Call for Papers: TISS’ Ibteda National Student’s Seminar on Social Exclusion (Feb 8); Submit Abstracts by Jan 22

Ibteda is an academic and cultural festival which will be hosted by the School of Development Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

As a collaborative effort by the students of the Advanced Centre for Women Studies and the Centre for Development Studies, the two day festival will feature a national students’ seminar, a panel discussion, interactive sessions and cultural programmes.

The themes we intend to explore this year are: Violence and Change, Social Exclusion, and the Aesthetics of Resistance. Ibteda is an attempt to broaden the nature and scope of our critical engagement with issues of contemporary relevance by bringing together diverse voices from art, academia, media and activism.

These themes are indicative but not exhaustive:
Macro structures of exclusion
Caste, Patriarchy, Religion, Ethnicity, Language, Disability, Sexuality, Region, and the processes of Globalisation/ Neo-liberalism

Institutions and policy
The presence of exclusion in law, bureaucracy, education, representation by the media, and exclusion created within and by the private sector, etc. Existing policies that aim to address social exclusion, where do they stem from, and how do they fare

Spaces of exclusion and inclusion
Spaces where exclusion is produced and reproduced: geography, displacement, ghettoisation, urbanisation

The role of politics, participation, social movements, community involvement, and civil society and their engagement with social exclusion

Theorizing on social exclusion
Social exclusion as an approach in itself; the capability approach, approaches of subaltern studies, and other theoretical positions


  • Submission of Abstracts: 22nd January, 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance of Paper based on Abstracts: 30th January, 2013
  • Registration after acceptance of Abstract: 3rd February, 2013
  • Submission of complete paper: 6th February, 2013 (Soft Copy)
  • Presentation of selected paper: 8th February, 2013

Note: Accommodation will be provided by the Institute. Participants will have to make their own travel arrangements.
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  • The abstract should not exceed 350 words.
  • The author’s name, designation, and contact details should be mentioned along with the paper title.
  • Each paper should comprise of a word count ranging from 3500 to 5000 words.
  • Font 12, Times New Roman, Double spacing
  • Papers should be unpublished and original contribution of the author(s)
  • Papers should be sent to the following email on or before the deadline. Email:
  • Authors should use In-Text Referencing, with full references and notes at the end.
  • Authors may follow any standard referencing manuals of style such as Chicago, APA, MLA for Referencing.
  • Multiple authorship upto two authors is allowed.

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