Monday, 9 March 2020

M N Srinivas Memorial Lecture

As the birth and death anniversary of M N Srinivas falls in the month of November, the Department
D:\sudipta.garai\Downloads\IMG-20191122-WA0005.jpgof Sociology and Social Work organized an MN Srinivas memorial lecture on the 22nd November 2019, from 12 to 1pm on the topic “Politics of Knowledge: The case of ‘indigenous’ medicine in India”. The event began with an introduction to MN Srinivas’ outstanding contribution to the sociology of India. Our guest lecturer, Prof. Leena Abraham, Associate Dean, School of Research Methodology and chairperson for Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education, TISS Mumbai, gave a brief account of the politics of ‘indigenous’ medicine in India. Her lecture started by explaining the concept of hegemony within the knowledge, politics of knowledge and the power struggles within indigenous knowledge systems. The lecture threw light on the various manifestations of these politics in indigenous knowledge systems in India such as Globalisation, colonization, and feminization of Ayurveda in the past few decades. The lecture by Prof. Leena Abraham was very insightful and helpful to understand in-depth, both the fields of knowledge production and sociology of medicine. The lecture followed by a short interactive session in which students and faculty members asked questions and clarifications. Apart from the Master's students of Sociology, many undergraduate students from other departments took part in the lecture. The president of the Sociology and Social Work Students Association thanked Prof. Leena Abraham for her insightful lecture and presented her with a memento.

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