King's India Institute Graduate Forum

is pleased to organise 

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

-       Newer Challenges (Science & Technology, Resource Security, etc.)

A 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 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.