programmes

THEORY/PRAXIS COURSE

We organize an annual Theory/Praxis Course every year for young scholars across the humanities and social sciences. More than 600 scholars have attended this course over the past decade and a half. The courses were held across the country in collaboration with universities and research centres. Fifteen such courses have been organized so far.

The course is based on focused themes each year, exploring broad interdisciplinary theoretical questions. The curriculum is designed and taught by experienced and accomplished faculty coming from all over the world. Course readings are carefully selected and shared with students ahead of time allowing scholars to prepare for the intensive four-week course. The pedagogical approach is interactive and centered on enhancing the critical capacity of the learners. Students are expected to present their ideas during the course allowing for a participatory learning experience. This is a residential program allowing students and faculty to have plenty of opportunities for interaction both within the classroom and outside it.

This program usually begins from mid-June and runs for a period of four weeks. The structure of this programme is currently under review.

Previous course titles and resource person details can be found here.

NATIONAL WORKSHOPS

To foster new ideas and areas of scholarship, and to help build capacity of scholars and teachers in the humanities, FCT has organized annual workshops at its centre in Baroda. The workshops have covered varied themes such as Theory and History, Globalization, Gender and Cultural Studies, Body And its Figuration, Human Sciences in The Age Of Technology, Caste And Gender in Ancient India among others.

FCT has organized 15 such workshops with over 500 scholars participating over the years. The workshops are led by faculty and resource persons from across disciplines, both from India and abroad. In addition to lectures, the workshops include interactive sessions public lectures and panel discussions. Participants have an opportunity for in-depth engagement and to present their work during the course of the workshop.

We plan to re-initiate our workshop program to reflect the new initiatives and areas of enquiry at FCT.

For more information on our past workshops, please look here.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

The annual international conference is the signature event in FCT’s calendar. Since 1998, FCT has organized an international conference each year to create an opportunity for accomplished scholars and young researchers and teachers to interact with each other. In keeping with FCT’s commitment to extend and deepen its outreach across the country, the conference has been largely held in non-metropolitan cities.

The conference is usually organized in collaboration with a host university in India along with other international partners. Each year, this event has attracted more than 100 participants from across the country and the larger South Asian region.

FCT usually publishes the conference proceedings, and it has issued 16 volumes thus far.

The conference is also a time when FCT holds its annual General Body meeting involving its members and staff.

You can learn more about our past conferences here.

RESOURCES

library

FCT houses a specialized library with books on literature, cultural studies, theory, philosophy and related disciplines.  The FCT library is open to all members.   It is complemented by the collection of the Balvant Parekh Centre library, which is open to the general public. With nearly 10000 books and two large airy and spacious reading rooms, the library is a unique space for researchers and scholars.

The library is expanding to include books related to FCT’s new intellectual initiatives. FCT encourages young scholars and practitioner from different parts of the country for their research. The library also holds a collection of Indian Classical Music and films.

To know more about the books for please check our Library Holdings.

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.

Publications

JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT

FCT publishes the Journal of Contemporary Thought (JCT), an international peer-reviewed journal.  The  journal began in 1991 and has issued more than forty issues (as of Dec 2017) .  JCT engages with theory in the humanities by providing a forum for scholarly dialogue on a broad range of topics significant to our time and cultures. Its focus is interdisciplinary with preference given to studies of cultural criticism, intellectual history, and contemporary issues.

Special issues in the past have covered themes such as “identities: global and local”; “the ethical turn in cultural studies”; “revisiting the political”; “actually existing colonialisms”; “degrees of statelessness”; “space and spatiality”; “the humanities in the 21st century’; “utopias today”; “Global South, cultural dialogue”; “Tagore in the 21st century”; and “critical humanities.”

The Journal is guided by editorial and advisory committees consisting of eminent scholars in the humanities and social sciences from across the world.

The publication of the journal was supported in the past by periodic grants from the International Lincoln Center at Louisiana State University in Shreveport (USA); the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi and the University of North Texas at Denton (USA).

Journal Issues and content pages can be found here.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

From 2003 proceedings of the FCT International Conference began to be published regularly.  In 2008, the publishing house Routledge took on the publication of the proceedings under the direction of “Critical Interventions in Theory and Praxis.”
Conference proceedings and content pages can be found here

archives

FCT houses rare and exclusive documents and communications, some dating back to 1989 when the Forum started from the humble premise of the Seminar Room of the Department of English at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. It was formally inaugurated by Simon Gikandi, of Princeton University on January 11, 2017, in Baroda. The archive holds correspondence, communication materials such as event brochures and announcements and other significant documents related to the formation of FCT and its sister organization, the Balvant Parekh Centre. These unique materials can be used as primary sources by researchers and academic administrators in tracing the history and evolution of both the centres.The hard archive will soon be complemented by a comprehensive and searchable-online digital archive.

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