Conference

Venue: Rangasthala, Rangoli Metro Art Centre Boulevard, MG Road Bangalore

Time: 30th April (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

 

I – Structure and Design

This one-day Conference gave student groups and their project work center stage. Our primary motivation was to create a space where they can share their varied experiences and collectively reflect on outcomes in the company of educators & practitioners.

Consequently, the structure of each panel is embedded in a triangular representation (of educators, practitioners and student representatives); with the overall conversation being anchored by experienced moderators.

All three themes share the same underlying motive – to enable reflection on key methodological concerns inseparably related with experiential education. Put differently, they focus on few recurring questions which all educators & practitioners would necessarily face during the course of their work.

In this light, the three panels revolved around the following three questions:[1]

  1. Given competing perspectives, which disciplinary frame should one privilege while isolating/identifying the problem?
  2. Considering that educators and practitioners are often outsiders to the local community, how should one set limits to legitimate intervention?
  3. What kind of transformation – internal or external – should experiential education aim to bring about?

 

II – Panel Themes

 

“Negotiating Disciplinary Frames”

Student cohorts and project groups are usually drawn from varying backgrounds, disciplines and cultures. Given that each individual’s approach is tempered by their own specific training and world-view, interactions between them require constant negotiation and compromise. Such compromise is symptomatic of the larger tensions between competing disciplinary frames and the associated problem of finding the best fit. This panel aims at capturing these dynamics for both archival as well as pedagogical value.

 

“Ethics of Intervention”

The notion of academic intervention is inherently double-edged. This because it constantly attempts to straddle the space between passionate activism and scholarly objectivity. Practices on and off field should therefore be informed by the role of ethics in maintaining a balance between these conflicting aspirations. This panel therefore focused on the challenges of maintaining the delicate balance between doing justice and facilitating learning.

Ethics of Intervention

In this panel discussion members of the ecological justice project, state public service commission project and education law and policy project discuss the ethics of intervention with respect to their projects with Anant Maringanti (Hyderabad Urban Labs ), Meher Dev, and Sushama Yeramal (IISC) and Jahnavi Mathur (Riverside School, Ahmedabad)

0:01 Rachel Chenchiah (Azim Premji University) introduces the panel
2:06 Anant Maringanti speaks
4:58 Vaishnavi and Priyanka from the Ecological Justice Project discuss their project
49:30 Soham and Akshay from the State Public Services Commissions Project discuss their project
1:21:22 Ram and Nayashree from the Education Law and Policy Project discuss their project.

“Transformative Potentials”

All experiential learning necessarily pivots on the idea of transformation, which can be seen to have a twofold aspect – transformation of oneself and transformation of the other. Since the former is explicitly pedagogical and the latter socio-political, they may not always perfectly converge. In this context, which of these approaches should be privileged (and when) becomes an important question to ponder.

Transformative Potential in Experiential Justice Education

In this panel discussion members of the politics and society between elections group, legal system reforms project and criminal justice project discuss their project with panelists Ramesh Srinivasan (UCLA), Radha Ramaswamy (CCDC), Purvi Pokhariyal (ILNU), Rakhi Sehgal (NTUI),

0:01 Ramesh Srinivasan introduces the panel discussion
0:55 Archana and Nidhi from the Politics and Society Between Elections Project discuss their project
24:36 Rahul and Ankita from the Legal Systems Reforms Project discuss their project
45:41 Nikita and Himanshi from the Criminal Justice Project discuss their project

 

[1] To facilitate a more informed conversation from either side, we will share details of the work done by the groups with the panelists as well as the respective moderator few days prior to the event. The students will likewise be advised to think of questions/sub-issues (under the broad panel theme) on which they would like to hear the panelists’ opinions.

 

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