Dr. Shiju Sam Varughese Profile

Dr. Shiju Sam Varughese

Assistant Professor,

CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY (CSSTIP),

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF GUJARAT, SECTOR–30, GANDHINAGAR. PIN CODE–382 030.

Email: shijusam[@]cug.ac.in

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Specialization:

Science, Technology and Society (STS) Studies

Research Interests

Public engagement with science and technology, media and science communication, science in popular culture, social history of knowledge,science education.

Education

  • PhD, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies (ZHCES), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, 2009.
  • MPhil, Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), JNU, 2003.
  • MSc Botany (with specialization in biotechnology), MG University, Kottayam, Kerala, 1999.

Employment

  • Assistant Professor, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, 2012 onwards
  • Assistant Professor (on contract), Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, 2010-12.
  • Project Associate Fellow, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Chair, National University for Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi, 2009-2010.

Research fellowships

  • Sarai (CSDS, New Delhi) Independent Research Fellowship, 2007.
  • Research fellowship from the Association of Science, Society and Religion (ASSR), Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, 2005-07.

Select Publications

Book

Bose, Satheese Chandra and Varughese, Shiju Sam (eds.). Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition. Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2015.

Articles and Chapters

  • 'The State-Technoscience Duo in India: A Brief History of a Politico- Epistemological Contract'. In Axel Jansen, Andreas Franzmann and Peter Munte (eds.). Legitimizing Science: National and Global Publics (1800-2010). Frankfurt & New York: Campus Verlag, 2015, pp. 137-156.
  • 'Colonial Intellectuals, Public Sphere and the Promises of Modernity: Reading Parangodeeparinayam'. In Satheese Chandra Bose and Shiju Sam Varughese (eds.). Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2015, pp. 41-58.
  • 'Situating an Unbound Region: Reflections on Kerala Modernity' (co-authored with Satheese Chandra Bose). In Satheese Chandra Bose and Shiju Sam Varughese (eds.). Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2015, pp. 1-24.
  • 'The Public Life of Expertise', Seminar 654 (State of Science: A Symposium on the Relationship between Science, Knowledge and Democracy), February 2014, pp. 21-26.
  • 'Mis-projections: Self in the Age of Technoscientific Culture'. Sarai Reader 09: Projections. Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), 2013, pp. 317-322.
  • 'Where are the Missing Masses? The Quasi-publics and Non-publics of Technoscience', Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, Vol. 50, No. 2, 2012, pp. 239-254.
  • 'The Queerness of Creation: Science, Religion and Human Sexuality'. Gurukul Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, 2012, pp. 41-55.
  • 'Media and Science in Disaster Contexts: Deliberations on Earthquakes in the Regional Press in Kerala, India', Spontaneous Generations: A Journal of History and Philosophy of Science, Vol. 5, No.1, 2011, pp. 36-43.
  • 'Science and Religion Dialogue: Insights from 'Public Understanding of Science'. In Kuruvilla Pandikkattu S.J. (ed.). Dancing to Diversity: Science-Religion Dialogue in India. New Delhi: Serials Publishers, 2008, pp. 13-25.
  • '"It's Raining Aliens!" Coloured Rain in Kerala and the Fuzzy Frontiers of Science'. In Monica Nerula et al. (eds.) Frontiers: Sarai Reader 2007. Delhi: The Sarai Programme, CSDS, 2007, pp. 348-358.
  • 'Energy Sector Reforms: People’s Experiences', in Perspectives on Energy: Illuminations on Energy Issues at World Social Forum 2004, Eye to the World Papers, Heinrich Boll Foundation-India, New Delhi, June 2004, pp. 9-20.

Invited Lectures and Presentations (2014-16)

  • "Science, Media and Risk Politics: Constructing a Scientific Public Sphere", paper presented at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai on February 17, 2016.
  • "Mediated Publics of Science: Clinical Trials Controversy at the Regional Cancer Centre, Kerala", public lecture at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai on February 18, 2016.
  • "Science, State and Democracy in the Era of Biopolitics: Endosulfan Survivors as 'Non-Publics' In Kerala", in the National Workshop on Multiple Publics: Sites, Boundaries and Contestations in India, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT- D), October 9-10, 2015.
  • "Ethics in the Era of Biopolitics: Endosulfan Survivors as 'Non-Publics' in the Public Debate on Science in Kerala", invited paper presentation in the University Grants Commission (UGC) - sponsored National Seminar on Theorising Ethics: Prospects and Challenges, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, Kerala, January 20-22, 2015.
  • "Science, State and Democracy in the Era of Biopolitics: Endosulfan Survivors as 'Non-publics' in Kerala", paper presented in the National Seminar on Disciplines, Movements, Policies: The Changing Relationship between Science, State and Society, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, November 24-25, 2014.
  • "The Nuclear Power Projects in India and the 'Quasi-publics' of Technoscience", paper presented in the Indian-Dutch STS workshop, Publics, Politics, and Technoscience in Contemporary Indian Contexts, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy in collaboration with Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society (MUSTS) funded in the SSCIN program by ICSSR and NOW, November 17-18, 2014, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana, India.
  • "Textbooks and the Values of Modern Science: Taking Stock of Science Education in Gujarat", paper presented in the one-day workshop to bring out a Handbook of Scientific and Technical Education in India, National University for Educational Administration and Planning (NUEPA), New Delhi, November 7, 2014.
  • "The State-Technoscience duo in India: A Brief History of a Politico- epistemological Contract", paper presented in the International Conference on Science in the Nation-Stat: Historic and Current Configurations in Global Perspective, 1800-2010. September 11-13, 2014, University of Tubingen, Germany.

Courses Currently Taught

Monsoon Semester

  • Philosophy of Social Sciences (Part I of SSD 601: Research Methodology-1)
  • Social Studies of Science (Part I of SSD 602: Introduction to Science, Technology & Society (STS) Studies)

Winter Semester

  • Social History of Science in Colonial India (Part I of SSD 652: Science and Technology in Modern India)
  • Science Communication: Approaches and Methods (SSD 656: Optional Paper)