Date(s) - 31/01/2019
Night of Ideas: Facing our time | Prakalp Pune
7pm – 9pm | 31st January 2019, Thursday
At TIFA Working Studios
Closing event for the Prakalp Pune Festival.
About the Event
The Night of Ideas will take place on January 31st 2019, and will focus on the theme: ‘Facing our time”. Guests from diverse backgrounds – intellectuals, researchers, artists – will gather to discuss the theme all across the five continents, from Dakar to Los Angeles, not to mention Brussels, Buenos Aires, Kathmandu, Marseille and Paris.
The goal of the Night of Ideas (‘La Nuit des idées’) is to celebrate the stream of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generations. Every year, the Night of ideas gives the opportunity to discover the latest discoveries in knowledge and arts, to listen to the ones who contribute to bring more ideas to their field, and to take part in the discussion about the main issues of our times. And since ideas know no frontier, projects of any type are welcomed (conference, theatre play, performance, screening, concerts, etc.), and all places – whether prestigious or unexpected – are called to join the party and host original projects reflecting their own interpretation of the suggested theme. As time goes by, glimpses from the Night of ideas will echo through social media and make the Night of Ideas a global event.
FACING OUR TIME
Facing our time: this theme intersects three main issues. On contemporary events and the lucidity, it calls for: technological, social, environmental, geopolitical and other deep changes are now part of our daily lives. On commitment, its new ways and forms: which initiatives can we take to tackle the challenges of our time? On the perception of time and its transformations: in an era marked by the instantaneous diffusion of information, how can we resist the reign of immediacy? What is our present made of ? How to face what our present requires? In a time of multiple emergencies, what memory and what future? These will be the questions at the heart of the Night of ideas.
About the Speakers
Sanskriti Menon is Senior Programme Director, Urban Programmes, at Centre for Environment Education (CEE), and is based in Pune. She leads a team of about 30 for school-based environmental education, biodiversity, urban transportation, waste management, and citizens participation. She has been Convenor of the Board of Studies of Environment Education of the Maharashtra HSC Board from 2006 to 2018. Sanskriti has an MSc in Museum Studies, an MA in Sustainable Development, and is conducting research in participatory democracy.
Jean Pierre Serna is a Venezuelan Architect with a Master’s degree in Political Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Advanced Social Science Studies (EHESS) of Paris. His current research is entitled – “Urbanism in action: ethnography of contemporary urban transformation of Kadifekale Hill in Izmir, Turkey.”
Anil Zankar is a recipient of two national awards, one for a film script and the other for a book on cinema. He has 35 years of experience in film making, teaching and writing. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune). He has made 21 short films on social issues and institutions, bio-pics and corporate themes. He is a historian of cinema. He has attended seminars on international cinema, has presented papers at international conferences (Poland, 2006; Japan, 2014) and has been invited as a visiting scholar by Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (Shimla, 2014). He also published a book on Mughal e Azam(2013) and was Jury for Indian Panorama, IFFI 2010/13. At present he is Adjunct Faculty at Flame University and Visiting Faculty at IISER, Pune.
Prajakta Panshikar-Divekar is a trained Anthropologist and a Demographer. She has worked as an ethnographic researcher and analyst with reputed organizations such as Janwani, YASHADA, Pune and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; SUTRA in Himachal Pradesh, Council for Social Development, New Delhi. Her work is in different areas of public health, gender studies and governance. It is this experience at various levels that inspires and influences her work in sustainable development and conservation. For Janwani, she spearheaded a people’s movement for heritage conservation, under the banner ‘Virasat Pune’. She designed the Pune Heritage Walk for Janwani which won the National Award for Tourism from the President of India. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at IISER, Pune. Her field of research is the critical issues of heritage in India.
Pushkar Sohoni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. Prior to joining IISER, he was South Asia Bibliographer at the Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania, where he received his doctorate in the History of Art in 2010 for his research on architecture of the early modern Deccan. Having trained as a professional architect in India, Pushkar worked on several conservation projects in India and abroad after receiving a graduate degree in Historic Preservation. Contemporary architecture and its practice in South Asia are some of his fields of study, including the politics and structures of preserving historic sites. His broader interests include:
archaeology, collecting practices, history, and numismatics.
About the Festival
Prakalp Pune is a pursuit to activate the city and provoke citywide cultural and creative discourse. Collaborating with local creatives to concretize Pune as a truly unique cultural scene and putting the city back at the forefront of international and national consciousness as a unique creative destination. Being a creative community-centric venture, our ethos is to archive and study the historic while ‘projecting’ the contemporary.
The project is a reimagining of the various cultural aspects of the city by creating, showcasing and archiving work about the locale. To educate, energize and involve the community, we aim to not only be inclusive but also participatory. Intervening in public space, reclaiming and creating ownership of the city. These activities all lead to the raising of civic and social awareness, and a sense of belonging that builds a strong cultural identity. The programming is developed in collaboration with local artists, experts on the history of the city and cultural influencers, to engage Pune in a truly immersive experience of the city. In association with TIFA working studios