GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT
5th - 20th January 2017

5 January 2017 Main Building
Morning
10:00 am
Inauguration of Exhibitions: 5 - 31 January 2017
  • Anne Frank- A history for Today by Prof. Swapan Chakravorty, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Presidency University
  • Borders and Beyond : International Exhibition of Photographs in association with Pro Helvetia, Art Council of Switzerland
  • Courtesy by Seagull
Derozio Hall
Morning
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Global Education Summit: Dipak Banerjee Memorial Lecture
  • Professor Jean Tirole, Chairperson, Board of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation at the Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse 1 University Capitole, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 2014 on Moral Reasoning, Markets and Organizations
  • Chair: Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 1998
6 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Global Education Summit: The Future of Higher Education
  • Chair: Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor, Presidency University
  • Charles Bailyn, A. Bartlett Giametti Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University on Science within the Liberal Arts: Convergence and Consilience
10:45 am - 11:30 am
  • T. V. Mohandas Pai, Chairperson, Manipal Global Education on The Future of Education In India

Tea Break

11:45 am - 12:45 am
  • Chair: Prof. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Havard University, USA
  • Animesh Ray, Professor of Computational and Molecular Biology, Keck Graduate Institute, CalTech The Impact of Society on Science through the Lens of Systems Biology
Afternoon
12:45 pm – 01:45 pm
  • Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore on Cultural Transfers in History

Break 01:45 pm - 02:30 pm

Evening
05:30 pm
  • Ceremonial Inauguration at Prinsep Ghat
9 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Global Education Summit: The Future of the Sciences and the Humanities: Seeking Complexity
  • Chair: Prof. Animesh Ray, Professor of Computational and Molecular Biology, Keck Graduate Institute, CalTech
  • Vivek Kumar, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Government of West Bengal on The Changing Contours of Higher Education
  • D. Balasubramanian, Former President, Indian Academy of Sciences on Science and Humanities: The Twain is Beginning to Meet
  • Parthapratim Mazumder, Former Director, National Institute of Bio-Medical Genomics The Walls of Classrooms are Developing Cracks: The Future Appears Bright

Break 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Afternoon
01:45 pm - 04:30 pm
  • Chair: Prof. D. Balasubramanian, Former President, Indian Academy of Sciences
  • David Richardson, Molecular Ecologist, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia on The Future is with Our Students: Developing an Entrepreneurial University around Science and the Humanities
  • Mammen Chandy, Clinical Haematologist, Director, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata on Making Medical Education Relevant to Challenges of Tomorrow
  • Mriganka Sur, Newton Professor of Neuroscience, Director, Simons Centre for the Social Brain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA on Brains, Minds and Society
10 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Global Education Summit: The Future of the Sciences and the Humanities: Seeking Complexity
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize, 2006 on Redesigning Economics to Redesign the World
  • Chair: Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor, Presidency University

Break 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Afternoon
01:15 pm - 04:30 pm
  • Chair: Prof. Parthapratim Mazumder, Former Director, National Institute of Bio-Medical Genomics
  • Sugata Bose, MP, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University, Chair, Presidency Mentor Group Three moments in Global Higher Education: 1810s, 1910s and 2010s.
  • Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Jadavpur University, on Harnessing the Humanities
  • Abha Sur, Program in Women and Gender Studies, MIT Science in Context: Lessons from History
  • Sahotra Sarkar, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, USA Post-genome : Philosophy and Biology for the 21st Century
Evening
5:00 pm
  • Lucknow in Letters: Endeavours, Achievements and Tragedies Reading by: Saman Habib and Sanjay Mattoo
11 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:00 am - 01:30 pm
Global Education Summit: The Future of the Sciences and the Humanities: Seeking Complexity
  • Chair: Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor, Amity University
  • Amiya Banerjee, Department of Virology, Cleveland Clinic, USA Combating Viral Diseases
  • Navtej Singh Johar, Bharatnatyam Exponent and Choreographer on Yoga and Classical Dance: The Volatility of Delicate Narratives
  • Sadanand Menon, Cultural Journalist, Teacher, Designer, Photographer, Author
  • Abed Chaudhury, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry, Canberra From Crop Domestication to Geo-engineering: User-led Innovation in Human Societies.

