Call for Papers: IIAS National Seminar on Revitalising the Rural: Rethinking Rural and Agricultural Policies [Sept 27-29, Shimla]: Submit by August 20


Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla


27th – 29th September, 2016

Broad thematic issues and concerns:
  1. What is required to scaffold the marginalised majority of agriculturists (small cultivators and landless workers) so that their livelihoods can be assured and which do not render them into states of destitution?
  2. What are the alternative agricultural production systems that can ensure productivity, ecological sustainability and economic viability? How can ecologically specific and sustainable agricultural practices be encouraged?
  3. What new land relations, production, marketing, and redistribution structures and mechanisms are required to address the current problems of big capital hegemony and domination? What regulations are required to address the problems of usury, high interest rates and unfair reclamation practices?
  4.  How can rural economies ( agri-based and non-agricultural production systems) be developed and sustained?
  5. How can the changing land use dynamics and emergence of “rurban” phenomenon and rise of urban village and their long term social implications be understood and factored in the new policies?
  6. Given the old land relations and the new emerging patterns (reverse tenancy, leasing etc) what new forms of land reforms can be envisaged?
  7. What are the challenges in addressing climate change that pertain to agriculture and rural well-being?
  8. How can rural public institutions (education, health) be activated so as to cater to the needs of the people and to overcome the privatisation and further differenciation of these institutions?
  9. What are the legal and supportive regimes required to ensure that seed sovereignty rests with the people? What are the policies for ensuring bio-diversity conservation and collective intellectual property rights?
  10. What governance structures can be introduced into the Panchayat Raj system so that agriculture and livelihood issues can be addressed through decentralised mechanisms?
  11. What are the measures and policies for disaster management in rural areas? What are the specific measures required to address pressing issues such as soil degradation and water depletion?
  12. What policies can be formulated especially for tribal/Adivasi majority areas? How can forest-agricultural systems be sustained to make them ecologically and economically viable?
  13. How can the conditions of fishing communities, plantation workers, and migrant workers be improved?
  14. What are the new and appropriate technologies that can be promoted for agricultural and rural industries?

A limited number of participants will be invited for the Seminar.


Those interested in participating should send (preferably by email) an abstract (500-700 words) of the proposed paper along with their C.V. to:

1. Professor A.R. Vasavi at

Mobile No.: 09448360215

2. Dr. Pradeep Kumar Nayak at

Mobile: 09438504319

3. Dr. Devender Sharma at

Tel: 0177-2831385; +91-8988376808 (Mobile)


The last date for submission of abstract (500-700 words) is 20th June, 2016.

The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants by 30 June, 2016.


It is the policy of the Institute to publish the paper not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla – 171005 by 20th August, 2016.

Style sheet for the submission of papers may be downloaded from the IIAS website.

IIAS, Shimla, will be glad to extend its hospitality during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.

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