Concourse: 07/28/17


Friday, July 28, 2017

Third Annual Seminar on Research in Social Sciences-November 26, 2017, Mumbai.

Call For Papers: 

What is the Seminar about?

This day-long seminar will showcase undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral research in the social sciences in India. It will engage with wide-ranging contemporary topics in the social sciences and provide a forum for students from various institutions to engage in exchange of academic knowledge. Research topics in past seminars have ranged from social exclusion in cemeteries, to use of psychedelic therapy in treating substance abuse, among others.
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Objectives of the Seminar

  • Encouraging high quality research as an important part of the undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral curricula in India.
  • Providing an opportunity to students from various disciplines within the social sciences to present their research.
  • Engaging with topics of contemporary relevance and rigorous methods employed in social sciences research.
  • Establishing an academic forum for students of the social sciences to receive a critical review of their work.

Keynote Address

Keynote speaker to be announced shortly. Past keynote speakers include Danielle Pereira (IIT Bombay, Mumbai) and Ketaki Chowkhani (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai).

What can Presenters expect to receive from the Seminar?

Presenters can expect to gain first-hand exposure to academia, by communicating their research with peers in the social sciences. They will present their research for 20 min (through an oral presentation format), followed by a 20 min discussion for each paper. They can expect to gain feedback on their work by experienced researchers in their area and/or allied areas in the social sciences. Those papers accepted for presentation will also be published online as part of the output from the seminar. Presenters can also vie for the Best Paper Award at the Seminar.

What can Participants expect to receive from the Seminar?

Participants can expect to hear about a wide variety of contemporary applied and empirical research in the social sciences. The papers presented at the seminar will reflect rigorous and high-quality student research in India, and this is expected to enable participants to learn more about planning and executing such research for their own theses or research projects and assignments.

Proposed Themes and Topics

There is no overarching theme or topic that the seminar will pursue. Instead, we encourage submission of high-quality research in the fields of psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and public policy. We are particularly interested in presenting research that is multi- or inter-disciplinary in nature.

Submission Guidelines and Details

Depending on the area of research, we invite full text research papers and articles that adhere to editorial guidelines and word limits as mentioned below. All papers submitted will be rigorously evaluated by a scientific committee of subject matter experts at Monk® Prayogshala®. Papers that are part of Master’s or Doctoral theses are also welcome, conditional on their non-publication in any other form. Any instances of plagiarism will lead to immediate disqualification of the paper, without further notice.

All papers must be sent in MS Word format, after the Seminar Application form (see link at bottom of page) has been successfully submitted. All papers must be sent to with the subject “Monk Prayogshala Seminar 2017.”
Article Format:
Psychology, Quantitative Gender Studies - 7,000 words - American Psychological Association (APA)
Qualitative Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics and Public Policy - 10,000 words - APA, MLA, Harvard

Important Dates for Presenters

Submission deadline: 3rd October, 2017 (12 am IST)
Presenters (a maximum of ten) shall be informed of the committee’s decision latest by 27th October, 2017. Presenters will also receive guidelines for the oral paper presentation.
Pre-registration by presenters is mandatory by 31st October, 2017. 
The schedule of the seminar will be communicated to presenters by 13th November, 2017.

Important Dates for Participants

Registration deadline (Early): 3rd October, 2017
Registration deadline (Late): 31st October, 2017


  • Undergraduate students
  • Postgraduate students
  • MPhil students
  • PhD students
  • Recent graduates (within one year) are also welcome to apply


The seminar will be held  at 4116, 4th Floor, Oberoi Garden Estates, C Wing, Off Saki Vihar Road, near Chandivali Studios, Powai, Mumbai – 400072.
Nearest stations: Kanjurmarg (Central); Andheri (Western) Saki Naka (Metro Station)
Bus routes: 319, 335.