Saturday, May 26, 2018

60th ISLE Annual Conference


60th ISLE Annual Conference, 19-21 December 2018, Mumbai

The Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) is pleased to announce its 60th Annual Conference to be held in Mumbai during 19-21 December 2018. This Conference which commemorates the Diamond Jubilee year of the formation of ISLE is being organised by the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. Professor Kaushik Basu, C Marks Professor, Cornell University and former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, The World Bank, is the Conference President. Dr. C. Veeramani, Professor, IGIDR and Mr. Jai Mohan Pandit, Registrar, IGIDR are the Co-Organising Secretaries of the Conference.

Conference Themes

- Emerging Labour Markets and Employment Challenges      
- Inequality in Labour Markets and Wellbeing
- World of Work and Women

Submission of Papers:  
The papers should be submitted online by creating an account at  Alternatively, the papers may be emailed to For details related to word limit, style and references, please visit

Best Paper Awards and Fellowship:  Every year ISLE gives two best paper awards - Ruddar Datt Memorial Award and Sanjay Thakur Young Labour Economist Award (carrying a prize money of Rs. 10,000 each) - and one fellowship - Surjit Singh Fellowship (with a grant of Rs. 40, 000 for preparing a research paper/monograph related to one of the Conference themes) - to young scholars below 40 years. For further details, visit: 

Call for Research Proposals: Ministry of Corporate Affairs

RBI Chair Professor @ IIMB

Executive Director @ IFMR LEAD

Conference @IIFT

Seminar @ Centre for Culture and Development

In India, more than one lakh people commit suicide every year. Official records reveal that in the last ten years (2005-2015), the number of suicides have increased by seventeen percent. Despite rising trends, there is little systematic study of suicides and suicidal behavior in the country. 

In view of the importance of the subject, and looking at suicide as an important public health issue that needs sincere academic attention, Centre for Culture and Development (CCD) is organizing a national seminar titled 'Suicide and Self-harm: Issues and Challenges' to be held on 26th - 27th October, 2018. 

CCD invites researchers and other professionals who have done academic work on the issues concerning suicide to submit their abstracts on the themes listed in the concept  note. They can send their abstracts to by 15th June 2018. The selection committee will notify those whose abstract are selected by 30th June 2018. 


National Seminar on


Suicide and Self-harm: Issues and Challenges

 (26th - 27th October 2018)



Every year close to eight lakh people take their own life and there are many more who attempt suicide worldwide[1]. The mortality data about suicide available with World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that during the last several years the problem of suicide mortality has shifted from Western Europe to Eastern Europe and now seems to be shifting to Asia.[2] It is a global public health problem, particularly in Asia where high suicide rates in a few countries with large populations account for a majority of the world's suicides.[3] For instance, almost thirty percent of all cases of suicide worldwide are committed in China and India alone.[4] Despite such compelling facts suicide receives relatively less attention in Asian countries than it does in the West, resulting in under-emphasis on related research and fragmented suicide-preventive approaches.[5],[6],[7]  

In India, more than one lakh people commit suicide every year. Official records reveal that in a decade of 2005-2015, the number of suicides have increased by seventeen percent in 2015 from 2005; while for the same period the rate of suicides increased slightly by 2.9 %.[8] Regionally the trends show lower suicide rates in the less developed states (Gangetic plains, except West Bengal) while higher suicide rates in the better-developed southern states.[9] Despite rising trends in suicide, there is little systematic study of suicides and suicidal behavior in the country. Moreover, even with suicide being an increasingly complex phenomenon in modern times there are substantial work that has remained unused and unknown such as the published work on ethnography and historiography of suicides and self-immolation from 1886 to 1936.[10]

