Long term collaborations

Caste, Community and Traditions in Karnataka, India (2006 - ongoing) - Research project A project of the Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap & the Centre for the Study of Local Cultures

Discussion on the book " Buddhijeevigala Moodhanambikegalu "Manthana - A forum of intellects and writers from Mysore , has organised a discussion on the new book by Nilume publication , " Buddhijeevigala Moodhanambikegalu " a translation by Prof .Rajaram Hegde, on Prof. Balagangadhar's research work. The discussion would be headed by Mr. M .S. Chaitra ...

MOU between UGent and Bangalore University - KarnatakaStart: 11/11/2008 - Duration: 3 + 5 years - End: 10/11/2016

New Documentary on Colonial Consciousness and Indian cultureThe Educators’ Society for the Heritage of India (ESHI) and Hindu Students Council (HSC) are releasing ‘Beware of God’: an educational documentary series concerning Indian culture. Based on the work of the acclaimed thinker Professor S.N. Balagangadhara (Ghent University, Belgium), this...


Confrerence (EASR) contribution: “Is Our Understanding of Indian Culture the Result of a Dialogue?“ - Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap panel at the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) conference 2017Prof. Jakob De Roover, Prof. Martin Fárek, Dr. Prakash Shah, Dr. Sarah Claerhout, Mrs. Marianne Keppens and Ms. Sarika Rao presented their research results in a common panel at the EASR Annual Conference in Leuven. Leuven – Tue, September 19th 2017

Comparative Political Theory - WorkshopThis international workshop involved participants from different universities in Europe with a shared interest in the nascent field of Comparative Political Theory. Some sessions critically assessed the nature and aims of this field of study; others looked at the way non-Western thinkers have...Gent – Mon, May 15th 2017

Conference contribution (BASAS): “The Certainty of Caste“ - Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap panel at the British Association of South Asian Studies conference 2017Prof. Jakob De Roover, Dr. Prakash Shah, Mrs. Marianne Keppens and Ms. Sarika Rao organised a joint panel at the BASAS Annual Conference at the University of Nottingham. Wed, April 19th 2017

This is not India II – Ceci n’est pas l’Inde II ::: Indian Welcome EveningThe India Platform would like to cordially invite you to its annual Indian Welcome Evening. For however long you stay, Europe will be your new home away from home. That is the reason we organise this evening: all of us know that living in an alien culture is not always easy. During the evening...Thu, December 8th 2016

The student-teacher relationship in the 21st century education - 29 October 2016 The India Platform and the Maya Sapera Dance Company cordially invite you to a conversation between: • Ms. Shila Mehta (Nupur Zankar, Mumbai - India) • Prof. Dr. Jakob De Roover (Research Centre Comparative Science of Cultures, Ghent University) • Ms. Maya Sapera (Maya Sapera Dance Company,...Sat, October 29th 2016

Liberal Education and the Future of the University An international conference co-organized by India Platform and BMS College of Engineering, BENGALURU – INDIAThis international conference co-organized by the BMS College of Engineering and India Platform, aims to examine the general predicament of liberal education and the future of the university in India.Fri, June 10th 2016

BELSPO: Post-Doc Fellowships to non-EU researchers – call 2016he stimulation of international mobility and the attraction of researchers from abroad is one of the priorities of the European Research Area. The Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is contributing to this objective by granting post-doc fellowships to non-EU researchers allowing them...Ghent – Sat, April 30th 2016

Book Launch "Europe, India and the limits of secularism" by Jakob De Roover"Europe, India and the limits of secularism", an Oxford University Press Hardback book by Jakob De Roover, will be presented and discussed on 22nd of April 2016. Opening of the evening by: Prof. Dr. Koen Goethals, Ghent University Chief Academic Officer A conversation on the limits of...Fri, April 22nd 2016

Samvada Lahari V - at SirsiThe annual " Samvaada Lahari " will be held at Sirsi on th 6th and 7th of February 2016. The theme of this years event would be " Samskruthika Vyatyasagalu " ( Cultural differences ).Sirsi – Sat, February 6th 2016

Two Day Workshop for Public Intellectuals - Swarajyandic Academy and Swarajya are hosting a two-day workshop for public intellectuals on 16-17 January 2016, Bangalore. Indic Academy is a not-for-profit think thank that seeks to nurture and nourish scholarship in Indology, arm and groom Indic public intellectuals into developing a narrative...Bangalore – Sat, January 16th 2016

Talk by Prof. Jakob de Roover at BMSCE, BengaluruOn account of celebration of Yuva Diwas , a talk was organised jointly by India Platform, NSS and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at BMS College of Engineering on 16th January 2016. The theme of the lecture was ""Beyond the Western Stories about India. Today's India for the youth"....Bangalore – Sat, January 16th 2016

Lecture and discussion at B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bangalore - An Introduction to Comparative Science of CultureProf. Dr. Jakob De Roover and members of the Comparative Science of Cultures research group in India interacted with students at BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore. The discussion was held on the 16th of January as part of the National Youth Week, organised by the NSS wing in commemoration...Bangalore – Sat, January 16th 2016

Two-day workshop on the theme of caste - Comparative Science of Cultures International Research Group A two day workshop based on the theme of Castes in India, is held in Bangalore on 12th and 13th of January, 2016, for the members of the international research group Comparative Science of Cultures. The reading material was taken from an upcoming book on caste that is being put together by...Tue, January 12th 2016

8th GCRA International Conference - Call for Papers - - UAS, BangaloreThe Department of Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India is organising the 8th GCRA International Conference on “Innovative Digital Applications for Sustainable Development” during 5-7, January 2016, at UAS, GKVK Bangalore. The...Bangalore – Tue, January 5th 2016

Discussion Session on TerrorismThe discussion session on terrorism was followed by an Indian meal and the opportunity to meet more informally. The theme of the evening was something all of us have been confronted with but few of us have understood: the phenomenon of terrorism. As a basis for the discussion, we proposed to...Ghent – Sat, December 12th 2015

