Colloquia and Seminars

2016 AUGUST 31

Title: ECLECTIC Conversations:What are soft skills and how to develop them       Click here for Poster

Venue: Sudmersen hall, Cotton Campus

Time: 11 am

Speaker: Loya Agarwalla


2016 JUNE 03

Title: Underwater archaeological excavations in India

Venue: MCB Building , Cotton Campus

Time: 1100 hrs

Speaker: Alok Tripathi, Director, Centre for Archaeology and Museology, Assam University, Silchar


2016 JANUARY 27

Title: Ethnicity Across Borders: Rethinking Culture, State and Territory for the Uplands of North-East India

Venue: Room No: 307, 3rd Floor, MCB Building, Cotton Campus, Panbazar, Guwahati

Time: 1030 hours

Speaker: Erik de Maaker, Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands


About the Speaker:
Erik de Maaker studied at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he obtained his first degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1993. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Leiden in 2006, on a thesis entitled “Negotiating Life: Garo Death Rituals and the Transformation of Society”. From 2006 onwards he has been employed as Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at the University of Leiden.



Title: Life in Stories/ Stories in Life
Venue    : Room No: 307, 3rd Floor, MCB Building, Cotton Campus, Panbazar, Guwahati 

Time       : 1500 hours

Speaker : K. Narayana Chandran

                  Professor of English, School of Humanities
                  The University of Hyderabad, India.

Abstract  :  

If the real test a life passes is when its appeal as a story is irresistible, it is unlikely that we love a story with no life in it. Short answers to Why Stories? or What Stories Are have afforded us only some partial answers, but this presentation will seek connections between lives and stories aided by insights from comparative narrative traditions of the west and India. Bordered as they are between the literal and the figurative, stories are in most demand when life faces insurmountable problems that reason alone cannot address. It surprises no one therefore that ‘stories’ build selves much as they make (or mar) institutions. Legends underpin disciplinary and ideological persuasions. We are stories to others, but not quite so to ourselves who make them. Our story is an externally realizable text whose potential for elaboration, stylization, narrativity, and repetition with difference is really what we call life. Living one’s life is not the same thing as telling it, or telling about it, even if one insists that one is living it and one is telling it.  From the intuitive and personal, through the institutional, and communal, eventually to the continental and global, relations are stories of those who relate them as much as those to whom they are related. No wonder what makes a good story for the data-rich social sciences and the empirical sciences is what makes a story good for their quantitative techniques. In the new global trade, corporate derivatives are stories rather than real goods and services. The specious logic of Western Development is no different story. Stories are not new. They never were, or will be. Nor are they about experiences we have never had or about characters we haven’t met or noticed before, etc. They are just about themselves. Only that we haven’t quite noticed the metaphoricity about them as we live and tell the metaphor.


2015 JUNE 5


Title: Environment , biodiversity and livelihood

Speaker: Parimal Bhattacharya, Gauhati University and Wildlife Trust of India

Venue: Conference Room, Cotton Campus,Panbazar ,Guwahati

Time: 1300 hours


2014 DECEMBER 15

Title: It has made us lighter: Religion and belonging in Northeast India

Speaker: Arkotong Longkumer

Venue: Conference Room, MCB Building, Cotton College State University, Panbazar, Guwahati
Time: 1530 hours

This is the third one in a series of Winter Public Lectures on the theme Frontiers of Social Science organized
jointly by TISS Guwahati and CCSU.


2014 DECEMBER 12

Title: Is India Racist: Murder, Migration and Mary Kom

Speaker: Duncan McDuie-Ra, University of New South Wales (Australia)

Venue: Conference Room, MCB Building, Cotton College State University, Panbazar, Guwahati

Time: 1530 hrs.                  CLICK HERE FOR THE ABSTRACT                                   

This is the second one in a series of Winter Public Lectures on the theme Frontiers of Social Science organized
jointly by TISS Guwahati and CCSU.


2014 DECEMBER 04


Speaker: Bengt G. Karlsson, Stockholm University

Venue: Conference Room, MCB Building, Cotton College State University, Panbazar, Guwahati.

Time:    1530 hours                 CLICK HERE FOR THE ABSTRACT

This is the first one in a series of Winter Public Lectures on the theme Frontiers of Social Science organized
jointly by TISS Guwahati and CCSU.


2014 November

Place: Conference Hall, Cotton College, Guwahati

Time: 1400 hrs onwards - 1600 hrs

(The first colloquium along with discussion will be followed by the second one as given in the details below)

Title: Ethics of Animal Welfare

Speaker: V. Prabhu, Associate Professor (Philosophy), Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati

Title: Relevance of Philosophy

Speaker: Sri Pradip Khataniar, HOD,Dept. of Philosophy, Cotton College Guwahati


2014 November 19

Place: Dept. of Physics, Cotton Campus, Panbazar, Guwahati -1

Time: 0930 hrs onwards


Speaker: Sanjay Puri, JNU New Delhi

Abstract: Consider a system which is rendered thermodynamically unstable by a sudden change of parameters, e.g., temperature, pressure, etc. The system evolves towards its new equilibrium state via the emergence and growth of domains enriched in the preferred phase. Problems in this area of "kinetics of phase transitions" have received much research attention. In this talk, we review our understanding of this area.


Speaker: Biswarup Mukhopadhyaya, Professor, Regional centre for Accelerator-based Particle Physics, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad.

Abstract: A part of the cutting edge of elementary particle physics is reviewed, touching upon both experimental and theoretical issues. The emphasis is on the recent discovery of the Higgs boson and some questions arising from it. The attempt is to capture the present-day urge to find new, experimentally verifiable laws at the fundamental level.


