|Independent fellowships >2006-2007 l 2005-2006 l 2004-2005 l 2003-2004 l 2002-2003 l 2001-2002|
Basaiawmoit & Renee C. Lulam, Shillong.
Narayan Bose, Kolkata.
Jit Singh Chima, Bangalore.
Kr. Dvivedi, Delhi.
Ranjan Giri, Delhi.
Issar & Aditi Saraf, Delhi.
Kumar Jain, Delhi.
Ganesh Kamatham, Bangalore.
Lama, Gangtok, Sikkim.
Kumar Pandey, Meerut.
Kumar Ray & Soma Ghosh, Kolkata.
Jenny Rowena & Carmel Christy, Hyderabad.
Sen, Chandannagar, Hooghly.
Sikand and Naseemur Rahman, Delhi.
Prakash Upadhyay, Mumbai.
Sam Varughese, Delhi.
FOR PROPOSALS – SARAI-CSDS INDEPENDENT FELLOWSHIPS, 2007
The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
*The Purpose of the Independent Fellowship *
The Sarai-CSDS Independent Fellowships allow the time for individuals from diverse backgrounds to either begin or continue research into specific aspects of media and urban culture and society, broadly and creatively defined, and to also think carefully and rigorously about the various public forms in which their research might be rendered. We are also interested in using the materials generated through the research to continue to build up our thematic archive of research on the city. Thus, we see the fellowship as an important source for this archive. Finally, an important purpose of the fellowship program is to spark, overlap and allow access to newly emerging research networks across disciplines, academic and non-academic institutions, organisations, practices, geographical locations and professional backgrounds.
We are thus invested in the idea of what we call public and distributed research , where new knowledge is created and shaped from a variety of locations, and not just in a top-down fashion. Participants in the fellowship programme are expected to have a very strong and independent motivation towards the pursuit of their own specialised areas of research, but also to respond to and critique the research of others in the programme as intelligent non-specialists, and be open to suggestions and comments from non-specialists.
Each year, a large number of the fellowships are awarded to projects that deploy standard methodologies and forms from the humanities and social sciences towards what we feel are justly deserving, new and emergent areas of research. We would like to not lose sight of these tried and tested methodologies in the humanities and social sciences, and will place a special emphasis on them this year. However, a significant number of fellowships are also awarded to projects that are innovative both in terms of what they consider to be research, as well as the variety of purposes and forms to which that research is applied. As a result, we encourage the inclusion of individuals with little or no previous formal research experience who want to pursue, more rigorously, a passion for a tightly-focused, feasible, understudied research topic; and equally, we encourage individuals with seasoned research experience in a conventional context to experiment with forms that are relatively new to them.
For detailed abstracts of successful proposals from previous years, please visit www.sarai.net and click on the link for "Independent Fellowships" on the left-hand sidebar.
* Conditions *
--For administrative purposes, applicants are required to be resident in India, and to have an account in any bank operating in India.
--Applications can be in Hindi or in English. The research work and presentation can also be in either Hindi, English, or a combination of the two languages.
*Please note that this year the schedule for the Independent Fellows programme has changed.*
--Fellows will be required to make a minimum of six postings, one per month, on Sarai's "reader-list" email listserve, between February and the end of August 2007.
working draft or initial prototype of the final work will be expected
by the end of September. The final presentation of the research project
will be made in Delhi at the beginning of November 2007.
participation in the fellowship programme does require a substantial
time commitment — to the research, the postings on progress, and
interaction with other researchers and projects in the fellowship cycle
— participants are also welcome to pursue the fellowship research in
addition to their primary occupations or commitments to other
fellowships or grants, if any.
* What Do You Need To Send, Where and When? *
There are no application forms. Simply send us by postal mail your:
1. Name(s), email address(es), phone(s), and postal address(es).
3. Two work samples: if possible, the samples of previous work done should give us a sense of your preferred mode of public presentation for this project (e.g., academic research paper, narrative prose, multimedia, video, performance, photography, installation, sound recording, "creative" writing, prototype design, combinations of the above, etc.) and also suggest to us how you might understand your upcoming research process for this fellowship. The work samples can — but do not necessarily have to — make reference to the current research topic.
