This workshop, held at Ivory Edge, J P Nagar, Bangalore on the 25th of July, was primarily an attempt to make sure that the PhD students in our network learn from the experience of scholars on formulating problems.
This workshop was primarily an attempt to make sure that the PhD students in our network learn from the experience of scholars on formulating problems. There was also a discussion and feedback session on Dr. Vivek Dhareshwar’s ongoing research on Gandhi and Tagore. The session brought together people interested in the history of the nationalist movement in India as well as people interested in the project of decolonizing the social sciences. The workshop focused on how both Gandhi and Tagore agreed on the idea that ethical action are part of the Indian traditions. When both Gandhi and Tagore criticized the West or colonialism, their concern was the normativization of ethical actions, which they felt could be destructive to Indian traditions. Ideas of cognitive enslavement, the action/ethical frame, the quasi cognitive/evaluative frame and the cognitive/evaluative frame were discussed thoroughly. Many of the PhD students felt that some of their work on the colonial period can be enriched by this work.