A lesser amount of academic studies on the subject is because of a challenge of studying suicide both qualitatively and quantitatively as it encompasses various socio-psychological dimensions.[11] Understanding their incidence through statistics would only give a partial understanding as they deal with reported suicide deaths. Besides, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest significant under-reporting of suicides in India and in neighboring countries like Srilanka and Pakistan.[12] Under reporting of suicides occur mainly due to its being treated as a criminal offence (until 2016)[13] and owing to social stigma. Further the fact that the implications of suicidal behavior differ depending on whether the act has been 'suicide attempt', 'suicide death' or 'suicidal tendency' makes it difficult to study suicides comprehensively. Victims of 'suicide attempts' and 'suicidal tendencies' suffer from acute mental and physical trauma along with the possibility of relapse of suicide attempts. In case of 'suicide deaths', the act may turn disturbing for family members left behind. Among some, it can give rise to psychological problems such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, which continued for long could make them suicide prone. It is to note that methodologically one would know about number of 'suicide deaths', but victims of 'suicide attempts' and 'suicidal tendencies' are difficult to count as many may not be treated in a hospital or documented in official records.

In qualitative research on suicides, there is a challenge of assessing information as well as its reliability. While those who survived suicide attempt or living with suicidal tendencies can tell their story but in cases of deaths due to suicides, one has to depend on relatives to make sense of victims' action and the social circumstances under which the event occurred. Moreover, as the information is strictly personal, confidential with the added dimension of social stigma[14], there are chances of response being only part of complete story. It arises as sharing of information depends on person's willingness of what and how much to reveal.[15] Such complex nature of methodological issues thus introduces complexity in observing suicides (pre and post) and associated elements in totality.    

Global and Indian scenario of suicide locate suicide as an important public health issue that needs attention and prevention. It is also true that geographic, cultural, social, religious, and economic factors all interact to influence the suicide rate and shape the suicide profile of a country. Moreover, easy access to means of suicide further increases suicidal deaths. Suicidal behavior thus raises various queries such as:  

  • What are the factors that lead individuals towards committing suicide?
  • Who are the major risk groups?
  • What are the consequences of suicidal acts or tendencies on the families/friends?  
  • How to prevent suicidal thoughts and feelings?


It is believed that people who commit suicide are often trying to get away from the life crisis, adverse situations and difficulties that to them appear insurmountable to deal with. They may be feeling as victims of rejection, loss, or loneliness striving to get relief from guilt, shame or being a burden to others. However, there might be suicide cases that challenge this universal homogeneous presumption of suicide as a negative act. For instance, self-killing as a form of protest, as a traditional rite of attaining salvation[16] or seeking passive euthanasia[17], all underline a positive meaning for the victim. Such inferences make the subject of suicide more subjective and complex. Due to involved sensitivity and complexity, looking at suicides subjectively is a difficult task but the possibility to enrich the inherent interpretations of suicide and suicidal behavior might lie in multidisciplinary approach and explorations.[18]   

Just like nature of suicidal act/ideation, the prevention of suicide is equally complex. It is though feasible but is not an easy task. It involves a whole series of activities, ranging from the environmental control of risk factors and means, through the early identification and effective treatment of people with mental and substance use disorders, to the responsible reporting of suicide in the media.[19] Considering the number of people who are in need of suicide prevention activities, appropriate dissemination of information and awareness-raising efforts are essential. All those engaged with the subject of suicide as health professionals, educators, government and non-government agencies, social workers, legal professionals and so on needs to be linked together to address the prevention of suicide along with families and communities for effective outcome.

Suicide and self-harming behavior of individuals largely surrounded by stress along with negative thoughts and feelings about themselves with the perceived inability to cope. Though they wish to die, in many cases, they just want the unbearable pain, stress, and emotions to end. One has to understand the contexts and sets of relationships within which they occur as their acts is more a socially constructed option. Other than rapid changes in economic life, especially after economic liberalization, changes in society such as family structure, marriage, social aspirations and so on also point towards emerging suicidal tendencies and deaths.[20]

For an inclusive exploration on the issue of suicide and self-harm, there is a need for a dialogue that provide multiple insights on the subject. Hence, this seminar is proposed with the following objectives:

  • To understand challenges and difficulties of the subject.
  • To understand trends and patterns in suicides and suicidal tendencies.   

