Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Conflict Transformation and Peace-building in Disaster Management Last Date 31st March 2010


Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Disaster Management

A five-day training programme organised by

the Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management

of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

 12th - 16th of April 2010

 

Context

Emergencies in the South Asian region particularly have increased in the last ten years including disasters and conflicts. Natural disasters have more than doubled since the 1980s and apart from natural disasters, which are partially human-made; the region has also witnessed conflicts. Since 2000, the world has witnessed over 35 major conflicts and some 2,500 disasters. Every year, more than 35 million people are displaced as a result of war, crime, political unrest, and natural disasters and there were over 14 million refugees at the beginning of 2008 most of them originating from and residing in the developing countries.

Wide-ranging challenges, such as persistent poverty, rising epidemics, terrorism, environmental degradation and the collapse of social systems compounded with high levels of violence call for specialized and specific responses. However, most of the aforementioned challenges and issues are intertwined and interdependent and hence cannot be addressed in isolation. Nor can they be effectively addressed without dealing with the internal tensions or divergent interests. Further dimensions are added by processes of political transition and the forces of globalisation that have led to rising ethnic tensions and identity politics, especially in the midst of economic crisis. Although development policies are designed to eradicate poverty, injustice and minimize the destruction of natural resources, as well as contribute to peaceful resolution of crises and conflicts rooted in poor development and social transition, newer approaches, effective instruments and efficient services will need to be further developed on a continuous basis to respond to ever new conflicts.

While each conflict is unique owing to different underlying causes and trajectory leading to different impacts and solutions, it is possible to identify some common threads on how these conflicts have evolved and can be addressed. Careful examination of the causes, the stakeholders, the stages of the conflict, the external factors and the context is required to gain insight into opportunities for interventions in the form of mediation or preventive diplomacy, whereas other strategies could help transform the conflict leading to stability and peace. There is a need therefore to create tools, mechanisms and methods to manage conflicts and find common areas of interest, which are central to conflict transformation efforts.

 

Conflict transformation processes cut across a range of initiatives including violence prevention, restoring social cohesion, peace-building and reconciliation. in order to ensure that communities and societies can live more equitably and peacefully together. Conflict transformation processes help in finding common ground and focus on building the structures essential to prevent conflict and achieving sustainable peace. However, very often conflict resolution initiatives focus on short-term solutions that fail to address deeprooted anxieties and do not support or translate into conflict transformation. There is a variety of factors underlying any conflict which requires strategic as well as multipronged responses.  It is impossible for any one stakeholder or institution to respond at all stages and to every aspect of the conflict. Hence, conflict transformation is a multi stakeholder led process operating both locally and internationally.  

 

Increasingly, it has been recognised that short term solutions are shortlived and continue to threaten peace and security resulting in resurgence of violence in post-conflict societies impacting other parts of the region.  Hence, there is a need for the regional and international communities to work towards political solutions and framework for sustainable peace. 

 

This training programme seeks to combine an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of conflict transformation from a regional and international perspective offering participants an opportunity to A. gain a conceptual understanding about conflicts and conflict transformation, B. learn about ways of integrating conflict management into existing development processes and C. learn the significance of human rights principles in conflict transformation.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the complexities of various conflicts.  
  • To situate the understanding of peace and conflict within the broader context of development work.  
  • To develop an understanding of the range of skills required in addressing conflicts across social, cultural and political contexts.
  • To identify forces that trigger and fuel inter-communal differences resulting in violence and extremism.
  • To appreciate and begin to develop skills in conflict transformation such as communication, negotiation, facilitation, mediation and reconciliation.  
  • To understand the significance of regional and international organizations, civil society, academia, experts and media in the mediation, management and transformation of conflicts and peacebuilding.

 

Expected outcomes

 

  • Participants are able to identify issues, needs, interests, differences (positions) and common approaches among stakeholders in peacebuilding.
  • Participants will begin to develop insights into skills required for sustaining peace and for conflict transformation.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to explore their communication skills in facilitating conflict transformation processes.

 

Curriculum

(i) Conflict transformation and peace-building: understanding the dynamics of conflict; understanding the processes of negotiation and communication, strategies of peacebuilding and conflict escalation.

(ii) Human rights awareness: the idea of social justice and human rights and a rights based approach to peacebuilding.

(iii)  Gender concerns in conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

(iv) Cultural issues: the importance of cultural awareness in conflict transformation and social reconstruction; the cultural content of conflict escalation; the significance of religion, language, gender; the central importance of 'identity' in the dynamics of contemporary conflicts;

Participant profile

The programme is meant for middle and senior level professionals in government and non-governmental organizations engaged in development work in general and disaster management in particular.

 

Total number of seats

The programme will admit only 30 participants.

 

The medium of instruction of the programme is English.

 

Methodology

The programme design includes presentations by resource persons followed and interspersed with spaces for interaction and experience sharing, problem-solving exercises, group work and film-screenings.

 

Resource Persons

Leading experts from the sector with rich and diverse experience of organizing such interventions and capacity building programmes will be invited to facilitate the sessions.

 

Duration

The training programme is residential and will be facilitated over 5 full days (12th to 16th of April 2010).

 

 

 

 

Fees

Selected participants will have to pay a registration fees of Rs. 7500, which will cover costs of food, accommodation, training material and field trip expenses, if any. Fees are payable by Bank Demand Draft in favour of 'Tata Institute of Social Sciences', payable in Mumbai which are to be couriered to:

 

Ms. Evon D'Souza

Training Assistant

Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Malti and Jal A D Naoroji Campus

Deonar, Mumbai – 400 088.

