Then and Now


Call for Papers

Populism as an idea as well as an intellectual discourse has consistently been confined with in the domain of Political Science, Cultural Studies or Sociology. Rarely have historians engaged with it actively. The absence of such an engagement is ironical, when the study of Populism stems from a certain historical rootedness and spans out into many arenas, ranging from politics to personal and individual family histories. In addition the cry of Post-Colonial Studies is to reconstruct historical experience from non-Euro American centric perspective and that has gained populist support. Hence it strengthens the urgency of the need for History and Historians engagement with Populism. For this conference, topics related to the following are welcome but are not limited to:

Long Essay

  • Anti-Globalization.

  • Arts (aka: structure, spatial identity, architecture)

  • City, The (aka: Urban Culture, Urbanism, Urban Society)

  • Food (aka: Diet, Politics of Food, Food History)

  • Populist Leader (aka: Rise of the middle class popular leaders, shifting political agendas of populist leaders, political leaders and their politics of appeasement)

  • Environmentalism (aka: forest laws, water, green zones, protected forests, parks)

  • Political Parties (aka: ideology, long lasting)

  • Political Movements (aka: grassroots, Mass movements, temporary)

  • Protests (aka: power of protests, specific protests, outrage

  • History (aka: Archives; Museums; Interpreting Past & Present; How the past isn't what it used to be)

  • Elites (aka: social class; work specialisation; social structure)

  • Digital populism (aka: online campaigns, twitter, Facebook, e.g. Jasmine Revolution)

Short essay

  • Government (types, democracy – electoral participation)

  • Language (aka: Native and regional languages VS globalization; Language Acquisition; Literacy)

  • Religion (aka: Organized Religion [excluding cults])

  • Popular Culture, Symbols and Populism

  • Social Sciences in Education (aka: relevance of social sciences in education, shrinking of space)

  • Women's Rights (aka: Gender; Sexuality)

  • Labour activism: Marginalised Unionism (aka: The Working Life; The Gig Economy; Unions)

  • Popular reconstruction of Local History (legends, narratives of an area)

  • Oral Narratives

  • Documentary film (documentary as sources, archival)

  • Historiography (change in writing of history, change of focus groups)

  • Lingering impact: Colonialism in post colonial territories

  • Post-Colonial constructions in History

  • Multiculturalism as new historical identity

  • History and Films as visual text

  • Ownership of Cityscapes

  • Historicising local myths

  • Dilemmas in identities: Immigrants and Migration

  • To whom does land belong? State and indigenous people

  • Motifs, Mediums and Men: Jewellery as sources for History

  • History in popular fiction: 20th century writings

  • Interdisciplinary construction of Historical narratives

Panel Conveners

Dr. Jose C C

Section Editor of 'Then and Now (History)' in the Encyclopaedia

Dr. Joseph Chacko Chennattuserry is a Professor at the Department of International Studies and History, CHRIST University, India. He has a Ph. D in History from Pondicherry University. He has Co-authored an edited book - Revisiting a Treasure Trove: Perspectives on the Collection at St Kuriakose Elias Chavara Archives and Research Centre. One of his latest publication is “Organization Culture and Work Values of Global Firms: Merging Eastern and Western Perspectives”. His area of interests are Maritime Studies, Organizational Culture and Work Values.

Dr. Vagishwari SP

Section Editor of 'Then and Now (History)' in the Encyclopaedia

Dr. S. P. Vagishwari is currently Professor, in the Department of International Studies and History, CHRIST University, India. Her Masters and MPhil degree is in History. Her Doctoral dissertation was on “The Architecture of Western Gangas.” She has been a teacher and researcher for the past three decades. Her areas of specialization are History and Visual Aesthetics, Historiography , International Relations and Karnataka Studies.

