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The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an eColloquium on Capitalism, Poverty and Inequality scheduled to take place on Sunday, 10th January 2021
Terms like capitalism and inequality have become part of contemporary debates however their usage has more often than not been a case of loose interpretations. Capitalism not just as an economic system but a political order needs to be revisited in order to understand its historical underpinnings as well its relation with inequality and poverty. The eColloquium will provide a platform for an informed, historical and nuanced discussion on these ideas through both classical works of thinkers like Ludwig Von Mises as well as more contemporary literature on social inequalities and the role of capitalism.
What is an eColloquium?
A CCS eColloquium is an online in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme. The colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Through this program, we create an environment where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussions by sharing their understanding of the Readings. The eColloquium is also an endeavour to develop innovative ideas and approaches for the advancement of liberalism today.
Unlike a conventional conference, where one lectures and the audience listens, participants at the eColloquium explore a specific theme together by discussing a common Reader (curated collection of readings), that they read before the program. Their shared inquiry is guided by a moderator who encourages thinking, asks probing questions, keeps things moving, but does not indulge in one-way monologues, lectures and does not advocate her/his own personal biases and interpretation of the texts. The purpose of the discussions is not to convey doctrine or to drive home certain preconceived conclusions but to challenge participants to examine, refine, and develop their own ideas by engaging with others.
The discussions at the eColloquium follow a certain code of conduct. Participants are encouraged to listen attentively to the thoughts, concerns and questions of others to deepen their understanding of the issue and of each other.
How does it Work?
CCS will select 20 participants from a pool of applicants based on the merit of their application. All students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts as well as CCS' alumni are encouraged to apply.
The eColloquium reader will be shared with the participants two weeks prior to the date of the eColloquium. The reader is a set of articles, chapters from books, op-eds and blogs which are compiled together by CCS to articulate a flow in the reading. Participants are required to read and reflect on these texts carefully before the colloquium as it serves as the foundation for the discussions on the day of the program. Participants are responsible for the content of the discussions, thus the quality of the program depends entirely on their thorough preparation.
Date: 10th January 2021
Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: th 15th December 2020
Fee: Rs. 750/- (10% Discount to all CCS’ Alumni. The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)
Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the eColloquium. The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible!
We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.
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