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Events and Lectures

  • The Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) at Shiv Nadar University and Azim Premji University jointly invite you to a discussion on the book titled Agrarian Change and Urbanization in Southern India - City and the Peasantauthored by Seema Purushothaman and Sheetal Patil.

    Taking anecdotes from the book, discussants Dr. Narendra Pani, Professor and Dean, School of Social Sciences at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru; and Dr. Rajeswari Raina, Associate Director, C-PACT, Shiv Nadar University will address some of the core concerns that the farm sector and the city space/dwellers face. To be held tomorrow March 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM, the discussion will be moderated by Dr. Gayatri Menon, Associate Professor, Azim Premji University.

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  • The Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) and Career Development Center jointly invites you to a session titled ‘The Future of Water Stewards - Deep Dive or Sink’ by Mr. Rishu Garg, Deputy Director at the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR).

    Moderated by Dr. Rajeswari S. Raina Associate Director, C-PACT; and Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies at Shiv Nadar University, the session will be held on March 6, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

  • The Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) at Shiv Nadar University invites you to a virtual Public Lecture on ‘Trivializing Intimacy, Objectifying Entwinement: Rethinking Water, Land and ‘Culture’ in Bangladesh’ by Professor Swadhin Sen, Department of Archaeology, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. The lecture will be held on March 1, 2021 at 5.30 PM IST.


    Bangladesh is axiomatically known as the land of rivers and the land of floods and disasters. Yet, despite the intimate association of human lifeways and water-river, little is known of the pre-modern/pre-colonial perceptions and practices of managing environment, floods and rivers. Most projects about water have been ‘present’ centric even though they have aimed at solving the problems of the past. Through this lecture, I shall highlight the need for transgressing the binary of nature and culture and interrogate the taken-for-granted narratives of disaster management. I shall emphasize the archaeological understanding of water and river through case studies from various ecozones of Bangladesh, and focus upon the ways in which we can devise conceptual and methodological tools for exploring the relational aspects of landscape and waterscape. Considering that human actions, perceptions, emotions and embodied experiences are inseparable, we need to historicize intimacy and the living in our searches of past notions and praxis of water. It is only then we can begin to see the myriad complexities that nurture the relationships between land, water and culture. (Photograph: Kirtonkhola by Firoz Ahmed)

    About the Speaker:
    Dr. Swadhin Sen is a Professor of Archaeology at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He builds upon methodologies of Social Anthropology for enquiring into the geoarchaeology and field archaeology of rivers and water, and also specializes in palaeoecology, heritage studies and the archaeologies of religion and ritual.

  • The Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) invites you to a talk titled 'A pan-Canadian comparison of cyanobacteria bloom management policies, programs, and practices' by Ms. Rebecca Gasman, Master's Degree candidate in Geography at York University, Canada. The talk will be held on February 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM.


    Cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (cHABs), are a water quality issue of global concern that have been increasing in severity and frequency in both eutrophic (nutrient high) - where the risk of occurrence is high - and oligotrophic (nutrient poor) systems - where risk of occurrence is low. cHABs are detrimental to water quality and human and ecosystem health due to the production of cyanotoxins and unpleasant taste and odour compounds, the build-up of surface scum, and their contribution to anoxia - which kills multicellular life. Many provinces across Canada have implemented policies and management strategies to mitigate the occurrence of cHABs and minimize their risk to public health, usually through nutrient reductions of phosphorous and monitoring programs. Management of blooms is a provincial responsibility that may vary between provinces. The extent to which these strategies differ, their effectiveness, whether their programs are based on current science, and their applicability to blooms in oligotrophic systems is presently unknown. My research is attempting to address these knowledge gaps by assessing provincial public policy documents and programs that are implemented in five Canadian provinces - Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. A policy analysis was used to identify policies and programs in place for nutrient management, risk management, water quality monitoring, drinking water quality treatment methods, wastewater treatment methods, the monitoring of stressors, and guidance from and cooperation with the Federal government. Case studies for each province were then selected and interviews conducted with key stakeholders to assess the effectiveness of these policies and programs in practice. This research will hopefully contribute to future cHAB management strategies in both oligotrophic and eutrophic freshwater systems in Canada.

    About the Speaker

    Rebecca Gasman is currently obtaining her master's degree in Geography at York University. Her research is in Canadian water quality management with a focus on cyanobacteria blooms in freshwater systems. She has honours bachelor's degrees in Biological Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Guelph and York University, respectively.

  • Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) at Shiv Nadar University cordially invites you to a Public Lecture (online) by:

    Professor Kathleen Morrison, Sally and Alvin V Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

    On: Water Worlds: Vijayanagara Landscapes and Change

    Date and Time: Monday, 14th December 2020 at 8.00 PM.

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