Confirmed Participants

Interest: Civil Disobedience, Crimes of Dissent, Philosophies of Non-Violence and Politics of Interspecies Relations

Dr. Michael Allen is Professor of Philosophy at East Tennessee State University, USA. He has published extensively on civil disobedience and crimes of dissent, philosophies of nonviolence, and the politics of interspecies relations.

Interest: Environmental Ethics, Moral Obligations & Forgiveness

Dr. Sanjay Lal is a senior lecturer of philosophy at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA (USA). Lal has published many articles on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. He has also written on topics relating to environmental ethics, moral obligation, and forgiveness. In 2019, his book Gandhi's Thought and Liberal Democracy was published by Lexington Books.

Interest: Christianity, social identities, and historical memory

Prof. Sindani E. Kiangu has been professor of History for twenty years at the University of Kinshasa / UNIKIN (DRC), and is also responsible for the Congolese branch fo CICIBA and is initiator of the project to safeguard and enhance the “filmed heritage of the DRC”.

Interest: Multiculturalism as new historical identity, Interdisciplinary construction of Historical narratives

Dr. Paul Hong is a Distinguished University Professor of Global Supply Chain Management and Asian Studies at The University of Toledo, USA. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Manufacturing Management and Engineering from The University of Toledo, USA.

Interest: Gender and human rights, Gender mainstreaming, Conflict resolution and management, Food security, Climate change, Indigenous knowledge, Policy advocacy inter alia.

Dr. Mafongoya Owen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Great Zimbabwe University. He holds a PhD in Rural Resource Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), (2018). He is a consultant, researcher and publisher of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, position papers, monographs and policy briefs.

Interest: Cultural and Community Studies.

Dr. Priscilla N Rozario is currently a faculty at the CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, Department of International Relations, Political Science and History. For her doctoral thesis she has worked on the Catholic Community of Bengal in the 20th century from the Department of History, University of Calcutta. She has also completed her M.Phil. from the aforesaid University

Interest: Interdisciplinarity and Historical Narratives

Dr. Prerana Srimaal is currently a faculty at the CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, heading the Liberal Arts Program at their Bannerghatta Road Campus. A doctorate in Ancient History and Archaeology from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Interest: Urban Governance, Service Delivery, Urban Poverty, Urban Informality, Urban Political Economy Urban Political Ecology and Gender and the City

Dr. K.C. Smitha is an Adjunct Faculty at the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History, School of Social Sciences, Christ University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. She received her PhD from the Institute for Social & Economic Change, Bengaluru (Thesis submitted to the University of Mysore). She has a Masters in Political Science and Public Administration.

Interest: Political Parties, Election Studies & Social Justice

Dr.Venkatanarayanan Sethuraman has completed his research from JNU, New Delhi and has around 10 years of teaching and research experience at national and international levels. Presently he works as assistant professor at the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History, Christ University, Bengaluru. He has published articles and book chapters in Sage, Palgrave Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Cambridge Scholars, and Lexington Books etc. His writings have appeared in popular newspapers and magazines including The Wire, The Hindu, Frontline.

Interest: International Security and Strategic Studies

Dr. Neba Ridley Ngwa is a lecturer at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon-IRIC, University of Yaounde Il. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Ankara Yildirim Beyazit Mediterranean University in North Cyprus, and LLB in Law from University of Buea, Cameroon. His research interests include issues of international security studies, International Security and humanitarian law, foreign policy and geopolitical analysis. He worked as a graduate researcher and teaching assistant at the Eastern Mediterranean University, and later as a research assistant at the Africa Foundation Research Institute based in Ankara, Turkey.

Interest: Culturally responsive teaching and leading, educational equity, teacher education, curriculum theory

Dr. Jennifer Martin is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Martin worked in public education for 17 years, 15 of those as the department chair of English at an urban alternative high school for students labeled at-risk for school failure in metropolitan Detroit. She has been the editor of the JULTR since 2018, and has taken an active role in revitalizing the journal as well as transforming it into an online and open access forum.

