Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Announcing 4th Winter School

Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla 171 005
Announcing 4th Winter School
Over the last three decades the scholastic, intellectual, political and social interests in Gandhiji’s
life and thought has acquired a new urgency and depth. Gandhiji’s writings like An Autobiography
Or The Story of My Experiments with Truth and Hind Swaraj have been subject of minute textual,
philosophical and literary studies. The theory and practice of Satyagraha, constructive work and
the institutions that Gandhiji established have come to be studied by historians, political theorists
and commentators and chroniclers of social movements. Lives of Gandhiji’s associates and
interlocutors like Mahadev Desai, J C Kumarrapa, Mirabehn, C F Andrews and Lanza Del Vasto
have added to our understanding of Gandhiji. As a result of these studies our understanding of
Gandhiana has emerged deeper, richer and nuanced.
The Winter School seeks to acquaint the participant to this variegated intellectual tradition of
thinking of and about Gandhiji. The School would seek to provide a non-fragmentary
understanding of Gandhiji’s life and thought. Quite often we have come to look at political Gandhi
as quite distinct from the Gandhi of the constructive work or see Gandhiji’s spiritual quest as
distinct from his quest for Swaraj. The School would try to unravel the underlying relationship
between seemingly disparate practices, utterances and writings. With this in view a Two week
Winter School is proposed to be held at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla during 20
November-4 December 2013.
The Winter School will be conducted by Professor Tridip Suhrud, Director, Sabarmati Ashram,
Ahmedabad and other eminent scholars from several disciplines who will explore various aspects
of Gandhi’s life and thought.
Applications are invited from young College and University teachers/researchers from Humanities
and Social Sciences/Journalist/NGO activist in the age group of 22 to 35 years.
A batch of 25 participants will be selected from amongst the applicants. Those interested may send
their bio-data (that should include their academic qualification, experience, research interest and
area of specialization) along with the note of 200-250 words regarding how they perceive life and
thought of Gandhi.
All expenses will be borne by the IIAS. Applications may be sent by e-mail at
iiasschool@gmail.com which must reach IIAS by 15th September 2013. Those selected will be
informed by 15th October 2013. The decision of the Institute in selection of candidates to attend the
Winter School would be final and no correspondence in this regard would be entertained.

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