·         To know various interpretations of suicides and tendencies.

·         To understand the possibilities of linking various stakeholders in preventing suicide.  

·         To understand how in recent times mental illness is becoming an important cause of suicide owing to social stigma attached to it and how things can be shaped to remove it; and 

·         To understand the barriers to access mental services and treatments by suicide prone individuals and their families.




Seminar Plan and Topics

Based on Indian context papers are invited having the following broad themes:   

  1. Studying Suicide: Methodology and Content
    • Methodology of studying suicide: Methods/ Approach
    • Difficulties and Challenges of applying relevant and related methods in this field


  1. Interpreting Suicides: Varying Perspectives

·         Socio-Psychological Interpretation

·         Biological/Genetic Interpretation

·         Religious/Cultural Interpretation

·         Legal Interpretation

·         Suicide as a Protest

·         Euthanasia: suicide or right to die with dignity




  1. Risk Groups

·         Adolescents, Youth, Middle-Age, Elderly

·         Male, Female and others

·         Students, Unemployed, Farmers, Housewives and others

·         Marital Status, Caste, Religion, Class and Others


  1. Factors Triggering Suicidal Tendencies 

·         Family Problems: Family Conflicts, Marriage Related Issues etc. 

·         Economic Issues: Debt, Financial loss, Unemployment, Poverty etc.

·         Substance Addiction: Drugs, Alcohol etc.

·         Health Issues : Mental illness, Prolonged illness

·         Peer Pressure Issues: Love Failures, Academic Failures, Expectations/Aspirations Failures etc.


  1. Preventing Suicide
    • Role of Psychiatrists/ Mental Health Professionals
    • Role of Religious organizations
    • Role of local associations/volunteers/NGO's   


  1. Overcoming Suicidal Feeling : A Journey of Hope and Healing

·         Sharing of Personal Stories : Suicide Attempt and Suicide Loss

·         Impact of suicide act/self-harm on others

·         Challenges of family living with suicidal individuals


Unlike in the Western countries, suicides in India are allied more with socio-psychological factors than biological or exclusively psychological factors. Moreover, despite the religious calling of suicide as a condemned and prohibited act and a sign of sin against their respective religious god's, people of all religion commit suicide.[21] By bringing people from various subjects to a dialogue on the problem of suicide, we hope to learn issues and concerns linked to suicide in different contexts. We hope to come out with insights, which would enable us to enhance our understanding of suicides and the ways they remain predicates on the social and psychological aspects of a society and its individuals.



The seminar will be held during 26th - 27th October 2018 at Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara, Gujarat. Vadodara is well connected by rail and air network to the rest of India.


[2] Varnik, Peeter. 2012. Suicide in the World, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9: 760-71. doi:10.3390/ijerph9030760

[3] Hendin, Herbert 2008. 'Introduction- Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia'. In Herbert Hendin (et al.) Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia, Geneva: World Health Organization.

[4] Bertolote, M Jose and Fleishmann, A. 2002. A global perspective in the epidemiology of suicide, Suicidologi, 7 (2), pp-6-8.

[5] Yip, PSF. 2008. 'Introduction'. In Yip PSF (ed.): Suicide in Asia: Causes and Prevention. Hong Kong, China: Hong Kong University Press, pp.1–6.

[6] Hendin, H. et al. 2008. Epidemiology of suicide in Asia. In Hendin H, Phillips MR, Vijayakumar L, (eds.): Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia. Geneva: World Health Organization, pp: 7–18.

[7] Yip, PSF and Law YW. 2010. Towards Evidence-based Suicide Prevention Programmes. Geneva: World Health Organization.

[8] National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). 2015. Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India. Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi Government of India.

[9] Reducing Suicides. (Editorial). 2016. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LI (52), pp-9

[10] Shah, A. M and Lobo, Lancy. 2018. Introduction. In Shah, A. M and Lobo, Lancy (Eds.): Essays on Suicide and Self-Immolation-Indian Anthropology, 1886–1936, Volume I. New Delhi: Primus Books.

