About FCT and Our Conference Partners

Forum on Contemporary Theory (FCT) began in 1989 as an initiative of Faculty of Arts at MS University of Baroda, Gujarat, India to foster interdisciplinary thinking among scholars in Humanities and Social Sciences in the University.  The primary mode in which interdisciplinary thinking was promoted was through conceptual and theoretical understanding of the world around us. Although influencing ‘disciplinary thinking’ was one of the key objectives of the organization, the larger goal of FCT was to provide richer perspectives to reflect on the problems afflicting the world. The FCT’s emphasis on ‘theory’ is meant to provide a broad conceptual base for scholars so that their work is pursued in a larger framework of shared values and interests. Its objectives are to link scholars, institutions, and academic disciplines nationally and internationally through its programs and publications, thereby creating a climate for exchange of ideas on topics of contemporary relevance.

The center has a library devoted to Theory in Humanities and Social Sciences, and other allied disciplines to enable interdisciplinary research. The membership of the forum is spread across the globe. The forum provides temporary student membership, temporary non-student membership, life membership, and corporate membership. The center organizes an annual international conference, a national workshop, a month long Theory-Praxis course, and occasional talks by visiting scholars. It also publishes a biannual journal by name Journal of Contemporary Thought, a biannual newsletter, and a conference volume once a year.

The Princeton African Humanities Colloquium (PAHC) was established in 2013 to provide a forum to promote research and teaching in the humanities (broadly defined) at Princeton University and to incorporate the study of Africa in existing and future research projects.  PAHC organizes an annual colloquium on a major topic in African studies. The colloquium, which will be held in an African country and in Princeton in alternate years, will bring together scholars working on African humanities from Africa, North America, and other regions of the world.

The International Lincoln Centre, Louisiana State University, Shreveport (ILC, LSUS) , USA, is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program based upon a year-round cycle of events that encompass students, faculty and the community through a variety of formats that explore the American heritage and its relevance for today. Founded in the fall of 1982, it is the largest privately endowed program at LSUS and the recipient of several awards, including the Cultural Olympiad designation.