Indo-Canadian Centre:: national conference entitled Engaging India: Human and social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Indo-Canadian Centre:: national conference entitled Engaging India: Human and social Dimensions of Science and Technology
06-03-2012
Indo-Canadian Centre, Dr. H .S. Gour Vishwavidyalaya Sagar MP.
Engaging India:  Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology: June 3 & 4, 2012 ; University of Calgary, Calgary, AlbertA
 
It is our pleasure to announce that the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute will be organizing a national conference entitled Engaging India: Human and social Dimensions of Science and Technology to take place on Sunday and Monday June 3 and 4, 2012 at the University of Calgary.
 
CALL FOR PROPOSALS :
Individuals interested in submitting a panel or paper proposal for presentation during the conference are requested to complete the attached form. Proposals are to be submitted by April 15, 2012. Panel and paper proposals are invited in the following areas:
 
Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Science and Technology
Humanities and Digital Media 
Art , Architecture and Environment 
Energy, Environment, and Sustainability 
Food Sustainability: Agricultural production, Food distribution, and Accessibility 
Water: Resource management for life sustainability 
Nano Technology: Critical Human and Social Issues 
Age, Gender and Health 
Education Technologies and Accessibility
 
Conference Theme:
Scientific and technological research can and has contributed significantly to solving sustainability and development challenges in our world today. As an important complement to this research, a better understanding of the human and social dimensions of science and technology is essential in order to ensure that new scientific ideas are applied appropriately in diverse cultural contexts, and support improvements that are equitable among and within nations. It is therefore essential that the relationships between science, technology, and society be integrated into the broader sustainability and development research agenda.
 
The rapid changes that our contemporary societies are undergoing today in response to a series of distinct but interrelated dynamics, among which are advances in science and technology, offer the potential for social change conducive to peace, nonviolence, sustainable development, justice and respect for human rights. However, if pressures such as demographic change, urbanization, competition for scarce resources, migration and diversity are inadequately managed, they may also give rise to major challenges such as intolerance and conflict. In order to analyze such challenges, to make sense of their implications and to respond to them adequately, the resources of the social and human sciences are indispensable. Similarly, humanities studies, which have a crucial role in promoting critical thinking, have a major contribution to make to global, regional and national responses to contemporary social and ethical challenges faced by major strides of scientific and technological advancements.
 
Conference Objectives:
 
  • To provide the opportunity for colleagues from humanities, social sciences, and science and technology disciplines to have dialogues on significant issues involving Canada-India research and scholarly collaborations around the major theme of the conference.
  • To showcase the current India-focused research and scholarly activities being conducted by the faculty and researchers at Canadian Universities.
  • To bring together representatives from Academy, Industry, Government, and Non-governmental Organizations to reflect on the strategic directions for Canada-India academic, economic, and business collaborations.
Panel Proposals: 
 
Individual Paper Proposals: 
 
Panels and papers that deal with contemporary India-related issues of human and social impact of scientific and technological knowledge on development and sustainability are particularly encouraged. Panel and paper proposals in other areas of India studies are welcome. All decisions on the acceptance of the panel and paper proposals will be made by a multidisciplinary National Program Committee.
 
Local hospitality including accommodation and meals will be provided by the conference to presenters and panelists. Canadian and Indian conference presenters will be responsible for their own local and international travel expenses. Subject to availability of funds, some modest travel subsidy may be available to graduate students and junior faculty whose proposals have been accepted and are to present at the conference for travel within Canada.
For further information about this conference please contact:
 
Mariam Elghahuagi
Communications Officer
Shastri Indo- Canadian Institute
Tel. 403 220 2847
Cell 403 478 7950
www.sici.org - Canada Office

www.sici.org.in - India Office