3-Day International Conference : Concept and Canvas of Knowledge : Asian Studies Pre-modern to Modern Times Schedule: 22-24 February 2019 (Friday - Sunday) at Visva-Bharati.

Approach Paper

         Knowledge has been going through unending process of evolution ever since the growth of human civilization. It has shaped and re-shaped the society. Knowledge is power and ignorance is weakness. Fertility of mind for quest of knowledge has been the chief characteristic of man ever since the inception of human civilization. Production, dissemination and adoption of knowledge remained as the cornerstone of social dynamism in all ages. Today we are living in a world of global interdependence. Access to knowledge and information, innovation and collaboration as well as development of skill and expertise has become the chief characteristics of a vibrant society. But these characteristics continuously, though slowly, worked in the pre-modern society also. Knowledge has crossed through different contours and phases in its evolution. The focus of the proposed Conference is to investigate into the concept, philosophy and dimensions of knowledge in dominating civilizations in Asia from pre-modern to modern times. The following sub-themes will further define the areas within the scope of this conference.

         It is my pleasure to welcome you to Santiniketan for this 3-Days International Conference On Asian Studies Pre-modern to Modern Times in February 2019.

Syed Ejaz Hussain

Sub-themes (Sections)

  • Theory and Philosophy of Knowledge across the major civilizations in Asia; Knowledge, Reason and faculty of Intelligence.
  • Concept and belief of Divine Knowledge across civilizations; Inter-play between divine knowledge and non-divine knowledge.
  • Production and Preservation of Knowledge in Asia: Arabs, China, India, Japan and other nations.
  • Knowledge and learning process from Pre-mechanized to Mechanized and Advanced Mechanized Phases.
  • Flow and transfer of Knowledge: Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Art and Philosophy; Pre-Renaissance, Renaissance and post- Renaissance times .
  • Age of Discovery; Rise of Capitalism and Emergence of New Era of Knowledge.
  • Collaboration and Competition: Sharing and Monopolizing Knowledge.
  • Socio-economic Contextualizing and Knowledge Production; New Knowledge and its Translation into Economically useful Applications.
  • Emergence of Information Technology, World Wide Web (WWW) and Knowledge Revolution: New concept of knowledge, Knowledge and Resources as tool in history writing; Awareness, empirical knowledge and historical research.
  • Knowledge, crime and society; Mindset and behaviour, knowledge, propaganda and falsehood.

Place and Venue

         All the sessions will be held at the campus of Visva-Bharati, a Central University, founded by the renowned first Asian Noble Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, also known as Gurudev. Tagore is known world-wide for his vast range of accomplishments in the fields literature, art, philosophy and education. He travelled extensively in India and abroad to obtain and share knowledge. He also stressed on the dignity, value and unity of man as an individual and society collectively without any distinction and difference. It is quite befitting to hold an International Conference expecting a galaxy of scholars, historians, academicians and students to share and contribute to the concept and canvas of knowledge in larger perspective across civilizations.


         Visva-Bharati is located in a serene atmosphere at Santiniketan (abode of peace) well connected by road and railways from Kolkata (distance 160 k.m.), the capital of West Bengal, India. Kolkata itself is well connected by several national and international flights and Indian railways.