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Date: 03/23/2018 - 03/24/2018
Time: All Day
Sponsor: Symbiosis for Liberal Arts
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Event Location:
Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts,S No. 227, Plot 11, Symbiosis Road, Viman Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Schedule for

The Study of All Existence:

SSLA Conference on Interdisciplinarity and Big History

23 to 24 March 2018

Friday and Saturday

This conference is an inquiry on the nature of our existence, our studies, and our lives. This gathering engages

with interdisciplinarity, which is at the heart of the SSLA model of liberal arts education. The new field of Big

History is a form of ‘super-interdisciplinarity’ and has been adopted by SSLA as a way to better engage with

global learning. This is our first gathering at SSLA to inquire about this integrated vision of our role in the

cosmos. It seeks to interlace ideal concepts with pragmatic applications. It includes international guests, faculty,

students, and community organizers.

^^^^^Day 1: Friday, 23 March^^^^^

8:30 to 9:00 AM

Introduction to the conference – Nivedita Nair

Film: Eric Law Anderson, The Looking Planet, Giant Dolphin Pictures & others, 2014.

9:00 to 10:00 AM

Cosmic Dance and Meditation

This is a contemplative exercise, with audience participation, on the theme of our place on Earth and in the

Universe. It will get our hearts and thoughts flowing with movement and experience.

Introduction by Sulakshana Sen, SSLA

Prashant Olalekar, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

10:00 to 11:00 AM, Venue MPH

Agriculture and the Future of the World

Sustenance is basic to all life forms. So, we must ask ourselves: How can 11 billion people feed themselves and

still maintain a quality of life and biodiversity in a sustainable fashion?

Moderator: Priyadarshini Karve, SSLA

•Anand Karve, Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (Pune)

•Carl Rangad, Agro-Biodiversity Society (Shillong, Meghalaya).

•Khaliq Parkar, Srushti Borkar and Siddharth Desarda, ‘Food in the Smart City’, SSLA.

AND

10:00 to 11:00 AM, Venue Classroom 314

Arts, Humanity and the Environment

Humans have altered our planet in profound ways. Question arise about: ‘What is to be done?’ Many of these

questions, and solutions, have been expressed in creative ways. This panel considers some of them.

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Moderator: Vasudev Menon, SSLA

•Siddhartha, ‘Interbeing’, Fireflies Intercultural Centre (Dinnepalya, Karnataka)

•Juhi Pandey, ‘Craft as a Way of Life’, Kachchh Heritage Resources (Bhuj, Gujarat).

•Robert Athickal, Tarumitra: Friends of Trees (Patna, Bihar).

11:00 to 11:30 AM

Tea break / Jividha exhibition / Salon Presentations

SSLA Theatre Club presentation

11:30 AM to 12:30 Noon

Inaugural Session

•Dr S.B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, Symbiosis International [Deemed University]

•Atsushi Nagaoka, Associate Director, Office of International Programs, J.F. Oberlin University (Japan)

•Lowell Gustafson, President, International Big History Association, and Villanova University (USA)

•Anita Patankar, Director, SSLA

12:40 to 1:45 PM

Interdisciplinarity & Super-Interdisciplinarity (Big History) Roundtable

Both models of research and learning encourage a holistic understanding of our existence as life forms and a

unified civilization on Earth and in the cosmos. From this understanding, we then ask: ‘What now?’

Moderator: Shweta Deshpande, SSLA.

•Lucy Laffitte, North Carolina State University (USA).

•Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University, (USA)

•John Clammer, ‘Integral Thought in the Context of Planetary Crisis’, Jindal University (Delhi).

•Hirofumi Katayama, ‘Cosmic Evolution / Cosmic Perspective’, J.F. Oberlin University (Japan).

1:45 to 2:45 PM

Lunch / Conversations

2:45 PM

Welcome by the Symbiosis Ishanya Educational & Cultural Centre.

3:00 to 4:30 PM

Indigenous Understandings, Rights and Contributions – Roundtable

The indigenous communities of the world represent a way of life and that has often been forgotten in the rush to

modernity. Even more, their vision of humanity and the world have a capacity to help many of the problems we

face today. The panellists consider some of these issues and discuss questions of self-organization and identity,

including formation of an All-India Tribal/Indigenous Peoples Federation.

