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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

With Greetings

All are hereby invited for the three day UGC sponsored national seminar programme organised by Dept.of Political Science,Govt.Brennen College,Thalssery.

For participation ,please contact the contact details being provided on the seminar brochure below.

Participants  will be provided accommodation .

Politics and Social Media: Commons in the Space Online.

UGC sponsored Three Day National Seminar on 12, 13 and 14 October, 2011.

Department of Political Science

Government Brennen College
Accredited by NAAC with “A” Grade
Affiliated to Kannur Univesity,Kerala,India.

Hindi seminar Hall

          Department Political Science Government Brennen College organizes UGC sponsored   Three Day National Seminar programme on “Politics and Social Media : Commons in the Space Online”. We invites scholars from Central Universties, Professional Institutions, Government representatives and bureaucracy, media,social activist groups and other professionals.
Social media has become an important tool for social communication especially for movements for social change.The use and reach of social media has thus become wide spread all over the world.India has too been affected by this trend .In India practices based on social media for social change are thriving in an unprecedental pace.The connection between internet and collective action constituted very serious academic pursuit in recent times. The attention-grabbing question is whether internet facilitates public action online. The pro-democracy movement in Middle East and in Egypt, social media experiments in the U S elections, the diplomatic tussle created by Wikileaks cables, the use of internet platforms in general elections recently in India and the representation of Nira Radia tapes in internet platforms . Anna Hazare led anti-graft movement has recently created a renewed interest in the power of internet and social media to influence public action in India.
Political communication , therefore,needs to be redefined in an unprecedented manner in India with the rise of social media platforms such as discussion and chats among citizens through blogs, chatrooms, e-mails, citizen access to MPs and public authorities through web, e-mail, blogs, Online ‘participatory’ journalism through web, email, sms, mms, blogs, Connections and weak tie networks through network sites like Facebook, Myspace etc, User-generated content in broadcasting, user-generated content in broadcasting through TV, Radio, web, sms, blogs , social movement activity through web,blogs,email,wikis. With Facebook , Twitter ,blogs and other platforms , the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been transformed.
It has become easier for the people of poles apart to collaborate, coordinate, and give voice to their concerns. For a democratic country like India, virtual vigilantism offers new mechanisms of expression, representation and mobilisation of interest and political opinion. The upshot of this novel form of vigilantism is that diverse social and political groups are finding their voices outside the realm of conventional politics. In other words, Political Parties are no longer monopolizing the public opinion domain. Civil society and voluntary groups are injecting fresh ideas into politics and mobilizing social interests and changing public perceptions. Having bypassed conventional politics, these groups are engaging directly with the public. Infact internet generates a non-party political domain in India which is dominant enough to influence the political domain. It needs to be studied and addressed theoretically .

The seminar is scheduled under the broad platform of connection between internet and social movement campaigns by social media platforms. The broad themes of the seminar includes-
1. Internet and democracy.,2. Public sphere online.,3. Online social movements.,4. Protest politics online.,5. Civil society online.,6. Social capital online.,7. Digital divide.,8. Social media.
Invited Presentaions
1.T.P.Sreenivasan I F S,Former Ambassador of India to the United Nations, Vienna Former Governor for India, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna Managing Trustee and Director General, Kerala International Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
2. Dr.Mrinal Chatterjee,Professor and Head of the Institute,Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal Orissa.
3.Dr.Raju Narayan Swamy I A S,Secretary to Government of Kerala,Youth Affairs
4. Dr.Achuthsankar S.Nair,Hon.Director,Centre for Bioinformatics,University of Kerala, Karyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram
5.Prof.Dr.G Gopakumar,Dean of Social Science,Former Professor and HoD,Department of Political Science,Kerala University,Thiruvananthapuram.
6. Dr.Rajaram Tolpadi,Associate Professor,Department of Political Science,Mangalore University
7.Dr.Suresh Kumar.T.V,UGC- Post-Doctoral Fellow ,School of International Relations & Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
8.Avneet Kaur,Research Scholar,Department of Political Science,Delhi University,New Delhi.
9. Chetan Tokas,Research Scholar, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
10. Jaganadh G,Project Lead N L P,365 Media Private Limited ,Coimbatore.
11.Dr.Prabhakaran Hebbar Illath,Assistant Professor ,Department of  Hindi,Government Brennen College,Thalssery.
12.Dr.Sumith P V,P D F Fellow,CIIL Mysore,Mysore.
13. Sabu Thomas, Asst professor in Politics, Teacher Fellow, SGTDS, MG University, Kottayam.
14.Gayathri O,Assistant professor,HoD,Department of Political Science,Government College Madappally,Vadakara.
15.Anil Varma,Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
16. Santhosh Mathew Veranani, Assistant Professor,Centre for South Asian Studies,Pondicherry Central University and Sijo Joseph Ponnatt, Reseach Scholar,Department of Politics and International, Studies, Pondicherry  Central University

Biju P R                                                            Principal
HoD and convener

Registration starts at 9.30 on 12-09-2011

For Contact
Biju P R,Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science ,Government Brennen College, Thalassery, Kannur ,Kerala. 670 106 ,Mobile:9847477116,Email:bijugayu@gmail.com
How to Reach the College
The college is situated on the NH 17,5 KM away from Thalassery Railway Station, 60 KM away from Calicut Airport,167 KM away from Mangalore Airport.



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