National Conference on Technology, Policy and Community: Small Experiments in Sustainability

By Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus on March 2, 2014

Knowledge accumulated by communities over generations in the areas of agriculture, water harvesting methods and uses of water which seem to be based on notions of sustainability have been attracting increased attention. However, the communities seem to be faced with the challenges posed by state policies which are based on notions of  scalability and administrative and bureaucratic control wherein the focus is on one policy  for all areas as against the knowledge of small communities which is unique to specific areas.

Given a third world context such as India's, there is an increased need to address the attempts of communities in negotiating challenges put forth by policies on environmental issues. Concerns of International agencies and advanced countries which tend to drive research agendas of the developing countries do not necessarily reflect either the problems or the processes faced by such communities. This has resulted in increased and visible tensions between community's knowledge and resources and the dominant knowledge systems promoted by the state.

This seminar is an attempt at bringing together policymakers, researchers and practitioners not only to reframe questions but also to think of novel solutions for sustainability in the areas of agriculture, human habitats and customary law in contrast to the modern legal framework.

Panels with eminent academicians, civil society activists and policy makers would be constituted and will be held before each of the thematic sessions.

Call for Papers:

Proposals for paper presentations / workshops related to the theme of the conference are invited. Papers should be original and unpublished. A 300 word abstract should be submitted before March 5th 2014. Upon confirmation
a full paper of not more than 3000 words in MLA format should be emailed to before March 10th 2014. Select papers will be compiled and published in an edited volume.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission     05 March 2014

Abstract Acceptance     06 March 2014

Registration fee             10 March 2014

Full Paper Submission  10 March 2014


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2. Kindly do not submit registration form until abstract has been confirmed.

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