2nd ICHSS-2017 held at Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia on 5-6 June, 2017
Department of Hindi, Maniben Nanavati Women’s College, Mumbai, India in collaboration with CIP (Center for International Programs) Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia, organized 2nd International Conference on Humanities & Social Sciences, 2017 on 5-6 June 2017 at the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), University of Udayana, Jimbaran Campus, Badung, Bali. The theme of the conference was Emerging Trends in Multiculturalism.
The conference began with the classical welcome dance ‘Cendrawasih’ (Balinese dance of Indonesia) and Sarasvati vandana. Dr. Harshada Rathod (Conference Director, India) in her inaugural speech talked about the joint efforts undertaken by both the organizers to make this conference a success and emphasized how they could be strengthened further to establish academic and research ties. Dr. I Nyoman Suyatna (Vice Rector, Udayana University) welcomed the distinguished delegates and participants and announced the official opening of the conference by hitting Gong. This was followed by exchanging the token of appreciation and inviting all participants for photo session.
First plenary session ‘Introductory’ was moderated by Dr. Ni Luh Nyoman Seri Malini. Dr Ravindra Katyayan (Conference Convener, India), in his introductory note, ‘Multiculturalism and Changing Social Identities’ discussed about the theme of the conference and its relevance for plural societies like Indonesia and India. Prof. Dr. I Wayan Ardika in his presentation on ‘Multiculturalism: The Balinese Case’ elaborated the theme with specific reference to Balinese people, their religion, language, food preferences and noted the significant role of culture and its prominence in every domain of human activities in Bali. The last speaker of this session was Dr. Vatsala Shoukla (RCWS, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai) who in her presentation on ‘Women and Multicultural Leadership in Smart Cities’ provided the critical perspective on smart cities leadership and its interface with women and multiculturalism.
Around thirty research papers were presented in five parallel sessions, organized on different themes, i.e. Multiculturalism and Ethnicities, Law; Globalization, Economics, Tourism; Social Sciences, Humanities; Media, Films, Performing Arts; Literature. Besides faculties, research scholars, students from Social Sciences, Law, Humanities, Linguistics, Political Science, Women’s Studies, writers and journalists participated in the conference from various parts of India, Indonesia and Europe.
During the valedictory session Prof. I Wayan Ardika highlighted the events of the conference. Prof. Sunita Sharma (Vice Principal, MNWC, Mumbai) in her concluding remarks presented the conference report, particularly on the presentations presented in the five parallel sessions. All presentations were well received by participants, which was very much evident during the interactive sessions where participants raised several questions.
Moreover, a session on writing academic articles for International Publication, conducted by Dr. Harshada Rathod (India) and Prof. Dr. I Nyoman Darma Putra (Indonesia), provided enriched learning experiences to participants during the conference. Discussion regarding the means of publication for the research papers provided an opportunity for participants to get a better insight into how to proceed with the publication process. The session was conducted by author and journal editors, Dr. I Made Budi Arsika (Conference Convener, Indonesia), Dr. Ni Luh Nyoman Seri Malini and Dr. Harshada Rathod. A detailed session was also conducted by the Deputy Rector of Udayana University and the Director of CIP, Dr. Sriharta Putu Mimba, on the possibilities of further collaborative activities to be conducted in future in India and Indonesia. The conference ended with a campus tour organized for the Indian delegation of the conference.
This conference provided an opportunity to deliberate on the theme Emerging Trends in Multiculturalism with interdisciplinary perspective. Research papers presented widened the ongoing debates on the theme with more inclusive, plural and intersectional approach. Speakers and participants (i.e. Humanities, Social Sciences, Law) shared and exchanged their viewpoints from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. The knowledge shared during the conference could be disseminated further with the publication of a volume (conference proceeding) based on paper presentations. This unique conference was 2nd of its kind organized out of India by Maniben Nanavati Women’s College, Mumbai.