A schedule of talks by Professor Peter Fitzpatrick in Bangalore (1.1.2009)

Professor Peter Fitzpatrick will deliver a series of lectures in Bangalore on January 6 and 7, 2009. The schedule is as follows:

6 Jan (10 am-1 pm)

Symposium on Foucault's Law, forthcoming (co-authored with Ben Golder) Centre for the Study of Culture and Society

6 Jan (6 pm)

And are we still not modern? Politico-legal formation and the future of the Humanities Alternative Law Forum

7 Jan

TBA National Law School of India University

The events of 6 January are part of the CSCS Tenth Anniversary celebrations. Please contact Siddharth Narrain, ALF (09845001168; or Sruti Chaganti, CSCS (09740365660; for more information.


Paper presentation time limits (20.12.2008)

Please note that each panel has a total of 105 minutes.

  • 3 Papers Panels = 20 minutes presentation + 30-45 minutes for discussion
  • 4 to 5 Papers Panel = No more than15 minutes per paper + 30 minutes for discussion

All Chairs and panelists are requested to see to it that these time limits are respected.


Airport pickup service (20.12.2008)

CSLG has arranged an airport pickup service through Kamakshi Events and Conferences. They will also provide other services at the conference venue, such as foreign exchange conversion, and local SIM cards for cell phones. More details may be found on the logistics page.


Democratising Knowledge Futures (20.12.2008)

A Public Discussion, 13th Jan, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, British Council Auditorium New Delhi

Key speakers: Upendra Baxi (chair), Sheila Jasanoff, Shiv Vishvanathan, Suman Sahai, Santosh Desai, Pratap Bhanu Mehta

'Knowledge society' and 'knowledge economy' have now become buzzwords in public policy. They are invoked in Delhi and Brussels alike, as India positions itself in global high technology markets; and as European governments attempt to tame sceptical public. But… What is a 'knowledge society'? Whose knowledge counts? What are the drivers of change? What are the contending perspectives?

The STEPS centre at the Institute of Development Studies, UK is organising a series of Knowledge Society Debates in India. These series of dialogues are being organised in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore to debate what we mean by the 'knowledge society', and its implications. For more information please email or visit


A schedule of talks by Professor Peter Fitzpatrick (22.11.2008)

Professor Peter Fitzpatrick will deliver a series of lectures in Delhi on the 12th and 13th of January. The schedule is as follows:

12 Jan (1-3 pm)

Not even in ‘the rarest of rare cases’: Modernity and the Political Formations of Death Law Faculty, Delhi University

12 Jan (6.30 pm)

Righteous Empire India International Centre

13 Jan (11 am)

Secular Theology and Occidental Imperial Formation: The Latin Roots Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

13 Jan (5 pm)

Law as Resistance: Modernism, Imperialism, Legalism Centre for Policy Research


Feedback on LASS and its future (12.11.2008)

We would like to collate your feedback on LASSnet through posts and comments on the LASSnet blog. We would really appreciate it if you could please send us your comments, ideas and expectations about the LASS network - its organizational structure, its future activities and the nature of commitment you could bring to the network. This would help us plan the closing session of the LASS Inaugural and include all those friends who are unable to attend the conference in January. Please do post your comments on the blog, or email us at lassnet (at) gmail (dot) com.


Stipends for travel and accommodation (12.11.2008)

The Max Planck Society is supporting the inaugural conference of LASS and can offer 12 stipends of 25,000 Rupees (each) to Indian participants for travel within India to Delhi and accommodation in Delhi. Unfortunately, we cannot advance the money; it will be reimbursed after the completion of your journey and after you sending original tickets and bills to the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. The transfer of the funds will be arranged as quickly as possible.

Please write to Pratiksha Baxi at lassnet (at) gmail (dot) com by 20th November 2008, on a first come first serve basis.


Instructions for submission (26.9.2008)

Presenters: The written version of these papers can be 8,000 words maximum. Written papers should be sent to Pratiksha Baxi at lassnet (at) gmail (dot) com and Panel Coordinators by 1st December 2008 before the conference for pre-circulation. The spoken version of papers, i.e. the version to be 'read' at the workshop, must be 20 minutes long (~ 3,000 words). Please note that we must give the discussants at least one month to read the papers in each panel. We are relying on your cooperation to make this conference a meaningful and serious engagement.

Formatting: Times New Roman, 12 Font, 1.5 Font, Word Document, Subtitles (Font 12, bold). Please do not forget to write the title of your paper; and your name, affiliation and email.

Panel Coordinators: Please ensure that the papers are submitted in time. Each panel coordinator is responsible for reaching the papers in their panel to Pratiksha Baxi at lassnet (at) gmail (dot) com.

Panel Coordinators may also wish to discuss any publication plans with the panelists. We will put out information about those publishers, who have been in touch with you, were you interested in pursuing a publication plan.

Chairs and Discussants: The panel coordinators must in touch with you by 1st December 2008. In case you do not hear from them, please write in to register their silence at lassnet (at) gmail (dot) com.

Uploading Papers: Those panelists who wish to upload their papers should get in touch with Arudra Burra at webmaster (at) lassnet (dot) org.

Uploading Papers: All papers will be copied on to CDs for circulation. You are requested to print out your papers and bring a copy to us during registration. We wish to save paper; hence we are *not* going to circulate papers in printed form.