Sunday, 17 November 2019

Bengaluru Sociology Student Seminar (BSSS) - 2020

CHRIST (Deemed to be University) was born out of the educational vision of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara, an educationalist and social reformer of the nineteenth century in South India. He founded the first Catholic indigenous congregation, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), in 1831 which administers CHRIST (Deemed to be University).
Established in 1969 as Christ College, it undertook path-breaking initiatives in Indian higher education with the introduction of innovative and modern curricula, insistence on academic discipline, imparting of holistic education and adoption of global higher education practices with the support of creative and dedicated staff.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India conferred Autonomy to Christ College in 2004 and identified it as an Institution with Potential for Excellence in 2006. In 2008, under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India declared the institution a Deemed to be University, in the name and style of Christ University. One of the first institutions in India to be accredited in 1998 by the NAAC, and subsequently in 2004 and 2016, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) has the top grade ‘A’ on the 4-point scale.
The multi-disciplinary University which focuses on teaching, research and service offer Bachelors to Doctoral programs in humanities, social sciences, science, commerce, management, engineering, education, and law to over 21000 students. The campus is a living example for the harmonious multiculturalism with students from all the states of India and around 60 different countries. CHRIST (Deemed to be University) publishes six peer-reviewed research journals and has published more than 300 books in Kannada and English. A promoter of sports, music and literary activities, it is a nurturing ground for creative excellence.

Societies in Transition: Modern and Post-Modern Conditions
The Bengaluru Sociology Students Seminar (BSSS) is an annual regional conference organized by the Sociology Students Association of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). They have identified Societies in Transition: Modern and Post-Modern Conditions as the topic for deliberations this year. This seminar is a platform for students pursuing sociology with any one educational institution within Bangalore to participate and present papers. This seminar is expected to initiate critical discussion, resulting in a dynamic exchange of ideas amongst the participants.
We invite papers attempting
1. to record fundamental processes involved in social transition;
2. to identify the root causes of social transition in the Indian context;
 3. to examine the past, present, and future (predictive) conditions of these societies in transition;
4. to understand the effects of social transition on social relationships;
5. to develop new methods to understand the social transition.
The following suggestive subthemes are identified. These are a few pointers which can be used as a foundation for formulating papers. We look forward to receiving novel works which are argumentative and debate provoking. Papers addressing issues and concerns outside the list below will also be considered if they fall within the broader theme of the seminar.
·         Indigenous Cultures and Modernity
·         Redefining Caste and Class Structures
·         Emerging New Political and Economic Structures
·         New Social Movements and Social Transitions
·         Role of Youth Today
·         Changes in Gender Roles
·         Changes in Social Institutions
·         Role of Technology, Media and Communication in Social Transitions
·         Role of Education in Social Transitions

Interested students are requested to send 150 words abstract to the below-given email address by November 30, 2019.
Important information:
·         Date of Seminar: February 12, 2020
·         Venue of Seminar: CHRIST Main Campus, Hosur Road, Bengaluru.
·         Date for receiving abstracts: November 30, 2019
·         Date for receiving the final paper: January 15, 2020
·         Abstracts and Final papers (APA style) should be sent to the given email ids.
Ø  Presentations can be made both in Kannada and English
Ø  Registration fee for participants is Rs.200 and for presenters Rs.250.
Ø  All the registered participants will be provided Tea, Lunch and Certificate of Participation (Presenters will also get a folder and a certificate of presentation)

Kindly make use of the online registration form in the invitation mail. Payment can be made on the seminar day at the venue. However, confirming your participation in advance is compulsory.

For more details, please contact:                                                          
Ruby Koshy
Secretary, Sociology Association

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