The last five decades have been witnessing a remarkable and glorious transformation in the educational upbringing of the Muslims in Kerala, traditionally the most backward community in education. The driving force behind this envious achievement has been the committed and tiring toil of THE MUSLIM EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY (MES). The movement started under the great leadership of late Dr. P.K.Abdul Gafoor in 1964 at Calicut, wholeheartedly supported by a large number of professionals and businessmen and in a short span of time this great movement had its branches spread to all districts in Kerala. As on today, it is the largest Educational organization in our nation with a strength of more than 20,000 active members, 85,000 students and staff members numbering 15000.
MES Mampad College has stood the test of time. Into the fifty-first year, the biggest higher education campus in the Malappuram District with a sprawling campus has been leading the March of the underprivileged section into education and Empowerment. The journey which began for MES Mampad College as a small institution in 1965 is now crowned with the conferring of autonomy for the College. With its poly foci on the different facets of student lives, MES Mampad has risen to be the cream among the Colleges of the Malabar region. With its massive presence in the two big corollaries of academia, arts and sports, MES Mampad has time and again emphasised the holistic ecosystem of the teaching learning it espouses.
As part of the efforts to take the academic endeavors and reach of the institution to the next level, we are launching annual international conference from the academic year 2016-17. MESMAC International Conferences are marked to be events of global quality where the leading thinkers, writers, scientists, statesmen and community leaders come together to interact with, empower and lead the young generations. The Conference of this series to be held in February 2017 will anchor on the theme, 'ECOLOGIES OF THE NEW: MIND, MATTER AND BODY'. The Conference will be a showcase of the existing and emerging thought pathways with guaranteed presence of leading voices of the era.
The world today seems to be pulled primarily in three directions: fascism, machinism and capitalism. Notwithstanding efforts to give a slip to such categorisations, there are signs all around that the emphasis on these three tendencies are firmed up in many ways. Though all is not lost, and through movements and organisations defending the liberal and the democratic, the traditional and the human, the tentacles of the triad are fought back. When everything is done for, practiced on behalf of, justified in the apparent name of 'People', we need to realise that something is amiss among all these.
Against this backdrop, it is worth interrogating the prevailing practices and emerging thought processes viz a viz people. Across the domains and disciplines there are principles and practices now which put people in a problematic proposition. The liberalized economics and extreme right wing policies , the fascist political line ups, the stunning pace at which automation is taking over one time human responsibilities, the increasing concentration of the world's wealth in lesser number of people... where is people in all these? Is the world putting people first?
Languages are disappearing fast while new lingua is emerging. The idiom of power and diction of the Centre begins to dominate even though the marginal and the third categories are pushing themselves to the political heart of things. Technology is pushing itself forward, breaking envelopes and challenging the human. The Arts scene displays immense amount of diversity and Cinema is looking both ways. The Commerce is as always profit driven and the changes in banking and industry sectors point to a reality which is sour for the man on the road. Even the fun with games can indicate a commercial turn in which the ‘people’ who matter are those who take the money home. The media control of the sports industry and the rising number of celebrity and business house ownership in the field suggest the takeover by the ‘big people’.
The third edition of MESMAc International Conference on ‘People First? Man, Machine and Milieu’ will bring together the diverse thoughts on the theme. The last two editions of MESMAC have cemented the reputation of the Conference as the biggest College level Conference in Kerala in a number of ways. With 421 papers presented, 21 speakers and 5 books publications (with ISBN numbers), MESMAC Conferences have come to attract national attention for what a College can make happen. The third edition is played out against a world in which there is clearly delineable strain of thoughts which suspect, even fear, that people are not being the priority. is it true? the MESMAC International trans- disciplinary Conference welcomes healthy exchange of positions and queries, facts and future prospects, concerns and contexts on ‘People First’, across domains and prejudices, schools and scholarships.
Ecology, in its most recent declensions, is about the correlation between organism and its interactions with the world around it, which can encompass every branch of knowledge under it. Ecology can probe disciplines like Arts, Science and Philosophy, as all these systems of knowledge can expound relationship between human beings and it environment. Dramatically widening beyond its basic modes and varying permutations, ecologies are being thought and argued into newer constellations, branching off and flowing rhizomatically into the territories which till recently were marked off as water-tight compartments. Driven by the rising tide of globalization on the one hand and digitalization on the other, all realms of study are reaching out and connecting to broader ecologies, spawning new discourses such as digital humanities. These proliferating forms of shifting ecologies produce innovative conceptions of the new in fields of study related to mind, power, media, technology, values. Apart from the cybernetic natural state to which many of us would (love to) believe that we are heading, there are a number of interlocked, interpenetrating ecologies which express the overlaps and entanglements. These New Ecologies are made possible because of a seminal rethink in terms of philosophy and definition of systems. Research papers are invited from areas that innovate, interrogate and enlarge the traditional disciplines. Conference aims to emphasize the ‘New’ in ecologies of Arts, Humanities, Science and Philosophy in the context of the current technological environment. The second MESMAC International Conference on ‘Ecologies of the New: Mind, Matter and Body’ will bring to discussion the novel criss-crosses and overlaps across disciplines and subjects in these times. The way in which new permutations are merging, for instance, between sustainability and technology, beauty and power, art and body makes this self-evident. Ecologies of the New will enquire into these emerging clusters of ideas. The Conference seeks to bring to discussion the novel bridges connecting and expanding the traditional disciplines. Perspectives which foreground the efforts at creating new inter-subjective bonds with a view to reemphasize bring to being new thematic family trees are welcome.