Performance of "Women Speak", a kathak dance performanceOn November 4, 2015, there is a performance of "Women Speak", a kathak dance performance by Shila Mehta & Maya Sapera, accompanied by live music. Shila Mehta & Maya Sapera let their body speak in Kathak dance language – A North Indian Classical Dance.Elsene (Brussels) – Wed, November 4th 2015

International Seminar: "The Enigma of Law" at EFLUDuring 2-4 November 2015, an International Seminar was organized by Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences in collaboration with The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. This seminar is part of an ongoing series of seminars on “enigma” planned...Hyderabad – Mon, November 2nd 2015

Lecture at Sastra University , TanjoreProf. S. N. Balagangardhara, Director of the India Platform and the Research Centre Vergelijkende Cutuurwetenschap (Comparative Science of Cultures), University of Ghent, Belgium , delivered a speech on the relevance of Social Sciences in the current higher education scenario in India. Tamil Nadu – Tue, October 20th 2015

Pratyabhijnana Workshop Series - IV The Pratyabhijnana series of workshops is where a body of researchers, drawn from different institutions and vocational backgrounds, meet periodically in different institutions. They engage in intense discussions and structured readings over two days. Sat, October 17th 2015

Workshop on Prof. Balagangadhara's research and the books released by Nilume Publication.ನಿಲುಮೆ ಪ್ರಕಾಶನದಿಂದ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಮೂರು ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳು ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿರುವುದು ತಮಗೇ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ.ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳ ಓದುಗರ,ನಿಲುಮೆಯ ಬರಹಗಾರರ ಹಾಗೂ ನಿಲುಮೆ ಪ್ರಕಾಶನದ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಚಳುವಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಮತ್ತು ಪರೋಕ್ಷವಾಗಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಲು ಇಚ್ಚೆಯಿರುವ ಗೆಳೆಯರನ್ನೆಲ್ಲಾ ಸೇರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು,ನಮ್ಮ ಮೊದಲನೇ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಂತೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಿಂದ...Fri, October 2nd 2015

Lecture by Prof. Jakob De Roover on Gandhi and the search for happinessOn Friday, the 2nd of October, Prof. Jakob De Roover will attend a ceremony in honour of the “Father of the Nation” which will take place at the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi. He will speak on the topic "“Gandhi and the human search for happiness”.Antwerp – Fri, October 2nd 2015

Release of two books by NILUME-India Platform publicationThe second publication of Nilume – India Platform publication was released on August 2nd 2015. The second part of “ Buddhi Jeevigala Moodahanambikegalu “ which deals with the current theories which are the emanate from the west , not taking into account the cultural experiences from the non...Bangalore – Fri, October 2nd 2015

Aarohi-CSLC Workshop - IIIIn continuation with the series of reading workshops jointly to be held by Aarohi- CSLC for facilitating the doctoral students, we are going to have the second one in the series at Kuvempu university, Shankaraghatta, Shivmogga. This time the focus will be on"Role of Stories in Indian Traditions"...Sat, September 19th 2015

IPU Meeting on Belgo-Indian CooperationThis IPU Meeting on Belgo-Indian Cooperation took place in the Federal Parliament of Belgium. There were three main speakers: - HE Mr. Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union - Mr. Philippe Baron Vlerick, Chairman of the Belgo-Indian Chamber...Brussels – Tue, June 30th 2015

Lecture Prof. Jakob De Roover on yoga and the search for happinessProf. Jakob De Roover participated in a debate on Indian culture on the 21st of June (International Yoga Day).Ghent – Sun, June 21st 2015

Dharma and Ethics VIII: Revisiting Swami VivekanandaOn the 16th of June, The Eighth Dharma and Ethics Conference was organised. In this conference, we took up Swami Vivekanandas views on Nationalism, politics, Hinduism, social reform, and cultural difference. Select scholars will be invited to present their papers on the following themes: To...Shimoga – Tue, June 16th 2015

Professor Balu talks about 'competition' Professor Balu talks about 'competition' on Radio Klara (BE) against the background of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Thu, May 28th 2015

Workshop PardubiceOn the 27th of May, there was a workshop on Prof. Balu's work in the University of Pardubice.Pardubice – Wed, May 27th 2015

Visit of Prof. Sunaina Singh - VC of EFLUFrom the 17th to the 23rd of May, Prof. Sunaina Singh, the Vice-Chancellor of the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, visited Ghent University and the University of Groningen.Ghent – Sun, May 17th 2015

Study Visit to India by HeritaFrom 16th of February to the 2nd of March, Herita made a study visit to India, organised by the India Platform.The visit was in the framework of the theme Heritage as Driver for Liveable CitiesBangalore – Mon, February 16th 2015

Project: Cold War Social Science and the Development of the Human Sciences in Europe and India (2015-2016)In the period that followed the Second World War, the United States saw an unprecedented growth of the social sciences and humanities caused by a massive injection of government funding into the universities. The government had a specific goal in mind: to promote and support research that was of...Thu, January 1st 2015

SAMVADA LAHARI IVSat, December 20th 2014

Lecture at World Hindu Congress (21 - 23 November)The World Hindu Congress is a global event for Hindu's, taking place in New Delhi from 21 to 23 November. Ms. Sarika Rao (Research Centre Comparative Science of Cultures) will give a lecture to the Hindu Youth Conference. Professor Balu will give a lecture on the challenges of HIndu society...Fri, November 21st 2014

Lecture: Secularism and Indian CultureLecture by Prof. De Roover, organized by Rostrum Club of Alva’s Education Foundation in Moodbidre on 18 November 2014Moodbidri – Tue, November 18th 2014

Meetings in DharmasthalaOn November 17, Prof. Jakob De Roover met with several important people in the city of Dharmasthala, in the context of the India Platform Focus Group - Liveable Cities. As one of the most important pilgrimage towns in South India, the goal is to transform itinto a model pilgrimage centre for...Dharmasthala – Mon, November 17th 2014