Break 01:30 pm - 02:00 pm

Afternoon
02:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Chair: Prof. Tapas Bhattacharya, Faculty of Geology Department, Calcutta University
  • Nicolas Beukes, Professor of Geology, University of Johannesburg, Draper Medal 2002 A Holistic Approach to Earth and Planetary Science Teaching into the Future
  • Dipak Gupta, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University Mixing Discipline for Forecasting with Social Media: The Case of Civil Strife
  • Carlos Rosiere, Professor of Geology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte on Challenges in Teaching and Researching in Geology: A Choice of Career between Geoscientist and Geoprofessional
Main Building
Evening
4:30 pm
  • Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium to be inaugurated by Anima Basak and Amiya Banerjee
Derozio Hall
Evening
6:00 pm
Bharatnatyam Performance
  • Navtej Singh Johar, performing Meenakshi: A Bharatanatyam Solo Set to a Kriti of Sri Mutthuswamy Dikshitar.
12 January 2017 Derozio Hall Lobby
Morning
09:30 am - 10:00 am
Arthatantra: Economics Festival
  • Registrations
10:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Debate Prelims

Break 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Derozio Hall
Afternoon
02:15 pm - 03:15 pm
  • Quiz - Preliminary Round
03:15 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Quiz - Final Round
Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium
02:15 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Ceteris Paribus First Session
AJC Bose Auditorium
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Debate Prelims
Economics Lecture Theatre, Dipak Banerjee Lecture Hall, Economics Lab
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Strategy Game Round
Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium
Evening
05:15 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Ceteris Paribus Second session
University Grounds
06:30 pm onwards Stand-up comedy
  • Performance by Biswakalyan Rath
13 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Arthatantra: Economics Festival
  • Chair: Prof. Abhirup Sarkar, Economics Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
  • Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School, Departmentof Economics, University of California at Berkeley If Poverty is Declining, Should We Worry about Rising Inequality.
  • Amit Bhaduri, Professor Emeritus of Economics, JNU on What has Globalization Taught Us about Economic Theory?
  • Dr. NR. Prabhala, Robert H Smith School of Business, University of Maryland USA on Policy, Politics and Finance in India

Break 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

ELT, DBLH, Eco-Lab
Afternoon
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Paper Presentation
AJC Bose Auditorium
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Debate Finals
Derozio Hall
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Prize Distribution & Closing Ceremony
University Grounds
Evening
06:00 pm
  • Dance Performance : "O Amar Desher Mati" by Presidency Students
14 January 2017 University Grounds
Evening
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
  • Music concert: Indian Ocean
15 January 2017 University Grounds
Morning
11:30 am
  • Heritage Walk by Presidency Alumni Association
Afternoon
12:30 pm
  • Dastane Presidency
02:00 pm
  • Lunch at Presidency University
Cultural Program
  • Amar Shonar Bangla
16 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:00 am - 11:00 noon
Global Education Summit : The Future of Languages
  • Chair : Prof. Swapan Chakravorty, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Presidency University
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy 2012 on What is it to be a University
Noon
11:00 noon - 12:30 pm
  • Remembering Mahashweta Devi (Jnanpith Puraskar 1996, Ramon Magsasay Award 1997) Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Gayatri Spivak, Naveen Kishore. Moderator: Anjum Katyal (in collaboration with Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival)
  • Film on Mahasweta Devi
Aftrenoon
12:30 pm - 01:15 pm
  • Nabaneeta Deb Sen, Poet and Author, Former Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University