“Dr. Ajai Gudavarthy, Associate Professor, Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU ”Dr. Ajai Gudavarthy
“Nivedita Menon is a feminist writer and a professor of political thought at Jawaharlal Nehru University.She has previously taught at Lady Shri Ram College and the Department of Political Science at Delhi University. She is known for taking positions on several political issues, including nuclear power and the Kashmir conflict. Her involvement in the 2016 JNU protests led to her being criticized by members of the Bharatiya Janata Party and in the media, and led to her being seen as a symbol of resistance against the Hindutva movement.”Nivedita Menon
“Murali Thummarukudy is the Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction in the UN Environment Programme. As an internationally renowned expert on disaster response, Muralee has been involved in post-disaster response and follow-up of almost all major disasters of the twenty-first century, including the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Cyclone Nargis (Myanmar, 2008), Sichuan Earthquake (China, 2008), Haiti Earthquake (2010), Tohoku tsunami (2011) and floods in Thailand (2011). He has completed Assignments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza Strip, Liberia, Sudan and Rwanda dealing with the environmental impacts of conflicts. Also deployed to China, Japan, Myanmar, Ukraine, Haiti, and Thailand to deal with Disasters. He is a native of Vengola near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district..”Murali Thummarukudy
“Dr.Sathees C Raghavan is an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He is from Kannur, Kerala. He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for science and technology, the highest science award in India, for the year 2013 in the biological science category. He was awarded the prize for discovering SCR7, a chemical compound that blocks DNA repair in cancer cells..”Dr Sathees C Raghavan
“Venkitesh Ramakrishnan is a Senior Associate Editor at Frontline, The Hindu Group of Publications.”Venkitesh Ramakrishnan
“Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin studied Indology and Social and Cultural Anthropology at Tübingen University. She completed her Ph.D. with "summa cum laude" in Indology at Würzburg with a work about the Sanskrit theatre Kūṭiyāṭṭam . Her dissertation was awarded the Ernst-Waldschmidt-Preis 2008. From 1995 to 2001 she studied and performed Kūṭiyāṭṭam and Naṅṅyār-Kūttu with P.N. Girija and Painkulam Rama Chakyar at Kerala Kalamandalam in India. Since then she is also involved in studying and teaching the Malayalam language. ”Dr.Heike Oberlin
“Dr L Venkatachalam, Professor in Economics from Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai.”Dr L Venkatachalam
“ Dr Pradip Sarawade is an Assistant Professor in Physics at University of Mumbai. He is specialized in Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Thin Film, Photo catalyst & Metal Nanoparticles”Dr. Pradip Sarawade
“Dr. A. Aravindhakshan, Hindi writer, former Dean CUSAT, Pro-Vice chancellor, Mahathma Gandhi University, Wardha”Dr. A. Aravindhakshan
“ Dr.Shashikala Rai, Hindi Write and Professor, Pune University”Dr.Shashikala Rai
“Dr.MOHAMMED SANAULLAH Al-NADAWI, Professor,Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (U.P) ”Dr.MOHAMMED SANAULLAH Al-NADAWI
“Dr. V. George Mathew, Parapsychologist, Former Professor & Head of the Dept. of Psychology, University of Kerala. He is the founder of Holigrative Psychology.”Dr. V. George Mathew
“DR .UMMER THARAMMEL, Head of the Dept. of Malayalam & Kerala Studies, Univerity of Calicut ”DR .UMMER THARAMMEL
“Public intellectual and social scientist, regular columnist to newspapers like The Hindu, The New Indian Express, Indian Express and The Deccan Chronicle and The Asian Age.”Shiv Visvanathan
“Professor of Demography and Global Health | Dept. of Social Statistics & Demography Co-Director | Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty & Policy Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton ..”Sabu Padmadas
“Professor of Organisation Behaviour and Jamuna Raghavan Chair professor of enterpreneurship,IIM Banglore ..”Mathew J Manimala
“Historian and Academic ..”MGS Narayanan
“Reader,Naturalist-Inspired chemical ecology ..”Dr.Shannon.B. Olsson
“Dr S. Irudaya Rajan is Chair Professor, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) Research Unit on International Migration at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He has more than two decades of research experience in Kerala and has coordinated six major migration surveys in Kerala (with Professor K.C. Zachariah).”Dr S. Irudaya Rajan
The articles can cut across disciplines and connect to the core themes at any level. Inter-disciplinarity is promoted. The scientific disciplines can be linked to the Conference theme.The abstracts are to be submitted online.
Last Date of acceptance of paper : AUG-10-2018
Intimation of acceptance of abstract : AUG-20-2018
Last date for acceptance of full paper for publication: SEP-20-2018
Last date for acceptance of full paper for presentation: OCT-20-2018
Conference dates : 15, 16, 17 JANUARY 2019
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