Videos

The Azim Premji University regularly organizes seminars, webinars and colloquium lectures involving members of the faculty as well as academicians, activists, artists and other distinguished personalities from a wide array of fields. This section consists of video recordings of  major events conducted at the Azim Premji University.

Panel Discussion: A Feminist Lens on a Digital India

Aruna Roy

03/02/2017

About the Lecture

How do women feature in the digital imaginaries of the nation? How might we unpack Digital India as a gendered narrative? This panel interrogates the vision, discourse and trajectory of Digital India from a feminist standpoint. Panelists will examine the gender question in the digital policy framework, ways in which the digital economy touches the lives of women, the everyday digital encounters of citizens and the construction of gender in the digital imaginary of the nation state. (This panel discussion is the part of a workshop on 'The Gendered Digital: Power, Politics & Rights in the Network Society’ (3-4 February) organized in partnership with IT for Change and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung - India Office).

About Speaker

Bishakha Datta is an Indian film maker, activist and a former journalist. She is the co-founder and executive director of Point of View, based in Mumbai, a non-profit working in the area of gender, sexuality and women's rights. Usha Ramanathan is an internationally recognized expert on law and poverty. Her research interests include human rights, displacement, torts and environment.Anita Gurumurthy is founder and Executive Director, IT for Change, an organisation working to promote social and gender justice in the information society context.

The Web of Freedom

Venu Govindu

02/02/2017

About the Lecture

Freedom fighter, economic philosopher, environmentalist and Gandhian constructive worker, J. C. Kumarappa (1892-1960) was a man of many parts. A champion of agrarian India and a proponent of a decentralised economy, Kumarappa was also an ecological thinker who was ahead of his times. Indeed, if Gandhi's swaraj was more than political self-rule, it was Kumarappa who imbued it with economic meaning. A dogged and creative advocate of economic justice, Kumarappa also critically examined many important public issues in the years before and after 1947. Based on his recent biography, the speaker will present a narrative of the fascinating story of Kumarappa's life, his philosophical arguments and practical ideas that have a striking contemporary relevance, and his illuminating critique of some key episodes of modern India's economic history.

About Speaker

Venu Madhav Govindu is a computer vision researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He also has a serious interest in the history and political economy of modern India, especially the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. After the publication of his recent work, an intellectual biography of the Gandhian economic philosopher and constructive worker, J. C. Kumarappa, he is working on a thematic history of Gandhi's Sevagram period.

Gender Differences in STEM Courses and Careers

Kamala Mukunda

27/01/2017

About the Lecture

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): these are almost completely male bastions in every country in the world. The proportion of women in these careers is even less than one would predict from the gender imbalance in society in general. Diversity is essential in STEM, because it makes for more creative research and design, and applications that are relevant to women too. So the question of why this particular gender gap persists definitely deserves investigation. The presentation will explain four hypotheses--average ability, variability, interest and bias--and review the fascinating psychological evidence for each.

About Speaker

Kamala Mukunda is a teacher at Centre for Learning, a school outside Bangalore. She did her PhD in educational and developmental psychology at Syracuse University some years ago, and has since been interested in communicating the findings of this research to those who would most benefit from knowing about it. She has published a book, What Did You Ask at School Today (2009, HarperCollins India). 

Gender Differences in STEM Courses and Careers

Kamala Mukunda

27/01/2017

About the Lecture

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): these are almost completely male bastions in every country in the world. The proportion of women in these careers is even less than one would predict from the gender imbalance in society in general. Diversity is essential in STEM, because it makes for more creative research and design, and applications that are relevant to women too. So the question of why this particular gender gap persists definitely deserves investigation. The presentation will explain four hypotheses--average ability, variability, interest and bias--and review the fascinating psychological evidence for each. 

About Speaker

Kamala Mukunda is a teacher at Centre for Learning, a school outside Bangalore. She did her PhD in educational and developmental psychology at Syracuse University some years ago, and has since been interested in communicating the findings of this research to those who would most benefit from knowing about it. She has published a book, What Did You Ask at School Today (2009, HarperCollins India).

What on Earth is Sustainability? / Play : Thermos

Vijay Padaki

20/01/2017

About the Lecture

A famous quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet goes thus: “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving, how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god!" The god-like character assumed by the human species might well be the main problem in sustainability! It turns out that the animal with the most superior intelligence acts in the most stupid way, determined to destroy itself and many other forms of life alongside. Even the concern for sustainability is from the point of view of its own selfish needs of survival, rather than the needs of the myriad and diverse forms of life all around itself.

About the Play:
 In the play, two characters are running away from the Northern hemisphere, where the highly developed civilizations have succeeded in destroying themselves in what appears to be the ultimate thermonuclear war. The two survivors reach Antarctica to start a new life. However, they see that the glacier-island they have reached is shrinking in area steadily because of the rising sea levels. They try to understand why that is happening.  More important, what is it about human behavior that causes it.The play ends with the survivors giving the students assembled a task in diagnostics. For it is their survival too…

About Speaker

Vijay Padaki  is a management professional and theatre practitioner. Padaki is a psychologist and behavioural scientist by training, and founder-director of The P&P Group, a management resource centre that has programmes of consultancy, research and training in the areas of Organization and Institutional Development. A good part of the work of The P&P Group is devoted to the effectiveness of non-profit organizations, especially in large development programmes. He has headed the Human Resources Division of India’s oldest co-operative R&D institution, Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA), which also helped set up the first Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. Later, he was a member of the founding faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, the founder of a Centre for Management for the textile industry in Ahmedabad, and a Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to initiate a programme in R&D Management. Padaki joined Bangalore Little Theatre in 1960, the year of its inception, and later served the company in many capacities – as actor, director, trainer, writer, designer and administrator, including three stints as President. The several activities of Bangalore Little Theatre that he has initiated include the annual summer workshop for newcomers to the theatre (from which has emerged a large number of the theatre personalities in Bangalore), the History of Ideas programme of biographic plays, the Storytelling Theatre programme and the annual children’s play as a partnership production to support a charity. He has written over 40 original plays. In addition, he has adapted or translated several other play scripts. Seagull Books has published a volume of two Gujarati plays translated by him. In 1993 Padaki won the award for the best contemporary play script instituted by The Hindu for the play Credit Titles. He is presently at work on a collection of short stories. Currently Padaki is spearheading a new Theatre-in-Education programme, with a focus on environment-sustainability education.

What on Earth is Sustainability? / Play : Thermos

Vijay Padaki

20/01/2017

About the Lecture

Lecture : A famous quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet goes thus: “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving, how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god!" The god-like character assumed by the human species might well be the main problem in sustainability! It turns out that the animal with the most superior intelligence acts in the most stupid way, determined to destroy itself and many other forms of life alongside. Even the concern for sustainability is from the point of view of its own selfish needs of survival, rather than the needs of the myriad and diverse forms of life all around itself. Play : In the play, two characters are running away from the Northern hemisphere, where the highly developed civilizations have succeeded in destroying themselves in what appears to be the ultimate thermonuclear war. The two survivors reach Antarctica to start a new life. However, they see that the glacier-island they have reached is shrinking in area steadily because of the rising sea levels. They try to understand why that is happening. More important, what is it about human behavior that causes it.The play ends with the survivors giving the students assembled a task in diagnostics. For it is their survival too

About Speaker

Vijay Padaki  is a management professional and theatre practitioner. Padaki is a psychologist and behavioural scientist by training, and founder-director of The P&P Group, a management resource centre that has programmes of consultancy, research and training in the areas of Organization and Institutional Development. A good part of the work of The P&P Group is devoted to the effectiveness of non-profit organizations, especially in large development programmes. He has headed the Human Resources Division of India’s oldest co-operative R&D institution, Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA), which also helped set up the first Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. Later, he was a member of the founding faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, the founder of a Centre for Management for the textile industry in Ahmedabad, and a Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to initiate a programme in R&D Management. Padaki joined Bangalore Little Theatre in 1960, the year of its inception, and later served the company in many capacities – as actor, director, trainer, writer, designer and administrator, including three stints as President. The several activities of Bangalore Little Theatre that he has initiated include the annual summer workshop for newcomers to the theatre (from which has emerged a large number of the theatre personalities in Bangalore), the History of Ideas programme of biographic plays, the Storytelling Theatre programme and the annual children’s play as a partnership production to support a charity. He has written over 40 original plays. In addition, he has adapted or translated several other play scripts. Seagull Books has published a volume of two Gujarati plays translated by him. In 1993 Padaki won the award for the best contemporary play script instituted by The Hindu for the play Credit Titles. He is presently at work on a collection of short stories. Currently Padaki is spearheading a new Theatre-in-Education programme, with a focus on environment-sustainability education. 

