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Panel, ECSAS Warsaw 2016 : Technology, technicians and the state in South Asia

ECSAS logoEuropean Conference on South Asian Studies, Warsaw, 27-30th July 2016

Technology, technicians and the state in South Asia: political and social uses of technical knowledge

Convenors : Vanessa Caru (CNRS) & Bérénice Girard (EHESS Paris)

This panel invites reflexions and case studies on the political and social uses of technology in South Asia. Technology is here understood in an extensive manner to include different types of technical knowledge, practices and tools. The centrality of technology in government policies has been widely discussed in contemporary research. This panel would like to discuss this centrality while adopting a historical perspective on the evolving political use of technology and a specific focus on South Asia.

In the years following Independence, technology was conceived as a central tool to further the economic development and social policies of South Asian countries, and technical elites were offered important roles in the implementation of technocratic development programs. The present context of liberalisation and redefinition of the role of the State seems however to have brought both new uses and actors, as well as changes in the modes of interaction between States and technologies. We invite papers discussing this dynamic, and especially welcome case studies focusing on the specific use and place of technology in social policies. We further invite papers looking at processes of defining politically pertinent technologies, as well as detailed papers on the interaction and relationship between the different technical professional groups and the State. Finally, we also invite reflexions and case studies on how technology affects States’ prerogatives, balances of power and control over political territories and spaces in South Asia.

Papers : 

Stefan Tetzlaff (EHESS-CNRS, Paris), State Policy, Technical Knowledge and Manpower Requirements: The Case of the Automobile Industry and its Workforce in India After Independence (c. 1947-2010)

Champaka Rajagopal (University of Amsterdam), The State’s Attributes of a Firm? Combining Welfare and Growth Goals: Regional Infrastructure PPP Projects in India

Klara Feldes (Humboldt University Berlin), Technology in the nexus of ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’- the example of the Indian River Interlinking Project 

Shivani Kapoor (Jawaharlal Nehru University), ‘Something Smells Bad’ – Caste, Technology and Leatherwork in India

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International conference, 20-21/06/2016 : What do consultants do to the social world?

International Conference, 20th & 21st June 2016, EHESS Paris

What do consultants do to the social world? Properties, practices and contributions of ‘consulting’ to the construction of reality

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Organised by Isabel BONICLE GOFF (University of Lausanne, Centre en Etudes Genre, Switzerland, Centre Maurice Halbwachs, Paris), Vincent MOENECLAEY (University of Versailles\Saint\Quentin\en\Yvelines, Laboratoire Printemps), and Sophie POCHIC (CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure, EHESS, Centre Maurice Halbwachs, Paris)

What do consultants do to the social world – Program

Call for Papers : Technology, technicians and the state in South Asia, political and social uses of technical knowledge

Technology, technicians and the state in South Asia: political and social uses of technical knowledge

The 24th ECSAS (European Conference on South Asian Studies) will take place at the University of Warsaw (Poland) from 27 to 30 July 2016.

Conveners

Berenice Girard (EHESS Paris) email
Vanessa Caru (CNRS ) email
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Short Abstract

This panel invites reflexions and case studies on the political and social uses of technology in South Asia, to discuss its centrality in government policies. Technology is here understood in an extensive manner, to include different types of technical knowledge, practices and tools.

Long Abstract

This panel invites reflexions and case studies on the political and social uses of technology in South Asia. Technology is here understood in an extensive manner to include different types of technical knowledge, practices and tools. The centrality of technology in government policies has been widely discussed in contemporary research. This panel would like to discuss this centrality while adopting a historical perspective on the evolving political use of technology and a specific focus on South Asia.

In the years following Independence, technology was conceived as a central tool to further the economic development and social policies of South Asian countries, and technical elites were offered important roles in the implementation of technocratic development programs. The present context of liberalisation and redefinition of the role of the State seems however to have brought both new uses and actors, as well as changes in the modes of interaction between States and technologies. We invite papers discussing this dynamic, and especially welcome case studies focusing on the specific use and place of technology in social policies. We further invite papers looking at processes of defining politically pertinent technologies, as well as detailed papers on the interaction and relationship between the different technical professional groups and the State. Finally, we also invite reflexions and case studies on how technology affects States’ prerogatives, balances of power and control over political territories and spaces in South Asia.