4. A clear work plan (not more than one page) with, if possible, a month-by-month breakdown of the research work.
An updated CV (not more than two pages) for each applicant, and a short
text (about half a page) giving us your intellectual biography.
--Enquiries: email@example.com for English proposals, firstname.lastname@example.org for Hindi proposals.
--Last date for submission: English proposals should be postmarked on or before Tuesday, October 31, 2006; Hindi proposals should be postmarked on or before Monday, November 13, 2006.
--The list of successful proposals for 2007 will be announced on the Sarai website, and on Sarai's email list, email@example.com, between the end of December 2006 and the beginning January 2007. For more details on joining the reader-list, please visit www.sarai.net and click on "LISTS@Sarai".
*Who Can Apply? *
There is absolutely no pre-qualification required for application to the Sarai-CSDS Independent Fellowship. Sarai invites independent researchers, media practitioners, working professionals, software designers and programmers, urbanists, architects, artists and writers, as well as students (postgraduate level and above) and university/college faculty to apply for support for research-driven projects.
* What Other Fellowships Does Sarai Offer?*
Sarai offers an exciting "Student Stipendship" for students at academic institutions wishing to pursue closely mentored and innovative research (contact: Sadan Jha, firstname.lastname@example.org) and a "FLOSS Independent Fellowship" for programmers and coders wishing to develop free and open source software (contact: Gora Mohanty, email@example.com). Please note that the Sarai Media Fellowships have been discontinued.
*Why Research? What Do We Mean by Research? *
Sarai is committed to generating public knowledge and creativity through research. Hence the support for research driven projects and processes. The fellowships are in the nature of small grants in order to emphasise the initiation and founding of projects that would otherwise go unsupported.
research we mean both archival and field research, and forays into
theoretical work as well as any process or activity of an experimental
or creative nature — for instance in the audiovisual media, as well as
in journalism or the humanities and social sciences, or in architecture
and socially attuned computing.
These included work toward projects based on investigative reportage of urban issues; essays on everyday life; a history of urban Dalit performance traditions; soundscapes of the city; a graphic novel about Delhi; a documentation of the free software movement in India; research on displacement and rehabilitation in cities; interpretative catalogues of wall writings and public signages; digital manipulation of popular studio portrait photographs; the limitations of language in shrinking public spaces in Srinagar; histories of cinema halls and studios in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata; a study of the world of popular crime fiction in Bengali; reflections on the Kashmiri 'encounter' in Delhi, and many others. Successful applicants included freelance researchers, academics, media practitioners, artists, writers, journalists, activists and professionals such as nurses and bankers.
The projects were submitted in English, Hindi or a combination of the two languages. We have seen that projects that set important but practical and modest goals were usually successful, whereas those that may have been conceptually sound but lacked sufficient motivation to actually pursue a research objective on the field, usually did not take off beyond the interim stage.
Sarai interacts closely with the researchers over the period of the fellowship, and the independent fellows make a public presentation of their work at Sarai at the end of their fellowship period. During the term of their fellowship each fellow is required to make a posting to our email list every month, reporting on the development of their work. These postings, which are archived, are an important means by which the research process reaches a wider discursive community. They also help us to trace the progress of work during the grant period, and understand how the research interfaces with a larger public.
Submissions at the end of the fellowship period included written reports and essays, photographs, tape recordings, audio CDs, video, pamphlets, maps, drawings and html presentations. Fellows have made their final presentations in the form of academic papers, lecture-demonstrations and performances.
More specifically, themes may be as diverse as the experience of work in different locations, institutions and work cultures, histories of urban sexuality, heretical figures and imaginations, histories of particular media practices, legality and illegality, migration, transportation, surveillance, intellectual property, social/digital interfaces, urban violence, street life, technologies of urban control, health and the city, the political economy of media forms, digital art and culture, or anything else that the applicants feel will resonate with the philosophy and interests that motivate Sarai's work.We are particularly interested in work that comes from non-metropolitan and mofussil urban spaces, even though we continue to look for strong projects that articulate the realities of major cities.
