Speakers for the Conference

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Development Studies

Dr. Shail Mayaram, a senior fellow at Centre for the Study of Development Societies and the proud author of several books is the keynote speaker for the session Negotiating Ethnicity and Nationalism’. Dr. Mayaram has explored subaltern perspectives on state and sovereignty, mobilities and identities in relation to peasant, pastoral and tribal peoples. As a theorist of violence she has worked on inter-ethnic relations in Asian cities, including dimensions of conflict, coexistence and conviviality.Her books include:


Prof. S Subramanian (Madras Institute of Development Studies) is an expert Development Economics and Welfare Economics, he will deliver a lecture on ‘Aspects of Growth and Inclusiveness: the Indian Experience’. It will focus on India’s track record of equality in the growth of private consumption, and in the distribution of positive and negative freedoms across persons and groups. He will also draw a quick reference to some of the instrumental ills of inequality (such as inefficiency, conflict and poor health outcomes).

Dr Partha Gangopadhyay (University of Western Sydney) has a research base that spans Economics of Conflict, Development Economics and Economics of Peace, he has published several insightful papers on conflict, with Economics of Rivalry and ConflictEconomics of Globalisation and Economics of Intolerances and Conflicts being the most acclaimed ones. He will be delivering a lecture on ‘The Theoretical Relationship between Economics Inequality and Social Conflict’.

To read up more articles by Dr Partha.

English Studies

Dr. G. J. V. Prasad is a faculty member at the Centre for English Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also the editor of the Journal of the School of Literature and Culture Studies and the Secretary of Indian Association of Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies. His research interests lie in Post-Colonial Literature, Indian Writing in English, Indian Literatures and Translation Studies, among others. The author of several academic books such as Continuities in Indian English Poetry: Nation, Language, Form as well as a novel, A Clean Breast. Dr. Prasad is one of the leading academics in the country in his chosen field. He’ll be delivering a lecture on Fractured Boundaries of Indian Writing in English‘.


About Negotiating Conflict

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras is organising its second academic conference in the month of September, 2012 under the overarching theme of ‘Negotiating Conflict’. The two day conference will have a session each on Economics, English Studies and Development Studies offering an array of lectures, panel discussions by the leading thinkers and paper presentations by students. For queries, please mail at: negotiatingconflict2012@gmail.com.
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