Break 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Aftrenoon
02:15 pm - 04:30 pm
  • Chair: Probal Das Gupta, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Indian Statistical Institute, President, Akademio de Esperanto
  • Amit Chaudhuri, Novelist and Professor of Contemporary Literature, University of East Anglia, on The Problem of Modernity
  • Swapan Chakravorty, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Presidency University on Facts, Finance and Fiction: Literary Studies and Higher Education
  • Vayu Naidu : Harikatha - A River: Its Stories of Remembrance
17 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:30 am - 12:00 noon
  • Chair: Prof. Somak Raychaudhury, Director, Inter-University, Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
  • MS Raghunathan, Head National Centre for Mathematics, IIT Mumbai on India's Future in the World of Mathematics
  • Frederick J. Raab, Head, LIGO Hanford Observator, California Institute of Technology, USA on LIGO-India: International Collaboration Coming to India to Help Explore the Universe
Afternoon
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
  • Chair: Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor, Jadavpur University
  • H. S. Shivaprakash, Poet and Playwright, Professor of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University on The Place of Poetry in Future Education
  • Probal Das Gupta, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Indian Statistical Institute, President, Akademio de Esperanto on Little Languages, Big Futures
  • Ananda Lal, Professor and Former Coordinator, UGC Centre of Advanced Study in English, Project Head, Tagore Cultural Centre, Jadavpur University on The Classic Indian 'Stepmotherly' Treatment, Literature and Arts Education in Future
Evening
05:00 pm - 07:30 pm
  • Students' Activity
18 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:30 am - 01:00 pm
Global Education Summit: Future of Higher Education
  • Chair: Prof. William Cushley, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School, Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley Higher Education in India: Envisioning a Complete Overhaul
  • Nayanjot Lahiri, Professor of History, Ashoka University, Member, Presidency Mentor Group Archaeological Heritage at the Crossroads of Politics and People: Higher Education As a Way Forward

Break 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Afternoon
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Amitav Ghosh in conversation with Prof. Supriya Chaudhuri
19 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:30 am - 01:00 pm
  • Chair: Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor, Presidency University
  • Virendra Chauhan, Chairman, NAAC, Social Responsibility of Sciences
  • Michael Hutt, Professor of Nepalese and Himalayan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on Should We All Speak the Same Language
  • Baroness Valerie Amos, Chairperson, SOAS, University of London, former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Organization on Globalisation, Anti-globalisation, and Retreat into Nationalism: A Response from Language-based Area Studies
Afternoon
04:30 pm
  • International Debate organized by Calcutta Debating Circle
  • Participating Teams: London School of Economics, Harvard University, Emory University, University of Cambridge, Presidency University.
20 January 2017 Derozio Hall
12:00 pm Founders’ Day
  • Sri Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister of India
05:00 pm
  • Sri Pranab Mukherjee, President Of India

PROGRAMMES
February 2017

2 February 2017 Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium
Morning
10:45 am
3RD SYMPOSIUM ON REASSESSMENTS 2nd - 3rd February 2017
  • Opening remarks, Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Amit Chaudhuri
11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • Chair: Lucy Hughes-Hallet
  • Prof. Simon During, "Christian culture? Rereading the late T.S.Eliot in dangerous times"
Afternoon
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • Chair: Tiffany Atkinson
  • Jessa Crispin, "Reloading the Canon: Rethinking Greatness in an Age of Identity Politics"

Lunch

02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
  • Chair: Jon Cook
  • Anjali Joseph: "Madame Bovary and the impossibility of re-reading"
03:00 pm - 03:45 pm
  • Chair: Sumit Chakrabarti
  • Saikat Majumdar: "Literature as sin"

Coffee break

04:15 pm - 05:45 pm
  • Chair: Amit Chaudhuri
  • Marco Roth: Not Even The Past is Safe: "Some observations on anachronic styles in the contemporary literary essay"
Oxford Bookstore
Evening
06:30 pm
  • "The Persistence of Poetry". Poets and academics from India, the UK, and Australia on how we define the poetic today.
  • Karthika Nair, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Tiffany Atkinson, Simon During, Lucy Hughes - Hallet Moderator: Anjum Katyal
03 February 2017 Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium
Morning
11:00 am - 11:45 am
3RD SYMPOSIUM ON REASSESSMENTS 2nd - 3rd February 2017
  • Chair: Sumit Chakrabarti
  • Prof. Simon Glendinning - Beyond Eurocentrism and Anti-Eurocentrism
Afternoon
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • Chair: Jon Cook
  • Arvind Krishna Mehrotra"Reshma Aquil of Daryabad"

Lunch

02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
  • Chair: Simon Glendinning
  • Amit Chaudhuri, "Possible, not Alternative, Histories"
03:00 pm - 03:45 pm
  • Chair: Saikat Majumdar
  • Karthika Nair"True Lies: The Licence to Create & Kill in Adaptations"

