Monk Prayogshala Seminar on Research in Social Sciences

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WHAT IS THE SEMINAR ABOUT?

This day-long seminar will showcase undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral research in the social sciences in India. It will engage with wide-ranging contemporary topics in the social sciences and provide a forum for students from various institutions to engage in exchange of academic knowledge.

OBJECTIVES OF THE SEMINAR

  • Encouraging high quality research as an important part of the undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral curricula in India.
  • Providing an opportunity to students from various disciplines within the social sciences to present their research.
  • Engaging with topics of contemporary relevance and rigorous methods employed in social sciences research.
  • Establishing an academic forum for students of the social sciences to receive a critical review of their work.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Ms. Danielle Pereira is a PhD Scholar at IIT Bombay, pursuing her doctoral research in cognitive and clinical psychology. She will be presenting the Keynote Address on the theme “Applications of Social Science Research in Everyday Life.” Danielle has been a Visiting Faculty at colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai, and is a researcher and facilitator dedicated to advancing academic work in India.

WHAT CAN PRESENTERS EXPECT TO RECEIVE FROM THE SEMINAR?

Presenters can expect to gain first-hand exposure to academia, by communicating their research with peers in the social sciences. They will present their research for 20 min (through an oral presentation format), followed by a 20 min discussion for each paper. They can expect to gain feedback on their work by experienced researchers in their area and/or allied areas in the social sciences. Those papers accepted for presentation will also be published online as part of the output from the seminar. Presenters can also vie for the Best Paper Award at the Seminar.

WHAT CAN PARTICIPANTS EXPECT TO RECEIVE FROM THE SEMINAR?

Participants can expect to hear about a wide variety of contemporary applied and empirical research in the social sciences. The papers presented at the seminar will reflect rigorous and high-quality student research in India, and this is expected to enable participants to learn more about planning and executing such research for their own theses or research projects and assignments.

PROPOSED THEMES AND TOPICS

There is no overarching theme or topic that the seminar will pursue. Instead, we encourage submission of high-quality research in the fields of psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and public policy. We are particularly interested in presenting research that is multi- or inter-disciplinary in nature.

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND DETAILS

Depending on the area of research, we invite full text research papers and articles that adhere to editorial guidelines and word limits as mentioned below. All papers submitted will be rigorously evaluated by a scientific committee of subject matter experts at Monk® Prayogshala®. Papers that are part of Master’s or Doctoral theses are also welcome, conditional on their non-publication in any other form. Any instances of plagiarism will lead to immediate disqualification of the paper, without further notice.

All papers must be sent in MS Word format, accompanied by the completed Submission Details form (attached). All papers must be sent to [email protected] with the subject “Monk Prayogshala Seminar 2015.”

WORD LIMIT AND FORMATTING STYLE

Papers in the area of Psychology and  Quantitative Gender studies should have a word limit (including references, tables, and figures) of 7000 words with the preferred formatting and citation style being American Psychological Association.

Papers in the area of Qualitative Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics and Public Policy should have a word limit (including references, tables, and figures) of 10,000 words with the preferred formatting and citation style being American Psychological Association, MLA, or Harvard.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PRESENTERS

Submission deadline: 1st October, 2015 (12 am IST)
Presenters (a maximum of ten) shall be informed of the committee’s decision latest by 24th October, 2015.
You will also receive guidelines for the 20 min oral paper presentation.
Pre-registration and payment by presenters is mandatory by 31st October, 2015. All presenters will avail of the Early Bird fee for the Seminar.
The schedule of the seminar will be communicated to presenters by 14th November, 2015.
The seminar will be held on 29th November, 2015 from 9 am to 6 pm.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARTICIPANTS

Registration deadline (Early Bird): 1st October, 2015
Registration deadline (Late fee): 24th October, 2015
The schedule of the seminar will be communicated to participants by 14th November, 2015.
The seminar will be held on 29th November, 2015 from 9 am to 6 pm.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Undergraduate students
  • Postgraduate students
  • MPhil students
  • PhD students

Note: Those who have recently completed their degrees, that is, within one year, are also welcome to apply.

VENUE  

The seminar will be held  at 4116, 4th Floor, Oberoi Garden Estates, C Wing, Off Saki Vihar Road, near Chandivali Studios, Powai, Mumbai – 400072.
Nearest stations: Kanjurmarg (Central); Andheri (Western) Saki Naka (Metro Station)
Bus routes: 319, 335

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