Friday, December 22, 2017

The UNESCO Courier - Seasonal greetings 🎊

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The UNESCO Courier | Season's Greetings


The Courier would like to wish all its readers 
Season's Greetings 
and invites them for a Happy New Year Tour
on its "magic carpet" that travels through time.

Imagine Caligula in the vestibule of his palace waiting for his presents. Or Queen Elizabeth I jumping for joy at receiving silk stockings and garters from her lords. Citing anecdotes, renowned French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss tells us how the gift idea started and how the gift-giving tradition spread around the world, while his Swiss fellow Alfred Métraux depicts a strange procession of horsemen, accompanied by musicians, wearing hats and waistcoats made of pastry and rings of bread round their necks and arms. "The New Year expresses man's deep-rooted longing for regeneration by regenerating Time and the Universe as a whole to begin a new life in a new Creation, in other words, to be purged of one's sins and forget one's failures," explains the author of the famous Myth of the Eternal Return, Mircea Eliade.

"If we could travel around the world on a magic carpet and peep at the celebrations in the various countries, what a wonderful variety of customs we should find" said the Courier's editors in December 1955. Let's make this travel now! 


How the gift idea started

Claude Lévi-Strauss

Living ghosts of the Incas

Alfred Métraux

Rituals & symbols of Time reborn 

Mircea Eliade

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Conference on Emergence of Modern Science in Colonial India | INSA, New Delhi | 14–16 March

Conference on Emergence of Modern Science in Colonial India
Venue: Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi
Dates: 14 – 16 March, 2018

Organizing Committee: Arnab Rai Choudhuri FNA (Chair), Deepak Kumar, Suprakash C. Roy, Rajinder Singh

Aim: Modern Western science began in colonial India at the initiative of the British rulers, who needed geological, botanical, zoological and meteorological surveys of their empire, as well as an understanding of tropical diseases. From the closing years of the nineteenth century, several pioneering Indian scientists started making path-breaking contributions in basic sciences (J.C. Bose, P.C. Ray, C.V. Raman, M.N. Saha, S.N. Bose) some of which have remained among the most important scientific contributions made by any Indian till today. The emergence of modern science in colonial India presents one of the most extraordinary case studies of the transplantation of science from one society to another – a topic of considerable interest to historians of science.
This conference aims to bring together scholars trained in history of science as well as scientists seriously interested in this subject. One aim will be to identify important topics on which not much work has been done and to chalk out strategies how to fill up these gaps. One of the difficulties of doing research in this field is that not much of the relevant source materials have been preserved properly. We shall try to make an inventory of source materials which may be known to different participants and discuss ways of preserving these, perhaps even the possibility of setting up an archive specifically for this purpose.

Participation: Apart from several invited talks by eminent scholars, there will be a few contributory talks of 15-minute duration on focused themes. If you are interested in participating in this conference, please write to before 30 November 2017. You should write about 4-5 lines describing what work you have done in this field and why you want to participate in this conference. If you wish to give a contributory talk, then send also the title of the talk and a short abstract to this e-mail address.
Due to the limited accommodation available at the INSA guest house, this conference will be restricted to about 30 participants. All the selected outstation participants will be provided full local hospitality with accommodation at the INSA guest house. Limited funds for travel inside India will be available primarily for young scholars and retired persons. If you would require travel support, please indicate this when you write for participation, mentioning an approximate amount.

JNU SCDR : Call for Nominations of Faculty to attend ICSSR Sponsored Capacity Building Workshop on "Social Science Approach to Disaster Research"

Call for Nominations of Faculty to attend

ICSSR Sponsored Capacity Building Workshop


Social Science Approach to Disaster Research

February 5-18 ,  2018

at HRDC, JNU, New Delhi


Faculty from colleges and universities in the remote rural and disaster affected areas in the country would be given preference. The participants would be exposed to the best experts from across the country and the world (Harvard University and from the International Network of Disaster Mitigation experts in Japan, China, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh)  The workshop sessions would be interactive, innovative and the ones which provoke originality and sensitivity in public policy, law and institutions. It will be a new generation resolution of an old problem of disaster through a synergy of transdisciplinary possibility experts.


All travel and stay would be supported by ICSSR and JNU


Last date for receiving nominations 2nd  January 2018


SCDR is zero paper usage so please apply online  to the address give below with: NAME/DOB/ INSTITUTIONAL ADDRESS/DEPARTMENT/ SUBJECT EXPERTISE/


A short write up in 500 words on why you want to apply for this workshop?


Principals and Vice Chancellors can nominate  two faculty members for the workshop from  their institution, one of whom should preferably be an SC or an ST.

Your participation is solicited.


Participants are requested to fill an online registration form. Click here for registration 

STIP Forum Lecture Series on 'Reversing Climate Change with Molten Salt Technologies' | 21 December | India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

STIP Forum Lecture Series on "Reversing Climate Change with Molten Salt Technologies"
Date: 21 December 2017 
Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi