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‘Social Justice as a Question of Empirical Sciences’,11-12 December, 2014.

in association with
Dr. K. V. Cybil,
Christ College,
University of Calicut, Kerala.

Concept note:

In places where forms of justice provided according to law is silent or absent, it is presumed that a supplementary form is substituted. This is often the idea behind ‘Social Justice’. This notion makes it not merely a trivial representation of justice, but takes it away from the cardinal points of knowledge about the modern state. It is not to an alternate theory or conception of justice that is being hinted at. It is in fact to a formerly displaced notion of justice that is couched inevitably in the form of injustice and hence inescapably raises questions of justice despite the mechanisms of law and governance that are made to modulate, if not silence it. Such instances as one encounters in daily life made unnoticeable by habit or practice of not noticing it. The fact that such instances more often than not constitute the points of agreement where disagreement becomes a mode of governmentality is an open secret most intimate to modern states.

Programme Schedule:                 Thursday, 11th December, 2014

9.00 a.m. – 9.05 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome:
Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,
New Delhi.
9.05 a.m. – 10.05 a.m. Session I
Introduction and Chair: Dr. K. V. Cybil,
Christ College,
University of Calicut, Kerala.
Speaker: Prof. Gopal Guru,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
‘Procedural Justice and its Moral Cost’
10.05 am.– 11.05 pm. Session II
Chair: Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral,
NMML.
Speaker: Dr. Michael Dusche,
Manipal University,
Manipal.
‘Social Justice Beyond Normative and Empirical Disciplines’
11.05 pm. – 11.30 pm. Tea Break
11.30 am. – 12.30 pm Session III
Chair: Prof. Vijaya Ramaswamy,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
Speakers: Prof. Sundar Sarukkai, (Via Skype)
Manipal University,
Manipal.
‘Narayana Guru, Advaita and the Question of Caste’
12.30 pm. – 1.30 pm. Lunch
1.30 pm. – 2.30 pm. Session IV
Chair: Mr. Krishnan Unni P.,
Deshbandhu College,
University of Delhi, Delhi.
Speaker: Dr. Neshat Quaiser,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
New Delhi.
‘Choreographic Occultation and Petrification of
Meaning:
Post-colonial law and alternative subject’
2.30 pm. – 3.30 pm. Session V
Chair: Dr. Indira Chakravarti,
NMML.
Speakers: Ms. Jinu Abraham,
Mental Health Action Trust, Calicut.
‘Completing the Social Justice Framework:
A mental health framework’
3.30 pm Tea
                                            Friday, 12th December, 2014
9.00 am. – 10.00 am. Session VI
Chair: Dr. Michael Dusche,
Manipal University,
Manipal.
Speakers: Mr. Faizan Ahmed,
Independent Researcher,
New Delhi.
‘The Question of Gender Justice at Aligarh
Muslim University’
10. 00 am. -11.00 am. Session VII
Chair: Prof. Udaya Kumar,
University of Delhi,
Delhi.
Speakers: Dr. Soumyabrata Choudhury,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
‘Ambedkar/Sieyes:
Towards a critique of meritocratic reason’
11.00 am. – 11.20 am. Tea Break
11.20 am. – 12.20 pm. Session VIII
Chair: Dr. Soumyabrata Choudhury,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
Speakers: Prof. Vidhu Verma,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
‘Aporias of Social Justice:
Exploring Ambedkar and Gandhi’
12.20 pm. – 1.20 pm. Lunch
1.20 pm. – 2.20 pm. Session IX
Chair: Dr. Vasudha Pande,
NMML.
Speaker: Dr. K.V. Cybil,
Christ College,
University of Calicut, Kerala.
‘Justice of Ignorance:
Knowledge, exclusion and the centrality of victim’
2.20 pm. – 3.20 pm. Session X
Concluding Session
3.20pm Tea
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