 

Venue:

Tata Institute of Social Sciences,

V.N Purav Marg, Deonar,

Mumbai – 400 088

 

Registration Form

Aspiring candidates need to fill in and send the registration form which can be downloaded and posted on the TISS address mentioned in the FEES section or forwarded via e-mail: jtcdmtraining@gmail.com

 

Registration forms need to be accompanied with an updated resume of the candidate

 

Last date for registration – Monday, 31st March, 2010

 

Tata Institute of Social Sciences:

Established in 1936, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has demonstrated pioneering work in teaching, research, training and field action in promoting sustainable, equitable and participatory development. TISS has been involved in voluntary action in response to most national emergencies in India, the post partition refugee crisis in 1947 being one of the first such instances.

 

Consolidating nearly 60 years of work in disasters, the Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM) was established with a vision of enhancing disaster studies in India and working towards a holistic, accountable and participatory system of disaster response and mitigation. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on the 6th of May, 2006.

 

Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM)

Disaster Management is emerging globally as a full-fledged academic discipline. Since disaster response has primarily been a practitioner's domain, its boundaries have been permeable. people from diverse backgrounds – including relief workers, engineers, social scientists and medical professionals – have worked in disaster management. This has facilitated the growth of disaster management as a substantive field. However, as a field of practice, it demands specialization to meet with the dynamic challenges posed by disasters and the contexts in which they occur. Recognizing this the Centre offers a wide variety of educational and training programmes, undertakes disaster interventions, engages in research, publication and policy work.

 

For queries please call Ms. Evon D'Souza, Training Assistant, JTCDM on 022-25525880 between 10.30 am and 5.30 pm (Mon to Fri except public holidays)

 

OR

 

Write to: The Training Coordinator  - jtcdmtraining@gmail.com

 

Suggested Terms:

1.      Payment should be made by Demand Draft in favour of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, payable at Mumbai and mailed to the above mentioned address.

2.      Course fee can be paid through bank transfer to Account No. 10895954226, State Bank of India, Deonar Branch, Mumbai.

3.      Registrations without payments will NOT be accepted.

4.      Only 50% fee is refundable in case of cancellation on part of participant.

5.      Full refund will be given in case of cancellation on part of the organizers.

6.      Participants need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the training venue including local conveyance.