Lecture: The Problems of Secularism in IndiaLecture by Prof. De Roover at SDM College in Ujire on 17 November 2014Ujire – Mon, November 17th 2014

Workshop and Expert Class: Secularization and Colonial Consciousness in IndiaThis workshop was organized by Aarohi and conducted by Prof. Jakob De Roover, on 15 and 16 November 2014. During the workshop, the group did a close reading of an article concerning a specific hypothesis on secularization and the cultural migration of ideas. They also related this hypothesis to...Sat, November 15th 2014

Lecture: Re-structuring Literary Studies: New Approaches in the Wake of the Cultural TurnLecture by Ashwin Kumar A.P. during a one day workshop for postgraduate students and teachers of English Studies at the Government First Grade College in Gubbi on 13 November 2014. Gubbi – Thu, November 13th 2014

Lecture: Bharatipura and social realityLecture by T.L. Praveena organized by Odhugara Chavadi, Shimoga on 8 November 2014.Shimoga – Sat, November 8th 2014

Workshop on Vivekananda and His LegacyThis workshop was organized by the English Association at the L.B. College and conducted by Prof. Rajaram Hegde and Prof. J. S. Sadananda. The workshop was attended by about 100 students and staff of the L.B. College.Sagar – Thu, October 30th 2014

Workshop on Comparative Science of Cultures Odugara chavadi (Readers group) organized a one day workshop at the Government Higher Primary School in Kammaradi on October 29, 2014. The participants of this workshop were mostly high school teachers and college teachers. The workshop aimed at giving training to the teachers about the recent...Kammaradi – Wed, October 29th 2014

Lecture: Social Sciences for Engineering StudentsLecture by Prof. Balagangadhara at Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodbidri on 7 October 2014Moodbidri – Tue, October 7th 2014

Lecture: Gandhi’s Concept of SwarajLecture by J.S. Sadananda at the Shimoga district congress committee in Shimoga on 2 October 2014Shimoga – Thu, October 2nd 2014

Lecture: Corruption at High PlacesKeynote lecture by J.S. Sadananda at the UGC National Seminar, organized by Lal Bahaddur Shastri College, Sagara, at Kuvempu University in Shankaraghatta on 30 September 2014Shankaraghatta - Karnataka – Tue, September 30th 2014

Lecture: Political Empowerment of Backward Classes in IndiaValedictory address by J.S. Sadananda, at a seminar organized by the Department of Sociology at Sahyadri College in Shimoga on 29 September 2014Shimoga – Mon, September 29th 2014

Discussion on the Novel YaNaParticipated as a one of the resource persons in an interaction program held in Thilrtahalli on a Novel called YaNa written by S.L.Byrappa, on 28th September 2014. This program was organized by “Manthana Balaga” Kattehaklu, Thirthahalli.Thirtahalli – Sun, September 28th 2014

Inaugural Talk at the Distinguished Lectures Series of the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU)In her inaugurl note, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sunaina Singh, pointed out that the objective of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to bring scholars of the highest caliber from the world of academia, business and arts to the university. Prof. Balagangadhara was invited with that aim and gave...Hyderabad – Fri, September 26th 2014

Comparative Study of Religions course with guest lectures from Prof. Em. Etienne Vermeersch, Autumn 2014In Autumn 2014 Prof. Jakob De Roover teaches Comparative Study of Religions in Ghent. On 19 and 26 November Prof. Em. Etienne Vermeersch, known in Belgium for this thorough knowledge of Christianity and many other religions, gives a guest lecture.Wed, September 24th 2014

Lecture: Bias in Indian History writingSpecial lecture by Rajaram Hegde at the UGC Uttara Kannada District History Conference, jointly organized by the Sodhi swarnavalli matha, Vadiraja matha and Jyna matha in Sirsi on 20 September 2014Sirsi – Sat, September 20th 2014

IMETE Summer School 2014: Resource Recovery from WastewaterUntil recently, wastewater treatment technologies were mainly focused on remediation. However, in recent years technologies for resource recovery from wastewater also became increasingly important as major economic and environmental drivers currently exist to develop better resource recovery...Gent – Mon, September 8th 2014

Lecture: Civil Society Initiatives in Electoral ReformsPaper presentation by J.S. Sadananda at the UGC Electoral Reformation in India Seminar, organized by Government First Grade College, Turuvekere at Tumkur University in Tumkur on 2 September 2014Tumkur – Tue, September 2nd 2014

Lecture: Understanding Human Rights in Indian ContextLecture by J.S. Sadananda at the UGC Refresher Course for College and University Teachers, organized by Mysore University in Mysore on 25 August 2014Mysore – Mon, August 25th 2014

Lecture: The study of culture as the study of cultural differenceLecture by Ashwin Kumar A.P. during a one day workshop conducted for the postgraduate students and teachers of the humanities departments at the Sri Siddaganga College of Arts in Tumkur on 21 August 2014Tumkur – Thu, August 21st 2014

Talk: 'Knowing to act and acting to know'On 21 July 2014, a talk was held in Bangalore, The topic was: ‘Acting to Know and knowing to act: Rethinking practices in the context of Science and Society’Bangalore – Mon, July 21st 2014

Lecture: Acting to know and knowing to act: Rethinking practices in the context of science and societyLecture by M. S. Chaitra organized by Viveka Jagrithi at Our School in Bangalore on 21 July 2014Bangalore – Mon, July 21st 2014

European Hindu Forum: lecture by Marianne Keppens of the India PlatformLecture on "The anti-caste discrimination legislation in the UK and its implications for Europe." by Marianne Keppens at the general assembly of the European Hindu Forum in Altare, Italy.Altare – Thu, July 3rd 2014

Workshop on Smruti-vismruti (The Heathen in His Blindness) and SecularismThis workshop was organised by the Samskruti Sawrabha, and was conducted by Dr. Rajaram Hegde. During this workshop the Kannada translation of Prof. Balagangadhara’s book ‘The Heathen in His Blindness’ was discussed with about 200 researchers and scholars from the area.Bhadravati – Sun, June 22nd 2014