Moderator: Yangkahao Vashum, Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam (Tangkhul).

•Anjali Daimari, Boro Women Justice Forum, Udalguri-Guwahati, Assam (Boro / Bodo).

•R.K. Debbarma, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati, Assam (Debbarma).

•Rosemary Dzuvichu, Nagaland University / Naga Mothers Association, Kohima, Nagaland (Angami).

•Carl Rangad, North East Slow Food / Agro-Biodiversity Society, Shillong, Meghalaya (Khasi).

4:30 to 5:00 PM

Tea break / Jividha exhibition / Salon Presentations

SSLA Dance Club presentation

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^^^^^Day 2: Saturday, 24 March^^^^^

8:30 AM: Coffee / Jividha exhibition / Student Salon

9:00 to 10:00 AM

Visions of Existence, Universal Peace, and Human Society

In the spirit of the Jividha exhibition, the panellists consider how humans have seen our existence in the past

and do so today. We are now confronted with a larger human footprint on Earth and the capacity for larger

destruction. Many seek to avert such calamity, as with the Peace Centre partnership between J.F. Oberlin

University (Tokyo) and Symbiosis International University (Pune). We ask the question, like Paul Gauguin in

his painting from Tahiti: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Moderator: Anita Patankar, SSLA

•Afshan Majid, ‘India in the 16 th Century World: Emperor Akbar’s Vision of Universal Peace’, SSLA

•Hirofumi Katayama, ‘Peace and Symbiosis at J.F. Oberlin University’, J.F. Oberlin University (Japan)

•Rekha Wagani, ‘Peace and Self-Awareness’, Amity University, Mumbai.

10:15 to 11:15 AM, Venue MPH

Nature and the World Around Us

What is real, what is possible? How has this been done in the past? We explore the nature of reality and seek

ways to transcend it.

Moderator: Rashida Atthar, ‘Inter-Linkages of Nature, Art and Science’, Climate Reality Project, Mumbai)

•Lucy Laffitte, ‘Water as a Metaphor for a Biophilic Vision of Cities’ North Carolina State University (USA)

•Priya Sundarrajan, ‘Saving a Fragile Legacy’, St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai).

•Isha Mathur, ‘Marwadi Communities, Women and Change’, SSLA.

AND

10:15 to 11:15 AM, Venue Classroom 314

The Search for Meaning,

Humanity has sought meaning since they began telling stories around campfires and painting symbols on cave

walls over a million years ago. What meanings do we consider today?

Moderator: Gayatri Mendanha, SSLA

•John Clammer, ‘Creating New Stories: Narratives of Hope and Future’, Jindal University (Delhi)

•Enid Still, ‘Deconstructing the Anthropocene: Search for Meaning or Imagined Goal?’ Pune University.

•Vaidyanatha Gundlupet, ‘Post-Truth Politics in the Contemporary World’, SSLA.

•Matthew Chandrankunnel, ‘Context, Meaning & Happiness’, Ecumenical Christian Centre (Bengaluru)

11:15 to 11:30 AM

Tea break / Jividha Exhibition / Salon Presentations

11:30 to 12:45 PM

Cosmic Pedagogy: Education for a Healthy Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Big History is an academic platform that can foster ways of forming a sense of community. The focus of the

panel is to show, experientially, how Big History can help resolve social, environmental and spiritual alienation.

Page 4 of 5

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Moderators: Prashant Olalekar and Orla O’Reilly Hazra, St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai).

•Roy Pereira, ‘Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Creativity’, St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai).

•Tonmoy Halder and Megha Siddhanta, ‘Dance Therapy and Evolutionary Psychology’, SSLA.

•Sandip Ravindra, ‘Cognitive and Buddhist Psychology’, SNDT Women’s University (Pune)

12:45 to 1:45 PM

Lunch / Conversations

1:45 to 2:45 PM / Venue: Classroom 314

Social Change: NGOs, Business, Communities and Global Networks

An important part of changing the way we think is how to put it into practice. This panel considers ways that

they and others begin change at the grassroots level.

Moderator: Siddhartha, Fireflies Intercultural Centre (Dinnepalya, Karnataka)

•Harsh Agarwal, ‘Tilonia – Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Development’, SSLA (Bhilwara, Rajasthan)

•Shishir Nikam, Tourism’s Role in Heritage Sustainability’, Black Swan Journeys (Pune, Maharashtra).

