Interface, the Academic Forum, is the medium through which students across disciplines share, discuss, and debate their ideas and concepts. We feel it is important to have a space where inter-disciplinary interaction enhances the quality and increases the scope of discussion. The issues Interface takes up range from what we consider ‘mundane’ experiences of everyday life to those considered traditionally important. The medium through which this is conducted is wide. Ranging from talks and panel discussions by prominent academicians and journalists, we have also had students host discussions which we feel can facilitate as much interaction and learning. Interface hosts movie screenings, workshops, slam poetry performances, heritage walks, installation exhibitions curated and created by students.
Creating spaces where open discussion and dialogue is possible has become a difficult but necessary task especially today. We hope to create a space where students feel free to express dissent in a constructive manner, to go beyond acceptable discursive boundaries, to question the categorisation of the ‘other’, norms that dictate ‘right’, ‘wrong’ , a 'taboo', and what makes it such.
Our theme for this year is "Roti Kapda Makaan- Exploring Cultures". We aim to explore this theme along two dimensions, the first being tracing the etymology of phrases we use plainly and generally, bereft of any critical understanding of their societal ramifications. Secondly, the theme ‘Roti, Kapda, Makaan’ will provide a basis for analysing the dynamics that operate to influence our personal choices keeping in mind that clothing, shelter and food, the basic necessities of human life operate within a continuously interactive sphere in which caste, age, class, religion and gender play a crucially deterministic role. The heavy interlink between necessities of life and the above mentioned societal categories create the context within which we situate ourselves and others in society. Most often, our identity is created vis-à-vis the other, this fragile relationship relaying out acceptable and unacceptable norms.
| Co-ordinators :
Kshetrimayum Deepi Chanu, Prakriti Anand, Tirna Sengupta, Esha Hongray Rao
Staff Advisors : Dr. Maya Joshi, Prof. Wafa Hamid
- A workshop 'The Art of Making Effective Presentation' with educationist Mr. Jayadevan Thelekat, on August 19, 2014
- An interaction with Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath, on 21st August, 2014.
- A session with Mr. Pawan Gupta, Cyber Law Specialist, on 16th October, 2014.
- A slam poetry session in collaboration with Mildly Offensive Content, on 8 January, 2015.
- A session with award-winning journalist, Mr. Shekhar Gupta, on Indian identity, and the relevance it holds today, on 27th January, 2015.
- A calligraphy workshop with Ms. Qamar Dagar, which celebrates the syncretic nature of languages, on 19th February, 2015
- Interface, in collaboration with the Department of English, had a session wherein Mr. Mukul Kesavan analysed our theme 'Whose India is it anyway?, and focused on the Indian journey from Partition till the 2014 General Elections.(26th February, 2015)
- 'Reimagining Sustenance: Field Notes in Activism from Australia' , a talk by Ms. Ruchira Talukdar was held on the 8th of September, 2015, following which the documentary 'Kanyini' by Melanie Hogan, was screened on the 15th of September. This was an attempt to explore the interface of the aboriginal tribes in Australia with the imperial rulers, wanting to impose their hegemonic vision of 'modernity', and the former struggling to safeguard their indigenous way of living.
- The process of dialogue was facilitated by an open discussion, broadly around the theme 'Roti, Kapda, and Makaan', with a special focus on tribes and their interaction with mainstream groups in society on the 24th of September, 2015.
- 'The Deconstruction of Offence', a talk by Jagat Sohail, on 14 October, 2015- This talk explored the political contestation of humour with positions that seem to oscillate between outrage and unconditional acceptance. Members on the left object to humour that in their eyes helps further marginalize the marginalized. On the right, humour is seen as blasphemous in its open mocking of existing authority is treated similarly. The rise of stand-up comedy as new form of ‘elite’ humour allows one to investigate the micro politics of offence and the strategies used by comedians in working around the apparent sensitivity of their audiences. This work , based on field research conducted in the NCR region is an attempt to study humorous worlds in the hope that we may shed some light on the constitution of the republic of the offended