Lecture: Balagangadhara Tilak’s conception of SwarajSpecial lecture by J.S. Sadananda, organized by Gandhi Memorial Trust Bangalore in Bangalore on 15 June 2014Bangalore – Sun, June 15th 2014

Research Training Workshop for PhD students: BangaloreA two-day workshop on research methodology was organized, keeping in mind the progress of our ongoing research training of PhD students. Dr. Jakob De Roover of Ghent University conducted this workshop.Sat, June 7th 2014

Lecture: Pachayat Raj in KarnatakaSeminar session presided by J.S. Sadananda at the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Shimoga on 1 June 2014Shimoga – Sun, June 1st 2014

Workshop on The Cultural Difference in Understanding our Heritage in Sanskrit.This workshop was organised on 17 May 2014 by the Viranjaneya Temple Organisation in Bangaramakki, Honnavaru, Karnataka, as a part of a National Sanskrit Teacher's meet for a week. There were around 500 Sanskrit teachers from Universities and colleges from within and outside of Karnataka. Hannavaru – Sat, May 17th 2014

Lecture: Problems of Conceptualizing Human Rights in IndiaPaper presentation by J.S. Sadananda at the Human Rights and Social Justice Seminar, organized by the Department of Political Science at Tumkur University in Tumkur on 26 March 2014Tumkur – Wed, March 26th 2014

Reading module preparation workshopThis workshop was focussed on how to train the new PhD entrants in research work. It was held on the 27th of February at Rastrotthana Parishat, Chamarajapet, Bangalore.Bangalore – Thu, February 27th 2014

Lecture: Changing Concepts of Representation in Indian PoliticsPaper presentation by J.S. Sadananda at the Globalization and Emerging Trends in Indian Politics National Seminar, organized by Basudev Soman College at Mysore University in Mysore on 15 February 2014Mysore – Sat, February 15th 2014

Lecture: Impact of Globalization in Indian PoliticsKey note lecture by J.S. Sadananda at the Globalization and Emerging Trends in Indian Politics National Seminar, organized by the Department of Political Science at Sahyadri College in Shimoga on 14 February 2014Shimoga – Fri, February 14th 2014

Lecture: SecularismSpecial lecture by Shanmukha A., organized by the Department of Political Science at the Post Graduate Centre in Kaduru on 9 February 2014Kaduru – Sun, February 9th 2014

Lecture: Role and importance of Social ServiceLecture by T.L. Praveena organized by NSS unit of DVS Collage, Shimoga in Ayanur, Shimoga on 6 February 2014Shimoga – Thu, February 6th 2014

Lecture: Gandhi and SarvodayaSpecial lecture by Shanmukha A., organized by the Government First Grade College Holehonnuru in Holehonnuru, Shimoga on 30 January 2014.Shimoga – Thu, January 30th 2014

Lecture: Peoples’ attitudes regarding forest rules and regulations in India.Lecture by T.L. Praveena, organized by NSS Unit of Kuvempu University in Thirthahalli on 18 January 2014Thirthahalli – Sat, January 18th 2014

SAMVADA LAHARI III - Nyaya: East-West (Thinking about alternatives) Sat, January 11th 2014

Lecture: Rethinking development against the background of Indian traditions.Lecture by M. S. Chaitra, organized by Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth celebration Committee in Bijapur on 29 December 2013Bijapur – Sun, December 29th 2013

Lecture: How do we reconceptualise education for our contemporary world?Lecture by M. S. Chaitra, organized by Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth celebration Committee in Bagalkot on 28 December 2013Bagalkot – Sat, December 28th 2013

Jawaharlal Nehru Science Fellowships / Call For NominationsThe Department of Science and Technology has instituted the Jawaharlal Nehru Science Fellowship, in order to promote cutting-edge scientific research in centres of excellence in India.Sun, December 1st 2013

Belgian Economic Mission to THE REPUBLIC OF INDIApresided over by HRH PRINCESS ASTRID OF BELGIUM Representative of His Majesty the King, in presence of HE DIDIER REYNDERS Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs, HE KRIS PEETERS Minister-President of the Government of Flanders, Flemish...Sat, November 23rd 2013

Close Reading Workshop in Comparative Science of CulturesThe Aarohi research group and the Viveka Jagruti forum jointly organised a workshop in Bananshankari, Bangalore, in the framework of the courses and close reading modules Aarohi organizes in Comparative Science of Cultures. This workshop was aimed at familiarising graduate-level science students...Bangalore – Thu, November 14th 2013

Discussion on health care initiatives Discussion on health care initiatives in the coastal region of Karnataka state on November 6, 2013.Karnataka – Wed, November 6th 2013

Roundtable on an India strategyRoundtable about the possibility of an India strategy for Belgium, Flanders and Wallonia towards closer and increased collaboration in science and innovation.The roundtable will bring together representatives from four different communities: research, higher education, federal and regional...Brussels – Thu, October 31st 2013

Author Meetings: Modern Society in Indian LiteratureIndian society is so diverse and complicated that literature is perhaps the best lens through which to grasp it. Prof. Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven) will talk to a dozen famous Indian writers from several states and generations. With each discussion, he will elaborate on a particular aspect...Leuven – Thu, October 31st 2013

Podcast: Czech Radio (Pardubice)On October 20 2013, Dunkin Jalkin and Tess Joss gave a talk on comparative science of cultures shaped by Prof. Balagangadhara. The programme was called 'The Living Laboratory', a podcast on Czech Radio Pardubice, Pardubice – Sun, October 20th 2013

Podcast: Czech Radio (Pardubice)On October 6 2013, Martin Farek gave a talk on comparative science of cultures shaped by Prof. Balagangadhara. The programme was called 'The Living Laboratory', a podcast on Czech Radio Pardubice, Pardubice – Sun, October 6th 2013