7.      Duly filled registration forms along with resume and DD must reach on or before November 20, 2009.

8.      Accommodation will be offered on a twin-sharing basis only.

9.      Organisers reserve the right to alter course curriculum and of permitting admission to the programme.

10. Changes in venue and other particulars, if any, will be informed, to the participants.

11.  Certificates of participation will be awarded to all participants who attend all sessions.







Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Research fellowship





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ISEC PHD

1. The Institute
Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) was founded by Professor V K R V Rao in 1972. Its primary objective is to provide high quality academic training to PhD scholars to prepare them as distinguished researchers and teachers in the field of social sciences. ISEC is presently affiliated to Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Osmania Universities and the National Law School of India University for the award of PhD degree. We are in the process of collaborating with IGNOU, Maastricht University and Central Asian University.
2. Location
ISEC is located amidst sylvan landscape of 16-hectare at Nagarabhavi, Bangalore, adjoining to campuses of Bangalore University and National Law School of
India University. The Institute's campus is well maintained with sprawling gardens and lawns and also preserved a variety of flora and fauna. ISEC campus is situated
12 Kms away from Central Railway and Central Bus station with very good networks of buses. To find the location of the ISEC campus please visit our
3. Organisation
The Institute has eight academic research centres with different discipline in social sciences. These include, Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation (ADRTC), Centre for Decentralisation and Development (CDD), Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources (CEENR), Centre for Economic Studies and Policy (CESP), Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD), Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development (CPIGD), Centre for Study of Social Change and Development (CSSCD) and Population Research Centre (PRC). The faculty of these centres provide guidance to the PhD Scholars for pursuing research in the individual disciplines. The strong point of training at ISEC is its emphasis on inter-disciplinary and socially relevant research.
4. Hostel and Guest House
The Institute has well equipped Hostel for boy and girl scholars and an excellent and well furnished Guest House for visiting scholars. Full time PhD Scholars are provided hostel accommodation with reasonable rent. Visiting scholars and academicians are provided guest house accommodation.
5. Library
Dr. V K R V Rao Library is a treasure house of books, documents, reports and journals with more than 1.21 lakh collections. The library subscribes more than 300 professional foreign and Indian journals. UNDP, World Bank, UN and a number of other international organisations have recognized it as a Depository Library. The housekeeping operations and catalogue is computerized using Libsys integrated library software and the database can be accessed online. Further, the library is being digitized with financial assistance provided by Government of Karnataka. This will provide web access to large number of rare documents and connection with similar libraries across the world. Besides, this will also create access for Universities and Institutions in Karnataka.
6. Computer Lab
The Institute has state-of-art computer laboratory with web enabled network 2 mbps lease line connection for internet browsing. This is an exclusive Computer Lab facility created for the use of PhD Scholars.
7. Alumni
The Institute has so far trained 151 PhD Scholars in different social science disciplines. The scholars who obtained PhD from ISEC are occupying high academic positions and crucial positions in many institutions in India and abroad. ISEC maintains information on its alumni on the website (http://www.isec.ac.in/phd-alumni.htm).
8. Ph.D. Programme
ISEC offers two categories of PhD Programme: Full time (residential) for students and Part-time (non-residential) for serving academicians and interested scholars. The hallmark of our PhD Progrmme is its bi-annual seminars preceded by student's presentation before doctoral committee comprising of subject experts. The Institute constitutes a Doctoral Committee to provide valuable inputs to the PhD Scholars besides monitoring the progress of their thesis work. Every PhD Scholar is required to make presentations in the bi-annual seminars of the Institute.
i. Full Time (Residential)
About 10 to 12 fellowships, depending upon availability of candidates clearing admission test, are offered during the year. Full time residential PhD course at ISEC normally takes about four years to complete. During the first 10 months Scholars are provided rigorous training through a pre-PhD coursework followed by the dissertation work which commences in the eleventh month. The doctoral scholars admitted under this Programme are given fellowships initially for one year and upon successful completion of coursework 2.5 more years and are provided with hostel facilities up to 5 years. A separate hostel is available for lady scholars. Candidates are required to pay fees according to University norms and an annual fee of Rupees one thousand to ISEC.
ii. Part Time (Non-Residential)
This Programme is open for working persons to pursue PhD on a part-time basis. About 4 to 6 candidates will be selected during the year for Part-Time Programme. Preference is given to those working in the Universities and Institutions of higher learning and ISEC employees under faculty Improvement Programme (FIP). Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are similar as in the case of the full-time PhD Programme mentioned above except that of age, which is relaxable. Part-time candidates should pass the pre-PhD course work. They are welcome to attend the classes, though attendance is not compulsory. The part-time PhD admission does not carry any form of financial assistance from ISEC. Candidates are required to pay fees according to University norms and an annual fee of Rupees Three thousand to ISEC. The part-time PhD Scholars must adhere to all the conditions and regulations stipulated by the University/Institute. The Part-time scholars require on-campus stay for the period stipulated by the supervisor.
9. Doctoral Committee and Bi-annual Seminars
In addition to the PhD Supervisor, every PhD Scholar will have an advisory Doctoral Committee consisting of faculty across disciplines. Doctoral Committees meet regularly and advise the scholars at various steps in research. Bi-annual seminar provides an opportunity for research scholars to make presentations about progress of their PhD work and receive valuable inputs form Panel of experts.
10. Disciplines of Specialisation
The test for admission will be administered only in the disciplines/specializations mentioned here. Eligibility requirements are the same for all candidates. The disciplines or specializations available for taking up entrance test for PhD in the Institute are:
i. Agricultural Economics or Rural Development
ii. Development Studies
iii. Economics
iv. Education
v. Environmental Economics/Ecological Economics/Natural Resource Economics
vi. Political Science/International Relations/Public Administration
vii. Population/Demographic Studies
viii. Sociology/Social Anthropology
(For detailed specializations in the above disciplines see the website: http://www.isec.ac.in/academic.html#academic units)
11. Eligibility
The aspirants for ISEC PhD Programme and research fellowships must satisfy the following requirements:
i. Master's degree or equivalent in any of the above disciplines with at least 55% marks in the aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST applicants);
ii. A pass in UGC-NET or JRF or SLET or MPhil is desirable;
iii. Age limit for ICSSR fellowships - below 35 years, 40 years in case of teachers and members of professional staff in Research Institutes.
iv. There is no age limit for ISEC Fellowship, Part-time or External PhD Programme.
12. Fellowship
Candidates who have passed UGC-JRF are paid the fellowship as per the UGC norms. The candidates who qualify with UGC-NET or SLET or MPhil degree are paid a fellowship of Rs.6,000 p.m. while others are paid Rs.5,000 p.m. The fellowship is initially for one year; on successful completion of PhD Coursework the fellowship is extendable to a further period of two-and-a-half years. In addition, the scholars are eligible for an annual contingency grant of Rs.12,000 during the fellowship period.
13. How to Apply
The prescribed application form can be downloaded (only on A4 size paper) from the ISEC Website: http://www.isec.ac.in/phd.html#Ph.D%20Programme. The duly filled-in application form with all the relevant enclosures should be submitted along with the application fee of Rs.300/- (Rs.60/- in case of SC/STs) in the form of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of the Registrar, ISEC, Bangalore. Candidates who are awaiting their second year PG results may also apply. However, it is mandatory to produce the proof of final PG examination results at the time of the admission test. The Pre-PhD Coursework begins in the first week of August, 2010.
Completed application form should reach the following address on or before May 15, 2010.
Registrar
Institute for Social and Economic Change,
Professor V K R V Rao Road, Nagarabhavi P.O., Bangalore-560 072, (Karnataka)
14. Selection Procedure
For Full Time/Part Time PhD Programme
After preliminary screening of applications, the short listed candidates will be called for a written test to be held on July 15, 2010. The list of candidates called for interview shall be displayed on our website www.isec.ac.in on or before 25th June, 2010. Candidates qualifying in the written test will be required to appear for an interview at Centre level on July 16-17, 2010.
15. FOR MORE INFORMATION
Details of Selection Procedures are available in the website address given below:
Contact: phd@isec.ac.in or Tel: 23215468, 23215519; Ext. 113
Visit the ISEC Website: http//www.isec.ac.in/phd.html#Ph.D%20Programme