•Aditya Nain, ‘Money: Cash, Crypto & Beyond’, Flame University / Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

•Muraleedharan Shibu and Sooriya Thengamam, ‘Media, Threat & Social Response in Liberal Democracies’,

University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

AND

1:45 to 2:45 PM, Venue: MPH

Society, Media, Performing Arts and Global Understanding

Media has been the signature accomplishment of humanity. Cultural expression is a way for us to re-envision

who we are and provide a medium to share that vision – to create a new reality, a new sense of our existence.

Creativity has become increasingly global along with its messages. It is expressed through cinema, anime,

literature, songs, poetry and many other forms. This panel considers some of the forms and ideas that have

resulted and speculates about future directions.

Moderators: Shyama Dutta, SSLA

•Sulakshana Sen, ‘Uday Shankar Style of Creative Dance: A Mirror of Modern India’, SSLA

•Nobuo Tsujimura, ‘The Fundamental Role of Music’, Oberlin Big History Project (Japan)

•Swati Gopalkrishna, ‘The Expanding Realms of Carnatic Music’, SSLA

•Tirthankar Chakravorty, ‘Society, Media & Global Understanding’, Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

3:00 to 4:00 PM

Cultural Revitalization – Past, Present, Future

One of the conundrums of modernity is how to advance progressive and inclusive change while still respecting

social integrity and identity among the peoples and species of the world. This panel considers these questions on

a variety of important issues.

Moderator: Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University (USA)

•Sanjana Thandaveswaran & Simran Singh, ‘Indigenous America & Latin Identity’, SSLA

•Ava Gilder, ‘Transcending Sexuality’, SSLA

•Arifa Orfan / Shehrevar Davierwala, ‘Skills for a Future / Lines of Code’, Symbiosis International University.

4:00 to 4:15 PM

Tea break / Jividha Exhibition / Salon Presentations

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4:15 to 5:00 PM

Valedictory

5:15 PM to 6:00 PM

Cosmic Walk

Introduction by Gayatri Mendanha, SSLA

Orla Hazra, St. Xavier’s College with

Sakshi Saldanha, Khushboo Saluja, Nicole Louzado

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Schedule for

The Study of All Existence:

SSLA Conference on Interdisciplinarity and Big History

23 to 24 March 2018

Friday and Saturday

This conference is an inquiry on the nature of our existence, our studies, and our lives. This gathering engages

with interdisciplinarity, which is at the heart of the SSLA model of liberal arts education. The new field of Big

History is a form of ‘super-interdisciplinarity’ and has been adopted by SSLA as a way to better engage with

global learning. This is our first gathering at SSLA to inquire about this integrated vision of our role in the

cosmos. It seeks to interlace ideal concepts with pragmatic applications. It includes international guests, faculty,

students, and community organizers.

^^^^^Day 1: Friday, 23 March^^^^^

8:30 to 9:00 AM

Introduction to the conference – Nivedita Nair

Film: Eric Law Anderson, The Looking Planet, Giant Dolphin Pictures & others, 2014.

9:00 to 10:00 AM

Cosmic Dance and Meditation

This is a contemplative exercise, with audience participation, on the theme of our place on Earth and in the

Universe. It will get our hearts and thoughts flowing with movement and experience.

Introduction by Sulakshana Sen, SSLA

Prashant Olalekar, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

10:00 to 11:00 AM, Venue MPH

Agriculture and the Future of the World

Sustenance is basic to all life forms. So, we must ask ourselves: How can 11 billion people feed themselves and

still maintain a quality of life and biodiversity in a sustainable fashion?

Moderator: Priyadarshini Karve, SSLA

•Anand Karve, Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (Pune)

•Carl Rangad, Agro-Biodiversity Society (Shillong, Meghalaya).

•Khaliq Parkar, Srushti Borkar and Siddharth Desarda, ‘Food in the Smart City’, SSLA.

AND

10:00 to 11:00 AM, Venue Classroom 314

Arts, Humanity and the Environment

Humans have altered our planet in profound ways. Question arise about: ‘What is to be done?’ Many of these

questions, and solutions, have been expressed in creative ways. This panel considers some of them.