Scriptum Award Contest of Belgo-Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BICC&I) 2013Since 2006 BICC&I organises a Scriptum Award Contest where they hand out an award of Eur 1000,00 and 2 return tickets to India to a student who has written the best thesis about the enhancement of economic cooperation between Belgium and India. This contest is open to any student graduating...Tue, October 1st 2013

Seminar for Doctoral Students, PardubiceOn October 1 2013, the Department for the study of Religions of the University of Pardubice held a seminar for doctoral Students. Pardubice – Tue, October 1st 2013

UGent Professor Balagangadhara receives golden medal and Doctor Honoris Causa title from the University of PardubiceUpon proposal of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy and upon approval by the Scientific Board of the University of Pardubice Prof. Balagangadhara will be awarded the title of "Doctor Honoris Causa" of the University of Pardubice. A special academic ceremony will be held in which...Pardubice – Mon, September 30th 2013

Lecture by Prof. Balu: 'Hinduism - A religion or a way of life?'Bellary – Sun, July 14th 2013

India Lecture Café: Asia and the Challenges for Social Sciences and HumanitiesThe Lecture Cafés are a joint initiative of the Ghent University China platform, the India platform and the International Office of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. The lectures are held in English, in an interactive way open for discussion, and are open to anyone with an interest in...Gent – Tue, May 28th 2013

Lectures Sunita NarainSunita Narain is director of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in India , where she has been working for more than 30 years on the relation between ecology and development. She is one of the most authoritative voices from the Global South when it comes to global debates about...Thu, May 23rd 2013

India-EU Cooperation & Development Policyby Christophe Masson European Commission, DG DEVCO, Geo-coordinator for India Wednesday 15 May 2013, 6-8pm Monseigneur Sencie Institute (MSI), 01.16 Ravenstraat / Erasmusplein 3000 Leuven Participation is free, but prior registration is required at conference@ggs.kuleuven.be (before...Leuven – Wed, May 15th 2013

Lecture: The Bengal RenaissanceBy Dr. Abhishek Dutta (Group-T, Leuven) Chair: Prof. Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven) Participation is free, but prior registration is required at conference@ggs.kuleuven.be.Leuven – Wed, April 24th 2013

"Mukhamukhi" in conversation with the readers of Vasahathuprajneya Vishwaroopa Aarohi organised an interaction program 'mukhamukhi' with Dr.S.N Balagangadhara and Dr.Rajaram Hegde in the background of columns published in vijayavani, a Kannada daily news paper. The program was held at Rashtrottana parishad on 05/04/2013 at 6.30 pm. Readers of these columns attended the...Bangalore – Fri, April 5th 2013

Lecture Cafés: Health care in IndiaThe Lecture Cafés are a joint initiative of the Ghent University China platform, the India platform and the International Office of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. The lectures are held in English, in an interactive way open for discussion, and are open to anyone with an interest in...Gent – Tue, March 19th 2013

"Kanunina Kavalugalu'" (Branches of Law)This workshop was a book releasing programme for the book "Kanunina Kavalugalu'" (Branches of Law) by Usha Ramanand. It was organised by the research group in Sirsi, Jivanmukhi. A discussion took place with a well known serial director, T.N. Sitaram, and his team. The audience existed of...Sirsi – Sun, March 3rd 2013

Cultural training for Tom Tom GhentTom Tom in Ghent (Belgium) works with an international team and is facing cultural differences and challenges. In this training the India Platform team will guide a group of Tom Tom employees through some problems faced and suggest some innovative solutions.Ghent – Wed, February 27th 2013

YakshaganaThis programme: Yakshagana in torch light, on 2-2-2013 at Ainakia Mane in Sirsi. Programme was attended by 300 people which was Organised by Jivanmukhi.Performed by traditional artists. Target group was farmers, professionals, and traditional artists.The yakshagana's were performed in torch...Sirsi – Sat, February 2nd 2013

Workshop: Let globalization work for usWorkshop, following the talk on 13 December by Dr. S.N. Balagangadhara, “Collaboration with India in the 21st Century: A Vision” Dr. Shankara Prasad, “India is Booming: What About the Villages?” How do we see collaboration with India? What can young people do? Does collaboration ...Ghent – Sat, December 15th 2012

Brussels Book Launch "Reconceptualizing India Studies" S.N. BalagangadharaOxford University Press 2012, 288 pages | 978-0-19-808296-5 | Hardback “Balagangadhara's work presents both a dare and an invitation to venture outside our comfort zones of accepted ideas about "religions", politics, and culture. His sustained and profound immersion in the intellectual...Brussels – Fri, December 14th 2012

Let globalization work for us - Two lectures about 21st century IndiaAsian companies buy Western companies and become their employers; the West has a shortage of highly-skilled youngsters while Asia has plenty of them; the welfare of the people in the West is decreasing while in Asia it seems to increase... Two Indians will give their vision on these...Gent – Thu, December 13th 2012

London Book Launch "Reconceptualizing India Studies" S.N. BalagangadharaThe School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, is delighted to present a special lecture hosted by GLOCUL: Centre for Culture and Law: Professor S.N. Balagangadhara on his book "Reconceptualizing India Studies". The Centre for Culture and Law’s research agenda links legal pluralism,...London – Tue, December 11th 2012

VLIR Project: Towards a research network in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Karnataka (2012-2014) The Flemish Interuniversity Counsil (VLIR-UOS) has awarded a project (South Initiative 2012) to the Research Center Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap from Ghent University. This project will enable the creation of a research network in Karnataka, building on the experience of the Centre for...Sat, December 1st 2012

Dharma and Ethics VII - The Travails of “Modernity"In the last six years, the Dharma and Ethics meet has emerged as a forum where important issues, problematics and texts that have shaped the Kannanda and the Indian intellectual traditions are taken up for serious theoretical scrutiny and tested for their soundness, coherence, validity and...Sat, December 1st 2012

Rethinking Religion in India IV: Secularism, Religion and Law (2012)The fourth edition of the 5-year conference cluster Rethinking Religion in India: Secularism, Religion and Law took place from 24 to 27 November 2012 in Mangalore, India. Hubli – Sat, November 24th 2012

