The First Wednesday Webinar of 2020-21
The weekly Wednesday Webinar series of CVV kicked off for the new academic year on 15 July 2020, with a presentation by Dr. R. Venkata Raghavan, Assistant Professor at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage. He presented his Ph.D. thesis which he recently defended and submitted to the University of Hyderabad. The thesis, titled 'Figuratively Speaking: An Account of Non-literal Communication Based on the Works of Mammata Bhatta', is in the area of Philosophy of Language and tries to answer contemporary questions in Metaphor Research based on concepts drawn from Indian Philosophy.
Dr. Raghavan chose the works of Mammata Bhatta (11th-12th Century CE) to respond to questions such as: How do we identify metaphorical expressions? What is the nature of metaphorical meaning? How does a hearer comprehend metaphorical meaning? In Indian Philosophy, the word meaning relation is explained as an input and output (respectively) of a semantic function called vṛtti. To explain non-literal communication, two such functions were proposed: Lakṣaṇā and Vyañjanā. He explained the nature of these semantic functions and proposed answers to the above questions based on Mammata's works. The presentation was followed by a lively question-answer session.
A Wednesday Webinar on Images as Writing Prompts in a Language Classroom
The Wednesday Webinar of 22 July was a talk on the topic ‘Use of Images as Writing Prompts’ by Dr. Saurabh Singanapalli, Assistant Professor at the School of Linguistics and Literary Studies, of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. This was a presentation of his Ph.D. work, recently presented and defended at IIT Bombay, titled ‘Exploring the content features of static images used as prompts for eliciting narrative writing from young elementary school ESL learners’.
Initially, the need for the research was established, followed by a quick overview of related literature in the area, as well as a description of the method used and an explanation of the analysis and conclusions that followed. To address the lack of studies exploring content features of images in image prompts, the speaker described how specific features of images, namely numbers of images used as prompts, level of dynamism, level of background detail and foregrounding of specific image elements were examined and tested for their impact on the writing of young learners. The results of the study and the implications for teachers, materials designers and educational institutions were discussed.
The session closed with a series of questions that gave useful suggestions to the speaker, and also explored the further application of this research in diverse fields.
A Wednesday webinar on ‘Understanding a Journal’s Impact’
On 29th July, academicians of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) devoted their Wednesday afternoon to learning more about a journal’s impact, a need for all who strive to contribute to the growth of their academic disciplines through research and publications. The Wednesday Webinar on ‘Understanding a journal's impact’, organised as an IQAC initiative, was taken by Dr. Ajaykumar K., Assistant professor, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage.
The speaker started with a discussion on why scholars need to consider the abstracting and indexing of a journal, in understanding its quality and impact. With a brief demonstration of how to use indexing databases such as Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus, the talk then focussed on some of the journal-level metrics these databases assign to the journals indexed by them. The speaker then not only illustrated the calculations of these metrics but also demonstrated how to use them for comparing like journals as well as unlike journals. A very brief discussion on misleading and fake metrics was followed by a discussion on h-index, an author-level metric. The speaker after presenting a few points of criticism of these metrics, concluded the talk with the advantages of understanding these metrics in evaluation of research.