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    The School of Liberal Studies meets every alternate Wednesday for its Faculty Research Colloquium (FaRC). SoLS seeks to invite academic staff and doctoral researchers to offer papers to be presented in future series of the Colloquium which is intended to serve as an academic forum for friendly peer exchanges across a wide range of research themes. These meetings have the objective of catalysing the conversion of recent or ongoing research, whether select chapters from recent or nearly-complete doctoral dissertations or fresh work-in-progress, into publishable articles for professional academic journals or other appropriate academic platforms. It is hoped that the Colloquium will become a productive and enjoyable collective space for mutual learning and academic community building.

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    Current Schedule for 2023-24

    Date Name Title Discussant
    13 September Chiranjib Sen Towards a consumption

    strategy for enhancing

    wellbeing & sustainability:

    An Indian perspective

    Soumyajit Bhar
    27 September

     

    Idrees Kanth “Farming” time:

    The diaries of a Kashmiri peasant

    Ashwani Saith
    11 October Suchismita Chattopadhyay A for Appearance: Aesthetic labour and the work of image consultants in a globalised Delhi. Anandini Dar
    25 October Anandini Dar Re-thinking children’s rights: a proposal for children’s suffrage rights from a Southern perspective Pritam Baruah
    22 November Soumyajit Bhar Sustainability of communities in a globalized world: Is leapfrogging toward double-dividend possible in the Global South? Arindam Banerjee

    Recent Publications by Our faculty:

    Dr. Soumyajit Bhar Published a co-authored research article titled “Water, air pollution and carbon footprints of conspicuous/luxury consumption in India” in Ecological Economics Journal. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0921800924000016?dgcid=author)

    This article connects conspicuous/luxury (C/L) consumption in India to its local, regional and global environmental impacts. We evaluate carbon dioxide (CO2), water, and particulate matter (PM2.5) footprints of consumption disaggregated into food-basic, nonfood-basic, and C/L consumption across expenditure deciles. We find that all three footprints rise, but at different rates, with increasing expenditure. These results imply that demand reduction measures in C/L consumption could have broad-based and deep environmental benefits, while pollutant-specific mitigation policies may face trade-offs with other environmental impacts.This article is unique in showing the distribution of three different types of footprints of different consumption baskets across income deciles.

    Conference Presentation:

    • BML Munjal University organized a panel titled ” Environmental Change, Community and Justice” in the Global Conclave 2024, Advancing Human Development in the Global South, organized by Institute of Human Development, on 13th Jan, at IIC. Dr. Soumyajit Bhar, SoLS, Dr. Anup Kumar Dhar, SoLS, Dr. Kalpita Bhar Paul, SoLS and Dr. Akhilendra Pratap Singh, SoL presented papers. Dr. Asmita Kabra, Professor, School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University, Delhi Chaired the panel and Amita Baviskar, Professor, Environmental Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University was the discussant. This panel discusses the Global South context along with environmental sustainability challenges, we need to also think about human justice issues, and wellbeing issues that emerge from fragmentation of community.
    • 13th Annual International Conference of Comparative Education Society of India, 2023, at Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam titled ‘Changing Dynamics of Education: Perspectives and New Directions From Global South’ from 1st – 3rd December, 2023. Paper presented titled ‘Student subversions and curricular changes in engineering education in Kerala: Mapping the internal dialectics of crisis in higher education in India’ – Research Interest Group 6: Higher Education

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