Page 2 of 5

2

Moderator: Vasudev Menon, SSLA

•Siddhartha, ‘Interbeing’, Fireflies Intercultural Centre (Dinnepalya, Karnataka)

•Juhi Pandey, ‘Craft as a Way of Life’, Kachchh Heritage Resources (Bhuj, Gujarat).

•Robert Athickal, Tarumitra: Friends of Trees (Patna, Bihar).

11:00 to 11:30 AM

Tea break / Jividha exhibition / Salon Presentations

SSLA Theatre Club presentation

11:30 AM to 12:30 Noon

Inaugural Session

•Dr S.B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, Symbiosis International [Deemed University]

•Atsushi Nagaoka, Associate Director, Office of International Programs, J.F. Oberlin University (Japan)

•Lowell Gustafson, President, International Big History Association, and Villanova University (USA)

•Anita Patankar, Director, SSLA

12:40 to 1:45 PM

Interdisciplinarity & Super-Interdisciplinarity (Big History) Roundtable

Both models of research and learning encourage a holistic understanding of our existence as life forms and a

unified civilization on Earth and in the cosmos. From this understanding, we then ask: ‘What now?’

Moderator: Shweta Deshpande, SSLA.

•Lucy Laffitte, North Carolina State University (USA).

•Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University, (USA)

•John Clammer, ‘Integral Thought in the Context of Planetary Crisis’, Jindal University (Delhi).

•Hirofumi Katayama, ‘Cosmic Evolution / Cosmic Perspective’, J.F. Oberlin University (Japan).

1:45 to 2:45 PM

Lunch / Conversations

2:45 PM

Welcome by the Symbiosis Ishanya Educational & Cultural Centre.

3:00 to 4:30 PM

Indigenous Understandings, Rights and Contributions – Roundtable

The indigenous communities of the world represent a way of life and that has often been forgotten in the rush to

modernity. Even more, their vision of humanity and the world have a capacity to help many of the problems we

face today. The panellists consider some of these issues and discuss questions of self-organization and identity,

including formation of an All-India Tribal/Indigenous Peoples Federation.

Moderator: Yangkahao Vashum, Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam (Tangkhul).

•Anjali Daimari, Boro Women Justice Forum, Udalguri-Guwahati, Assam (Boro / Bodo).

•R.K. Debbarma, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati, Assam (Debbarma).

•Rosemary Dzuvichu, Nagaland University / Naga Mothers Association, Kohima, Nagaland (Angami).

•Carl Rangad, North East Slow Food / Agro-Biodiversity Society, Shillong, Meghalaya (Khasi).

4:30 to 5:00 PM

Tea break / Jividha exhibition / Salon Presentations

SSLA Dance Club presentation

Page 3 of 5

3

^^^^^Day 2: Saturday, 24 March^^^^^

8:30 AM: Coffee / Jividha exhibition / Student Salon

9:00 to 10:00 AM

Visions of Existence, Universal Peace, and Human Society

In the spirit of the Jividha exhibition, the panellists consider how humans have seen our existence in the past

and do so today. We are now confronted with a larger human footprint on Earth and the capacity for larger

destruction. Many seek to avert such calamity, as with the Peace Centre partnership between J.F. Oberlin

University (Tokyo) and Symbiosis International University (Pune). We ask the question, like Paul Gauguin in

his painting from Tahiti: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Moderator: Anita Patankar, SSLA

•Afshan Majid, ‘India in the 16 th Century World: Emperor Akbar’s Vision of Universal Peace’, SSLA

•Hirofumi Katayama, ‘Peace and Symbiosis at J.F. Oberlin University’, J.F. Oberlin University (Japan)

•Rekha Wagani, ‘Peace and Self-Awareness’, Amity University, Mumbai.

10:15 to 11:15 AM, Venue MPH

Nature and the World Around Us

What is real, what is possible? How has this been done in the past? We explore the nature of reality and seek

ways to transcend it.

Moderator: Rashida Atthar, ‘Inter-Linkages of Nature, Art and Science’, Climate Reality Project, Mumbai)

•Lucy Laffitte, ‘Water as a Metaphor for a Biophilic Vision of Cities’ North Carolina State University (USA)

•Priya Sundarrajan, ‘Saving a Fragile Legacy’, St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai).

•Isha Mathur, ‘Marwadi Communities, Women and Change’, SSLA.

