Event Report: Nandita Rajguru Debate January 2018

The Philosophy Department had organised the Annual Nandita Rajguru Memorial Debate on 10th Jan, 2018 as part of Symphony. The topic was “All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal”. There was a spectacular response from all Delhi University colleges, which got reflected by the engrossing debates, in both Hindi and English medium. There were more than 23 teams who took part in the competition and many more were not allowed to participate due to limitations of time. The External Judge Professor Krishna Jain, Retired JDM Faculty, appraised the Department over their choice of topic and shared her views in this area. Thus, helping the audience develop a better understanding over the sensitivity of the issue. Dr. V. Rajyalaxmi, from the Sociology Department was appointed as the internal judge for the event. Ayush And Manan from Keshav Mahavidyalaya had bagged the 1st prize. Apoorva and Shreya from Ramlal Anand College and Noor and Rahul from Shivaji college came as 2nd and 3rd respectively. Rajesh Jha from Shivaji college was judged Best Speaker.


     


Event- Department of Philosophy February 2018

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Philosophy Department organized a talk in the Library Hall on 22nd of February, 2018, byProf. Rakesh Chandra, Department of Philosophy, University of Lucknow. Prof. Chandra spoke on Reason, Religion and Dharma highlighting a few troubling aspects of practiced religion and explaining how philosophers related reason to religious discourse. The talk was followed by thought provoking questions and discussion engaging both students and faculty members.


Department Talk, March 13th 2018

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Dr. Pragati Sahni,Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi,had been invited to deliver a lecture on Environment, Morality and Values on the March 13th 2018 by the Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College. She spoke on the ethical aspects of relationship humans share with their environment and how any imbalance in this relationship has deleterious effects on generations afterward. She also discussed the vital steps that needed to be taken to stem the degradation of our environnent. The students and faculty members had an engrossing discussion over the issue, following her talk, leading towards more scope for further studies in this direction for all.


     


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Philosophy Department, Events,July- October 2017

Department of Philosophy,Janki Devi Memorial College,University of Delhi had organized a number of talks, presentations,documentaries in the period of July-October, 2017. Fresher's Welcome Programme had been succesfully conducted by the students and faculties of the Philosophy Department.

BBC Documentary was screened which is based on Satre's Road to freedom. Also ones based on the dialogues between Satyakam and Nachiketa, with respect to the Chandogya Upanishad and the Katho Upanishad respectively had been screened.

An invited lecture had been delivered by Dr. Chinmayee Satpathy,Full Bright Scholar, on Jaganath Consciousness,emphasizing upon the following:

The importance and ways of synthesizing the tribal cultures and caste systems into our lives.

Harmonizing the multi-cultural dimensions of the world,eesentially pointing towards the importance of Pluralism here.

How feminine and the male aspects have been equally treated in the Jagannath consciousness.

How reconciliation in between monistic and pluralistic approaches can be made.

Suggested ways towards treatment of environment as means of caring for the future.

Revelation 2017, which is the Annual Philosophy Festival, had been conducted by the Department. Dr.Anuradha Needham gave an invited talk on the Role of Department of philosophy 0rganising Philosophy Day on 13 thOctober 2017. The theme for the whole event is "Indian Cinema: Emerging Trends and Philosophical intrpretations."Dr.Anuradha Needham, 2017 Fulbright Nehru Academic and professional excellence fellow,Professor of English and Cinema Studies, Oberlin Coll7has agreed to speak on the topic: "Representation of Women in popular Indian Cinema of the 1950s and 60s"





Philosophy Department, Events,July-September 2017

Department of Philosophy,Janki Devi Memorial College,University of Delhi had organized a number of talks, presentations,documentaries in the period of July-October, 2017. Fresher's Welcome Programme had been succesfully conducted by the students and faculties of the Philosophy Department.

BBC Documentary was screened which is based on Satre's Road to freedom. Also ones based on the dialogues between Satyakam and Nachiketa, with respect to the Chandogya Upanishad and the Katho Upanishad respectively had been screened.