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Call for papers : International conference on the sociology of elites in contemporary India

New Delhi, India, 4-5 January 2016.

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Elites can be broadly defined as “those who have vastly disproportionate control over or access to a resource”[1]. The study of this privileged fraction of society currently experiences a revival that can partly be explained by the rising level of inequalities. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement of 2011 shed light on this renewed interest of scholars and activists, who make an extensive use of the latest researches produced by social scientists. More recently, the successs of Thomas Piketty’s book helped to shed light on the role this fraction of society plays in the production of inequalities. A whole body of quantitative and qualitative research has been produced by researchers over the last few years, including prosopographic studies of business leaders, Multiple Correspondence Analyses of the field of economic power, historical studies of the business elites, network analyses of corporate interlocks, qualitative studies of the formal and informal modes of sociability among the elite, ethnography of elite clubs, studies of conspicuous consumption, etc. From the early works of Vilfredo Pareto, Gaetano Mosca, Thorstein Veblen and C. Wright Mills to today’s researches, the sociology of elites can draw on a very rich and diverse body of works. Nonetheless, the scholarship on the elite in India is very limited. The well established traditions of studying social networks of the elite, their educational background, their biographies, their family life, their exclusive social clubs, their culture or their neighborhoods have not still been appropriated by scholars working on the Indian society and very few researchers are currently trying to fill this gap. This is all the more surprising as India is currently the World’s third economic power in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (and the 10th in terms of GDP nominal value). To give just one figure, according to the Wall Street Journal, in 2013, India had a total of 182,000 millionaires (in dollars)[2]. Continue reading

Call for Papers : The EU and the Emerging Powers

THE EU AND THE EMERGING POWERS 2015: COOPERATION AND COMPETITION IN KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY

April 2015, Brussels

The Political Sciences Louvain-Europe Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven, the Center for International Relations Studies of the Department of Political Science of the University of Liège, the Department of Political Science of Ghent University, the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Institute for European studies of the Saint Louis University Brussels and the Madariaga College of Europe Foundation invite experts to contribute a paper which focuses on the relations between the European Union and emerging powers. The papers will be presented at an International Conference that will take place in Brussels in the last week  of April 2015.

Call for Papers available here

Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals: 10th of November 2014

Registration & Abstract Submission here

Colloque ingénieurs FO 17 juin 2014 : programme

Colloque ingénieurs 17 juin 2014

Du savoir-faire artisanal d’Imhotep à la formalisation des connaissances de l’époque moderne, en passant par Gutenberg, de Vinci ou Eiffel, pour n’en citer que quelques-uns, l’expertise technique fut de tout temps le trait caractéristique de la figure de l’ingénieur, plaçant ce dernier au cœur des transformations économiques et sociales.

Qu’en est-il aujourd’hui au regard des évolutions technologiques et d’une société toujours plus fortement modelée par la rationalité économique et le court-terme ? Cela préfigure-t-il une transformation historique de l’identité de l’ingénieur ? Cela pose-t-il un regard nouveau sur le contenu et la valorisation de leur formation ? Sur leur recrutement au sein des entreprises ? Enfin, comment l’évolution de leur carrière dans l’excellence scientifique et la défense de la reconnaissance de leur qualification et de leur diplôme est-elle appréhendée par les ingénieurs ?
Autant de questions auxquelles les participants aux trois tables rondes tenteront de répondre. Continue reading

Call for papers : History of aluminium (19th-20th century)

L’aluminium, matière à création

XIXe-XXIe siècles
Colloque international
 
École des Hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
11 et 12 décembre 2014
Matériau de la seconde industrialisation, symbole du progrès de la science puis de la « modernité », l’aluminium fait l’objet de perceptions contrastées : adoubé par certains créateurs (designers, couturiers, artistes), métal de l’exploit et la performance scientifique, technique ou sportive,  il  a dans d’autres domaines du monde social une image moins forte, car la banalité est moins glorieuse.
Pour ce dernier colloque de l’ANR Créalu, il s’agit de mettre en lumière, par une démarche pluridisciplinaire, les processus créatifs à l’œuvre depuis la découverte et l’invention d’un matériau nouveau au milieu du XIXe siècle : création d’un secteur industriel allant de la mine de bauxite aux objets du quotidien, réception et usages des produits de consommation courante ou d’exception, appropriation par les sociétés dans un contexte de globalisation. Continue reading