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Labour Conference

Invitation to Participate and Contribute Papers
The 52nd Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be organised in Dharwad (Karnataka,
India) during 17-19 December 2010 under the auspices of Karnatak University. Professor Abhijit Sen, Member, Indian Planning
Commission will preside over the Conference. The topics selected for the Conference are: (1) Planning for Full Employment,
(2) Labour Migration: Causes and Consequences, and (3) Emerging Pattern of Employment Relations.
Those who desire to contribute papers may send the same in duplicate along with a soft copy by email (isle.ijle@gmail.com)
to the Hony. Secretary, The Indian Society of Labour Economics, NIDM Building, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, Mahatma Gandhi
Marg, New Delhi-110 002, latest by September 30, 2010. The paper should necessarily contain a detailed summary of about
1000 words. The best paper writer below the age of 40 years will be honoured with the Sanjay Thakur Young Labour
Economist Award. Those contributors who wish to be considered for the award are requested to furnish proof of age along
with their papers. For details please contact the Hony. Secretary of ISLE (Phones: 011-23358166, 23321610; Fax: 23765410;
Prof. L.D. Vaikunthe, Chairperson, Department of Economics, Karnatak University, Dharwad (Karnataka) is the Local Organising
Secretary of the Conference. Participants, who desire to participate in the Conference, are requested to contact on the
following address for registration and reservation of accommodation: Prof. L.D. Vaikunthe, Chairperson, Department of
Economics, Karnatak University, Dharwad-580013, India; Phones: 0836-2215251(O), 0836-2743274 (Res.), 09845705930(Mob).
E.mail: ldvaikunthe@yahoo.com; Fax: 0836-2446601.
The membership fee of the Society (Rs.400 for annual and Rs.4000 for life) should be sent by DD/local cheque in favour of
the Indian Society of Labour Economics, NIDM Building, IIPA Campus, IP Estate, M.G. Marg, New Delhi – 110002.


Fwd: EDULEARN10 International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

EDULEARN10 (International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies)
5th, 6th and 7th of July, 2010
Barcelona (Spain)
Website: www.edulearn10.org
The deadline to submit your abstract is 1st of April.You can do it at:
www.edulearn10.org/submit

We invite you to take part in EDULEARN10.

The International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies will
take place in the beautiful city of Barcelona (SPAIN)

This conference will be held at international level. The attendance of more
than 500 delegates from 65 different countries is expected.

You can present your papers in 3 presentation modalities: ORAL, POSTER OR VIRTUAL

EDULEARN10 will be an excellent opportunity to present your projects and
discuss the latest results in the field of E-learning, Pedagogical and
Didactical innovations and New Technologies applied to Education and Research.
Its main objective is to promote and disseminate the educational experiences
in all fields and disciplines.

Two ISBN publications will be produced with all accepted abstracts and papers:
EDULEARN10 Abstract CD and EDULEARN10 Proceedings CD.

Apart from the professional experience, you will be able to enjoy the
cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, its historical places, its lovely beaches and
unique gastronomy.

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona next July!
Best regards,

EDULEARN10 Technical Secretariat
Email:edulearn10@iated.org

Fwd: 3rd Global Conference - Heavy Fundametalisms: Can I Play with Madness? Metal, Dissonance, Madness and Alienation



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3rd Global Conference
Heavy Fundametalisms:
Can I Play with Madness? Metal, Dissonance,
Madness and Alienation

Monday 8th November – Wednesday 10th November 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
From the outset of the forging Heavy Metal's music
and culture, madness has been an ever present
theme. From Black Sabbath's Paranoid through Iron
Maiden's Can I Play with Madness? to the more
recent Psychosocial chant from Slipknot, madness
and mental illness are just of the few well known
examples has featured in the Metal mainstream. It
is a fascination with madness that further belches
out on to the surface from
the metal underground. Madness is not confined to
the lyrical and musical expressions of the
artists, but can be used to describe features
of the entire metal scene in its exuberant
expression of alienation, by individuals through
to the chaotic theatre of the pit.

This third conference in the series Heavy
Fundametalisms invites submissions on the theme of
heavy Metal, madness, dissonance and
alienation. Under this heading, applicants are
encouraged to consider subjects that spring forth
but are not restricted to:

~ Metal, Madness and the creative mind
~The troubled soul: metal in the poetic tradition
~ Metal and the asylum
~ Metal Monstrosity
~ Mental health, metal as therapy, metal in therapy
~ Gendered conceptions of madness in metal
~ Metal and mental illness
~ Metal and hysteria
~ Chaos vs order
~ Madness and Alienation
~ Metal – alienation vs inclusion/belonging
~ Metal and dissonance-musical and social/cultural
~ Metal and aggression
~ Doom, gloom and misery
~ Metal, sin and redemption
~ Suicide, death
~ Self Harm, pain, body art and madness
~ Robert Walser's critical madness
~ The genealogy of misery in Metal

Papers will be considered on any related theme.
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday
28th May 2010. If your paper is accepted
for presentation at the conference, an 8 page
draft paper should be submitted by Friday 24th
September 2010.

300 word abstracts should be submitted
simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF
formats with the following information and in this
order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain
from using footnotes and any special formatting,
characters or emphasis (such as bold,
italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and
answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do
not receive a reply from us in a week you
should assume we did not receive your proposal; it
might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Niall Scott
The International School for Communities Rights
and Inclusion
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Email: nwrscott@uclan.ac.uk

Rob Fisher
Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Priory House, Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
Email: mmp3@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Ethos Hub series of
ongoing research and publications projects
conferences, run within the Critical Issues domain
which aims to bring together people from different
areas and interests to share ideas and explore
innovative and challenging routes of
intellectual and academic exploration.

