SCJ faculty awarded two College Spotlight Awards of $5000 each


KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 22, 2017) — Dr. Ghadge and an interdisciplinary team of faculty members have been awarded two College Spotlight proposals worth $5000 each from the Division of Global Affairs for organizing Year of India related events in 2017-18.

In the first CHSS spotlight event, Dr. Ghadge is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of faculty members in CHSS to organize a lecture series titled Peace and Conflict in India: Diverse Perspectives. The lecture series will explore peace and conflict through diverse topics such as nation-building, nonviolence, history, heritage, economic, technological and social development, environment, gender, and minority. The CHSS college spotlight events will present KSU students with a rich set of lectures/events that organically relate to their existing curriculum in International Conflict Management, Anthropology, Political Science, Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender and Women Studies, Sociology, History and Philosophy, and Science and Technology Studies.

For the second spotlight event, Dr. Ghadge is collaborating with faculty members in the Department of Architecture and Biology to organize a conference in March 2017 on the theme First Cities, Cool Cities, Smart Cities: Urban Ecologies in India. Building off research in the fields of Sociology, Biology, and Architecture, the conference will interrogate contemporary urban growth in India and its effects on the everyday ecologies of its people. The goal of the conference is to facilitate a more holistic understanding of India’s urban ecologies, their interdependence, and the need for more sustainable strategies for urbanization.

Dr. Ghadge awarded Faculty Summer Research Grant

Dr. Ravi Ghadge has been awarded a Faculty Summer Research Grant of $6000 for conducting a study on farmers' suicides and agrarian distress in India in the summer of 2017. Dr. Ghadge will spend the summer in India collecting primary qualitative data in Western Vidarbha, one of the most distressed regions in India. Since 1995, 296,438 Indian farmers committed suicide amidst unprecedented economic growth in the country. This study seeks to unravel this paradox by analyzing data collected through 40 interviews of farmers and local stakeholders (state officials and community workers). The study has three overarching goals: 1) To identify factors contributing to rise in farmers’ suicides in Western Vidarbha; 2) To assess the socio-economic and health implications of agrarian distress on the local community; 3) To provide an in-depth qualitative assessment of a new rural development project in the region.