The CIRHS was setup in September 2015, and this site was published a year later in September 2016. Following are some of the activities that CIRHS organized during this period.
- 17-18 October 2015: “Past (Itihasa-Purana) and History”
This workshop focused on the difference between itihasa-puranas and western modes of writing history. When one inherits the western style of history writing to India, it creates various complications. The issues like Rama-janma bhoomi controversy and justification of caste based reservation depend upon the way one has tried to understand Indian past from the western historical perspective. In this workshop, a bunch of invited scholars engaged in a structured reading and intensive discussion over two-days.
- 19 October 2015: “Workshop on research skills and methodology for young Social Science faculty at SDM PG Centre”.
In response to the general desire expressed by faculty at SDM to gain some guidance towards (a) publishing research work already completed, (b) applying for major or minor research grants and (c) using helpful tools in the research process, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Humanities and Social Sciences (CIRHS), conducted a one-day workshop as a first step in this direction.
- 14 and 15 May 2016: “Understanding Indian Gurus in the Context of Modern Education (with a focus on Swami Vivekananda’s work)”.
The attempt of this workshop was to understand modern Indian spiritual gurus in the context of modern education. The term ‘spiritual guru’ is used here to refer to the scholars of erstwhile India, like, Swami Vivekananda, Ravindranath Tagore and M.K. Gandhi. The discussion during the workshop focused on the work and thoughts of Swami Vivekananda during the workshop.
- 3-5 June 2016: “Revisiting Swami Vivekananda”, at Alva’s Engineering College, Mudabidri, Karnataka. (More details here: http://www.cultuurwetenschap.be/dharma-and-ethics/?page=Dharma_And_Ethics_8)
- 10-11 June 2016: “Liberal Education and The Future Of The University”, at BMS Engineering College, Bangalore. (More details here: http://rethinkingindia.org/rti/index.php)