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Sangeetha Menon joined National Institute of Advanced Studies, in January 1996, in the Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore (India). Her interview and appointment was led by an illustrious group of scientists like Dr Raja Ramanna (Founding Director of NIAS), Prof CV Sundaram, Prof BV Sreekantan and Prof RL Kapur. Subsequently she conceptualised and commenced the NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme along with BV Sreekantan (former Director, TIFR and Honorary Professor, NIAS). This was the first academic group that started in India to study consciousness with an interdisciplinary and a multidisciplinary mandate.
Sangeetha is a philosopher with keen interest in consciousness. Her major area of research is in philosophy of psychology. Her expertise is in Indian philosophy, consciousness studies, philosophy of psychology, philosophy and psychology of self. She works with her colleagues at NIAS and collaborators across the world in creating and encouraging a first-person centered approach to understanding consciousness and cognitive capabilities that favours experiential wellbeing for all. Dr Menon's professional qualifications include degrees in biology and philosophy. She is a first rank holder and gold medalist from Maharaja's College for Women, Trivandrum for post-graduate degree in philosophy. The thesis for her doctoral degree, from University of Kerala, is on the concept of consciousness in the Bhagavad Gita which was completed with junior and senior research fellowship from University Grants Commission, India.
RESEARCH
Sangeetha Menon started her research with a comparative study of consciousness, from the East and the West, with focus on the theories of agency, emotion, freedom, self, and human wellbeing in the Bhagavad Gita. Subsequently she focused on Indian philosophical concepts criss-crossing the works of philosophers such as Sankaracharya, Abhinavagupta, Narayana Guru et al. and also bringing in Indian aesthetics and dramaturgy to understand cognitive dimensions of creative expressions and personal agency. Her initial papers argue for an epistemological shift that considers the ontological primacy of self, and the importance of the experiencer that would present the 'harder problem' of consciousness. While some of her initial studies were deeply metaphysical and philosophical in approach, she moved on to engaging philosophy with biology and psychology to understand the primary issue in consciousness, which is the 'self'. She is one of the originators of the field of Indian psychology, guiding research in the area of wellbeing studies, life-sustaining values, self-transformation and artistic experience. One of her primary contributions in consciousness studies is in presenting and engaging with the concept and experience of self from the neurobiological and philosophical point of views, and theorising a 'self-challenged brain and brain-challenged self'.
BOOKS

Sangeetha Menon's works have been published by Springer, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson Education, International Society for Science and Religion (Cambridge), Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture (Japan), Munshiram Manoharlal Publications and others.

"Self, Culture and Consciousness: Convergences in Knowing and Being"
Eds: Sangeetha Menon, Nithin Nagaraj and VV Binoy, Springer-Nature, Singapore 2017 (in press)

“Consciousness, Cognition and Culture: Implications for the 21st Century”. Pre-proceedings book published by Nature India (Nature Publishing Group), 2015. , 106 pages. [in connection with the international conference by the same title organised by NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme in Dec, 2015.
Click here for the e-book

"Brain, Self and Consciousness: Explaining the conspiracy of experience"
Sangeetha Menon, Springer 2014

"Interdisciplinary perspectives on Consciousness and the Self
Editors. Sangeetha Menon, Anindya Sinha, BV Sreekantan", Springer, 2014

"The Beyond Experience: Consciousness in the Bhagavad Gita"
Sangeetha Menon, BlueJay Books, New Delhi, 2007

"Public Risk Perception"
Editors. Malavika Kapur, Dilip Ahuja, Sangeetha Menon, NIAS, Bangalore, SP3-2013

"Nature and Culture"
Editors. Roddam Narasimha and Sangeetha Menon, Project on the History of Science,
Philosophy and Culture, Vol. XIV, Centre for Studies in Civilisations, New Delhi, 2011
(Chapters were contributed by Romila Thapar, Madhav Gadgil, MS Valiathan, R Ghadagkar, S Settar, Anita Nair et al.)

