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Forum began informally in the Faculty of Arts of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and has now acquired some global visibility through its academic programs and publications.
The Forum has academic collaboration with the International Lincoln Center at the Louisiana State University in Shreveport, USA and University of North Texas, Denton, USA.
Currently the Forum is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.
FORUM ON CONTEMPORARY THEORY was founded at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1989 to promote inter-disciplinary dialogue on topics relevant to our time. Although the membership to the Forum was initially confined to the faculty and students of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, it has now expanded its constituency to include people from all over the world.
The aim of the Forum is to establish a community of scholars who through their mutual interaction would strive to create an environment for a more fruitful exchange of ideas of larger relevance. Since Theory continues to be a major area of intellectual academic activity today, a journal devoted to theory, is not out of place. By "theory" we do not mean a purely abstract concept hovering over the upper atmosphere of the mind; to us "theory" has a practical function in illuminating the hidden paradigms of our everyday reality.
The inaugural number of the Journal of Contemporary Thought was formally released at a function in Baroda ( Gujarat ) on 21st July, 1991 by Dr. I.G.Patel, former director of the London School of Economics. Members of the Forum are entitled to receiving copies of the journal and invitations to the programs.
Those who are interested in joining the Forum are welcome to contact. The Forum has been conducting seminars from time to time, arranging lecture-programs, annual workshops and conferences and has been publishing annually an international journal, Journal of Contemporary Thought, since 1991. Since 1993, the journal is being published jointly by the Forum and the College of Libral Arts of Lousiana State University in Shreverport, USA.
The Forum has established a Research Centre in Baroda called Centre for Contemporary Theory from Ford Foundation Grant. The Centre has a Library devoted to Theory and other allied areas. The members of the Forum are eligible to use the Library and the facilities at the Centre.