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Interdisciplinarity of knowledge and research has been a much discussed and practised phenomenon in the contemporary world. The need for the confluence of ideas and collaborative pursuits across disciplines rejects the desire for a unified science and an imposition of a single methodological vocabulary; for, it commits an epistemic violence of not seeing reality from varied perspectives. Given that all knowledge is perspectival and involves conceptual choices and interests, disciplinary dichotomies offer us nuanced viewpoints. The narrow disciplinary boundaries, however, promote the culture of ‘expert opinions’, wherein lies the risk of distortion and resistance to a fruitful dialogue. The idea of interdisciplinarity emphasizes breaking down the rigid disciplinary boundaries and advocates a culture of conversation and critical thinking so that meaningful and pragmatic solutions to our needs and problems can be found out. This requires bridging theoria and praxis, knowledge and action and relate them to human needs and interests for a better world and the fullest realization of human potentialities. While interdisciplinarity is not a new concept, having being widely accepted in engineering and physical sciences, the convergence of wide range of disciplines in humanities and social sciences for more meaningful knowledge-production and to bring  desirable social change is a challenging task. The dynamics of social reality go hand-in-hand with the politics of Knowledge production and delivery of education. There is a great need to understand how education and research across various knowledge–domains can help understanding the social reality and handling human problems in better ways. Interdisciplinary education and researches within academia, and with other collaborators, however, is easier said than done. Sharing of knowledge and skills, methodological participation for collaborative purposes itself is a nuanced discourse and requires clarity about policy matters too. This two-day conference aims to bring academics, industry professionals and practitioners under one umbrella to deliberate on the relationship between various sciences and examine the theoretical and practical aspects of interdisciplinarity of knowledge.

The Institute

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani, established in the year 1964, is an all-India Institute for Higher education deemed to be a university by the Government of India. BITS offers admission in three tiers: First Degree, Higher Degree and Doctoral Degree.Its campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai provide to over 12,000 students an all-round educational and co-curricular experience that is second to none in India. It offers UG, PG and PhD level programmes in Science, Engineering, Pharmacy, Management, Economics & Finance and Social Sciences.
 
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus consists of 16 faculty members with different specializations. The department is involved in research and teaching. It offers Higher degree programmes leading to the award of Doctoral and Master’s degrees. The department offers about 50 courses related to Humanities, Social Sciences, and interdisciplinary subjects every semester. All the students are required to do a minimum of three courses in Humanities and Social Sciences before their graduation.
 

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is involved in research and teaching. It offers higher degree programmes leading to the award of Doctoral and Master’s degrees. The Master’s programme in General Studies, M.Sc. (Tech), is oriented along the streams of Media and Communication as well as Development Studies. The study of humanities was thus part of the founding vision of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. This enabling vision, represented by the lotus at the heart of the emblem of BITS Pilani, continues to guide the Institute in its plan document Vision 2020: Mission 2015 that envisages an ever greater emphasis for the humanities in the curriculum, making it mandatory for all degree programmes.

With eighteen faculty members working in and across the disciplines of Communication Studies, Development Studies, Digital Media, Film Studies, Geography, History, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology and Public Administration, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers over thirty elective courses -on an average, per semester- for students across disciplines and degree programmes. The laboratories for languages, music and Creative Media along with a rich collection of materials in the BITS Pilani Library are vital elements in the pedagogy of the courses taught here. Many of these are interdisciplinary, and all courses combine rigour with variety in both teaching and learning, which is a legacy bequeathed by a tradition of over five decades.

 

 

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  • Conference Dates : Feb 8-9, 2019

  • Abstract Submission : September 15, 2018(Date Extended)

  • Full Paper Submission : October 31, 2018

  • Registration Deadline : Nov 30, 2018

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