Call For Papers: Paper Development Workshop On Bridging Social Divides In India & Beyond At IIT Hyderabad

Manav Malhotra

20 Nov 2019 10:56 AM GMT

  • Call For Papers: Paper Development Workshop On Bridging Social Divides In India & Beyond At IIT Hyderabad

    IIT Hyderabad invites papers from candidates for publication in a scholarly book and presentation in associated paper development workshop. This workshop is related to a project supported by the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The editors will organize a workshop on July 11-12, 2020 at Hyderabad, India.


    • What are the specific challenges of bridging different types of social divides and polarizations, such as those around class, religion, region, caste, gender, race, ethnicity, indigenous communities, tribal communities, socioeconomic status, and economic inequality?
    • What can we learn about the similarities or differences in social bridging activities across regions/countries, particularly among countries in South Asia and what implications could that have for social bridging in India? What can we learn from the Indian diaspora context in this regard?
    • What are the different contexts in which bridging activities take place and how, such as around communities, workplaces, organizations, online, etc.?
    • Who are the actors – individuals, organizations, communities, or any others – involved in social bridging? What do we know about their approaches to the social bridging?
    • What are the dynamics of social divides and polarization i.e. how have these changed over time and what are the specific challenges and initiatives involved in dealing with these dynamics?
    • What are the challenges and initiatives involved in social divides and polarization in the connected world engendered by the digital age, such as cyber balkanization, ghettoization, echo chambers, fake news and its rapid dissemination, anonymity-based incivility/bullying/threats, etc.?
    • What theoretically innovative approaches can we leverage from across disciplines to understand social bridging?
    • What methodologically innovative approaches can we use in investigating social bridging?
    Submission Guidelines

    • To be considered for the workshop, please submit an extended abstract (maximum 2000 words excluding references, figures, and tables) by the deadline January 15, 2020.
    • Upon receiving an accept decision in February 2020, full papers (maximum 10000 words excluding references, figures, and tables) for the workshop will be due by June 15, 2020.
    • Participation in the workshop is highly encouraged to develop the papers but is neither necessary nor a guarantee of acceptance for the book.
    • All submissions must be made to

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