Coffee break

04:15 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Prof. Jon Cook, Closing Address
Oxford Bookstore
Evening
06:30 pm
  • "The Essay Today". Writers, novelists, and editors from different India and the US speak on their use of or encounter with the form.
  • Marco Roth, Jessa Crispin, Saikat Majumdar, Anjali Joseph, Amit Chaudhuri
15 February 2017 AJC Bose Auditorium
Morning
10:00 am
South Asia: Past, Present and Future

International Multidisciplinary Conference

Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata, India

  • Home to one quarter of the world’s population, one of the most ancient civilizations, with religious, cultural and linguistic diversity unmatched by any other geographical region of the world, South Asia (countries of the SAARC) is yet to realise its full potential. Although widely recognised as one of the world’s biggest markets, yet its share in the global trade is meagre. It has not yet managed to exert much influence on the global political stage, in spite of the soft power it has come to enjoy across the world. Senior as well as young scholars from a number of institutions in Austria, Denmark, India, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States would gather at this conferenceto explore how South Asia’s past informs its present and how its present would shape its future from varied angles of different academic disciplines and scholarly interests.
27-28 February 2017 AJC Bose Auditorium
Morning
10:00 am
Prevention of Mass Violence and Promotion of Tolerance: Lessons from History

International Multidisciplinary Conference

Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata, India

  • The conference would be a forum for scholars from varied academic disciplines to draw lessons from history as to how mass violence can be prevented and tolerance can be promoted. History testifies to the fact that mass violence is as old as human existence. Almost every episode of mass violence has been followed by efforts aimed at preventing its reoccurrence, yet we have miserably failed in achieving that. The conference would be an opportunity for us to explore why we failed and how lessons from history could help us succeed in this endeavour of ours. It would have presentations from the best scholars of Genocide Studies and Interfaith Relations from countries as diverse as Armenia, Australia, Austria, Canada, India, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States.

GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT
5th - 20th January 2017

5 January 2017 Main Building
Morning
10:00 am
Inauguration of Exhibitions: 5 - 31 January 2017
  • Anne Frank- A history for Today by Prof. Swapan Chakravorty, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Presidency University
  • Borders and Beyond : International Exhibition of Photographs in association with Pro Helvetia, Art Council of Switzerland
  • Courtesy by Seagull
Derozio Hall
Morning
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Global Education Summit: Dipak Banerjee Memorial Lecture
  • Professor Jean Tirole, Chairperson, Board of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation at the Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse 1 University Capitole, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 2014 on Moral Reasoning, Markets and Organizations
  • Chair: Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 1998
6 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Global Education Summit: The Future of Higher Education
  • Chair: Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor, Presidency University
  • Charles Bailyn, A. Bartlett Giametti Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University on Science within the Liberal Arts: Convergence and Consilience
10:45 am - 11:30 am
  • T. V. Mohandas Pai, Chairperson, Manipal Global Education on The Future of Education In India

Tea Break

11:45 am - 12:45 am
  • Chair: Prof. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Havard University, USA
  • Animesh Ray, Professor of Computational and Molecular Biology, Keck Graduate Institute, CalTech The Impact of Society on Science through the Lens of Systems Biology
Afternoon
12:45 pm – 01:45 pm
  • Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore on Cultural Transfers in History

Break 01:45 pm - 02:30 pm

Evening
05:30 pm
  • Ceremonial Inauguration at Prinsep Ghat
9 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Global Education Summit: The Future of the Sciences and the Humanities: Seeking Complexity
  • Chair: Prof. Animesh Ray, Professor of Computational and Molecular Biology, Keck Graduate Institute, CalTech
  • Vivek Kumar, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Government of West Bengal on The Changing Contours of Higher Education
  • D. Balasubramanian, Former President, Indian Academy of Sciences on Science and Humanities: The Twain is Beginning to Meet
  • Parthapratim Mazumder, Former Director, National Institute of Bio-Medical Genomics The Walls of Classrooms are Developing Cracks: The Future Appears Bright

