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Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Manipal Centre and Professor Sundar Sarukkai

By Rolf Scott

The Egalitarian Projects is strongly represented in Mangalore, India at the Manipal Centre for philosophy and humanities (MCPH), and through its director and head of research, Professor Sundar Sarukkai who is also on our advisory board.

 

kozhikode sundar saroukai

 

Professor Sundar Sarukkai

Professor Sarukkai (PhD, Purdue University, USA) was a faculty member at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore from 1994-2009, before moving to Manipal to set up the MCPH. His area of research is primarily in the philosophy of science and mathematics, and draws on both Indian and Western philosophies. He is the author of the following books: Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry, Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, What is Science? and The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru), as well as co-editor of three volumes on logic.

He is further an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Leonardo Book Series on science and art, which is published by MIT Press, USA and the Series Editor for Science and Technology Studies, by Routledge books.

 

Manipal centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University

Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities

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Mitchell and Latour: Two Approaches to Networks Elementary Critical Considerations.

This is a video of a lecture by professor Bruce Kapferer given at the University of Manchester, England

 

http://youtu.be/PyCnqF_wPOA?list=PLvRUyisSeWeBB5FHseheLZryCN0qj8UIA

 

Abstract by Bruce Kapferer

The lecture begins with a discussion of Clyde Mitchell’s network perspective, its grounding in anthropological ethnography and its connection to the situational analytic perspective of Gluckman’s “Manchester School”. Gluckman was concerned to make Malinowski’s anthropological ethnographic innovation, developed in small-scale isolated traditional societies, relevant to the analysis of social and political processes in the dynamic complex social worlds of modernity. His point is also larger: that is all social contexts no matter how isolated are enmeshed in larger global processes. Gluckman was, in this sense critical of what might be termed ‘island anthropology’ which related societies as enclosed isolated wholes. Mitchell’s approach to networks is influenced by Gluckman’s situational approach as well as his critique of that anthropology that treated of societies as isolated wholes. This had the seeds of a critique of the grand narrative approaches of modern sociological theory and their often retreat into abstraction and a losing of sight of the on the ground processes that such abstraction was given to comprehend as well as inattention to the larger fields of political and social process in which they are enmeshed. Mitchell’s network perspective extended along these lines moreover insisting that institutional analysis, for example, should be traced into detailed accounts of social processes that the network perspective was oriented towards. Read more …