An invited lecture had been delivered by Dr. Chinmayee Satpathy,Full Bright Scholar, on Jaganath Consciousness,emphasizing upon the following:
The importance and ways of synthesizing the tribal cultures and caste systems into our lives.
Harmonizing the multi-cultural dimensions of the world,eesentially pointing towards the importance of Pluralism here.
How feminine and the male aspects have been equally treated in the Jagannath consciousness.
How reconciliation in between monistic and pluralistic approaches can be made.
Suggested ways towards treatment of environment as means of caring for the future.

Revelation 2017, which is the Annual Philosophy Festival, had been conducted by the Department. Dr.Anuradha Needham gave an invited talk on the Role of Department of philosophy 0rganising Philosophy Day on 13 thOctober 2017. The theme for the whole event is "Indian Cinema: Emerging Trends and Philosophical intrpretations."Dr.Anuradha Needham, 2017
Fulbright Nehru Academic and professional excellence fellow,Professor of English and Cinema Studies, Oberlin Coll7has agreed to speak on the topic:
"Representation of Women in popular Indian Cinema of the 1950s and 60s"



Philosophy department talk,
On Jagannath Consciousness, 2017





Dept of Philosophy – Calendar of Events – 2016-2017



Philosophy Day Celebrations

The philosophy department celebrated its first ever one day Philosophy Festival - "Revelation" on 25th October, 2016. The event was flagged off by a talk on 'Sufism: a Binding Force in South East Asia', by Dr. NavinaJafa, a Fulbright scholar at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC.

Sufism developed as a movement with basic doctrines and sects by the end of the 10th century. The contact of Imam Ghazali with North Western India led to the spread of Sufism in Asia around the end of 12th century. Today Sufism remains the most acceptable face of Islam in the world, and its expanding parameters hold out a promise of peace to the world.Dr. Jafa’s talk focused on the role of Sufism in propagating Islam. She drew our attention to the rituals and modes that were adopted by Sufis to make it a grass root form of Islam. She began the lecture by presenting a beautiful rendition of ArdhNarishwar in Kathak. From here she moved to the basic tenets of Sufism wherein she mentioned an interesting link between Sufism and the Hindu view of Karma that everything in temporal life is born again in some or the other form.




3rd Honours student, Sakhsi’sKathak
performance followed to match
Dr. Navina Jafa’s rendition.



The talk by Dr. Navina Jafa was followed by a number of competitions which witnessed enthusiastic participation from students across NCR Colleges. The Competitions included:




The Department also held the Annual Nandita Rajguru Memorial Debate on 12th Jan, 2017, as part of Symphony. The topic was "A liberal democratic country has no moral right to restrict immigration".It was an impressive show both in terms of participation and quality of presentation. The external judge Dr. Debata, Associate Professor at JNU commended the department for its choice of topic which pertained to a sensitive and topical issue facing our world today. There was good participation both from Hindi debaters as well as English, with students coming from diverse colleges both from Delhi as well as neighboring Universities



The use of ICT and other methods of Pedagogy
The JDMC Philosophy discussion forum “Curiosity” organized a Movie screening on 4th February 2017 – “Philosophy and the Matrix”

The documentary has primarily focused on the trilogy of The Matrix. The director, writer and leading philosophers from the fields of religion, philosophy of mind, science have all been appreciative of the deep philosophical questions that have been raised in the film. Whether it is Descartes' Cogito, Berkeley's Immaterialism, and the Hindu Concept of Self all at some point wonder about what is Real.

The documentary was an interesting take on set of films which had probably not been analyzed from this perspective





An Environmental Ethics lecture was held in the environs of the majestic Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Students found it extremely fascinating


A highpoint of the year 2016-2017 for JDMC was a three day National Seminar on the Tribes of the North East: Exploring, Identities, Culture, Politics and Philosophy, organized by the Philosophy Department under the aegis of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, (ICPR), on the 9th, 10th and 11th of March, 2017. The seminar was a resounding success with participants from all over India presenting the results of their intensive research and hard work relating to this region to a large gathering of eager recipients ranging from fellow researchers, academicians, independent activists and students.