2014 September 5


Speaker: J.N. Goswami, Director, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad

Place: KBR Hall, Cotton Campus

Time: 3 pm     Click here for the poster


2014 August 24


Place: CCSU Conference room, MCB Building

Time: 9:15 am onwards. Click here for complete program schedule.


2014 May 10


         (Literature of marginalized languages with an emphasis on Konkani)

Speaker: Damodar Mauzo

Place: CCSU Conference room, MCB Building

Time: 1500 hrs


2014 April 28

Title: Alexander the Great: Personality and military tactics

Speaker: Jisnu Barua, IAS

Place: CCSU Conference room

Time: 1230 hr


2014 April 28

Title: Presentation on Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright Fellowships

Speaker: Sumanta Basu, Senior Program Manager, United States-India Educational foundation (USIEF), American Center, Kolkata

An outreach session on Fulbright-Nehru and Other Fulbright fellowships with the objective to encourage PhD scholars and faculty members to apply for Fulbright-Nehru fellowships.

Place: CCSU Conference room

Time:1500 hr


2014 April 8

Title: Science and a knowledge-based society

Speaker:Deepak Kumar

             Professor, History of Science and Education,

             Zakir Hussain Centre for Educational Studies,

             Jawaharlal Nehru University,

             New Delhi

Place: Conference Room, MCB Building, Cotton Campus, Panbazar

Time: 1330 hours


2014 March 15

Title: Urban Informal Economy and Urban Development

Speaker: Sharit K Bhowmik, ICSSR National Fellow, TISS, Mumbai

Place: KBR Hall, Cotton University Campus, Panbazar, Guwahati

Time: 1510 hrs

Abstract: The Urban informal economy comprises of a large number of activities. There are also issues concerning urban space, civic amenities, quality of life, and issue of decent work. The talk will try to assess the extent of this economy and the role it plays in urban development.


2014 January 21

Title: A Philosophy of Liberation

Speaker: Michael McGhee, University of Liverpool, UK

Place: Sudmersen Hall, Cotton campus, Panbazar, Guwahati

Time: 1510 hrs


Reflections on the sources of philosophy in our reactions to injustice and mystification; and in our recognition of our own ambivalence, collusion and duality. This is an attempt to see what we can learn from the ancient conception of philosophy, in particular the idea of a therapeutic community which supports and preserves the possibility of a philosophical perspective, a perspective that is brought out well in a comment about Epictetus made by the Victorian poet, Matthew Arnold: he saw life steadily and saw it whole


2013 December 2013

Title: The Violent Sun

Speaker: Durgesh Tripathi, Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune

Time:1510 hr
Place:Department of Physics, Cotton Campus, Panbazar, Guwahati

Abstract: The Sun plays a pivotal role in driving climate patterns on Earth and geospace climate. The dynamics and explosive nature of our Sun poses very many important questions. A classic example is the co-existence of a million degree corona above a much cooler photosphere. Similarly, highly energetic solar eruptions such as flares and coronal mass ejections, which has direct consequence on space-weather and geospace climate, has proven difficult to comprehend in its entirety. In this talk I would present the current understanding of these phenomena and summarize the open questions which remain to be solved.

2013 December 18
Title: The solar atmosphere

Speaker: Dipankar Banerjee,Indian Institute of Astrophysics,Bengaluru
Time:12 noon
Place:Department of Physics, Cotton Campus, Panbazar, Guwahati

Abstract: Beyond the photosphere and the chromosphere of our Sun lies the solar corona, which extends out to several million km before manifesting itself as the solar wind. The corona is not very bright at optical wavelengths and hence can be seen only when the Sun is blocked out as in a solar eclipse. The emperature of the corona is very high (between 1 million and 5 million Kelvin), although its thermal content is low because of its low density. The high energy particles stream out of the Sun with velocities of several hundred km/s and is referred to as the solar wind. Understanding the heating of the corona and the physics of the solar wind have been an exciting journey. There are magnetic waves in the solar corona with many different "wiggling periods," or frequencies. These waves are responsible for the coronal heating and solar wind acceleration. In this talk I will review the current status on the detection of these waves and our current understanding on the mode physics. I will also discuss on the upcoming observational facilities within India for these kinds of studies.

2013 December 14:

Nucleosynthesis in stars: a cosmic journey from hydrogen to iron and beyond
Speaker: Aruna Goswami, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru

Venue:Department of Physics, Cotton Campus, Panbazar, Guwahati

Time: 1510 hr

2013 April 08:
Rice and Salt: Learning how plants cope with a salty diet
M.K. Mathew
National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bengaluru

2013 April 03
Development of curriculum for higher education through pedagogic principles and student-centred learning
Khanindra Pathak
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

2013 March 25
Observing the radio Universe
David Green
Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

2013 March 23

Historical supernova explosions in our Galaxy and their remnants
David Green
Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

2013 March 19
Emerging trends in ethnographic research
Soumendra Patnaik
Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi

2013 February 13:
"Absolute" motion of the Earth in the Universe
Ashok K. Singal
Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India

2013 January 22:
Some important relations in Education for Sustainable Development, ESD
Per Sund
School of education, culture and communication, Mlardalen University, Sweden

2013 January 19: On the relevance of comparative studies and the idea of a world literature
Tilottoma Misra
Formerly from the Department of English, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh

Ashok Singal from Physical Research Laboratory interacting wtih the students after his colloquium.
Photo credit: D.J. Saikia

2012 November 10: Future and Nanotechnology
Arun Chattopadhyay
IIT Guwahati, Guwahati

2012 October 13: Citizen science: a perspective
Dhruba J. Saikia
Cotton College State University, Guwahati

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