Seventh Annual

PhD Workshop @ IIHS

11 – 13 January 2021

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) will host the seventh edition of the Annual PhD workshop from 11 – 13 January 2021. With a strong inter-disciplinary focus, as well as an emphasis on the relationship between research and practice, IIHS nurtures research and innovation focused on the challenges and opportunities of India’s urban transition. IIHS has built a substantive on-ground presence of direct policy and programmatic engagement all over India and across middle and senior administrative levels. This makes for a globally unique opportunity for scholars intending to research the Urban where it matters – at the intersect of theory and practice. The proposed IIHS doctoral programme, and the ongoing Post-Doctoral program, emphasise this connect to the institute’s wider connections into domestic and international policy worlds, and to its practice teams. IIHS is also delivering on this by building an integrated programme of quality campus-based education and research, training and lifelong learning for working professionals, distance and blended learning, as well as a whole array of practice and advisory services.

 

About the PhD Workshop

The PhD workshop is one such educational intervention designed to provide a dedicated space for PhD candidates to expand on their work while interacting with eminent scholars in the field of academia and policy, and practice. This will also provide participants with an opportunity to explore emerging areas of urban research (such as approaching urban development projects as these unfold in India and other parts of the Global South) and give them the opportunity to theorise from both, research and practice.

 

The workshop aims to shape the trajectory of a doctoral career and enable participants to both, engage with the imperatives of the changing form of the discipline itself, and also meet the substantive academic demands of the doctoral process. The foundational ethos of the workshop is an interdisciplinary approach to the Urban, guided by theories of and from the Global South with an emphasis on grounded understandings. The workshop provides scholars with a space to critically examine not only urban related issues of their interest, but also their own position within it. This self-reflexive criticality allows participants to approach their field of inquiry as actors within, rather than as mere viewers of urban phenomena. In addition to guiding students through their work, the workshop will also deal with specific instrumental processes of earning a doctoral degree. The aim is to create a space of convivial co-learning that opens conversations not only on fields of inquiry, but also on experiences of students navigating the path to a doctoral degree.

 

Structure of the Workshop

This iteration of the PhD workshop will host participants from across a wide range of disciplinary mix, with a common thread being an interest in research practice that engages with the Urban. The workshop is designed to provide a platform for early and mid to late stage PhD students to explore in-depth, and further fine-tune, their work over an intensive three-day period. The structure of the workshop and the modules within it are designed to be relevant to students from different disciplines and at different stages of their doctoral career.

 

In addition to thematics relevant to particular disciplines, the workshop will also have a common track as well as two specialised tracks that will focus on specific needs of the participants. The Commons track of the workshop will primarily involve engagement with eminent scholars in both academia and practice as they explore the possibilities of new methodologies and pedagogies in and around issues of the Urban. In addition, there are two tracks designed keeping in mind the specific trajectories of the PhD students. Track 1 will focus on early career students who are in the process of finalising their questions. Track 2 will focus on late career students working on finalising their dissertation.

 

Application Process

To participate in the workshop please fill and submit the online application form available here. In the application form please also upload a piece of writing which could include, but is not limited to, a research proposal, dissertation chapter or an article in progress. This will form the basis of a more focused and constructive interaction and engagement with workshop faculty, to help participants ground their learning at the workshop in relation to a tangible output.

 

Participants will present their work to the faculty as a part of the presentation session scheduled on day one. This session will group students into thematic clusters, the primary aim being to facilitate interaction with faculty, and peers engaging with similar thematic areas. The workshop will focus on issues of contextual research, research ethics, research methods, conducting a literature review, writing a proposal, writing for different registers, and preparing course modules from dissertations.

 

The deadline to submit your application form is 30 November 2020.

 

PhD Workshop Faculty

The PhD workshop, in addition to IIHS faculty, will feature faculty from other institutions as well, bringing in a wide range of knowledge and expertise. The complete list of faculty will be made available in the forthcoming weeks.

 

COVID contingency

We are also acutely aware of the challenges of participating in a conference during these times. The format of the conference will be finalized based on the applications and the ground conditions in January 2021. The possibilities of both online participation as well as in-person participation remain open, however, it will be contingent on prevailing conditions and existing national, state and institutional advisories. We will update the conference website as soon as the format is finalized. Please get in touch with us at research@iihs.ac.in for more information on this.

Please attach a piece of writing which could include, but is not limited to, a research proposal, dissertation chapter or an article in progress. This will form the basis of a more focused and constructive interaction and engagement with workshop faculty, to help participants ground their
learning at the workshop in relation to a tangible output. *

(Please upload a digital version of the document here. PDF or Word files of less than 2 MB size)
Please check the FAQs section for details. Participants attending the conference in person will have to adhere to the COVID 19 related, State and National travel guidelines, and to institutional protocols set in place by IIHS. Selected participants presenting virtually will receive a set of technical guidelines closer to the date of the Conference.

In-person attendance to the Seventh Annual PhD Workshop at IIHS

Disclaimer: These protocols are based on the current situation on the ground and will be updated as and when there are changes. Participants should take into account that there may be a new set of advisories just prior to, and during the events.

What are the mandatory requirements to travel to the PhD Workshop at IIHS?

  1. IgG Antibody Test/ COVID RT-PCR test

 

While the State of Karnataka has eased quarantine norms, IIHS has put together the following protocols for interstate and intrastate travel. Please note, the protocols mentioned below are the ones being followed at present, and will be applied in January 2021 assuming there are no changes. Incase of changes, new protocols will be instituted.

 

For travellers within Karnataka: Participants will need to submit an IgG Antibody Test report not older than 48 hours prior to date of arrival. If the report is negative, they will be allowed to travel to the workshop.

 

For outstation travellers if the workshop is hosted at IIHS: Participants should reach Bangalore at least 4 days in advance of the workshop and will have to undergo a COVID RT-PCR test on day 3 of arrival. The report will be available in 24 hours. If the report is negative, attendees will be allowed to join the workshop. If the report is positive, they will have to move in to institutional quarantine or hospital isolation.

 

For outstation travellers if the workshop is hosted at an external venue: If the workshop and accommodation is arranged at an external location, participants will have to arrive 24 hours in advance and do a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival. If report is negative, they will be allowed to attend the workshop the next day. If the report is positive, they will have to move in to institutional quarantine or hospital isolation.

 

  1. Medical Insurance with necessary coverage

What happens if I test positive for COVID?

If the RT-PCR test report is positive, participant will have to move in to an institutional quarantine or hospital isolation. Please ensure that you have medical insurance. IIHS will not be able to cover the medical requirements and / or expenses as applicable, during such an eventuality, necessary logistical support can be provided on a best effort basis. The same protocol applies if the Rapid Antigen Test is positive.

Do I need medical insurance to travel?

Yes. All participants will need to have medical insurance policy with necessary coverages. This is to ensure that in case of any medical emergency, the insured receives proper coverage at the medical facilities in Bangalore. While IIHS will not be able to cover the medical requirements and / or expenses as applicable, during such an eventuality, necessary logistical support can be provided on a best effort basis.

Will accommodation for the Workshop be provided?

Yes. IIHS will provide accommodation, food, and arrange transport for participants attending the Workshop in-person.

What precautions will be taken at the venue?

  1. All participants allowed to visit IIHS after reviewing the test results, will be screened at the point of entry.
  2. Masks and face shields will be provided as a welcome kit at the accommodation venue.
  3. Attendees will have to follow all social distancing norms and sanitizing protocols at IIHS.
  4. The workshop set-up will be pre-arranged at the venue with due consideration to social distancing requirements