Arshad Amanullah, New Delhi
Daljit Ami, Chandigarh
Maitrey Bajpai, Mumbai
Samit Basu, New Delhi
Rudradeep Bhattacharjee, Mumbai
Tushar Bhor, Mumbai
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Kolkata
Averee Chaurey, New Delhi
Ayesha Sen Choudhury, Kolkata
Dilip D'Souza, Mumbai
Uddipana Goswami, Guwahati
Peerzada Arshad Hamid, Anantnag
Rakshat Hooja, Jaipur
Farhana Ibrahim, Gurgaon
Lakshmi IndraSimhan and Jacob Weinstein , New Delhi
Brajesh Kumar Jha, Delhi
Anjali Jyoti, New Delhi
Sunandan K.N., New Delhi
Akshaye Khanna, New Delhi
Naresh Kumar, New Delhi
Prabhat Kumar, Delhi
Rajesh Kumar K, Trivandrum
Udaykumar M, New Delhi
Mallica, New Delhi
Mamta Mantri, Mumbai
Abhinandita Mathur Veenu Mathur , New Delhi
Rajesh Mehar, Bangalore
Kamal Kumar Mishra
Sanjeev Ranjan Mishra, Delhi
Izhar Ahmed Nadeem, Delhi
John Patrick Ojwando, Bangalore
Anil Pandey, NOIDA
Piyush Pandey, Delhi
Rahul Pandita, Delhi
Janice Erica Pariat, New Delhi
Sudipta Paul, West Bengal
Dripta Piplai, New Delhi
Vasundhara Prakash, New Delhi
Nithya V Raman, Chennai
Kaushiki Rao, New Delhi
Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed, Chennai
Nirupama Sekhar and Sanjay Ramchandran , Mumbai
Debjani Sengupta, New Delhi
Aman Sethi, New Delhi
Ram Murthi Sharma, UNA, Himachal
Parismita Singh, New Delhi
Sidharth Srinivasan, New Delhi
Sheba Tejani, Mumbai
Mrityunjay Tripathi, Allahabad
Indu Verma, Mumbai
Aamit Rai, Wardha
Syed Mohd. Yunus and Syed Mohd Faisal, Delhi
Day 01 :: Wednesday, 24 August
9.00-9.30 : Registration
9.30-10.00 : Opening Statements: Shuddhabrata Sengupta / Vivek Narayanan
10.00-11.30 : The Grid, the Relay and the Reality
Karen Coelho, Tapping In: Urban Water Conflicts as Citizenship Claims in Chennai
11.40-1.10 : Re-imagined Communities
Nitoo Das, Hypertextual Poetry: A Study of MSN Poetry Communities
2.10-3.40 : Stardust Histories
3.55-5.25 : Performing the Local
Nautanki Shahar mein: Audyogik Nagri Kanpur mein Lok Manch Kala ke
Vikas wa Patan ka Anveshan (Nautanki in the Industrial City of Kanpur:
A Historical Study)
5.45-6.15 : Lecture-demonstration
Day 02 :: Thursday, 25 August
10.00-11.30 : Plotting Economic Geographies
Vandana Swami, An Allegorical, Historical Journey into the Archives of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway
Uddipan Dutta, The Growth of Print Nationalism and Assamese Identity in Two Early Assamese Magazines
1.45-3.15 : Imprinting Identities - 2
Hindi-Urdu Kshetra ke Ek Sanskritik Kendra ke Roop mein Ilahabad ka
Vikas aur Hastakshep (The Development of Allahabad and its Intervention
as a Cultural Centre of the Hindi-Urdu Belt)
3.30-5.30 : Assembling the Textured Narrative
Rochelle Pinto, Manuel in the City: A Semi-Fictionalised Illustrated Book on the Arrival and Absorption of Goan Migrants to Mumbai
5.50-6.20 : Lecture Demonstration
Day 03 :: Friday, 26 August
10.00-11.30 : Anatomy of Urban Fantasies - 1
Sovan Tarafder, A Brief History of New Urban Leisure in Kolkata
11.45-12.45 : Anatomy of Urban Fantasies - 2
Mario Rodrigues, The Political Sociology of Golf in South Asia
1.45-3.15 : Trajectories of Work and Experience
Nagarik Mancha, Factory Closures, Plight of Workers and Urban Space
3.30-5.00 : The City and its Strangers
Subhalakshmi Roy & Bodhisattva Kar, Messing with the Bhadraloks: Towards a Social History of the Mess Houses in Calcutta, 1890s-1990s
5.30-6.00 : Presentation / Performance
Day 04 :: Saturday, 27 August
10.30-12.30 : Affects and Effects of Neighbourhoods
Meera Pillai, Foodcourts and Footbridges: Conceptualising Space in Vijaywada Railway Station
1.30-3.30 : Tracing the Margins
Tasneem, Fatima and Marya, Death and the Bazaar: A Look at the Death Care Industry
3.45-5.30 : Contextualising Trauma
Shivam Vij, The Nature of Ragging in Hostels
5.45-7.00 pm : Interactive Feedback / Critique Session on the Independent Fellowship Programm
Publicity, Promises & the Public Space in Ahmedabad
This project will
conduct research into the practices of public communication, commercial
as well as personal, in Ahmedabad and thereby document the broken links
between the "promises and commitments" made by these practices
and their delivery.
