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Event Date :- 08-January-2020 To 14-January-2020
Event Time :-
Venue :- Karampura campus, AUD

Call for Applications

The human society seems to be at a crossroads. As modernity and its developmentalist discourse confront the limitations of its early premises (and promises), there are newer sets of questions that await sustained and immediate engagement. Religion and the politics of identity around it occupy the core of that question-set. Globalization and its technology juggernaut facilitated the transfer of not just goods and services across national borders, but more significantly, also of Gods and Goddesses. The latter, however, remains less investigated and studied in the literature of global studies. The situation seems to be getting critical as the migration and refugee movements across the globe have only intensified in recent decades, bringing questions of diversity, and especially its management, to the fore. The issue of religious diversity is not a new concern; rather it has always been a theme of immense significance even in the past. However,of late there has been a wide-spread anxiety and nervousness about the politics surrounding the concept. Asian societies, including India, have had a history of ushering in some of the most prominent religions of the world, along with exemplary models of religious co- existence.

However, with increased interface between the local/ familiar and the unfamiliar in our time, because of heightened mobility and migration, there is simultaneous mushrooming of moments/sites of contestations. The proposed winter school workshop intends to address some of the key issues related to the idea of religious diversity, and critically engage with various existing models in the era of globalization. Given that the year 2019 is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, it is only natural that his ideas on peace and non-violence be discussed afresh in the light of increasing religious intolerance and violence. The workshop will have a special sessiondiscussing the relevance of Gandhi today.

The tentative themes that the workshop will cover:

  1. The diversity in the idea of religious diversity
  2. Models of religious coexistence
  3. Relevance of Gandhi
  4. Secularism and South Asian experience
  5. Terror and violence in the name of religion
  6. Globalization and identitarian politics
  7. Ambedkar and Buddhism: In search of an equal world
  8. Other contemporary concerns

Organizing Institutions

  • Ambedkar University Delhi
  • Aarhus University, Denmark


  • Jorn Borup
  • Gargi Chakravartty
  • Santosh K. Singh
  • Idrees Kanth
  • Salil Mishra
  • Dev N.Pathak
  • Avijit Pathak
  • Sasanka Perera
  • Marianne Q Fibiger
  • Surinder S. Jodhka
  • Sarbeswar Sahoo
  • Yogesh Snehi

Venue and Dates

The Winter School will be held at Ambedkar University Delhi, Karampura

Campus from 8th to 14th January 2020.

Who can apply?

The workshop will be open for students who are pursuing Masters or MPhil/PhD programme in the relevant area. The maximum strength of the participants will be 40.

How to apply?

Those interested to participate should send an SOP of 500 words to and by 15th December 2019.

Registration Fees

A registration fee (Rs 2500) will be charged from non-AUD students or participants, which will cover copies of course material,participation/completion certificate signed by representatives of the partnering institutions, as well as lunch, tea and snacks during the winter school.

Workshop Coordinators

Santosh K. Singh (AUD), Jorn Borup and Marianne Q Fibiger (Aarhus University, Denmark)

For further enquiries, you may please contact:

Santosh K. Singh,


The detailed schedule of the winter school.


Santosh K. Singh (AUD), Jorn Borup and Marianne Q Fibiger (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Day 1: 8th January 2020


10.30 AM: Registration of the participants

10.30 to 11 AM: Tea and snacks

Inaugural Sessions (11- 1PM)

Chief Guest: Prof. Anu Singh Lather, Vice Chancellor, AUD

Guests of honor: Prof. Jorn Borup, Prof. Marianne Q Fibiger, Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Welcome and Introduction of the Winter School: Santosh K Singh, Organizer and coordinator
  • Inaugural speech by the Hon’ble VC
  • Book Release by the VC: Religious Diversity in Asia (Brill)

Key Note Speaker: Professor Salil Misra, Pro-VC, Ambedkar University Delhi Gandhi and Globality: Meaning of his messages today

1 PM: Introduction and Group Photograph with the participants

(1-2: Lunch break)

From 2-4 PM:

Introducing the key theme and its Conceptual framework (Santosh K Singh)

Globalization/ Glocalization: Theoretical framework (Marianne Fibiger)

Discussant: Jorn Borup

Day 2: 9TH January 2020

10-11.30: Managing religious diversity in a Global World (Jorn Borup)

Discussant: Santosh K Singh

11.30-12 Tea/Coffee Break

12-1.30: Walking with Gandhi: Lessons, Reflections and Learning for our time (Avijit Pathak)

Discussant: Kaustav Banerjee

(Lunch Break: 1.30 to 2.30)

2.30-4: Hinduism and Globalization (Marianne Fibiger)

Discussant: Priyanka Jha

(Tea Break)

4.15-5 PM: Joint session with the coordinators (Santosh K Singh)

Day 3: 10th January 2020

10-11.30: Religious Diversity in Contemporary Times: Anxieties and Apprehensions (Sasanka Perera)

Discussant: Marianne Fibiger

11.30 to 12: Tea/ Coffee break

12 -1.30: Religious Conversion and Challenges to religious coexistence (Sarbeswar Sahoo)

Discussant: Bibinaz Thockchom

(Lunch Break 1.30-2.30)

2.30-3.30: Ambedkar and Buddhism: Religion as Critique (Harish Wankhede)

Discussant: Dharitri Narzary

(Tea Break)

3.45-4.30: Islamophobia and Globalization (Idreesh Kanth)

Discussant: Anil Persaud

4.30-5 PM: Joint session with the coordinators

Day 4, 11th January 2020:

Delhi-6 Walk: Mapping the religious landscape of Delhi-6 (Guided tour, Optional) St. James Church, Jama Masjid, Gauri Shankar temple, Jain Temple, Sheesh Ganj Gurudwara.

Day 5, 12th January 2020: Sunday

Day 6: 13th January 2020

10 -11.30: Sikhism: Community, Identity and Diversity (Surinder S Jodhka)

Discussant: Pritpal Randhawa

11.30-12: Tea/Coffee Break

12-1.30: Buddhism and Globalization (Jorn Borup)

Buddhism and Business: Morality in Neo liberal market Economy (Elizabeth Williams Oerberg, University of Copenhagen)

Discussant: Sunalini Kumar

(Lunch Break 1.30 to 2.30)

2.30-3.30: Possibilities of a Gandhian Historiography (Yogesh Snehi)

Discussant: Ritu Sinha

(Tea Break)

3.45-4.30: Methodological question in the study of religion (Panel discussion)

Bidhan Ch. Dash, Priyasha Kaul, Urfat Anjem Mir

Discussant: Nakkeeran N

4.30-5 PM Joint session with the coordinators

Day 7: 14th January 2020

10-11.30: Hindus in India after Gandhi: Hermeneutics of Folk lore and Popular culture (Dev N Pathak)

Discussant: Rachna Mehra

11.30-12: Tea/ Coffee Break

12-1: Religious Faith, Secularism and Gandhi (Gargi Chakravartty)

Discussant: Pallavi Chakravarty

1- 1.45: Joint Session with the coordinators (Feedback and Good bye)

(Lunch Break1.30-2.30)

2.30-4: Valedictory Session

Chair: Praveen Singh, Dean, School of Global Affairs

Chief Guest: Prof. Jatin Bhatt, Pro-VC, Ambedkar University Delhi

Valedictory lecture:

Religious Diversity and Globalization of the Mind

Professor R.K.Jain, Eminent Anthropologist (Formerly with JNU and University of Oxford)

Certificate distribution

Vote of Thanks