SAMVADA LAHARI II (Waves of discussion - II)Sirsi – Fri, October 12th 2012

Lecture by Dr. Sarah Claerhout: Gandhi Jayanti - Gandhi’s Lessons in Leadership: Life as a site of learningAcademic session in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, with Assisant Professor Dr. Sarah Claerhout of the Ghent University Department of Comparative Sciences and Culture as key note speaker (Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration and a site of learning). Other speakers: Marc A. Huybrechts (Honorary Consul...Antwerp – Tue, October 2nd 2012

Conference (EASR) contribution: 'A critical assessment of recent theories of religious evolution'Jakob De Roover will present a paper and Sarah Claerhout will chair 2 sessions at the annual conference of the European Association for the study of Religion in Stockholm. Conference team 'Ends and Beginnings'. For more information on the contribution of Jakob De Roover, see presentations.Fri, August 24th 2012

Svāgata.eu - Experience Europe as an IndianThe European Commission has agreed to fund a four year Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project for Indian students and staff coming to Europe. From September 2013 onwards, 116 Indian students and staff members will be able to come to 8 European universities. For more information, please click on the...Sun, July 15th 2012

Lecture by Prof. Balu and by J. De Roover in GroningenContribution by members of the Research Centre to the 'Wetenschapsdag' ('Science Day'), organised by the Medical Faculty of the University of Groningen. Groningen – Thu, June 28th 2012

Lecture by Prof. Balu 'Who needs a worldview?'Lecture given in the context of the 8th ECCO Seminar Series (2011-2012)Brussels – Fri, June 8th 2012

Workshop “We shall not cease from exploration” – the Distance Covered"The research group has been operating in at least three different locations and has now produced several PhD theses from these locations – in Ghent, CSLC and CSCS. In this workshop the researchers will present their research results. Shimoga – Fri, May 4th 2012

Lecture by Prof. Balu: 'Culture as a lever for development'CAMPUSTALKS is a series of lunch presentations for and by VUB researchers, VUB alumni, artists and architects to exchange local and international research projects within the VUB community. The {20*20} or Pecha Kucha format guarantees a dynamic and inspiring succession of up-tempo talks.Brussels – Tue, March 20th 2012

Visit to the University of Aveiro (Portugal), by the UGent Rector a.o.Visit by: * Prof. Paul Van Cauwenberge, Vice-Chancellor (Rector) * Prof. Koen Goethals, Chief Academic Administrator * Prof. Renaat Peleman, Chief Medical Officer of the University Hospital, * Prof. Geert De Soete, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and Member of the...Mon, February 20th 2012

Lecture by Prof. Balu at Sahyadri College of Engineering & ManagementIn the framework of the Workshop on Transformation of Sudents into Industry Workforce, Prof. Balu gave a lecture on the future and tasks of engineering students in India.Mangalore – Tue, January 31st 2012

Dharma and Ethics VI: Tradition, Religion and LawThe Dharma and Ethics conferences are organized every year by the Centre for the Study of Local Cultures, established at Kuvempu University in collaboration with the Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap at Ghent University, Belgium. The conferences are part of a larger project to...Sat, January 28th 2012

SAMVADA LAHARI I (Waves of Discussion - I)The conference will make an attempt to relate the bond between Indians and their puranas. The conference is being organised by CSLC, RCVC and JEEVANMUKHI (R), Sirsi from January 1st to the 3rd.Sirsi – Sun, January 1st 2012

Lecture by Dr. De Roover: ' On the Cultural Migration of Ideas'What happens to ideas like, say, those of democracy, freedom or secularism, when they travel from one cultural setting to another? Do such normative political ideas just take ‹multiple forms› as some postmodern thinkers have suggested? Or is something more at stake?Zurich – Mon, November 21st 2011

Rethinking Religion in India III: European Representations and Indian Responses (2011)The third conference of the five-year conference cluster Rethinking Religion in India III: European Representations and Indian Responses, took place from 11 to 14 October 2011 in Pardubice in Czech Republic. Tue, October 11th 2011

MO*debat: De relevantie van Gandhi’s maatschappijbeeld voor hedendaags IndiaDebat met Winand Callewaert (Prof. Dr. Em. Sanskriet en Hindoeïsme KUL), Sarah Claerhout (onderzoekerster Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap UG), Marc Colpaert (oprichter CIMIC en India-kenner) en Jonas Slaats (Gandhi-kenner). Moderator is MO*hoofdredacteur Gie Goris. Het debat staat op het...Antwerpen – Sun, October 2nd 2011

Conference (EASR) Panel: 'Rethinking Religion in India: European Representations and Indian Responses'Conference: 2011 EASR Conference in Budapest The Hungarian Association for the Academic Study of Religions is host to the tenth EASR conference from 18 to 22 September 2011 The theme of the conference is "New Movements in Religions. Theories and Trends" Researchers from Ghent are...Budapest – Mon, September 19th 2011

Lecture series (10) by Prof. Balu in Karnataka - July-August 2011Series of lectures given by Prof. Balu and his team, for a general public in Karnataka: academics, teachers, students, lawyers, generally interested people... Thu, July 21st 2011

Meetings of the research group during visit in Bangalore - July 2011Wed, July 13th 2011

'Social Sciences and Humanities': Pilot course at BMS College of Engineering- Bangalore (2011) - In the course of two weeks (from 12 to 26 July 2011) a group of 5 scholars from Ghent University Belgium, under the leadership of Prof. S.N. Balagangadhara, is teaching an experimental course on 'Social Sciences and Humanities' at the BMS College of Engineering. Tue, July 12th 2011

Symposium: 'Theology of Religions and Comparative Theology'A Conversation with Professor Francis Clooney. An International Symposium. Both professor Balagangadhara and researcher Sarah Claerhout give a lecture in this symposium.Wed, June 22nd 2011

Workshop on Intercultural ManagementThe India Platform gave a workshop about the impact of culture on management.Pardubice – Fri, June 17th 2011

