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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Call for Paper:Two Day National Seminar ,Government College Madappally,Vadakara,Kerala,India.

With Greetings from Madappally .

National Seminar on “Social Movements and Protest Politics inIndia”.
Sponsoredby Government of kerala.

Protestreflects the key aspect of the relationship between the state and society. Stateis responsible for formulating and carrying out policies for society. State may lack the resources to meetthe demands and expectations of various competing social groups. That may leadto anger among some groups in the society, which can take the shape of protestmovement. Protest arises from disagreement over limited issues, such asopposition to particular policies of a government, or antagonisms betweengroups competing for political influence.So how movement arises and how variousgroups participate in it is an important area of intellectual pursuit.Studentsof political science and teachers should have great mastery over the area so asto get a clear understanding of the society.It is so important to understandhow to approach a social movement and what are basic theoretical approach tosocial movements.


Indemocracies, we do not see a uniform pattern of popular protest movements.Somedemocracies experience more protest than other democracies. France hosts moreprotest annually than Germany does. Bangladeshis invade the streets much morethan the people in Sri Lanka do. Answers to this difference may be found intheir political cultures or by carefully auditing the performance of theirdemocratic institutions. However, it is more puzzling when within the samedemocracy, people in some areas protest more successfully than other areas. Itseems that some ordinary people, who are busy in their struggle for day-to-daysurvival, attain the degree of coordination and mutual awareness that they needto wage strategically effective protests, while some others fail. Some need toask, why some groups sharing a grievance mobilize successfully while others donot in democracies? In recent years, democratisation has spread to the Southand with it increasing number of social movements. The origin and outcome ofthese movements are being explained with the help of theoretical frameworksdeveloped to study social actions in the North. Here, the aim is to examine therelevance of these theories to evaluate the success and failure of socialmovements in the developing countries.

InIndia at the outset, we must note that the term “non-party domain” or the“non-party political domain” is not a conceptual category that refers to anyspecific set of processes, movements, institutions or practices.But it is sovibrant and proliferating day by day. It is a category that has beendescriptively deployed in the Indian context by a group of scholars, to referto a series of movements and social struggles that burst forth on the scene inthe 1980s, broadly speaking. In the specific sense in which this category wasused by these scholars, it was meant to refer to a series of responses toproblems in the formal political process that prevented the interests of awhole range of social groups and many significant issues from gettingtranslated into the electoral calculus of party politics. Of late, the termthat has gained some currency in political discourse and is being used widelyto refer to a range of movement-type as well as institutional initiatives, isthe notion of “civil society”. This category is increasingly used as a selfdescription even by those groups who would have in an earlier period used thecategory of “non party political domain”. Even though the current use of thisconcept of “civil society” too is quite vague, it has at least the advantage ofbeing used as a normative category to demarcate a sphere of non-stateactivities that keeps the state’s excesses in check and attempts to influencepolicy in the direction of greater transparency and accountability.


New Social Movements
Civil Society in India
Protest Politics and Non-party Political Domain
Social Movements and State.
Civil Society Movements in Kerala

Durationof Seminar

Two Days.

Resource Pearson

Resource person will be provided T A at the rate applicable to class I officers as per State Government norms.Resource person will be provided remuneration @500/- per person per session of not less than 2 hours duration.


Teachers from Government and Private Aided Colleges in Kerala are eligible to participate in the seminar.Teachers selected for the programme are considered ‘on other duty’.Number of participants for the seminar is limited between 20-40.

T A and D A to Participants.

Outstation participants are eligible for TA and DA at the Government specified rate.

How to Reach the College

The college is situated on the NH 17 which is 5 KM away from Vadakara Railway Station, approximately 60 KM away from Calicut Airport,180 KM away from Mangalore Airport.

Gayathri O
Assistant Professor,
Department of Political Science,
Government College Madappally.

Monday, October 3, 2011


With greetings
Politics and Social Media: Commons in the Space Online.
UGC sponsored Three Day National Seminar on 12, 13 and 14 October, 2011.
Department of Political Science
Government Brennen College

Style Sheet
The papers presented  in the UGC sponsored National  Seminar on:" Politics and Social Media :Commons in the Space Online" organised by Dept.of Political Science ,Govt Brennen College,October 12-14 will be published,preferably with ISBN number.
We are not able to publish all papers.We will screen the papers submitted.
We hereby request the ,resource persons ,delegates and paper presenters to submit the papers to the organizing committee on or before October 14,2011.It is convenient for us if you prepare the paper in the following style sheet of our publication.
A brief biodata should be attached which contains designation, area of specialization etc.
The paper should be submitted only in M S Office.