Break 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Afternoon
01:45 pm - 04:30 pm
  • Chair: Prof. D. Balasubramanian, Former President, Indian Academy of Sciences
  • David Richardson, Molecular Ecologist, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia on The Future is with Our Students: Developing an Entrepreneurial University around Science and the Humanities
  • Mammen Chandy, Clinical Haematologist, Director, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata on Making Medical Education Relevant to Challenges of Tomorrow
  • Mriganka Sur, Newton Professor of Neuroscience, Director, Simons Centre for the Social Brain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA on Brains, Minds and Society
10 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Global Education Summit: The Future of the Sciences and the Humanities: Seeking Complexity
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize, 2006 on Redesigning Economics to Redesign the World
  • Chair: Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor, Presidency University

Break 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Afternoon
01:15 pm - 04:30 pm
  • Chair: Prof. Parthapratim Mazumder, Former Director, National Institute of Bio-Medical Genomics
  • Sugata Bose, MP, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University, Chair, Presidency Mentor Group Three moments in Global Higher Education: 1810s, 1910s and 2010s.
  • Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Jadavpur University, on Harnessing the Humanities
  • Abha Sur, Program in Women and Gender Studies, MIT Science in Context: Lessons from History
  • Sahotra Sarkar, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, USA Post-genome : Philosophy and Biology for the 21st Century
Evening
5:00 pm
  • Lucknow in Letters: Endeavours, Achievements and Tragedies Reading by: Saman Habib and Sanjay Mattoo
11 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:00 am - 01:30 pm
Global Education Summit: The Future of the Sciences and the Humanities: Seeking Complexity
  • Chair: Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor, Amity University
  • Amiya Banerjee, Department of Virology, Cleveland Clinic, USA Combating Viral Diseases
  • Navtej Singh Johar, Bharatnatyam Exponent and Choreographer on Yoga and Classical Dance: The Volatility of Delicate Narratives
  • Sadanand Menon, Cultural Journalist, Teacher, Designer, Photographer, Author
  • Abed Chaudhury, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry, Canberra From Crop Domestication to Geo-engineering: User-led Innovation in Human Societies.

Break 01:30 pm - 02:00 pm

Afternoon
02:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Chair: Prof. Tapas Bhattacharya, Faculty of Geology Department, Calcutta University
  • Nicolas Beukes, Professor of Geology, University of Johannesburg, Draper Medal 2002 A Holistic Approach to Earth and Planetary Science Teaching into the Future
  • Dipak Gupta, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University Mixing Discipline for Forecasting with Social Media: The Case of Civil Strife
  • Carlos Rosiere, Professor of Geology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte on Challenges in Teaching and Researching in Geology: A Choice of Career between Geoscientist and Geoprofessional
Main Building
Evening
4:30 pm
  • Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium to be inaugurated by Anima Basak and Amiya Banerjee
Derozio Hall
Evening
6:00 pm
Bharatnatyam Performance
  • Navtej Singh Johar, performing Meenakshi: A Bharatanatyam Solo Set to a Kriti of Sri Mutthuswamy Dikshitar.
12 January 2017 Derozio Hall Lobby
Morning
09:30 am - 10:00 am
Arthatantra: Economics Festival
  • Registrations
10:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Debate Prelims

Break 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Derozio Hall
Afternoon
02:15 pm - 03:15 pm
  • Quiz - Preliminary Round
03:15 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Quiz - Final Round
Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium
02:15 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Ceteris Paribus First Session
AJC Bose Auditorium
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Debate Prelims
Economics Lecture Theatre, Dipak Banerjee Lecture Hall, Economics Lab
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Strategy Game Round
Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium
Evening
05:15 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Ceteris Paribus Second session
University Grounds
06:30 pm onwards Stand-up comedy
  • Performance by Biswakalyan Rath
13 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Arthatantra: Economics Festival
  • Chair: Prof. Abhirup Sarkar, Economics Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
  • Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School, Departmentof Economics, University of California at Berkeley If Poverty is Declining, Should We Worry about Rising Inequality.
  • Amit Bhaduri, Professor Emeritus of Economics, JNU on What has Globalization Taught Us about Economic Theory?
  • Dr. NR. Prabhala, Robert H Smith School of Business, University of Maryland USA on Policy, Politics and Finance in India

