Archives at the National Centre for Biological Sciences
What are we doing here?
Monthly discussions on campus histories.
Session 4: Origins & Shifts
Thursday, Aug 11 2022. 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Archives at NCBS (ELC Basement)
Open to all at inStem, C-CAMP, NCBS, TIGS, and beyond!
A monthly experiment to spark conversation, to reflect on campus histories, and to see the culture of science here: its backstories, intersections with administration, funding, gender, caste, class, politics, culture, privilege, mentoring, and so much more. Join us to listen and share! 
Our fourth session will be on origins and shifts, in both individual and campus histories. Moves to a new place to be a student, a new researcher with a lab, or the move to be a new institution? Shifts in disciplines, lab methods, administrative approach? Discussing a research paper for the first time, or mentoring for the first time? Or further out, how about shifts in ideas of caste and class in relation to the making of science? 
We would be grateful if you can dive into your histories and share specific moments. It can be from 40+ years ago, and it can be from yesterday. 
Who’s hosting this?
The Archives at NCBS. We are a public collecting centre for the history of science in contemporary India ( We also carry institutional memory. Stop by the ELC basement sometime, maybe for this event, and stick around?
NCBS turns 31 this year Or 25, or 30, or some other number, depending on whom you speak to and what they are counting. And we thought we’ll do something different to understand this space. On Oct 22, 1991, the Department of Atomic Energy sent a letter to the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, conveying the President's sanction for a new biology research centre in Bangalore. Hence, NCBS turning 25 in 2016. Because only upon looking back does the 1991 letter appear as a bookend to what really was a decade-plus process in realizing a National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). More on that here:
Series history: What are we doing here? 
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Session 4: Origins & Shifts
Thursday, Aug 11 2022. 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Archives at NCBS (ELC Basement)
Open to all.