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IIHS Conference: Urban ARC 2018 – Call for Papers

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is pleased to announce a call for panel proposals for Urban ARC 2018, the second edition of our annual research conference. The conference will be held from 11 – 13 January 2018. We invite you to submit a panel proposal or forward this email to those who may be interested in the same.

We have included key information about Urban ARC 2018 below and we also invite you to visit our website for more information. We look forward to your participation.

Urban ARC 2018: IIHS Annual Research Conference | 11-13 January 2018

The second edition of Urban ARC, the annual research conference at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) will be held from 11 – 13 January 2018.

The theme of Urban ARC 2018 is “City and Technology”. Technology has always played a significant role in the ways societies have evolved. This is true in the context of cities as well. The conference aims to unpack the promises and pitfalls of technological interventions in urban spaces by examining a wide-range of intersections – sectoral, disciplinary, methodological and geographic, and offers a space for conversations on theoretical and methodological research interventions across disciplinary silos.

We invite scholars, researchers, and practitioners who work on these themes to submit panel proposals that engage with the role of technology in urban transformation, and in doing so, De/Re-center technology in the evolution of the City. Deadline for panel proposals is 20th October 2017. For more information on the different ways scholars can engage with this year’s theme please visit our website.

Dates and Procedures:
Panel Proposal Submission: Deadline 20 October 2017. All panel proposals will have to be submitted online here.
Researchers whose abstracts have been selected for presentation at Urban ARC 2018 will be informed of the same by 10 November 2017 via email.
Panel organisers must ensure that copies of all papers for their respective panels must be submitted to the conference organisers before 12:00 am, 5 January 2018.
Urban ARC 2018 will take place from 11 to 13 January 2018.


Why Gandhi is relevant today?


Here’s an opportunity for those who believe in the Gandhian philosophy to attend the Gandhi International Conference in London.The fellowship for the youth is organized by the University College London (UCL) to mark the 70th year of Indian Independence and the United Kingdom’s celebration of the UKIndia Year of Culture.

The applicants must write a 1,000-word essay on `Why is Gandhi relevant in the 21st century and how can he be made more relevant?’ and submit it by February 19, 2017. The essays will be rated by a panel of experts and the five winners will be selected by March 1.

Narinder Kapur, visiting professor of neuropsychology at the research department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology in the University College Lon don, told TOI: “The five winners will be awarded the Gandhi Fellowship worth £1,000 to cover travel, visa and three night’s accommodation in London and take part in the conference. The essays will be displayed at the Gandhi Exhibition in London conference.“

The objective is to raise awareness on the London conference in India and its Gandhian themes, and encourage Indian youth to express their ideas. “The conference will explore how the Gandhian values and ideals can be made relevant to the current issues, so that we can make the world a better place,“ said Prof Kapur.

The event include talks by experts from across the world, exhibition of frugal innovation healthcare items and unique photographs of Gandhiji, and interactive sessions like Gandhi Quiz, Citizenship Quiz, Altruism Quiz and Moral Judgments Quiz.


15th National Conference of Women’s Studies, 22-25 January 2017 @ University of Madras, Chennai

We are preparing for the XV National Conference of Women’s Studies to be held at the University of Madras in Chennai from 22nd to 25th January, 2017.

The concept Note for the Conference, whose central theme is Women in a Changing World: Restructured Inequalities, Countercurrents, and Sties of Resistance may be read on/downloaded from the IAWS website at

Details of the sub-themes of the conference are available at