NIAS-CSP Friday Online Lecture on "Eco- Aesthetics, Indigenous Culture & Development"


 NIAS-CSP Friday Online Lecture 

Organised by NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science campus, Bengaluru 560012

Topic: "Eco- Aesthetics, Indigenous Culture & Development"

Speaker: Dr S. Gregory

Introduction & About NIAS CSP Friday Lectures: Niharika Sharma

Chairperson:  Rakesh Kumar

 Date: 4 September 2020

 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Venue: Zoom online meeting - RSVP to with your full name and Institute/Affiliation/Address to receive the Zoom link and attend the lecture

About the Speaker: Dr S. Gregory is presently the Chairman for the Board of Studies in Anthropology, Kannur University. He was formerly the Dean of the  Faculty of Social Sciences and the Director for the School of Distance Education. He has worked as the Head of the Department of Anthropology, and is a member of the Academic Council and

Statutory Finance Committee; Coordinator at RUSA and Chairman for the Board of Studies in Anthropology. He has also served as the adviser for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and was a member of the UGC Expert Committee in Anthropology. 

Dr S. Gregory was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer Fellowship 2011-12. His research interests include Sustainable Development, Livelihood and Social Change, Participatory Research, Tribal Development and Health Culture to name a few.

Abstract: The term ‘aesthetics’ has been subjected to philosophical discourse since ancient times. In most discourses, the close association between nature and aesthetics has been obvious though there may be differences in the details of its manifestation. Since the tribes have been known for their symbiotic relationship with nature in their traditions and culture, eco-aesthetics with reference to tribal people has a special significance and relevance. The attempt here would be to first analyse the discourse on the understanding of Aesthetics and nature and relate this with the historical perception and representation of the natives, followed by an overview of some of the features of the expressive cultures of Adivasis, in symbiosis with nature and an appraisal of the appropriate tribal development approach in the process of their contact with the mainstream society.

If you have a question or a suggestion for a speaker, email the Coordinators of NIAS CSP Friday Lecture - Niharika Sharma and Meera Kumar Menon.  

Friday, September 4, 2020