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Centre For Publishing

Centre For Publishing

The Centre for Publishing came into existence from October 2017. The main objectives with which the Centre came into being was (i) to engage in publication activities, with special emphasis on pedagogy related publication building upon AUD’s experiments with developing new courses in interdisciplinary social sciences/humanities and (ii) to offer academic programmes in publishing, that will help students in AUD as well as open it up for those outside AUD.

Publications from the Centre:

  1. Published ‘Utopia and Dystopia in Revolutionary Russia: The Russian Revolution Centenary Lecture’ delivered by Professor Madhavan Palat, retired Professor of Russian and European History at the Centre for Historical Studies, on 7 November 2017
  2. Published Conversations with Ambedkar: 10 Ambedkar Memorial Lectures edited by Valerian Rodrigues in collaboration with Centre for Publishing and Tulika Press, New Delhi. The book was released on April 14, 2018 by Professor Pratap Bhanu Mehta, who delivered the 11 th Ambedkar Memorial Lecture
  3. Inaugural AUD Newsletter December 2019 Click here to download
  4. AUD Newsletter 2 July 2020 Click here to download
  5. AUD Newsletter 3 January 2021Click here to download
  6. AUD Newsletter 4 July 2021Click here to download

A. Activities of the Centre:

International Conference

International Conference on ‘Childhood Youth and Identity in South Asia’ co-organized with Department of History Shiv Nadar University and Centre for Publishing (CfP henceforth) January 6-7 2020 at Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida

12 papers were presented at this conference by doctoral and postdoctoral scholars and early career academics from across the globe, namely: Rutgers USA, London School of Economics UK, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, ETH Zurich, University of Oxford

A special session on Children’s literature was held under the aegis of the Centre:

In Conversation: Children’s Literature/Publishing in India Rukmini Sen, Director CfP, Ambedkar University Delhi in conversation with Rinchin and Shefalee Jain

Rinchin writes short stories for children as well as for grown-ups and her recent collection of short stories called Ajooba, published by Eklavya is out now. She explores many layers of politics, gender, struggles of everyday lives and love in her stories. Rinchin has been part of many social movements in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh since last two decades and has been working with women and queer groups. She is a member of Ektara Collective. Ektara Collective is an independent, autonomous, non-funded group of people who seek to combine creative efforts and imagination and collaborate with trained and untrained people to make films that are content-wise and aesthetically located in people’s subjective, contextual realities and experiences.

Shefalee Jain is an artist based in New Delhi, India. She is currently teaching Visual Art as Assistant Professor at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi. She is the Co founder of BlueJackal, a platform for engaging with and creating visual narratives, comics, picture books and initiating dialogue and learning within these contexts through interactive programs. She occasionally writes and illustrates for children and adults.

B. Panel Discussions/Round Table

1. Women’s Voices, Visions of Democracy and Publishing

CfP organised this Round Table in collaboration with UGC UKEIRI research project ‘Teaching Feminisms Transforming Lives: Questions of Identity, Pedagogy and Violence in India and UK’ (AUD and University of Edinburgh) on October 30, 2019. The panelists were:

  • Urvashi Butalia (Zubaan)
  • Radha Chakravarty (AUD)
  • Bhasha Singh (Newsclick)
  • Pamela Phillipose (Wire)
  • VK Karthika (Westland Publishers) and
  • Abdu Rahman (PhD, AUD)

2. CfP organised a Story-Telling Session in collaboration with AUDay Vatika Creche and Day Care Centre, Critical Childhood and Youth Studies Collective on Children’s Day November 14 2019

Kapil Pandey of Kutumb Foundation, acted as a story teller (using music and drama) at a programme in which children of staff and faculty of AUD participated

3. Democratising Publishing: Challenges and Possibilities

CfP organised this panel discussion on the occasion of AUD Research Festival- Shodatsav, January 17, 2020. The panelists were:

  • Indu Chandrasekhar, Tulika Press
  • Meghna Singh, Cuban
  • Gurinder Azad, Hindi Round Table India

4. Celebrating the Constitution of India: Questions of Freedom, Citizenship and Democracy

CfP organised this panel discussion on the occasion of the year long activities of Constitution day 70 year commemoration in collaboration with School of Human Studies, January 31, 2020. The panelists were:

  • Dr Anushka Singh, School of Law Governance and Citizenship AUD
  • Ambar Ahmad, Department of Political Science, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi
  • Leki Thungon, Independent Researcher, New Delhi
  • Srishti Srivastava (PhD, AUD)

5. Laws, Pandemic and Public Health in India

CfP, responding to the public health concern and the pandemic in India organised an awareness generation event in collaboration with School of Law, Governance and Citizenship, June 10, 2020. The speakers were:

  • Vivek Divan, Lawyer and Head Centre for Health Equity and Policy
  • Malini Aisola, Researcher and Public Health Advocate, Co-Convenor, All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN)

6. Celebrating International Women’s Day: Rights and Empowerment

CfP and School of Human Studies celebrated International Women’s Day March 8, 2021 remembering the histories of women’s struggles for centuries beginning with voting rights and narrating various stories of empowerment of women in India. The panelists were:

  • Professor Anu Singh Lather, Vice Chancellor, AUD
  • Professor Radha Chakravarty, Womenspeak—poetry reading
  • Wheels of change and Empowerment—Meenu Wadera, Director Azad Foundation, New Delhi
  • Change Leaders/Change Makers—Women Taxi Drivers

C. Learning with Professionals

This series intends to create interdisciplinary discussions and documentation around areas which may still not have become part of social science academic scholarship. They are perceived either as extension, outreach activities or as areas which usually have professional or corporate intervention. The Centre feels the need to create links with institutions and industry which play an important role in shaping academic discourses. This is also in line with the vision of the New Education Policy 2020, where skill education and capacity building of students form a major focus.

Women Walk the City of Delhi February 25, 2021

The practice of knowing the city through city walks is one such area usually done outside of academic spaces as a tourism initiative. It has tremendous implications for social science ways of knowing. Appreciating the history and heritage of a city, looking and navigating the city as a woman, and walking the city in a group with other people—all are different ways of practicing the art of knowing one’s place of living. This discussion will bring together three women, of senior, mid and early career levels, who have taken an important role in doing walking tours in the city of Delhi, understanding its history, communities and different localities, through the lens of gender.

  • Swapna Liddle author and historian. Involved in the movement to preserve heritage monuments and sites, is the Convenor of the Delhi Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)
  • Nitika Arora is a History Heritage Cultural curator. Co-founder of Darwesh, which is a Delhi-based startup—a travel and culture studio. They design experiential journeys that bring together spaces, places and people, weaving them into a matrix of stories that connects us with the rich historical and cultural roots of Delhi
  • Pallavi is a creative professional, documentary photographer and filmmaker and a socially-engaged art practitioner dividing her time between Delhi and Dharamshala working with community theatre and art interventions. Founder of Delhi Galiyara, known for her walk curations bringing out the gender in the everyday of our lives. Delhi Galiyara is primarily a photo archive of the everyday of Delhi through the perspective of a flaneuse (female wanderer).

CfP is preparing a Flyer from the information and awareness generation discussion that transpired in this panel, which will benefit students in connection with internship and research opportunities for the future, with these professionals.

2. Workshop on ‘Laws on Travel: Documents, Histories and Practices’ in collaboration with School of Law, Governance and Citizenship, April 1, 2021

The focus of the discussion is to deliberate on the various forms of laws and identity documents that are crucial to travel. Drawing upon a range of socio-legal scholarship the main aim of the workshop would be to closely develop legal histories of travel documents that have been critical to the imagining of people, regions, borders, professions. Discourses around nation and citizenship, transnationalism and border crossing have looked into the role of identity documents, jurisdictions, role of state and criminal justice agencies. Papers presented at the discussion were:

  • Sahana Basavapatna is a lawyer who practices at the trial courts and the High Court of Karnataka ‘Facts and Circumstances: Entry into and Exit from India’
  • Dr Pooja Satyogi, School of Law Governance and Citizenship: ‘Harm Jurisprudence, Policing and questions of Jurisdiction’
  • Dr Anushka Singh, School of Law Governance and Citizenship, AUD—‘How Laws Travel?’
  • Professor Rukmini Sen, School of Liberal Studies, AUD: ‘Travel advisories and Pandemic Practices’

The outcome of this discussion is to:

  • To create a research cluster among socio-legal scholars and law practitioners who are engaging with the concept of ‘travel’ in their research and work
  • To bring out a peer reviewed publication in collaboration with a national law school journal with the theme ‘Laws on Travel’

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