The Culture of Business : The Informal Sector and Finance Business in
This project will look at the phenomenon of globalisation as it manifests itself at the local level and in day-to-day economic practices. The primary objective of the study is to demonstrate the manner in which the culture of business at the local level is impacted by the phenomenon of globalisation. The study will look at the finance sector in the coastal Andhra Pradesh city of Vijayawada in order to show the changes in business culture with the advent of globalisation. The finance sector in Vijayawada, as in many other parts of India, is characterised by an interesting relationship between the informal and formal business establishments.
The research will analyse the manner in which the two reinforce and complement each other and show how the informal sector has been affected by the changes that have resulted from globalisation and also the structural adjustment of the Indian economy. The study is inter-disciplinary in nature and method. First, the study attempts to reinterpret what is generally presumed to be the domain of pure economics in terms of cultural history, and therefore makes a strong argument for the cultural foundations of economic activity. Second, the study employs the methodology of oral history such as structured and unstructured interviews to access material and information related to the field of study.
Laghu Patrika Andolan: Abhivyakti ke Naye Aayam: Ek Partal
This work will address the world of expansive world of Hindi 'little magazines' - its history, its sociology, politics but most importantly, its economics. What still makes it an attractive idea? Why do magazines die? What is the average reach of a magazine? What are the networks of production and distribution? What are the special publication strategies that make one magazine look different from others? Why do we see so many special issues with guest editors? These are some of the questions that will be asked at the outset.
The Shrine as an Anodyne in Strife-Torn Kashmir
The researcher intends to work on changing environs of shrines in conflict-devastated Kashmir, where thousands of devotees take refuge in the absence of modern alternatives for dealing with the stress. In the wake of chaos and mayhem in Kashmir, a shrine remains the sole place where the victims of violence have a chance of getting rejuvenated.
Minds exposed to a continual violence need to either come to terms with or transcend the violent event. This process can be arrived at with the help of a facilitator. In many modern societies, the facilitator might be a psychiatrist. In a cultural milieu where spirituality is more pervasive, the figure of the saint lends itself to the role of a psychic facilitator.
The shrine, not only in its spirituality but also in its aesthetic, evokes a sense of serenity. The aesthetic of the shrines in Kashmir couples their architecture and layouts with a supremely appropriate sense of site. Combined, these factors produce an effect that is spectacular. This research will attempt to track the motivations that make people turn to these places for peace of mind and also gain an idea of how intimately the spiritual and the aesthetic flow into each other. The researcher will delve into an appreciation of shrines in Srinagar as a spiritual, aesthetic, social environments and consider the manner in which these significations provide a therapeutic space.
The Relationship Between the Production and Consumption of Thumri and
This project investigates
the relationship between the production-consumption of the North Indian
musical genre of thumri (and other allied forms) through gramophone
records and the fashioning of the songs of the female characters in
Marathi Sangeet Natak tradition, with special emphasis on the female
impersonator actor Bal Gandharva.
