Participants: 24 participants, all of whom take part in different kinds of public debates, specifically in social media groups in Karnataka.
The Aarohi research group and the Viveka Jagruti forum jointly organised a workshop in Bananshankari, Bangalore, in the framework of the courses and close reading modules Aarohi organizes in Comparative Science of Cultures. This workshop was aimed at familiarising graduate-level science students and social activists who intend to participate in public discourses with reading and making sense of texts related to Indian social sciences issues. The workshop started with a keynote address introducing the idea of the workshop after which participants were divided into five groups and were asked to comment on a specific picture or image. This is a method which proved its effectivity in earlier courses: discussing the perceptions and interpretations of the image shows how our cognitive makeup generates a particular understanding, even when the images do not have any inherent purpose or meaning. Other methods in the workshop focused on selected Kannada texts, showing how using certain categories that are not part of our experiential world can produce negative consequences. The workshop resulted in a common understanding of how our experiences are not accessible to us when we seek to understand phenomena around us in a language that is alien to our culture. There were 24 participants in this event, all of whom take part in different kinds of public debate, specifically in social media groups in Karnataka.