All papers accepted for and presented at the
conference will be eligible for publication in an
ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for
publication in a themed hard copy volume, or for
the launch edition of a new interdisciplinary
journal examining intersections of music and
politics and published by the Inter-Disciplinary
Press.

For further details about the project please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/music-metal-politics/

For further details about the conference please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/music-metal-politics/call-for-papers/

Fwd: International College Teaching and Learning Conference


International College Teaching & Learning
Conference
14 to 16 March 2011
New Orleans, United States

The ITLC Conference provides a forum for faculty
and administrators to share proven and
innovative methods in teaching and learning at
the college level. Come to present and/or
attend presentations on teaching issues such as:
curriculum, ethics in higher education,
promotion and tenure, accreditation, teaching
methods and styles, administration, faculty
welfare, technology in the classroom, e-
learning, teacher evaluation, department-
specific issues, and related topics. The
education presentations are of interest to all
college faculty and administrators and
especially to school of education faculty. In
most cases, a Best Paper Award is issued for the
best paper in each session. Papers winning the
Best Paper Award are automatically reviewed for
possible publication in one of our 12 academic
journals. Papers not winning an award and non-
conference related papers may be submitted by
any author for journal review.

The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 1 March
2011.

Enquiries: Staff@CluteInstitute.com
Web address: http://www.CluteInstitute.com
Sponsored by: The Clute Institute

Fwd: International Applied Business Research Conference

International Applied Business Research
Conference
14 to 16 March 2011
New Orleans, United States

The IABR Conference provides a forum for faculty
and administrators to present and/or attend
presentations on any business, economics, or
business-related topic. Many of the business
presentations pertain to education issues in a
school of business and, therefore, are
applicable to other academic areas.  In most
cases, a Best Paper Award is issued for the best
paper in each session. Papers winning the Best
Paper Award will be automatically reviewed for
possible publication in one of our academic
journals.  Papers not winning an award and non-
conference related papers may be submitted by
any author for journal review. The IABR
Conference is held at the same time and place as
the International College Teaching & Learning
Conference.  Registering for one conference
covers admission to both conferences.  Most of
the teaching conference papers are of interest
to business faculty. Please visit our website
for complete details or send an email to
Staff@CluteInstitute.com.

The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 1 March
2011.

Enquiries: Staff@CluteInstitute.com
Web address: http://www.CluteInstitute.com
Sponsored by: The Clute Institute

Fwd: 2nd National Rural Development Summit: Forging Partnerships, Converging Strengths

Economic and social development in India as in most developing nations is often discussed in terms of rural-urban dichotomy. For India, the last two decades have been that of transformation, the challenge still remains to address this divide for ensuring sustainable growth.
The Government has taken several concrete steps towards addressing this divide. However, there is also an increasing realization amongst the decision making circles that this effort cannot be carried out in isolation and for ensuring sustainability Private sector and Civil Society Organisations necessarily have to play a complementary role in partnership with each other.  The growth story of Rural India and the Nation can be sustained only if win-win models are created, which on the one hand, catalyses inclusion through new models of value creation and income distribution and on the other hand establishes sustainable and competitive new businesses.
It is in this context that the Confederation of Indian Industry is organizing the 2nd National Rural Development Summit: Forging Partnerships, Converging Strengths on Monday, 12th & Tuesday, 13th  April 2010, at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The summit will specifically focus on opportunities for participation in deployment of critical developmental priorities for the rural sector such as: livelihood creation, skills, financial inclusion, rural connectivity, holistic village development, other national flagship programs, natural resources, etc.

 The key objectives of the summit will be to:  

·         share experiences of relevant good practices / innovations under each thematic area for mutual learning.

·         discuss various options for convergence to establish competitive business models that would lead to win – win propositions

·         outline specific recommendations for promotion of convergence and partnerships on proposed themes

 The Summit shall attract active participation of all stakeholders, including representatives from Central Ministries, State Governments, Civil Society Organisations, Corporates and Experts from rural sector.   For further information, visit http://cii.in/CII_Events.aspx .

 





Friday, March 26, 2010

PDF in IIM Bangalore

Vacancy Announcements

Post-Doctoral Fellow & Research Associate Positions at IIM Bangalore, INDIA for EADS  SMI Endowed Chair for Sourcing & Supply Management

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), a premier business school in the Asia Pacific region has established the EADS - SMI Endowed Chair for Sourcing & Supply Management to pursue focussed research & development in these areas . In addition to applied research,the activities of the chair include Case writing,development of educational material and dissemination through workshops,conferences involving practitioners and Researchers

The EADS -SMI Endowed Chair is seeking applicants for the positions of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate. The chair provides exciting opportunities for research scholars to engage in applied research in the area of sourcing,procurement and supply chain management.

The candidates for Post-Doctoral Research Fellow positions must have completed Ph.D. degree or expect its completion within six months of starting the appointment. Those who have completed post-graduate degree in related disciplines and MBAs are also eligible to apply for Research Associate positions. Candidates who have strong Operations/ Supply Chain Management/ Operations Research background and are working in the above areas are preferred.

Applications should include a letter of intent; a detailed bio-data. All Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. Applications should be emailed to raju.subbarao@iimb.ernet.in with email title "Re: Post-doctoral Fellow and Research Associate positions at EADS - SMI Endowed Chair for Sourcing & Supply Management, IIMB, Bangalore, India". For additional information, please contact Mr. H S Raju by E-mail: raju.subbarao@iimb.ernet.in or by Phone: 080-26993557 (O); 9845051817 (M)

1st Global Conference: The Value of Work

1st Global Conference
The Value of Work

Friday 5th November – Sunday 7th November 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
This conference aims to bring together people from
a wide range of disciplines, professions and
vocations to focus on a fundamental aspect of
human life: work.

