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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras is hosting its second Academic Conference on the third week of September 2012.The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences has been an integral part of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras since its inception in 1959. It has evolved over the years to become the first department in any of the IITs to step into higher education in Social Sciences with an Integrated Masters Programme in English Studies, Development Studies and Economics, thereby opening the doors of this Institute of national importance to the Social Sciences.

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 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. The previous edition of the conference saw the likes of Martha Nussbaum (philosopher and feminist), Ambai, David Dean Schulman and Robert Fogel (economic historian and Nobel Memorial Prize winner) delivering the keynote lectures.

With global experiences giving economic explanations behind social crises, the Economic stream of the conference looks to address the relation between economic inequality and social conflict, the scope of the state policy and state’s institutional dilemmas.  The English stream of the conference looks to address the definition of Indian writing in English in terms of emerging spaces, borders and boundaries. Creation of different identities, state’s role in initiating and curbing ethnic conflicts and the history and possibility of ethnic conflicts in South Asia form the theme for the Development Studies. For queries, please mail at: negotiatingconflict2012@gmail.com.

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