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Date and time:
Feb. 13, 2018 10:00AM - March 31, 2019 6:00PM
Venue: Centre for Development Practice and Research, Takshila Campus, TISS, Patna
Announcement of Mentoring Young Researchers Programme for 2018-19
Call for Applications
Theme: Cultural Practices of Labour in Migration
Applications are invited under Mentoring Young Researchers Programme for the year 2018-19. The theme for the year is Cultural Practices of Labour in Migration. Young researchers who are eligible and interested in enrolling in the mentorship programme may send their application form by e-mail to email@example.com. For the application form, click here.
Total Seats: 15
Deadline for application submission: 15th March 2018
Announcement of selection: 25th March 2018
Registration: 26th March to 5th April 2018
[Registration Fee: Rs. 2500/- (includes course material, lunch and refreshments during masterclass and workshops). Online link to be open from 26th March 2018]
Masterclass: 19th April 2018 (to be held at TISS Patna Centre)
Workshops: June and December 2018, and March 2019 in Patna (dates to be announced later)
Introduction to the Masterclass on Labor Migration and Cultural Practices
After the crisis of 2008, the wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and other small scale conflicts around the world, and subsequent tightening of the borders and making of the “fortress Europe,” the issue of migration has taken a new sense of urgency among academics, policy makers, and activists of all hues. Words like “refugee,” “border,” “sovereignty,” “citizens,” etc. have come to the center of the concern of social sciences. Despite agreements and disagreements, difference in approaches and methodology, and disciplinary concerns, social scientists agree on one thing: old methods and understanding of borders and migration, in fact, capitalism, are failing to explain these new phenomena. This Masterclass is aware of the historical conjuncture in which it has to make a substantial contribution along with the participating students who will, hopefully, take up study of migration and culture with newer perspectives and methods.
The Masterclass will acquaint the students with the development of cultural theories and cultural research and their preoccupation with issues of labor and migration, and how they have evolved together in terms of their research questions and methodologies. The idea is to acquaint the students with the “exiled” beginning of the Frankfurt School, the Birmingham School with Stuart Hall as the leader who broke new ground in understanding of the rise of a new society in Britain with migrants from the Caribbean islands, Asia, and Africa from decolonizing nations and Capitalism taking a new neoliberal turn, and also some selected cultural theories which emerged in the process of decolonization and colonial struggles. Some of the theorists and artists this Masterclass will engage with are Frantz Fanon, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Homi Bhabha, Fredric Jameson, Raymond Williams, E P Thompson along with the scholars who worked under the Subaltern Studies project. This list of theorists is indicative and can go beyond it. At the end of the Masterclass, the students are expected to get the knowledge about the terrain of cultural studies, theory, and research and the position of labor migration in its epistemological moorings. The Masterclass would also provide some knowledge about the current debates and give a pointer to new questions and method that should be taken up in the study of cultural practices and labor migration.
Located in Bihar, the Patna Centre of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences is primarily focused on carrying research on migration. Towards this end, the TISS Patna Centre is committed to promoting critical research in the field, deploying varied theoretical perspectives and addressing multiple issues. As a facilitator of critical research on migration, the TISS Patna Centre has also been making strategic yet regular interventions in academia by organising lectures, conferences, publications and training young researchers in academic writing and research methodology. To further deepen its pedagogical intervention, the TISS Patna Centre proposes to start a programme of Mentoring Young Researchers. Such mentorship is crucial for the health of social science research as a space for dialogue and sharing within university system is rapidly shrinking. In this manner, we hope to both supplement the resources provided by the traditional university system and also transcend them in terms of addressing emerging issues and experimenting with new forms.
To achieve these objectives
Eligibility and Selection Process
Following a call for applications, a group of fifteen (15) young research scholars will be selected from among the applicants. The applicants may be regular students enrolled in masters, MPhil or PhD programmes in a university from across the state of Bihar. Along with them, independent researchers or early career professionals working in civil society organizations and involved in research activities in Bihar may also apply. The selection committee will comprise of faculty members from the TISS Patna Centre.
Masterclass and Workshops
It is proposed that TISS Patna Centre will conduct a masterclass and three workshops to give orientation, to review the work in progress and finally for the presentation of research outputs. While the masterclass will be of one day, the workshops will be of two days and will involve in-house and external resource persons who will be scholars of repute in field of migration.
In the very beginning of the programme, a masterclass, will be organized to with the following objectives:
The first workshop will be conducted within two months of the masterclass. The activities will include:
This will be a review exercise of the work in progress and will be conducted in the sixth or seventh month of the programme. The activities will include:
At the culmination of year-long programme, researchers will make public presentation of their works to an audience consisting of academicians, researchers and members of civil society. A publication plan will be drawn during the workshop.
In order to keep the dialogue between researchers and resource persons a continuous exercise, the structure of the programme will be kept flexible having provisions for facilitating the publication of research articles in vernacular and English journals.
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