Work has pervasive influence on human life. Where
we live, how we live, how we learn and see the
world is strongly shaped by the work we do.
Since the industrial revolution some of the
expected benefits of the implementation of
technology, and contemporary management have not been
realised.

While working hours are generally not what they
were in the Industrial revolution, actual working
hours for many people have not decreased in
the last 10-15 years. This is because many people
work more than their formally specified hours in
order to meet their job requirements. A
common feature of contemporary management is an
ongoing expectation of 'doing more with less'.
This means many people are working at an
increased pace of work, and or are working longer.

The shift from more coercive and authoritarian to
management to 'self policing' where workers
individually and collectively internalise
responsibility for their work can lead workers to
be overly preoccupied with work. Work concerns may
play on peoples minds 24/7. Work may also
have detrimental effects on family, our social and
national culture, and global cultures.

This conference seeks to gain understanding of the
nature work and the specific nature of its
impacts. It is also seeks perspectives and
understanding that break from the logic of how
work is often done. In particular what are the
possibilities of work that contributes to human
flourishing?

Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on
any of the following themes:

1. Understanding Work
~ defining 'work'
~ understanding work;
~ the historical development of 'work'; its social
and cultural integration
~ new definitions of 'work'

2. The Evolution of Work
~ the incessant rise of work
~ work and the workplace: shifting contexts and
the spread of work
~ home working
~ over valuing work

3. Harmful Work
~ work and life: blurring the boundaries; where
does work begin and end?
~ the impact on home life, personal life, social
life; the impact on relationships
~ work and the quality of life; the impact on health
~ the rise and impact of work associated
technologies: mobile phones, computing, wireless
networks

4. Flourishing Work
~ What is the nature of work that people look
forward to, rather than dread? Is such work merely
an ideal or can it play a greater role in
contemporary life?
~ What can be said about work which is life
affirming, enriching, and enhancing? How can we
understand work which is full of passion, joy, and
spirit, and how might it be encouraged?
~ Can there be greater opportunities for personal
mastery through work?
If so what examples can be given?
~ How can we understand work which encourages
friendships, collaboration, and fosters social
capital, and personal recognition?

5. Regaining Fair and Valuable Work
~ Can we learn from work that done in the past,
even the distant past?
~ Can we identify and understand historical forms
of work that may still be valuable to us? Can any
of these be translated and applied to the
contemporary world?
~ How can an understanding the concept of fairness
help encourage fair employment, working conditions
and workplaces.
~ exemplary work practice

6. Portrayals of Work
~ representations of work in tv, film, theatre and
literature
~ media and work
~ work, art and music
~ how may any or all forms of representation help
to emancipate work?

7. Exemplary Workers
~ With a lot of contemporary work being highly
standardised, regulated and controlled, what
wisdoms can exemplary workers provide? What do
exemplary persons reveal about what work can be.

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the
submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers
will also be considered on any related theme.
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday
28th May 2010. If an abstract is accepted for the
conference, a full draft paper should be
submitted by Friday 24th September 2010.

300 word abstracts should be submitted
simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF
formats with the following information and in this
order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain
from using footnotes and any special formatting,
characters or emphasis (such as bold,
italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and
answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do
not receive a reply from us in a week you
should assume we did not receive your proposal; it
might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:

Paul James
Project Leader, IP Australia
Australia
E-mail: pjames@pcug.org.au

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader,Inter-Disciplinary.Net,
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
E-mail: vow@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Critical Issues
programme of research projects. It aims to bring
together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and exciting. All
papers accepted for and presented at the
conference will be eligible for publication in an
ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for
publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).

For further details about the project please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/the-value-of-work/

For further details about the conference please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/the-value-of-work/call-for-papers/
Sponsored by: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Fwd: 1st Global Conference - Making Sense Of: Suicide

1st Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Suicide

Friday 5th November – Sunday 7th November 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
The conference seeks to examine and explore why it
is people choose, quite deliberately, to end their
own lives – or why it is that people
value death more than they value life. Biological,
mental, medical, social, economic, religious and
other factors will be considered along with an
assessment of the contexts within which acts of
suicide take place. The 'meaning' of suicide will
assessed, particularly in relation to narrative,
cultural, and existential influences.

Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on
any of the following themes:

1. What is Suicide?
~ Naming, defining, and understanding the nature
of suicide
~ Is any act of self-destruction suicidal?
~ Assisted suicide and euthanasia
~ suicide as murder; as act of aggression; as
political attack
~ suicide as despair; suicide and self-harm
~ Is suicide ever a rational choice?
~ Whose death is it, anyway? Legal and judicial
concerns

2. Why? The Value(s) of Suicide or What is it Good
For?
~ Critical explorations: what positive value may
the concept and act of suicide hold?
~ When suicide becomes a lifestyle choice:
justification and rationalisation
~ Profound attraction and desire; the lure of the
abyss
~ The romantic fantasy of control; suicide pacts ~
The suicide bomber: going beyond the headlines
~ suicide and honour
~ suicide and protest

3. Resistance and Rehabilitation
~ Prevention and cure: treating the suicidal patient
~ Best practices; non-traditional treatment modalities
~ Cultural competence in understanding suicidal
ideation
~ Gender and suicide: commonalities and
differences in etiology, frequency, and treatment
~ Religion, religious practices and suicide

4. Suicide and Meaning
~ Representations, explanations and the critique
of suicide from the humanities and the arts
~ Suicide in popular media (music, film,
literature); the treatment of the subject;
judgement and stereotype
~ Cry for help or last word: exploring the
suicide note in fact and fiction
~ Suicide as an act of love

The Steering Group also welcomes the submission of
pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be
considered on any related theme. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted by Friday 28th May
2010. If an abstract is accepted for the
conference, a full draft paper should be submitted
by Friday 24th September 2010.