[11] Borges, Guilherme; Anthony, C. James and Garrion, Z. Carol. 1995. Methodological Issues Relevant to Epidemiologic Investigations of Suicidal Behaviors of Adolescents, Epidemiologic Reviews, 17 (1), pp. 228–239.

[12] Gajalakshmi, Vendhan and Peto, Richard. 2007. Suicide Rates in Rural Tamil Nadu, South India: Verbal Autopsy of 30,000 Deaths in 1997-98, International Journal of Epidemiology, 36 (1), pp. 203-07.

[13] Indian government have now decriminalized the suicide act. As per 'The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017', suicide is no more a crime. It considers suicidal persons as suffering from mental illness and states government to make efforts to protect and provide them mental healthcare and services.

[14] Minayo, M. C. D'Souza; Cavalcante, G Fátima; Ramos de Souza, E. 2006. Methodological Proposal for Studying Suicide as a Complex Phenomenon, Cad. Saúde Pública, Rio de Janeiro, 22(8), pp. 1587-1596.

[15] Lobo, Lancy and Bharati, Kanchan. 2018. 'Suicidal Trends and Tendencies with their Socio-Economic and Psychological Determinants in Gujarat: A Pilot Study of Vadodara District', Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara.

[16] Staples, James. 2012. Introduction: Suicide in South Asia: Ethnographic Perspective, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 46 (1 and 2), pp.1-28.

[17] Passive euthanasia is a condition where there is withdrawal of medical treatment with the deliberate intention to hasten the death of a terminally ill patient. In March 2018, Supreme Court of India, passed judgment for the permission of passive euthanasia through living wills outlining whether or not a person want his/her life to be artificially prolonged in the event of a devastating illness or injury.

[18] Staples, James. 2012. Introduction: Suicide in South Asia: Ethnographic Perspective, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 46 (1 and 2), pp.1-28.

[19] Hendin, Herbert. 2008. 'Introduction: Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia'. In Herbert Hendin (et al.) Suicide and Suicide Prevention in.Asia, Geneva: World Health Organization:

[20] Reducing Suicides. (Editorial). 2016. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LI (52), pp-9

[21] Deeptiman, Tiwari. 2016. NCRB figures show highest suicide rates among Christians, Dalits and Tribals, Indian Express, June 5.

Unreleased data on India by National Crime Record Bureau[21] (NCRB) highlighted the suicides among dominant religion in India. According to the report for the year 2014 Christians who constitute only 2.3 % population, had suicide rate of 17 as compared to Hindus at 11.3 per lakh population. The rates for both communities were above the national average of 10 per lakh population for the year. The corresponding suicide rates among Muslims and Sikhs were however much lower.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Symposium @ ADRI

Call for participation

(By registration)

 International Conference

Karl Marx – Life, Ideas, Influence: A Critical Examination on the Bicentenary

Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI)

June 16-20, 2018, Patna


We bring you a rare opportunity to listen to 36 world class academics deliver Memorial Lectures on some of the finest cross-disciplinary topics. You may also benefit from listening to 17 Research Paper presentations by younger scholars from around the world. There will be a Book Launch and a Round Table as well.

The Speakers are: Samir Amin, Samuel Hollander, Gayatri C Spivak, Jan Toporowski, Jean-Joseph Boillot, Julio Boltvinik, Andrew J Douglas, Barbara Harriss-White, Chun Lin, Craig Brandist, Cynthia Hewitt, Peter Beilharz, Riccardo Bellofiore, Riccardo Petrella, Roberto Massari, Edward Palmer, Elvira Concheiro, Eugenio Lo Sardo, Anjan Mukherji, Kevin M Sanders, Kipton Jensen, Kohei Saito, Marcello Musto, Michael Brie, Cherif Salif SY, Miguel Vedda, Giulietto Chiesa, Ndongo Samba Sylla, Peter Hudis, Ajit Sinha, Ramaa Vasudevan, Satish Jain, Seongjin Jeong, Shannon Brincat, Shapan Adnan, Tian Yu Cao.  

