Mahesar Ghulam presents his dissertation project Photo by Thomas Abel
On 23 November the first Interdisciplinary Colloquium in Winter Term 2017/18 took place at the BGHS. The discussion focused on a paper by Mahesar Ghulam, “Grounding Dalit epistemology in Pakistan”. The paper is baded on the third chapter of Mahesar Ghulam's dissertation.
The colloquium started with a presentation of some key aspects of the whole research project. The title of the presentation was "Mainstreaming Dalitbahujan perspective (DBP) - Social dis/orders: caste, race, ethnicity and gender in focus". Afterwards the paper was commented by José Velásquez (Historian) and Abrham Yohannes (Sociologist) from the BGHS.
Afterwards the colloquium was opened for questions from the audience: doctoral researchers of BGHS, master students from the Faculty of Sociology and interested visitors. Th event was not only interdisciplinary, but also very international: there were people from Pakistan, Russia, Brazil, Equador, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran. The questions and comments ranged from methodology to epistemological and empirical aspects of the research.
About the Interdisciplinary Colloquium
The format Interdisciplinary Colloquium was initiated by doctoral researchers of the BGHS in 2009. Since then it is a self-organised platform. The idea is to strengthen academic collaboration at the graduate school and take advantage of its interdisciplinary structure. These periodic colloquia, unlike other courses, are not led by a professor. To enable discussion on research projects in progress in a non-judgmental atmosphere, the colloquium is organised and run by the doctoral researchers themselves.
Currently the colloquium is organised by Edvaldo Moita and Mehran Mohammadian. Those who are interested in presenting their research (ongoing dissertation, chapters, papers etc.) are warmly invited to contact them.
More information about the Interdisciplinary Colloquium and the topics of the colloquia since 2009: