secularism
- Economy, Development, and Environment
- Literature, Media, Culture
- Urbanisation, Migration, and Social Policy
- International Relations and International Security
- Public Policy and Governance
Challenges (Science & Technology, Resource Security, etc.)
complete submission will include paper title, an abstract of no more than 250 words;
complete contact information, academic affiliation, discipline, year in graduate
program and a brief one-page CV. The CV should include your name, address,
institutional affiliation, email address and a telephone number. Please submit
abstracts by April 1, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts will be peer and faculty reviewed and selected candidates informed by April 30, 2014.
Selected Candidates must submit a complete paper of 5000 words (references included) by June 1, 2014.
KII Graduate Forum will be unable to provide any financial support, travel or accommodation expenses to the selected presenters. Refreshments would be provided on the day of the conference.
Please watch this space for further announcements.