Break 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

ELT, DBLH, Eco-Lab
Afternoon
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Paper Presentation
AJC Bose Auditorium
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Debate Finals
Derozio Hall
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Prize Distribution & Closing Ceremony
University Grounds
Evening
06:00 pm
  • Dance Performance : "O Amar Desher Mati" by Presidency Students
14 January 2017 University Grounds
Evening
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
  • Music concert: Indian Ocean
15 January 2017 University Grounds
Morning
11:30 am
  • Heritage Walk by Presidency Alumni Association
Afternoon
12:30 pm
  • Dastane Presidency
02:00 pm
  • Lunch at Presidency University
Cultural Program
  • Amar Shonar Bangla
16 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:00 am - 11:00 noon
Global Education Summit : The Future of Languages
  • Chair : Prof. Swapan Chakravorty, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Presidency University
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy 2012 on What is it to be a University
Noon
11:00 noon - 12:30 pm
  • Remembering Mahashweta Devi (Jnanpith Puraskar 1996, Ramon Magsasay Award 1997) Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Gayatri Spivak, Naveen Kishore. Moderator: Anjum Katyal (in collaboration with Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival)
  • Film on Mahasweta Devi
Aftrenoon
12:30 pm - 01:15 pm
  • Nabaneeta Deb Sen, Poet and Author, Former Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University

Break 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Aftrenoon
02:15 pm - 04:30 pm
  • Chair: Probal Das Gupta, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Indian Statistical Institute, President, Akademio de Esperanto
  • Amit Chaudhuri, Novelist and Professor of Contemporary Literature, University of East Anglia, on The Problem of Modernity
  • Swapan Chakravorty, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Presidency University on Facts, Finance and Fiction: Literary Studies and Higher Education
  • Vayu Naidu : Harikatha - A River: Its Stories of Remembrance
17 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:30 am - 12:00 noon
  • Chair: Prof. Somak Raychaudhury, Director, Inter-University, Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
  • MS Raghunathan, Head National Centre for Mathematics, IIT Mumbai on India's Future in the World of Mathematics
  • Frederick J. Raab, Head, LIGO Hanford Observator, California Institute of Technology, USA on LIGO-India: International Collaboration Coming to India to Help Explore the Universe
Afternoon
01:30 pm - 04:30 pm
  • Chair: Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor, Jadavpur University
  • H. S. Shivaprakash, Poet and Playwright, Professor of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University on The Place of Poetry in Future Education
  • Probal Das Gupta, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Indian Statistical Institute, President, Akademio de Esperanto on Little Languages, Big Futures
  • Ananda Lal, Professor and Former Coordinator, UGC Centre of Advanced Study in English, Project Head, Tagore Cultural Centre, Jadavpur University on The Classic Indian 'Stepmotherly' Treatment, Literature and Arts Education in Future
Evening
05:00 pm - 07:30 pm
  • Students' Activity
18 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:30 am - 01:00 pm
Global Education Summit: Future of Higher Education
  • Chair: Prof. William Cushley, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School, Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley Higher Education in India: Envisioning a Complete Overhaul
  • Nayanjot Lahiri, Professor of History, Ashoka University, Member, Presidency Mentor Group Archaeological Heritage at the Crossroads of Politics and People: Higher Education As a Way Forward

Break 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Afternoon
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Amitav Ghosh in conversation with Prof. Supriya Chaudhuri
19 January 2017 Derozio Hall
Morning
10:30 am - 01:00 pm
  • Chair: Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor, Presidency University
  • Virendra Chauhan, Chairman, NAAC, Social Responsibility of Sciences
  • Michael Hutt, Professor of Nepalese and Himalayan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on Should We All Speak the Same Language
  • Baroness Valerie Amos, Chairperson, SOAS, University of London, former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Organization on Globalisation, Anti-globalisation, and Retreat into Nationalism: A Response from Language-based Area Studies
Afternoon
04:30 pm
  • International Debate organized by Calcutta Debating Circle
  • Participating Teams: London School of Economics, Harvard University, Emory University, University of Cambridge, Presidency University.
20 January 2017 Derozio Hall
12:00 pm Founders’ Day
  • Sri Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister of India
05:00 pm
  • Sri Pranab Mukherjee, President Of India