AND

10:15 to 11:15 AM, Venue Classroom 314

The Search for Meaning,

Humanity has sought meaning since they began telling stories around campfires and painting symbols on cave

walls over a million years ago. What meanings do we consider today?

Moderator: Gayatri Mendanha, SSLA

•John Clammer, ‘Creating New Stories: Narratives of Hope and Future’, Jindal University (Delhi)

•Enid Still, ‘Deconstructing the Anthropocene: Search for Meaning or Imagined Goal?’ Pune University.

•Vaidyanatha Gundlupet, ‘Post-Truth Politics in the Contemporary World’, SSLA.

•Matthew Chandrankunnel, ‘Context, Meaning & Happiness’, Ecumenical Christian Centre (Bengaluru)

11:15 to 11:30 AM

Tea break / Jividha Exhibition / Salon Presentations

11:30 to 12:45 PM

Cosmic Pedagogy: Education for a Healthy Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Big History is an academic platform that can foster ways of forming a sense of community. The focus of the

panel is to show, experientially, how Big History can help resolve social, environmental and spiritual alienation.

Page 4 of 5

4

Moderators: Prashant Olalekar and Orla O’Reilly Hazra, St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai).

•Roy Pereira, ‘Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Creativity’, St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai).

•Tonmoy Halder and Megha Siddhanta, ‘Dance Therapy and Evolutionary Psychology’, SSLA.

•Sandip Ravindra, ‘Cognitive and Buddhist Psychology’, SNDT Women’s University (Pune)

12:45 to 1:45 PM

Lunch / Conversations

1:45 to 2:45 PM / Venue: Classroom 314

Social Change: NGOs, Business, Communities and Global Networks

An important part of changing the way we think is how to put it into practice. This panel considers ways that

they and others begin change at the grassroots level.

Moderator: Siddhartha, Fireflies Intercultural Centre (Dinnepalya, Karnataka)

•Harsh Agarwal, ‘Tilonia – Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Development’, SSLA (Bhilwara, Rajasthan)

•Shishir Nikam, Tourism’s Role in Heritage Sustainability’, Black Swan Journeys (Pune, Maharashtra).

•Aditya Nain, ‘Money: Cash, Crypto & Beyond’, Flame University / Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

•Muraleedharan Shibu and Sooriya Thengamam, ‘Media, Threat & Social Response in Liberal Democracies’,

University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

AND

1:45 to 2:45 PM, Venue: MPH

Society, Media, Performing Arts and Global Understanding

Media has been the signature accomplishment of humanity. Cultural expression is a way for us to re-envision

who we are and provide a medium to share that vision – to create a new reality, a new sense of our existence.

Creativity has become increasingly global along with its messages. It is expressed through cinema, anime,

literature, songs, poetry and many other forms. This panel considers some of the forms and ideas that have

resulted and speculates about future directions.

Moderators: Shyama Dutta, SSLA

•Sulakshana Sen, ‘Uday Shankar Style of Creative Dance: A Mirror of Modern India’, SSLA

•Nobuo Tsujimura, ‘The Fundamental Role of Music’, Oberlin Big History Project (Japan)

•Swati Gopalkrishna, ‘The Expanding Realms of Carnatic Music’, SSLA

•Tirthankar Chakravorty, ‘Society, Media & Global Understanding’, Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

3:00 to 4:00 PM

Cultural Revitalization – Past, Present, Future

One of the conundrums of modernity is how to advance progressive and inclusive change while still respecting

social integrity and identity among the peoples and species of the world. This panel considers these questions on

a variety of important issues.

Moderator: Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University (USA)

•Sanjana Thandaveswaran & Simran Singh, ‘Indigenous America & Latin Identity’, SSLA

•Ava Gilder, ‘Transcending Sexuality’, SSLA

•Arifa Orfan / Shehrevar Davierwala, ‘Skills for a Future / Lines of Code’, Symbiosis International University.

4:00 to 4:15 PM

Tea break / Jividha Exhibition / Salon Presentations

Page 5 of 5

5

4:15 to 5:00 PM

Valedictory

5:15 PM to 6:00 PM

Cosmic Walk

Introduction by Gayatri Mendanha, SSLA

Orla Hazra, St. Xavier’s College with

Sakshi Saldanha, Khushboo Saluja, Nicole Louzado

SSLA.

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