Visit to Pardubice (Czech Republic) by the research group of Ghent - June 2011Visit by Prof Balgangadhara, Sarah Claerhout, Jakob De Roover and Nele De Gersem to the University of Pardubice (Czech Republic). During this visit several meetings with students and faculty members were organised. Mon, June 13th 2011

Pecha Kucha Night Brussels Prof Balu presents the story of the research program in the format of 'Pecha Kucha': a talk of 6 minutes and 40 seconds, illustrated with 20 slides (20 seconds each).Brussel – Thu, May 26th 2011

Seminar on: Social Sciences and Our CultureSharada College Basrur and CSLC is jointly organizing a seminar on the topic " Social Sciences and Our Culture". Introducing the subject : Prof Rajarama Hegde Speaker: Dr. J S Sadanada Presence : Prof Narahari Rao Presidential Remarks : Prof Chanrdraprabha R HegdeKundapura – Sat, April 9th 2011

Workshop on the research of CSLC-studentsDiscussion on the progress of the research. Perspectives for further work.Shankaraghatta - Karnataka – Sun, January 30th 2011

Lecture by Prof. Balu on 'The Heathen in his blindness'Shimoga – Thu, January 27th 2011

Lecture by Prof Balu: Decolonising Social Sciences (Bangalore, 2011)Prof Balagangadhara addressed the participants about the project of decolonising social sciences. The special guest of this lecture was Prof. S.A. Bari, Bangalore – Mon, January 24th 2011

Dharma and Ethics V: De-colonising the Social SciencesOrganised by the Centre for the Study of Local Cultures Kuvempu University, Shivamogga in collaboration with the Research Center Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap Gent University, Belgium. and Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies, Mysore. Dates: 22nd and 23rd January 2011 Venue:...Sat, January 22nd 2011

Lecture by Prof. Balu: Dharma is not 'Religion'Title in Kannada: Dharmavallada Religion Siddapura – Mon, January 17th 2011

Lecture by Prof. Balu on 'The Heathen in his blindness'Title in Kannada: Smriti-Vismriti: Bharatiya SamskritiBelgaum – Sun, January 16th 2011

Lecture by Prof Balu: 'Decolonizing India studies' (Mangalore)Kannada titel:: Bharatiya Samaja Vijnanagala Nirvasahatikarana From the organisers the following people were present: Prof. William Robert Da Silva, G. Rajashekhar, Pattabhi Somayaji, Parinita,, Prof. Rajaram Tolpadi, B. Shivaram Shetty, Nityananda Shetty,Sun, January 9th 2011

Lecture by Prof. Balu: 'Religion that led dharma astray'Special guests: Sri,Sri. Gangadharendra Saraswati Swamiji, Swarnavalli Samasthana, Sirsi – Tue, January 4th 2011

Seminar: Yukti: A Dialogue - "False Consciousness and the Nature of Experience"This seminar focuses specifically on what notion of 'experience' underlies the Marxist conception of 'false consciousness' and questions whether the impact of colonisation may be characterised as producing a 'false consciousness'. In addition we explore alternative notions of experience found in...Mon, December 20th 2010

Lecture by Dr. De Roover on 'Liberalism, Secularism and the Cultural Migration of Ideas' Lecture given by Jakob Deroover, in a workshop, organised by Centrum Pieter Gillis - University of Antwerp & UCSIA Antwerpen – Tue, December 7th 2010

Workshop: Can we rethink Sanskritization?Two days workshop is organised by CSLC. Prof G. Sivaramakrishnan will moderate the entire workshop. Scholars will discuss and debate about the subject. Date 13-11-2010 to 14-11-2010 Venue : Kuvempu UniversityShankaraghatta - Karnataka – Sat, November 13th 2010

Interview by Portuguese television SICFor its series 'Europa XXI' about universities in Europe, SIC interviewed Prof. Balu. The interview was used in 2 editions of the programme: one edition about Ghent University (emitted on 13 November 2010), and one edition devoted entirely to Prof. Balagangadhara's India Platform vision (emitted...Ghent – Tue, November 9th 2010

CSLC Workshop series: A new hypothesis on ToposShankaraghatta - Karnataka – Mon, September 27th 2010

CSLC Workshop series: Discussions on ongoing researchCLSC students present there ongoing research to each other. These presentations happened under supervision of Prof. Balagangadhara. Researchers from Ghent University were also present at these presentations. Tue, September 14th 2010

Meeting with Center for Policy Research President Dr. Pratap Bhanu MehtaDiscussion about the status of higher education and the social sciences and humanities in India.New Delhi – Wed, September 8th 2010

Book Release. Smrithi Vismrithi: Bharatiya SamskrithiRelease of the Kannada translation of 'The Heathen in His Blindness'. Journalist Ravi Belegere and Prof. Sivaramkrishana were the special guests, Prof. J.S. Sadananda, Prof. Rajaram Hegde represented CSLC. 140 members have taken part in this memorable event. Bangalore – Sun, August 29th 2010

CA with Kuvempu University - Shankaraghatta (Shimoga) - KarnatakaStart: 01/10/2007 - Duration: 4 years - End: 30/09/2011Fri, August 18th 2006

Conference (AAS) Panel: 'Is there a religious-secular divide in the Indian traditions?'Conference: Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 25-28 March 2010. The Research Centre organizes a panel 'Is there a religious-secular divide in the Indian traditions?' Philadelphia – Thu, March 25th 2010

Conference (EASR) Panel: 'The European Experience and the Concept of Religion'The Research Centre organizes a panel 'The European Experience and the Concept of Religion' at the 9th annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), Messina, Italy, 14-17 September 2009. The session is held on 15 September, at 9 a.m. Papers and...Tue, September 15th 2009

Workshop 'India Intensive: Business Development'The India Platform led a workshop for the chamber of commerce VOKA Oost-Vlaanderen. Moderating experts were Mathias Bogaert (First Secretary Economic Affairs, Belgian embassy, New Delhi) and Mathieu Jouve-Villard (Expert in Indian Business Solutions, member of the Larive International network).Gent – Tue, May 19th 2009