300 word abstracts should be submitted
simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF
formats with the following information and in this
order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain
from using footnotes and any special formatting,
characters or emphasis (such as bold,
italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and
answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do
not receive a reply from us in a week you
should assume we did not receive your proposal; it
might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:

Nancy Billias
Project Leader, Director of Publications
Inter-Disciplinary.Net
USA
E-mail: nb@inter-disciplinary.net

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net,
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
E-mail: sui@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Making Sense Of:
programme of research projects. It aims to bring
together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and exciting. All
papers accepted for and presented at the
conference will be eligible for publication in an
ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for
publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).

For further details about the project please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/making-sense-of/suicide/

For further details about the conference please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/making-sense-of/suicide/call-for-papers/
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ISiM Workshop on Social Network Analysis, April 7-9, 2010- Early Bird Registration Offer-Just One Day To Go !]

 
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International School of Information Management

University of Mysore

 

Workshop on Social Network Analysis

April 7-9, 2010, Mysore

 

Faculty: 

Prof. Kevin Crowston, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

 

********

 

The Three days workshop on 'Social Network Analysis (SNA)' is organized by International School of Information Management (ISiM), University of Mysore during April 7-9, 2010.

 

Context and relevance

 

Social network analysis as a field of study is growing rapidly and in popularity. It is now evolving into a new paradigm across academia, business, industry, popular culture and folklore. It is both an approach and a tool to uncover and understand the hidden side of connections that drive certain phenomenon involving a network of human players. SNA is the technique of mapping and monitoring the relationships and flow of information/knowledge between individuals, teams, organizations, electronic devices, URLs and other interconnected entities. With the success of social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Orkut with the masses, their influence on the group behavior and opinions are being increasingly felt every day. SNA has gained currency as an effective tool to study those invisible paths or lines that show the ties or links between people, organizations and phenomena themselves. It has been deployed to uncover and visualize hidden patterns in as diverse groups as academic communities to terrorists communities; as diverse phenomenon as correlating performance and creativity to who will be the next US president. SNA is since being perceived from being a suggestive metaphor to an analytic approach to a paradigm, with its own theoretical statements, methods, social network analysis software, and researchers.

Workshop Objective

 

·         Introduce the audience to the goals and perspectives of network analysis.

o   Understanding of network data and issues related to collection, validity, visualization and mathematical/computer representation.

o   Methods of detection and description of structural properties such as centrality, cohesion, subgroups, cores, roles etc.

·         At the end of the course, the participants will be,

o   Able to examine data in 'social networks way'

o   Identify and formulate network analysis problems

o   Solve them using network analysis software and

o   Interpret the obtained results.

 

Software tool used for analysis:

 

Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis

 

Who should attend?

Healthcare Professionals

Social network analysis has been used in epidemiology to help understand how patterns of human contact aid or inhibit the spread of diseases such as HIV in a population.

 

Information Managers

The evolution of social networks can sometimes be modeled by the use of agent based models, providing insight into the interplay between communication rules,

rumor spreading and social structure.

 

Administrative Agencies

SNA can also be an effective tool for mass surveillance - for example the analysis of social networks to determine whether or not a particular individual has criminal tendencies.

 

Innovators/Change Managers

Diffusion of innovations theory explores social networks and their role in influencing the spread of new ideas and practices. Change agents and opinion leaders often play major roles ispurring

the adoption of innovations, although factors inherent to the innovations also play a role.

 

Brand Managers

It has been widely accepted that the social networking sites have tremendous influence on forming opinions about products/brand. An understanding of the nature and dynamics of social networking can be invaluable.

 

Marketing Executives

The digital marketing age has brought with it a plethora of options to market once products and services. Also, public opinion and reviews have never been taken more seriously than after the advent of social networking sites. An understanding of the network analysis and tools to simulate them can be precious. 

  

Academic Researchers

Since every discipline in this world—  social sciences, humanities, science and technology—involve human actors, SNA has gained currency as an effective research  tool .The SNA paradigm offers a new and different set of concepts and analytic tools, beyond those provided by standard quantitative (particularly, statistical) methods

 

About the Speaker:

 

Kevin Crowston is a Professor of Information Studies at the Syracuse University since 1996. Prior moving to Syracuse, he taught for five years at the University of Michigan Business School. He received his A.B. (1984) in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1991) in Information Technologies from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has articles and book chapters on IT and new organizational forms. His current research projects include the NSF sponsored "VOSS: Theory and design of virtual organizations for citizen science" and "Collaborative Research: CRI: CRD: Data and analysis archive for research on Free and Open Source Software and its development." He is visiting faculty @ ISiM.  

 

 Registration Fee (Regular)      : INR. 8000

 Registration Fee (Academics)  : INR. 6000

 Registration Fee ( Students )  : INR. 2000

 

Early bird incentive:  Discount of INR. 1000*

* (if registered on or before March 25, 2010)

 

Group Registration:  10% discount if 3 or more registrants from the same organization. (Not applicable for students )

 

Organized by

International School of Information Management (ISiM) , University of Mysore, Mysore.

