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With the intention of involving the M.Phil and Ph.D students more closely with the work that we are doing under the DSA Programme, this year the Centre has formed two research groups around the designated 'thrust areas'. The main aim of these groups is to have greater exchange of ideas between students working on similar problem-domains and to discuss shared conceptual and theoretical issues that they confront in the course of their research. Since research work tends to make students forms more narrowly on an aspect of a specific problem on area of study, sustained interaction with others working on similar or analogous subjects, will we hope produce richer research output and contribute to building a body of research around the areas of study identified under the DSA programme.

The research group on Political Ideas organised the following activities:

1. A discussion on Charles Taylor's text "Modern Social Imaginaries" was organised at 3 pm, on 30 March, 2012.

2. Madhura Damle, PhD 4th Semester, made a presentation on "Language: Grammar and Hegemony, at 2 pm, on 26 April, 2012.

3. Shivani Kapoor, PhD 4th Semester, made a presentation on "Reading Untouchability: Hindi Dalit autobiographical narratives among two untouchable castes in UP" at 3 pm, on 4 August, 2012.

4. Sushmita Pati, PhD 3rd Semster made a presentation on "Building 'Monuments' in a World Class City: Understanding Politics of Space in Contemporary Delhi", at 3 pm, on 18 August, 2012.

5. Caitlin Stronell, PhD 5th semester, made a presentation on "Human Rights, The Indian State, and 'Religion' in the AIDS debate: Struggles of Sexual Subalterns" at 3 pm, on 25 August, 2012.

6. Khaliq Parkar, M.Phil 1st Semester, made a presentation on "Towards a cultural polity: A new paradigm of cultural rights" at 3 pm, on 8 September, 2012.


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