Final Programme

Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Research Scholars' Workshop 2011-12/ II


Object, Field, Method

9th and 10th February 2012

Room No. 1, Ground Floor

Department of Sociology


9 February – Thursday

9:30 – 10:00 
Dr. Tulsi Patel / Dept. of Sociology, DU

Rokhsar Vakharia / Dept. of Sociology, DU

10:00 – 11:30 
Panel INegotiations Within
Discussant: Prof. Satish Deshpande / Dept. of Sociology, DU

Aaradhana Jhunjhunwala Dalmia, Abhimanyu Pandey,
Shagufta Kaur Bhangu, Varsha Upraity / Dept. of Sociology, DU
Negotiating Change in Ballimaran

Manoj Bandan Balsamanta / Dept. of Sociology, DU
Between Ethics and Unethics: The Paradox Called Ethnography

Garima Yadav / Dept. of Sociology, DU
'Choice' in the Context of Pregnancy and Childbirth

11:30 – 11:45 Tea

11:45 – 1:15 
Dialogue I – Cultivating a Contingent Appearance
Chair: Paankhi Agrawal / Dept. of Sociology, DU

Nandita Badami / Centre for Political Studies, JNU
Theorising Capitalism

William F. Stafford, Jr. / Dept. of Sociology, DU

1:15 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 
Dialogue II – Forestalling Identity
Chair: Divya Murali / Dept. of Sociology, DE

Mohammad Sayeed / Dept. of Sociology, DU
“You Can't be Communal Anymore?”: Object as Event and Field as Space

Soumick De / School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU
The Insistent Object of Non-identity

3:30 – 3:45 Tea

3:45 – 5:15 
Panel II – Inside Out
Discussant: Dr. Deepak Mehta/ Dept. of Sociology, DU

Vidhi Shah / Dept. of Sociology, DU
Narrating Sousveillance: A look at Hasan Elahi's Orwellian Project
Geetika Bapna / Dept. of Sociology, DU
Objecting the Intimate: Marriage, Language and Time

Sarover Zaidi / Dept. of Sociology, DU
The 'Object' of Experience

10 February – Friday

10:00 – 11:30 
Panel IIIDiscourses, Discourses
Discussant: Dr. Rita Brara / Dept. of Sociology, DU

Urvashi Tilak / Dept. of Sociology, DU
Development of the Discourse on 'Trafficking'

Arshad Amanullah / Independent Scholar, Documentary Filmmaker
Maslak and Transformation in Post-Colonial India

Anubhav Pradhan, Avipsa Das / Hansraj College, DU; Miranda House College, DU
(Re)Searching Resistance: Some Notes on Activism, its Causes and the Rhetoric of Right(s)

11:30 – 11:45 Tea

11:45 – 1:15 
Dialogue III – A Wager on Transformation
Chair: Amit Chaturvedi / Dept. of Sociology, DU

Anubhav Sengupta / Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU
Sociologists as Subjects: Studying the Maoist-led People's Movement in India

Malay Firoz / Dept. of Sociology, DU
Contemporary War: Objects in Transformation

1:15 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 
Dialogue IV – A Question of Participation
Chair: Sharib Zeya / Dept. of Sociology, DU

Anirban G/N / School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU
Asphalt as Political Territory: Media and the Urban Occupations

Subhashim Goswami / Dept. of Sociology, DU
Malegaon and its Cinema – the Making of the Unaesthetic Object?

3:30 – 3:45 Tea

3:45 – 5:15 
Panel IV – Finding Movements
Discussant: Dr. Rajni Palriwala / Dept. of Sociology, DU

Nilamber Chetri / Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU
Reconceptualising the Structure/ Agency Debate in Social Movement Literature
Chitra Bisht / Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU
Moving Back and Forth: Practicing Abduction

Sarbani Sharma / Dept. of Sociology, DU
Methodological Attempts to Conceptualise Meanings of Azadi in Kashmir

5:15 High Tea


The Workshop is organised under two categories of presentation - “Dialogues” and “Panels”.

Dialogues: We will have four ‘dialogue’ sessions in which two participants whose work suggests a strong resonance with each other will each present their own work and also comment and engage with their colleague’s work. There will be no discussant for these sessions, but time will be allotted for an open audience discussion as well.

Panels: We will have four panels of three participants each. These panels also follow a principle of coherence around the participants overall interest areas. There will be a discussant for each panel. Each presentation will have 20 minutes each and there will be time allotted for the discussants comments as well as an open discussion.

As we hope that that the workshop will be an opportunity for researchers to establish links and relationships beyond the workshop to continue discussions on its theme, please also note the high tea to be held after the last session on the last day, so that presenters, chairs, discussants and attendees can interact more informally.