Article                         -10 pages,including  notes,abstract and reference.
Abstract                      -150 words abstract
Font                             -Times New Roman
Font Size                     -12 font size
Line Space                  -1.5 line space
Alignment                   -“Justify” for paper content
For notes                     -set the alignment as "left".
For Reference             - set the alignment as "left".
For Reference             -Set reference in 11 font size,
Use endnotes rather than footnotes
How to put reference  - All works cited in the text (including sources for tables and figures-we recommend preferably avoid tables and figure as far as possible) should be listed alphabetically under References, on a separate sheet of paper.
                                    Author can cite reference either in (Number) or as (Author-Last Name Comes First,Year,P.No)
1.      Books        -Author-Last Name First,Year,Title,Place of Publication,Publisher,Page  Number if required.
2.      For article -Author,Title in italics,Journal or Magazine in Bold text,
3.      For             -Internet resources      always indicate the date that the source was accessed, as online resources are frequently updated or removed.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Three-Day national Seminar on Politics and Social Media: Commons in the Space Online. 12-14 October 2011 (UGC)

 Politics and Social Media: Commons in the Space Online.

UGC sponsored Three Day National Seminar on 12, 13 and 14 October, 2011.

Department of Political Science

Government Brennen College
Accredited by NAAC with “A” Grade
Affiliated to Kannur Univesity,Kerala,India.

Hindi seminar Hall

Department of Political Science, Government Brennen College ,organizes UGC sponsored   Three Day National Seminar programme on “Politics and Social Media : Commons in the Space Online”. We invites scholars from Central Universties, Professional Institutions, Government representatives, bureaucrats, media professionals ,social activist groups , scholars and teachers.

Social media has become an important tool for social communication especially for movements for social change in recent days.The use and reach of social media has become wide spread all over the world.It has developed to the phase  of changing even political regimes in Middle East and Africa.India has too been affected by this trend .In India practices based on social media for social change are flourishing in an unprecedental pace.The connection between internet and collective action constituted very serious academic pursuit in recent times. The attention-grabbing question is whether internet facilitates public action online. The pro-democracy movement in Middle East and in Egypt, social media experiments in the U S elections, the diplomatic tussle created by Wikileaks cables, the use of internet platforms in general elections recently in India and the discussion which Nira Radia tapes created in internet platforms has made very serious scholastic enthusiasm. Anna Hazare led anti-graft movement has recently created a renewed interest in the power of internet and social media to influence public action in India.

Political communication , therefore,needs to be redefined in an unprecedented manner in India with the rise of social media platforms such as discussion and chats among citizens through blogs, chatrooms, e-mails, citizen access to MPs and public authorities through web, e-mail, blogs. Online ‘participatory’ journalism through web, email, sms, mms, blogs, connections and weak tie networks through network sites like Facebook, Orkut Myspace etc, user-generated content in broadcasting through TV, Radio, web, sms, blogs , and  social movement activity through web,blogs,email,wikis, all of these produced a wider non-party political domain in internet and also a field of protest. With Facebook , Twitter ,blogs and other platforms , the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been transformed.

It has become easier for the people of poles apart to collaborate, coordinate, and give voice to their concerns. For a democratic country like India, virtual vigilantism offers new mechanisms of expression, representation and mobilisation of interest and political opinion. The upshot of this novel form of vigilantism is that diverse social and political groups are finding their voices outside the realm of conventional politics. In other words, Political Parties are no longer monopolizing the public opinion domain. Civil society and voluntary groups are injecting fresh ideas into politics and mobilizing social interests and changing public perceptions. Having bypassed conventional politics, these groups are engaging directly with the public. Infact internet generates a non-party political domain in India through social media which is dominant enough to influence even  the political domain. It needs to be studied and addressed theoretically.