Higher education and the study of India in the 21st century (in Tartu - Estonia)Meeting (in Tartu) about higher education and the study of India in the 21st century with representatives of the University of Pardubice (Czech Rep) and of TartuTartu – Thu, May 14th 2009

Workshop 'Country-specific sessions - India'The India Platform team led a workshop on cultural challenges in working with India for Vlerick Leuven-Ghent Management School. Ghent – Thu, April 2nd 2009

Cultuur en management in IndiaThe India Platform team led a workshop on cultural challenges in working with India for Affinity-iba bvba (Ghent).Ghent – Wed, April 1st 2009

Dharma and Ethics IV: Rethinking Political Thought in Modern IndiaThe fourth Dharma and Ethics conference will interrogate the contributions of the canonical Indian political thinkers of the modern period: Rammohan Roy, Vivekananda, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Jyotiba Phule, Dadabhai Navroji, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Aurobindo, Maulana Maududi, Maulana Azad, M.K. Gandhi,...Sun, January 18th 2009

Rethinking Religion in India II: Rethinking Secularism (2009)The second conference, which took place from 10 till 13 January in New Delhi, proceeded from the questions raised in the first: If the theoretical framework of religious studies is inadequate in the Indian context, then how should we understand certain conflicts and problems in India that are...New Delhi – Sat, January 10th 2009

MOU between UGent and Gulbarga University - KarnatakaStart: 11/11/2008 - Duration: 3 + 5 years - End: 10/11/2016Tue, November 11th 2008

MOU between UGent and VTU Belgaum - KarnatakaStart: 11/11/2008 - Duration: 3 + 5 years - End: 10/11/2016 (VTU = Visvesvaraya Technical University - Belgaum) Tue, November 11th 2008

MOU between UGent and Mangalore University - KarnatakaStart: 11/11/2008 - Duration: 3 +5 years - End: 11/11/2016Tue, November 11th 2008

MOU between UGent and Tumkur University - KarnatakaStart: 11/11/2008 - Duration: 3 + 5 years - End: 10/11/2016Tue, November 11th 2008

VLIR project: Development of a Centre for the Study of Local Cultures at Kuvempu University (2007-2012)Local partner: Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka The project aimed to reinvigorate social scientific research and education at a rural university located in a remote region of South India. Problems: Social science students and staff at Kuvempu University are prevented from developing...Mon, October 1st 2007

India Platform meeting at UGent: India related projects at UGentRepresentatives from many different faculties and departments were present. It was surprising to see how many, often small-scale, projects the UGent already had with India. Besides an overview of some of the existing projects, suggestions were made for the development of new projects such as a...Ghent – Fri, September 26th 2008

Arivu lectures 2008-2010 (Outreach programme - 5 lectures)A series of open lectures aimed at a broad audience from the local region on the problems of caste/inequality and pluralism/conflict and the traditional ways of coping with these problems.Thirthahalli – Fri, April 11th 2008

Dharma and Ethics III: Representation of Caste in Kannada Literature, Social Scientists’ PerspectivePapers were presented by the scholars like Raghavendrarao, Dharma, Ashok Settar, Rajaram Hegde, Sarah Clarhout, , Balgangadhar, Vijaya Poonachcha. The discussants were Rajaram Tolpadi, Harish, Shanmukha, Nele Gersem, Sadanand, and Marianne Keppens. Sat, February 2nd 2008

Rethinking Religion in India I: Are there native religions in India? (2008)The first conference of the five-year conference cluster took place in New Delhi, in January 2008. During the first conference, we realised that the need and urgency to develop an alternative theoretical framework for the study of the Indian traditions is acknowledged by many scholars of...Mon, January 21st 2008

Conference Panel: 'Studying the West through its Experience of Asia'.The International Convention of Asia Scholars; August 2-5 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia S.N. Balagangadhara was chair of the panel 'India and Europe revisited: Studying the West through its Experience of Asia'. Thu, August 2nd 2007

Contribution of Prof. Balu in ColloquiumColloquium: 'Boeddha praat met Abraham: Is Vlaanderen rijp voor interlevensbeschouwelijke dialoog? (in Dutch) (Buddha talks with Abraham: Is Flanders ready for dialogue between world visions?)Wed, April 25th 2007

Lecture by Prof. Balu: "Inter-Religious Dialogue"Leuven – Tue, March 27th 2007

Lecture by Prof. Balu on Early ChristianityTue, March 13th 2007

Dharma and Ethics II: Caste Discrimination: Hinduism, Buddhism or Liberalism? Second Dharma and Ethics Conference was held in Kuvempu University on 6th and 7th December 2006. One of the prominent political scientist and eminent philosophers of our time Prof. Charles Taylor of Canada was present on the occasion. Dr. Jacob D Roover Ghent University Belgium and Vivek...Wed, December 6th 2006

MOU between UGent and Kuvempu Universtiy - KarnatakaStart: 18/8/2006 - Duration: 3 years + 5 years - End: 17/8/2014Fri, August 18th 2006

DEVHAS (2006-2008) - Asia-Link Project of the Research Centre Vergelijkende CultuurwetenschapTitle of the project: Development of Human Resources and Strategies for Education on the Stereotypical Images and Cultural Differences Between Europe and South Asia. Background: Stereotypes create a variety of problems in the interactions between Europe and South Asia, in the business world,...Thu, June 1st 2006

Dharma and Ethics I: The Indian Traditions at the Dawn of the 21st Century Conference focused on the following questions: 1. Is western ethical theory able to capture the notion of dharma and its role in the Indian traditions? 2. Can an ethical theory be developed within the framework of the Indian traditions, which can compete with—or complement—the various forms of...Mon, December 12th 2005

Close reading seminars and research workshops at Kuvempu University (2005-2007) - project of the Research Centre Vergelijkence CultuurwetenschapSat, January 1st 2005