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You are cordially invited to attend the conference. Towards partially meeting the cost of your participation, may we request you to register for the event by paying a token amount at the following rates:

  1. Individuals/University/College/Institutes faculty members: INR 10000
  2. Members of business and other professional organizations: INR 12000
  3. Students: INR 5000 (Limited seats, so you must compete for registration by sending a 300-word 'Statement of Purpose' to by May 31; selected candidates  will be allowed to register)
  4. All foreign participants: INR 15000

All registrations will be done on the spot and in cash. This will entitle you to participation in all the sessions. Anything not mentioned is excluded. For any query, please write to


National Seminar
Problems of Inter-State and Inter-District Disparity in India

Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI)

                                                                                                                                     August 18, 2018 / Patna   

Call for Papers

In India, one of the strategies for addressing the problem of persisting regional disparities has been development of backward states and districts. At the request of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna will organise a one-day national seminar on Problems of Inter-State and Inter-District Disparity in India. The interested scholars and development functionaries are invited to contribute papers for the seminar on any of the following or related issues:

(i)         Identification of causes of backwardness that lead to a typology of the backward states and districts.

(ii)        Analysis of the strategies hitherto employed to reduce regional disparity.

(iii)       Outlines of alternative strategies, approaches and programmes for accelerating development of the most backward states and districts.

(iv)       Relative roles of central/state governments in promoting development of most backward states and districtss, with special reference to the role of Fifteenth Finance Commission.

Last date of submission of full paper is July 25, 2018. The authors of the papers selected for presentation will be informed latest by August 5, 2018. The author of accepted papers will receive a token honorarium. The interested participants may contact Dr. Niladri Sekhar Dhar ( for further information.          

Faculty @ Ashoka University

Multidisciplinary International Conference on “Emerging Trends and Transformation in Contemporary Society: A Global Futuristic Perspective", 9th-10th August 2018 @ Amity Law School, Noida

It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that Amity Law School, Noida is organizing two days Multidisciplinary International Conference on "Emerging Trends and Transformation in Contemporary Society: A Global Futuristic Perspective" on 9th-10th August 2018

Please find the details of the conference:

  1. Attached herewith, please find the concept note and link to the conference website: 

       2. The link for registration in the conference as participant:
Please contact the undersigned for any query.

Swati Kaushal
Faculty Coordinator for Conference 
Assistant Professor
Amity Law School

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

ICSD 2018 : 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development, 12 - 13 September 2018 Rome, Italy

ICSD 2018 : 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development, 12 - 13 September 2018 Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

The 6th ICSD 2018.will be an excellent opportunity to share your ideas and research findings relevant to the Sustainability Science,through the European network of academics Papers will be published in EJSD Journal(Thompson Reuters)and Proceedings.

Web address:
Sponsored by: European Center of Sustainable Development - CIT University

MEMORY STUDIES '18 / III. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory and the Past

MEMORY STUDIES '18 / III. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory and the Past

Istanbul, Turkey

All papers will be published in the proceedings e-book (with an ISBN number), which will be given as a DVD at the conference. Participants can also apply to DAKAM's journal; INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES to be reviewed. Please visit

Web address:
Sponsored by: DAKAM

Master of Planning @ Sushant School of Art and Architecture

Asmita Bhardwaj, PhD (Cornell University, US), MURP (Virginia Tech, US)
Associate Professor  
Coordinator, Masters in Planning (Urban Planning),
Co-Coordinator, PhD/Research Program, 
Sushant School of Art and Architecture,
Ansal University, Gurgaon,

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018



Duly filled and signed (along with the institute seal) registration forms should be sent to the workshop coordinator either through email (Scanned copy in PDF format) or at the mailing address on or before 05th May 2018

Thank You
Dr. Sreejith S
Asst. Professor (Management)
School of Legal Studies
Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)
+91 999 55 1 000 7

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