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Vichaar Manthan aims to explore the narratives that societies tell to themselves and each other. These stories embody, legitimise and contextualise the knowledge and experiences of a society.  They order a collective memory. The most powerful stories shape our behaviour and in turn influence institutions to react to the world in equal stead.  

At the Sustainable Narratives conference, we want to explore the most prevailing and long-lasting stories about postmodern ideas and how they continue to shape our culture through literature. Postmodern ideas have systematically destabilised values built on identity, historical progress, nationality, epistemic certainty, and have presented a world without inherent value or truth. We want to put narratives surrounding postmodernism on the dock and cross-examine them in the light of sustainability.

Our panel of expert witnesses from around the world will come together and explore sustainable narratives on culture and literature.

Meet Our Speakers

Amish Tripathi

Indian Diplomat, Columnist, and Author from India, now based in London 

He is an Eisenhower Fellow and Director of London’s Nehru Centre. He was listed amongst the 50 most influential Indians by 'India Today' magazine in 2019 having sold millions of copies of his books - Shiva Trilogy and Ram Chandra series. 

Lou Marinoff

Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York

He is the founder of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, and is an international best-selling author. He is a world authority on applying philosophical traditions to problems of everyday life. His books include Plato: not Prozac (1999), The Middle Way (2007), On Human Conflict (2019).

Makarand Paranjape

Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla

He has obtained his PhD from the University of Illinois and has been a Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University for over twenty years. His latest books include Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity (HarperCollins 2020), New Perspectives in Indian Science and Civilization (Routledge 2020).