History: Fellowships

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!::CACIM Forum Fellowships::
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__CACIM__ (Critical Ac
tion - Centre in Movement) is an initiative towards cultivating and nurturing a culture of critical reflexivity and action in individual and public work. It is involved in detailed research on and documentation of the World Social Forum and other related processes (such as social movements); plays an active role in the organising process of WSF in India and globally; publishes books, reports, newsletters, and bibliographies on the Forum, both in Hindi and English; and organises debates and discussions around related issues.

In cont
inuation of its efforts at promoting a critical engagement with the WSF process CACIM has instituted CACIM Forum Fellowships which will provide opportunities to young activists, students, and researchers to conduct studies on different aspects of the Forum process in India and globally. The Fellowships hopes to achieve intensive interaction with social and popular movements and civil organisations and networks in India and South Asia who are part of the WSF process and also with movements and organisations who have either boycotted or stayed away from the WSF and/or who take part in similar but alternative processes.

We hope that the Fellowships will provide you an opportunity to engage with and study wider socio-political processes in the country and develop, broaden, and deepen a critical engagement with the Forum process. The Fellows are expected to critically examine the procedural depth, methodology, and potentialities of the Forum and the ‘new politics’ of ‘open space’ that it professes and impact this may be having on socio-political movements and processes in the region, by undertaking surveys, interviews, and discussions with the main actors in the process.
+ The __CACIM Forum Fellowship__ process is in continuation with its efforts at promoting a critical engagement with socio-political movements in general and with the WSF process in particular. The Fellowships are a space to enable intensive, independent interaction with social and popular movements, civil organisations and networks in India and South Asia who are part of the WSF process and also with movements and organisations who have either boycotted or stayed away from the WSF and/or who take part in similar but alternative processes.
We hope that the Fellowships will provide opportunities to young activists, students, and researchers to develop a substantial understanding of the Forum and also engage with and study wider socio-political processes in the country and in the world as they are emerging; and through this, to contribute to strengthening both the Forum and socio-political movement. We invite Fellows to critically examine the procedural depth, methodology, potentialities, and limitations of the Forum and of the ‘new politics’ of ‘open space’ that it professes, and also the impacts that the WSF and these politics may be having on socio-political movements and processes in the region positive and negative.
- The Forum Fellowships, offered for a period of three months (February–April 2008), provides to Fellows a sum of Rs. 40,000 for the preparation of a research monograph / paper to be presented at a workshop on the WSF that CACIM will organise in early May 2008. Selected Fellows will be provided with literature published on the Forum and with contacts in India and worldwide, and in general, will receive assistance in sharpening their proposal; and CACIM will take care of travel, boarding, and lodging for attending the Workshop.
+ Selected Fellows are provided with literature published on the Forum and with contacts in India and worldwide, and receive introductions to mentors / advisors both within India and from around the world for assistance in sharpening their Fellowship work. The Forum Fellowship process includes an orientation workshop and at least one interim review meeting that takes place in the course of the Fellowships, as well as a final public Workshop where the Fellows present their research findings. CACIM also undertakes to publish and publicise the research papers.
- For this first round of Fellowships, the applications have been invited only from people living within India - both Indian and other nationalities; irrespective of their disciplines and professional backgrounds. No formal academic qualification is required of the applicants. Applications can be submitted in English or Hindi. Due to our own limitations at the moment, we have not been able to entertain applications in other languages but we welcome ideas for including them in this endeavour.
+ Advisors / Mentors to the Fellowship process on a purely voluntary and solidarious basis include Aditya Nigam (CSDS, Delhi), Andrej Grubacic (San Francisco), Giuseppe Caruso (London and New York), Janet Conway (Toronto and Brock University, Ontario), Naveen Chander (Delhi), Peter Waterman (The Hague), and Sonia Alvarez (University of Massachusetts - Amherst).
- The following are some suggested themes for study, but not necessarily limited to these areas only :
+ Our deepest thanks to them all !
- * The dynamics of WSF as well as of Mumbai Resistance in 2004 and of other autonomous spaces, counter forums, mobilisation campaigns, and other forums that have emerged around the WSF process in India and elsewhere in the world.
* The experienc
es, visions, aspirations, and expectations of the various sections of society of the WSF, such as the Dalits, Adivasis, women, the physically challenged, sexual minorities, and others, as well as their questions and dilemmas in this regard, through their engagement with the Forum process.
* The social
and political significance of Forum process, its relationship with other movements, its organising process, and its regional and global expansion.
* The poli
tical economy and the organising principles of the Forum, in India and worldwide.
+ We invite your critical interest in this process, including spreading the word and encouraging people to apply !
+ ''::CACIM is committed to promoting diversity in all its work, and encourages women and others from minority and marginalised groups to apply. We especially encourage those who have been active within the Forum process to apply.::''

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