PROGRAMMES
February 2017

2 February 2017 Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium
Morning
10:45 am
3RD SYMPOSIUM ON REASSESSMENTS 2nd - 3rd February 2017
  • Opening remarks, Prof. Anuradha Lohia, Amit Chaudhuri
11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • Chair: Lucy Hughes-Hallet
  • Prof. Simon During, "Christian culture? Rereading the late T.S.Eliot in dangerous times"
Afternoon
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • Chair: Tiffany Atkinson
  • Jessa Crispin, "Reloading the Canon: Rethinking Greatness in an Age of Identity Politics"

Lunch

02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
  • Chair: Jon Cook
  • Anjali Joseph: "Madame Bovary and the impossibility of re-reading"
03:00 pm - 03:45 pm
  • Chair: Sumit Chakrabarti
  • Saikat Majumdar: "Literature as sin"

Coffee break

04:15 pm - 05:45 pm
  • Chair: Amit Chaudhuri
  • Marco Roth: Not Even The Past is Safe: "Some observations on anachronic styles in the contemporary literary essay"
Oxford Bookstore
Evening
06:30 pm
  • "The Persistence of Poetry". Poets and academics from India, the UK, and Australia on how we define the poetic today.
  • Karthika Nair, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Tiffany Atkinson, Simon During, Lucy Hughes - Hallet Moderator: Anjum Katyal
03 February 2017 Aroon Kumar Basak Memorial Auditorium
Morning
11:00 am - 11:45 am
3RD SYMPOSIUM ON REASSESSMENTS 2nd - 3rd February 2017
  • Chair: Sumit Chakrabarti
  • Prof. Simon Glendinning - Beyond Eurocentrism and Anti-Eurocentrism
Afternoon
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • Chair: Jon Cook
  • Arvind Krishna Mehrotra"Reshma Aquil of Daryabad"

Lunch

02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
  • Chair: Simon Glendinning
  • Amit Chaudhuri, "Possible, not Alternative, Histories"
03:00 pm - 03:45 pm
  • Chair: Saikat Majumdar
  • Karthika Nair"True Lies: The Licence to Create & Kill in Adaptations"

Coffee break

04:15 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Prof. Jon Cook, Closing Address
Oxford Bookstore
Evening
06:30 pm
  • "The Essay Today". Writers, novelists, and editors from different India and the US speak on their use of or encounter with the form.
  • Marco Roth, Jessa Crispin, Saikat Majumdar, Anjali Joseph, Amit Chaudhuri
15 February 2017 AJC Bose Auditorium
Morning
10:00 am
South Asia: Past, Present and Future

International Multidisciplinary Conference

Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata, India

  • Home to one quarter of the world’s population, one of the most ancient civilizations, with religious, cultural and linguistic diversity unmatched by any other geographical region of the world, South Asia (countries of the SAARC) is yet to realise its full potential. Although widely recognised as one of the world’s biggest markets, yet its share in the global trade is meagre. It has not yet managed to exert much influence on the global political stage, in spite of the soft power it has come to enjoy across the world. Senior as well as young scholars from a number of institutions in Austria, Denmark, India, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States would gather at this conferenceto explore how South Asia’s past informs its present and how its present would shape its future from varied angles of different academic disciplines and scholarly interests.
27-28 February 2017 AJC Bose Auditorium
Morning
10:00 am
Prevention of Mass Violence and Promotion of Tolerance: Lessons from History

International Multidisciplinary Conference

Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata, India

  • The conference would be a forum for scholars from varied academic disciplines to draw lessons from history as to how mass violence can be prevented and tolerance can be promoted. History testifies to the fact that mass violence is as old as human existence. Almost every episode of mass violence has been followed by efforts aimed at preventing its reoccurrence, yet we have miserably failed in achieving that. The conference would be an opportunity for us to explore why we failed and how lessons from history could help us succeed in this endeavour of ours. It would have presentations from the best scholars of Genocide Studies and Interfaith Relations from countries as diverse as Armenia, Australia, Austria, Canada, India, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States.