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Date(s) - 28/01/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Alliance Française in collaboration with Government Art Museum



The 6th edition of the Night of Ideas, annual event dedicated to the free circulation of ideas and knowledge, and coordinated by the Institut français will be held on Thursday, 28 January 2021 on the theme « Close(r) ». The event will be reinforced in its digital dimension through the creation of 24 hours of Night and Ideas.

More than 200 Nights of Ideas are expected internationally, from Finland to South Africa and from Fiji to Peru, with increased resonance between    countries and geographical areas. From Sydney to Mexico City, from Seoul to Beirut and India and from Lomé to Toronto, it is essentially local voices that will come to explore the theme « Close(r) ».

 The 2021 edition will take on special significance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme « Close(r) » was chosen with the idea of questioning the renewal of our individual and collective relationship to space, the new solidarities that the crisis of our economic and social models calls for, or the role of digital technology in our societies, which shapes more than ever our relationship to the world. The theme « Close(r) » also invites us to question the evolution of our contemporary modes of sociality, and more than ever our relationship with others.

 When the global health crisis is limiting international gatherings and mobility of people, the Night of Ideas will offer everyone the opportunity to follow and take part in an unprecedented digital experience: 24 hours of Night and Ideas, which will cross time zones from Oceania to the West Coast of United States, promote the free circulation of ideas and knowledge, and make local experiences resonate in a great global live broadcast on social networks.

 Thus, for 24 hours, the next Night of Ideas will be an opportunity to feel « closer » than ever, to strengthen connections and break down boundaries, to interact with other audiences, and to celebrate thinking without barriers.

 Until the present day more than 103 countries and 175 cities in the world will participate in this edition across 200 events and counting.

 The Night of Ideas Chandigarh: 28th January 2021, 6 pm

Venue: Auditorium, Government Art Museum, Sector-10, Chandigarh

 SPACE & TIME, a melting talk between Architecture, Quantum Physics & psychology

 Chief Guest: Sh. Manoj Kumar Parida, IAS, Advisor to the Administrator

 Guest of Honour: Dr. B.N. Goswami, Art Historian

Dr. Goswami will also speak about Space & Time

 Architecture: Deepika Gandhi

Deepika Gandhi is an Associate Professor, Chandigarh College of Architecture and is holding the charge of Director, Le Corbusier Centre, Chandigarh Architecture Museum and Jeanneret Museum as well. She was a part of the team that prepared the Dossier for the transnational serial nomination for World Heritage for the Capitol Complex, Chandigarh and has been actively working on the promotion of Chandigarh’s heritage.

She has co-authored the book “Sukhna, Sublime Lake of Chandigarh” and co-edited the book “Le Corbusier rediscovered-Chandigarh and beyond” besides creating booklets for heritage sensitization for schools in Chandigarh.

She has supervised and completed the restoration of Jeanneret house (and curated the museum on Pierre Jeanneret), Le Corbusier Centre and its Canteen block and recently established the Sukhna Gallery the pump house at Sukhna Lake.

 Quantum Physics: Dr. Arvind

Dr. Arvind is a professor of Physics at IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education & Research) Mohali. He did his M.Sc Physics from IIT Kanpur and PhD from the Department of Physics and Centre for Theoretical Studies, at the IISc (Indian Institute of Science) Bangalore in 1997. He then joined the Physics department of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar as a faculty member. From 2002 to 2004, he was a special faculty at the Physics Department of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He joined the physics department of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras as faculty member in 2005 and then moved to IISER Mohali in August 2007, where he has been working since. He served as dean for two terms and was head computer science for seven years (2007-2014). At present he is working as the coordinator of outreach activities of IISER Mohali. Dr. Arvind has received the INSA medal for young scientists in the year 2000 and has various national and international publications to his name. Though he is a theoretical physicist with research area in quantum physics and quantum computing, what many people don’t know about him is that he is keenly involved in contributing to education, especially in the context of teaching of science in schools as well as universities.

Psychology: Dr. Shubh Mohan Singh

Dr. Shubh Mohan is a specialist of psychiatry and mental health. His nature of work comprises patient care, research, teaching and administrative and is fond of photography, traveling & reading.

He has written more than 100 scientific articles for journals, books, magazines and newspapers. His photographic work has been published in various magazines. He is interested in Street photography and also architectural photography. He has won many awards in photography competitions organised in Chandigarh and has co-authored a photography book on the Kalka Shimla railway.

Moderator: Amarjot Kaur