The seminar is scheduled under the broad platform of connection between internet and social movement campaigns by social media platforms. The broad themes of the seminar includes-
1. Internet and democracy.,
2. Public sphere online.,
3. Online social movements.,
4. Protest politics online.,
5. Civil society online.,
6. Social capital online.,
7. Digital divide.,
8. Social media.

12/10//2011-9 a.m,Registration

Politics and Social Media:Commons in the Space Online

Session I

Time.10.30 a.m,Inaugural Session

Welcome:Biju P R,Assistant Professor in Political Science.(Convener)

Presidential Address:Dr.K P Satheesh,Principal,Government Brennen College.     

Inaugural Address :Dr.J Prabhash,Pro-Vice Chancellor,University of Kerala.

Keynote Speech:Dr.Achuthsankar S.Nair,Hon.Director,Centre for Bioinformatics, University of Kerala


:Dr.Venugopalan M,Secretarty,PT A
:Dr.M Ramakrishnan,Associate Professor,Dept.of  Philiosophy
: P R Shaju,Course Director,Dept.of  Mass Communication and Journalism,Kannur University.
:Union Representative.

Vote of Thanks:Pramesh A, Assistant Professor in Political Science.

Afternoon  :Session II


Theme:Protest Politics Online

1. Activism tweeted; rise of “mouse click” politics in India?
Gayathri O,Assistant Professor,HoD,Department of Political Science,Government College Madappally,Vadakara.
2. Muted Minority Vs Mass Movements:The silencing role of social media in Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption movement.
Titto Varghese & Juby John Eipe, Ph D Research Scholars,Department of Mass Communication,Pondicherry University
3. Online Educational Partnerships through Social media: Prof. V's Teaching Cafe-Case study.
K.P. Jaikiran, Assistant Professor in Geology, University College, Trivandrum and Anna Vigliotti, Professor, State College Florida, Florida, US
4. Social Media as a tool of Political Communication.
K. K. Balaraman,Assistant Editor,Online Desk,Mathrubhumi
5. Dr.Raju Narayana Swamy I A S, Secretary to Government of Kerala,Youth Affairs.

13-10-2011, Morning Session. Session III

Theme Paper: Internet and Democracy

T.P.Sreenivasan I F S,Former Ambassador of India to the United Nations, Vienna Former Governor for India, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna Managing Trustee and Director General, Kerala International Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Presentation Session V

Theme :Online Social Movements

1.Paper awaited.
Dr.Rajaram Tolpadi,Associate Professor,Department of Political Science,Mangalore University.
2. Community identity in cyberspace: An example of  Namboodiris of Malabar
Girishvishnu O K, Assistant Professor,Department of History,Government Brennen College.

13-10-2011, Afternoon Session V

Theme: Public Sphere Online

1. How ICT and Internet resources strengthening the democracy: A study of  process of participation in the development of e- governance
Dr.Suresh Kumar.T.V,UGC- Post-Doctoral Fellow ,School of International Relations & Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
2. Emergence of Electronic-Governance in Rural India
Avneet Kaur,Research Scholar,Department of Political Science,Delhi University,New Delhi.
3. Digital Gender Divide
Chetan Tokas,Research Scholar, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
4.‘Fishes on Bicycle’: Advancing a ‘Billet doux’ to social media 2.0
Sabu Thomas, Assitprofessor in Politics, Teacher Fellow, SGTDS, MG University, Kottayam.
5.Paper Awaited.
Anil Varma,Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

14-10-2011, Fore Noon Session V

Theme:Civil Society Online

1. Orthographic Dimensions of Hindi language Online.
Dr.Sumith P V, P D F Fellow,CIIL Mysore,Mysore.
2. Linguistic Distribution of Hindi language Online.
Dr.Prabhakaran Hebbar Illath,Assistant Professor ,Department of  Hindi,Government Brennen College,Thalssery.

Session VI Social media

3.Social Media Analytics.
Jaganadh G,Project Lead N L P,365 Media Private Limited ,Coimbatore
4. Social Media and Democracy.
Santhosh Mathew Veranani, Assistant Professor,Centre for South Asian Studies,Pondicherry Central University .
5. Social Media and Security Risk.
Benild Joseph, Digital Security Consultant, Sub Editor;Hacker 5Magazine,Core Member,Indian Cyber Army,United Indian Cyber Force.

Biju P R
Assistant Professor
Deptt of Political Science
Govt Brennen College