Interest: Race, diversity and equity/equality in American institutions

Jennifer Brooks is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign currently working in public education as an 8th grade Social Sciences teacher. Her most recent, work was published by National Conference of Undergrad Research, titled, "Why Doesn't Anybody Want To Teach Us?" Concerns Of Teaching Urban Students. Brooks is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the National Council for Teachers of English, and the Illinois Reading Council. She is the recipient of the President's Research in Diversity Travel Assistance Award.

Interest: Populism and History Writing

Dr. Rohma Javed Rashid is an Assistant Professor of History at the Department of History and Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She earned her PhD from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has also contributed several book chapters on the social and culture milieu of early modern Delhi. She writes opinion pieces regularly on political and social issues that affect Indian society.

Interest: Politics of Populism

Dr. Balu Sunilraj is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Christ University. Before joining Christ University, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Ambedkar University-Delhi, and also with the Centre for Equity Studies. He holds Ph.D., M.Phil, and MA in Political Science from the Jawharlal Nehru University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Delhi.

Interest: Indo-Portuguese Studies, Maritime History, Interculturality in History and Gender Studies.

Dr. Poulami Aich Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Assumption College and is director at the department's research centre. She completed her PhD from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in International Relations on the theme of ‘Indo-Portuguese Bilateral Ties and its Legacies’ in 2010.

Interest: Political philosophy, Political communication and public policy.

Prof. Carlos Fernando Timaná Kure is a Political Scientist graduated from Universidad EAFIT (Medellín, Colombia), Master in Government and Public Policy from University of Columbia and Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogotá). He is Director of Government Center José Luis Bustamante y Rivero at the Deparment of Law and Political Science at Universidad Católica San Pablo (Arequipa, Perú) since 2014, also he is professor of political science and history of political philosophy at Law School at Universidad Católica San Pablo.

Interest: Popular Reconstruction of Local History (Legends, Narratives of an Area)

Dr. Philip Varghese is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Christ (Deemed to be University), NCR campus. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. degree in Political Science from the Centre for Political Studies (CPS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His latest research work published as a case report is “Parastatal Bodies, UNESCO Heritage Sites and Tourism: Tracing Governance in Hampi” (2020) published by EQUATIONS (Equitable Tourism Options), Bangalore.

Interest: Politics of Populism

Mr. Sarath Sasikumar is a research scholar at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was awarded an M.Phil from the same centre in 2018. He completed MA in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad and BA in Political Science from the University of Calicut. He has contributed chapters in edited volumes on different topics related to political thought, education etc. Also, articles have been written by him in the Economic & Political Weekly on contemporary political issues.

Interest: Multiculturalism as new historical identity

Dr. Enzo Colombo is a Professor of Sociology of Culture and Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights at the University of Milan – Italy, Department of Social and Political Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Methodology of Social Sciences from the University of Milan, a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in Anthropologie Sociale et Ethnologie, from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris – France, and a MBA in Political Sciences from the University of Milan.

Interest: Populist Crisis Communication

Mr. Ashwin Kurian Philip is a doctoral fellow at Christ University. He did his M.A in Political Science at Hyderabad Central University and B.A in Political Science at Madras Christian College, Chennai. He has qualified the UGC-JRF in Political Science and has published articles and letters in magazines and newspapers such as Economic and Political Weekly(EPW), Diplomatist and The Hindu.

Interest: Popular Reconstruction of Local History

(Legends, Narratives of an Area)

Dr. Malavika Menon is Assistant Professor of Political Science at GD Goenka University, Haryana. She has earned her PhD in Political Science from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has pursued a M.A. and M.Phil in Political Science from the same Centre. She has done a BA (H) Political Science from Gargi College, Delhi University. She has taught students of both undergraduate and post graduate programmes, covering courses on Western Political Thought, Indian Political Thought, Global Politics, International Relations, Public Policy, and Contemporary Issues in Political Philosophy.