Limits of the Secular: Social Experience and Cultural Memory

Kaustav Roy

18/01/2017

About the Lecture

Kaustav Roy will be speaking about his recent book, Limits of the Secular: Social Experience and Cultural Memory (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).  The book facilitates a missing dialogue between the rational (or empirical) dimension and the transcendental (non-empirical) dimension of human experience. It argues that the eclipse of the latter dimension from public discourse destroys phronesis or lived wisdom, leading on one side to social malady and on the other side to extremism and fundamentalism. The book approaches the problem from the angle of social phenomenology and hermeneutics. The book’s ISBN is 978-3-319-48697-0.

About Speaker

Kaustuv Roy earned his Ph.D from Michigan State University. He taught at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge for several years before joining Azim Premji University where he teaches sociology and curriculum theory. His previous books are Teachers in Nomadic Spaces (2005), and Neighborhoods: War, Politics and Education (2009). His current project focuses on the nature of philosophical action.

Theory, 'Capital' and the Global South

Aditya Nigam

13/01/2017

About the Lecture

Basically, I will address two questions in the talk. (1) What it means to do theory from or in the global south, with special reference to the empirical/historical as distinct from the universal/ philosophical. (2) In the specific instance of Capital and its relation to the global south, why and how its universal history can be challenged. Here the emphasis will be on why capital is theorized the way it has been, given the paraphernalia of Western thought and how a possible alternative story can be produced.

About Speaker

Aditya Nigam works in the broad field of social and political theory. His work attempts to theorize the experience of politics and democracy by moving away from the standard mainstream frameworks that base themselves on notions of popular will and sovereignty and focusing on the mundane and the everyday. A parallel part of Nigam’s work has been concerned with alternative histories of capital, from the vantage point of contemporary experiences in India and the non-West in general. As part of this endeavour, Nigam has also been working collaboratively with some other colleagues at CSDS, in exploring thought in the conceptual universe of Indian languages. He works with the Centre’s Indian Languages Programme and its Hindi journal Pratiman. He has published The Insurrection of Little Selves: The Crisis of Secular Nationalism in India (2006), Power and Contestation: India Since 1989, with Nivedita Menon (2007), After Utopia: Modernity and Socialism and the Postcolony (2010), and Desire Named Development (2011).

Theory, 'Capital' and the Global South

Aditya Nigam

13/01/2017

About the Lecture

Basically, I will address two questions in the talk. (1) What it means to do theory from or in the global south, with special reference to the empirical/historical as distinct from the universal/ philosophical. (2) In the specific instance of Capital and its relation to the global south, why and how its universal history can be challenged. Here the emphasis will be on why capital is theorized the way it has been, given the paraphernalia of Western thought and how a possible alternative story can be produced.

About Speaker

Aditya Nigam works in the broad field of social and political theory. His work attempts to theorize the experience of politics and democracy by moving away from the standard mainstream frameworks that base themselves on notions of popular will and sovereignty and focusing on the mundane and the everyday. A parallel part of Nigam’s work has been concerned with alternative histories of capital, from the vantage point of contemporary experiences in India and the non-West in general. As part of this endeavour, Nigam has also been working collaboratively with some other colleagues at CSDS, in exploring thought in the conceptual universe of Indian languages. He works with the Centre’s Indian Languages Programme and its Hindi journal Pratiman. He has published The Insurrection of Little Selves: The Crisis of Secular Nationalism in India (2006), Power and Contestation: India Since 1989, with Nivedita Menon (2007), After Utopia: Modernity and Socialism and the Postcolony (2010), and Desire Named Development (2011).

India’s 3E Regime : Challenges and Opportunities in Employment, Employability and Education

Manish Sabharwal

11/11/2016

About the Lecture

The talk will highlight the challenges in India’s employment, employability and education regime and throw up possible solutions. It will also try to make connections between the 3E’s and will make the case that is that India does not have a jobs problem but a wages problem. Fundamentally the productivity challenge means recognizing that the government is organized vertically but this problem needs thinking horizontally. Despite 1 million kids joining the labour force every month for 10 years, it makes the case that the demographic dividend is a real possibility.   

About Speaker

Manish Sabharwal is currently the Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India’s largest staffing and human capital firm. Teamlease has over 120,000 employees in 5000 cities and is implementing India’s first vocational university in Gujarat and first national PPP apprenticeship programme.  Manish Sabharwal is also a member of the National Skill Mission chaired by the Prime Minister and serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability. He is a columnist for the Indian Express and got his MBA from The Wharton School in 1996. He is also an alumni of Shriram College, Delhi and Mayo College, Ajmer.