The emphasis of this project is on the beginning of the second decade of the twentieth century, when the north Indian genres of thumri and other "semi-classical" forms were thought to be suitable for representing the "respectable" woman in through theatre. This adoption reveals an interesting relation between the conventional understanding of the thumri genre with kachcha gaana (which also implies less respectable) and the newly emerging discourse of respectability in Marathi theatre. Further, the presentation of the Marathi songs (natya pada) itself seems to have been influenced by the way in which the baijis presented their music through the medium of gramophone records of the 78 rpm era, inviting attention to the shaping of music in the gramophone record format.
The analysis will take into consideration not only the historical and cultural aspects of this phenomenon, but also the musicological aspects of producing and consuming music through gramophone records. Additionally I also propose to look at the apathetic reception of Bal Gandharva's music when rendered by a "real" woman, Goharbai Karnataki, with reference to the debate on the entry of women into theatre in the 1930s.
Of Riots and Ruins : Space and Violence in Vatva, Ahmedabad
Our proposed area of study is a conglomeration of colonies inhabited by Muslims, Hindus and Dalits, located in Vatva, an industrial (previously agrarian) area on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. It was a site of violence during the 2002 carnage and is now informed by post-violence "compromised" peace. We wish to map on this spatial-geographic entity the processes by which contesting discourses of ethnicity, communal identity and multiple explanations for communalisation of "everyday" life are (re) produced. The communalisation of space or alternatively the construction of communal identity with the aid of spatial technologies -- like 'ghetto-isation' and communal coding of built structures -- is a pan-Ahmedabad phenomenon; however, local versions of this pathology manifesting in Vatva are a subject of our study. Other questions of hegemonic discourse formation and the processes of crystallisation of religious identity form the subtext of our project. We hope also to examine both the space occupied by the Dalits as a minority in a majority-minority area (Muslims a minority in Ahmedabad, are the majority in Vatva); as also the unstable position different communities have occupied in terms of social power before, during and after the riots.
Children's Friendship with Place:
Despite considerable global attention on making cities child-friendly, specifically through the two prominent global efforts in contexts of low-resources and rapid urbanisation (UNESCO's Growing Up in Cities (GUIC) projects in 1970s and late 1990s, and the UN Child Friendly Cities (CFC) global initiatives in the 1990s), there does not exist any empirically grounded understanding of the construct of environmental child friendliness. An established body of theoretical literature in environmental psychology, geography, planning and design, however, has proposed that children develop feelings and emotions about their everyday environments which induce powerful, positive or negative images. This literature also emphasises the role of affect in not only explaining how children learn about places, but also, in pointing out what sorts of environments children find most satisfying. This study proposes place friendship as a valid form of affective place relationship in childhood that is different from the more widely studied construct of place attachment. Studying children's place friendship will allow us to empirically investigate the meaning of child friendly places for children in cities. Such investigations will be especially meaningful in contexts that have large youthful populations such as in Indian cities, in understanding the implications of fast urbanisation and environmental change for the lives of children.
Beeti Vibhavari Jaag Ri: Dilli ke City-scape mein Dik wa Kaal
This multimedia work will record sound and image and suppplement them with texts and personal prose. The idea is to capture different shades and textures the city inhabits in different time zones and across seasons. The cityscapes selected include Rajpath, AIIMS Crossing, Chandni Chowk, Moolchand flyover, Connaught Place and the Old Yamuna Bridge.
Tapping In: Urban Water Conflicts as Citizenship Claims in Chennai
This project proposes to explore collective, contentious and transgressive practices of urban citizenship as articulated in claims to water in the city of Chennai. It uses multi-media techniques to interrogate the narratives of order purveyed by the reforming state, from the vantage point of its margins. Municipal water reforms outline a technocratic discourse in which universal service is guaranteed through rational improvement. But the underground grid, the embodiment of this sovereign order, is, as everybody knows, punctured and intersected by bypass connections and illegal taps that reveal the contentious and compromised order of a ground-level service. The project would explore these challenges to the myth of orderly service from the perspective of citizens struggling for access to water. These challenges take a range of everyday forms, from informal arrangements governing access to public fountains and