 

Workshop Venue:

International School of Information Management (ISiM)

University of Mysore,

Manasagangotri,

Mysore 570006

 

For more details, please Contact:

Mr. Jayanth Jagadeesh - 91 9663376680

Ms. Shweta - 91 9663317770

 

http://www.isim.ac.in/snaworkshop/index.htm

 

*********************************************

Thanks and regards,

Roopa

Project Assistant

International School of Information Management

University of Mysore, Manasagangotri

Mysore - 570 006

Tel: +91-821-2514699; +91-821-2411417

Fax: +91-821-2519209

Email: office@isim.ac.in

 


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International School of Information Management
University of Mysore
Workshop on Social Network Analysis
 April 7-9, 2010, Mysore



Faculty:

Prof. Kevin Crowston, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

 ********



The Three days workshop on 'Social Network Analysis (SNA)' is organized by
International School of Information Management (ISiM), University of
Mysore during April 7-9, 2010.



Context and relevance



Social network analysis as a field of study is growing rapidly and in
popularity. It is now evolving into a new paradigm across academia,
business, industry, popular culture and folklore. It is both an approach
and a tool to uncover and understand the hidden side of connections that
drive certain phenomenon involving a network of human players. SNA is the
technique of mapping and monitoring the relationships and flow of
information/knowledge between individuals, teams, organizations,
electronic devices, URLs and other interconnected entities. With the
success of social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and
Orkut with the masses, their influence on the group behavior and opinions
are being increasingly felt every day. SNA has gained currency as an
effective tool to study those invisible paths or lines that show the ties
or links between people, organizations and phenomena themselves. It has
been deployed to uncover and visualize hidden patterns in as diverse
groups as academic communities to terrorists communities; as diverse
phenomenon as correlating performance and creativity to who will be the
next US president. SNA is since being perceived from being a suggestive
metaphor to an analytic approach to a paradigm, with its own theoretical
statements, methods, social network analysis software, and researchers.

Workshop Objective



·         Introduce the audience to the goals and perspectives of network
analysis.

o   Understanding of network data and issues related to collection,
validity, visualization and mathematical/computer representation.

o   Methods of detection and description of structural properties such as
centrality, cohesion, subgroups, cores, roles etc.

·         At the end of the course, the participants will be,

o   Able to examine data in 'social networks way'

o   Identify and formulate network analysis problems

o   Solve them using network analysis software and

o   Interpret the obtained results.



Software tool used for analysis:



Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis



Who should attend?

Healthcare Professionals

Social network analysis has been used in epidemiology to help understand
how patterns of human contact aid or inhibit the spread of diseases such
as HIV in a population.



Information Managers

The evolution of social networks can sometimes be modeled by the use of
agent based models, providing insight into the interplay between
communication rules,

rumor spreading and social structure.



Administrative Agencies

SNA can also be an effective tool for mass surveillance - for example the
analysis of social networks to determine whether or not a particular
individual has criminal tendencies.



Innovators/Change Managers

Diffusion of innovations theory explores social networks and their role in
influencing the spread of new ideas and practices. Change agents and
opinion leaders often play major roles ispurring

the adoption of innovations, although factors inherent to the innovations
also play a role.



Brand Managers

It has been widely accepted that the social networking sites have
tremendous influence on forming opinions about products/brand. An
understanding of the nature and dynamics of social networking can be
invaluable.



Marketing Executives

The digital marketing age has brought with it a plethora of options to
market once products and services. Also, public opinion and reviews have
never been taken more seriously than after the advent of social networking
sites. An understanding of the network analysis and tools to simulate them
can be precious.



Academic Researchers

Since every discipline in this world-  social sciences, humanities,
science and technology-involve human actors, SNA has gained currency as an
effective research  tool .The SNA paradigm offers a new and different set
of concepts and analytic tools, beyond those provided by standard
quantitative (particularly, statistical) methods



About the Speaker:



Kevin Crowston is a Professor of Information Studies at the Syracuse
University since 1996. Prior moving to Syracuse, he taught for five years
at the University of Michigan Business School. He received his A.B. (1984)
in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a
Ph.D. (1991) in Information Technologies from the Sloan School of
Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has articles and
book chapters on IT and new organizational forms. His current research
projects include the NSF sponsored "VOSS: Theory and design of virtual
organizations for citizen science" and "Collaborative Research: CRI: CRD:
Data and analysis archive for research on Free and Open Source Software
and its development." He is visiting faculty @ ISiM.



 Registration Fee (Regular)      : INR. 8000

 Registration Fee (Academics)  : INR. 6000

 Registration Fee ( Students )  : INR. 2000



Early bird incentive:  Discount of INR. 1000*

* (if registered on or before March 25, 2010)



Group Registration:  10% discount if 3 or more registrants from the same
organization. (Not applicable for students )



Organized by

International School of Information Management (ISiM) , University of
Mysore, Mysore.



Workshop Venue:

International School of Information Management (ISiM)

University of Mysore,

Manasagangotri,

Mysore 570006



For more details, please Contact:

Mr. Jayanth Jagadeesh - 91 9663376680

Ms. Shweta - 91 9663317770



http://www.isim.ac.in/snaworkshop/index.htm




International School of Information Management

University of Mysore, Manasagangotri

Mysore - 570 006

Tel: +91-821-2514699; +91-821-2411417

Fax: +91-821-2519209

Email: office@isim.ac.in




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