Lecture Booklets 

Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences has an annual lecture program to celebrate our founder, Shri Balvant K. Parekh’s commitment to sharing the wealth of knowledge and ideas. The program, started in 2009 with a lecture by Fred Dallmayr titled, “Dialogue among Civilizations,” was then known as “The Balvant Parekh Distinguished Lecture Series.” From 2009 to 2012, the Centre published four lectures delivered as part of the “Balvant Parekh Distinguished Lecture Series” as booklets.  With Mr. Parekh’s demise in 2013, the Centre renamed the series as “Balvant Parekh Memorial Lecture” and since then had also been bringing out the annual memorial lectures as booklets.

So far we have brought out the following booklets:

Balvant Parekh Distinguished Lecture Series (2009-2012)

1.     Dialogue Among Civilizations: Its Meaning and Purpose (2009)

Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame, USA


2.     Image Worlds and Image Wars: Interpreting Global Visual Culture(2010)

Nicholas D. Mirzoeff, New York University


3.     Teaching Literature Today (2011)

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University


4.     Disciplining India’s Diversity (2012)

Arjun Appadurai, New York University


Balvant Parekh Memorial Lecture Series (2013 Onwards)

1.     What is Indian Knowledge Good For? (2013)

Sheldon Pollock, Columbia University 

2.     The Ethics of Hospitality and the Art of the Home (2014)

Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University 

3.     Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media and Visual Culture (2015)

WJT Mitchell, University of Chicago 

4.     Europe and the Stranger (2016)

Rodolphe Gasche, The State University of New York at Buffalo 

5.     Theorizing Africa (2017)

Simon Gikandi, Princeton University 

6.     What can Verse, Rhyme, Stanza Do to a Text? (2018)

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University