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Fourth Annual Seminar on Research in Social Sciences

  • Monk Prayogshala 4116, 4th Floor, C Wing, Oberoi Garden Estates Near Chandivali Studios, Powai, Mumbai 400072 Maharashtra, India (map)

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. Last year, research topics ranged from social exclusion in cemeteries, and attitudes toward gender equality in young adults, among others.

For the full schedule of presenters, please click here.

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

This year’s keynote address will be given by Dipannita Bhattacharjee on ‘The question of Objectivity in Social Research and other Ethical Concerns’. Dipannita is a PhD Research Scholar with the School of Social Work in Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai). She is currently researching issues of identity, intersectionality and gendered livelihood experiences of women in tea plantations. Her core areas of specialization are gender and livelihoods, gender and land relations, gendered intersectionality and identities, and qualitative research methods. Dipannita has also been a PhD Exchange Student at the University of Tampere, Finland in 2016, and presented her academic work at various conferences in India and abroad.


In doing away with an overarching theme, we wish to encourage submission of high-quality research in the fields of psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and public policy. Papers presented at past editions of the Seminar have been multi-disciplinary in nature.

Scientific Review Committee

All papers will be subjected to rigorous double-blind peer review by at least two independent reviewers. Past members of the scientific review committee have included Sinead D'Silva (University of Leeds, UK); Prachi Bhuptani (University of Miami, USA); Ahuti Das-Friebel (University of Warwick, UK); Sharlene Fernandes (Georgia State University, USA); Sneha Menon (Overseas Development Institute, UK); Nivedita Bhaktha (The Ohio State University, USA); Megha Agarwal (Goldsmith's, University of London, UK); and Abhijith Tagade (Harvard Business School, USA).

Hansika Kapoor and Anirudh Tagat will serve as Editorial Managers for all submissions.


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