DTSA: Academic Writing Workshop for Scholars Engaging on Adivasi/Tribes Issues


Date: March 7, 2017 - March 8, 2017

Organised by Centre for Social Justice and Governance Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Supported by adivaani, Kolkata

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to the changing social realities through the development and application of critical knowledge. It continuously works towards creating a people-centered and ecologically sustainable society that promotes and protects the dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all, with a special emphasis on marginalised and vulnerable groups. In recognition of its expertise, it was awarded “A” Grade and a cumulative grade point of 3.89 out of 4.00 by NAAC in 2016.

Centre for Social Justice and Governance (CSJG) is a Centre within the School of Social Work, TISS. It focuses on historiographies of Dalits and Tribes on the one hand and innovative policy practice on the other. It offers a programme in M. A. in Social Work in Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action.

adivaani, Kolkata, is an archiving, chronicling and publishing outfit of and by adivasis registered as a Trust (No. 4326 of 2012, West Bengal).

Workshop Framework In the backdrop of a proposition of ‘perspectives from within’, in academic discourse as posited by the Tribal Intellectual Collective India, this writing workshop is framed to engage with specific sub-themes related to the said subject matter. Diversity, reciprocity, dialogue and sociality are increasingly being recognised as foundations of social existence. The emergence of ‘perspectives from within’ in Adivasi/tribal studies, conceived as one’s ‘capacity to occupy a point-of-view’, envisions a re-imagining of fundamental frameworks about society while assuming that academic engagement is a persistent pursuit and realisation of truth, good and beauty. Taking into consideration the expertise of the Trainers, we call for participants who are in the process of writing a full paper and are currently ready with a draft of the same, falling within or is related to the following sub-themes within Adivasi/tribal Studies:


  1. Decolonial Thinking, Decolonising Methodology & Epistemology of Non-Caste Societies
  2. Contextualisation, Perspectivism & Perspectology

Empirical Data Related to:

  1. Oral, Archival and Adivasi/Tribal History
  2. Society, State, Governance, Justice and Civility
  3. Population, Education, Health and Empowerment
  4. Agriculture, Markets and Sustainable Livelihoods
  5. Society, State, Infrastructure and Development
  6. Tribal Towns, Small Towns and Semi Cities
  7. Migration, Conflict, State and Law

Workshop Objectives

  1. Recognize or recall traditional knowledge inherited, imbibed or learned and express it in a tangible manner.
  2. Restate, interpret or critique information around us in our own words, create new arguments or present them in a coherent manner.
  3. Orient oneself to techniques to optimally produce standardized and quality material.
  4. To provide hands on training on academic writing in the English language with special reference to indigenous peoples’ writing.
  5. Strengthen the capacity for syntax construction, academic concepts, rationale, framework formulation, writing styles and editing work.


A total of twelve participants will be selected for the workshop. Scholars who are directly engaged in the above sub-themes are encouraged to apply. Submission of a draft of the full paper is a prerequisite to being considered for participation. Please send your applications by email along with your contact details (email, Phone number and address) and current institutional affiliation to the  email id: alex@tiss.edu


  • Last date for receiving abstracts: 18th February 2017
  • Intimation regarding acceptance of abstracts: 21st February 2017
  • Last date for submission of full papers: 1st March 2017

Information Participants will have to bear their own expenses which include travel, boarding and lodging. Campus Accommodation if needed must be booked in advance (before the Workshop) and payments for the same must be made at the Guest House while checking out. While meals have to be self arranged, complimentary tea and snacks will be served.