"Binding Experiences: Looking at the Contributions of Adi Sankaracarya, Tuncettu Ezuttacchan
and Sri Narayana Guru in the Context of Recent Discussions on Consciousness Studies"
Sangeetha Menon, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 2002

"Dialogues: Philosopher meets the seer"
Sangeetha Menon and Swami Bodhananda, Srishti Publishers, New Delhi, 2002

Consciousness, Experience and Ways of Knowing: Perspectives from Science, Philosophy and the Arts
Editor. Sangeetha Menon, National Institute Of Advanced Studies 2006

The Great Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004: An overview of a national disaster
Editor, National Institute Of Advanced Studies 2006

Science and Beyond: Cosmology, consciousness and technology in Indic traditions
Editors. Sangeetha Menon, B.V.Sreekantan, Anindya Sinha, Philip Clayton and R Narasimha
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 2004

Science and Metaphysics: A discussion on consciousness and genetics
Editors. Sangeetha Menon, M.G.Narasimhan, Anindya Sinha, B.V.Sreekantan
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 2002

Scientific and Philosophical Studies on Consciousness
Editors. Sangeetha Menon, M.G.Narasimhan, Anindya Sinha, B.V.Sreekantan
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 1999

PAPERS

Beyond the Brain: The Unifying Force of Self and Consciousness of Self and Consciousness
The Theosophist, Vol.138.6, pp 12-16, 2017.

Body, Self and Consciousness according to Tirumūlar’s Tirumandiram: A comparative study with Kashmir Śaivism
Geetha Anand and Sangeetha Menon, International Journal of Dharma Studies (2017) 5:3
DOI 10.1186/s40613-016-0045-5

Self and Emotions in Bhakti
Sangeetha Menon, 2016
Journal of Indian Psychology, Vol30, Nos. 1&2, 2016, pp. 32-39

A heuristic model linking yoga philosophy and self-reflection to examine underlying mechanisms of add on yoga treatment in schizophrenia
Naren Rao and Sangeetha Menon. 2016 International Review of Psychiatry, Issue 2, 2016, pp. 265-272
DOI:10.1080/09540261.2016.1194259

The ‘Outer Self’ and the ‘Inner Body’: Exteriorization of the Self in Cognitive Sciences.
Menon, Sangeetha. 2016.
Journal of Human Values January 2016 22: 39-45, doi:10.1177/0971685815608062

The Theory of Emotions in Sanskrit Poetics and its Implications for Psychiatric Practice.
Rajaraman, Shankar & Menon, Sangeetha. 2016.
Journal of Indian Psychology, vol. 29, nos. 1 & 2, pp. 34-44

Body-sense and the Somatic markers: Emotions in consciousness studies
Sangeetha Menon
Samyukta: A Journal of Women’s Studies, January 2016, Special issue on Theories of Affect. Guest Editor: Sneja Gunew

Wellbeing, Healing and Transformation:The Key Transpersonal Aspects of Indian Psychology
Sangeetha Menon, Shankar Rajaraman and Lakshmi Kuchibotla
Fall 2017, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, forthcoming

Re-imagining Embodiment and Self in People with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries
Namitha Kumar and Sangeetha Menon
Fall 2017, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, forthcoming

Desire and Self-Representation: A philosophical reading of the Malayalam novelette "Agnisakshi"
Meera Kumar and Sangeetha Menon
Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Springer
doi: 10.1007/s40961-016-0060-z

Consciousness and Cognition
Sangeetha Menon
In Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Ed. Alf Hiltebeitel. New York: Oxford University Press, July 2016
DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195399318-0171
http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195399318/obo-9780195399318-0171.xml

Recent Reports/Extended Abstracts:
Parekh P, John JP, Menon S, Halahalli H, Kutty BM. “Functional connectivity patterns underlying the experience of auditory verbal hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia”. Report on the collaborative study with NIAS-Mani Bhaumik Fellowship for Pravesh Parekh from NIMHANS.

Parekh P, Halahalli H, Menon S, Kutty BM, Jain S, John JP. Aberrant brain functional connectivity patterns underlying experience of auditory hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia during a visual attention task [abstract]. In: Proceedings of Brain Informatics and Health; 2015 Aug 30-Sep 2; London. Abstract No. B319 (Type-II).

Pankaj Taylor, Sandhya M, V.V. Binoy, Sangeetha Menon, A. S. Hegde, Srinivasa R. The Impact of Mild Stroke and Head Injury on the Autobiographical Memory and the Self [abstract] In: “Consciousness, Cognition and Culture: Implications for the 21st Century”, Nature India, New Delhi: Nature Publishing Group, 2015, pp. 41-42

Self and Empathy
Lakshmi K & Sangeetha Menon, 2014
In: Interdisciplinary perspectives on Consciousness and the Self, Eds. Sangeetha Menon, Anindya Sinha, BV Sreekantan
Springer, 2014

Adapted Self in the Context of Disability: An Ecological, Embodied Perspective
Namitha Kumar & Sangeetha Menon, 2014
In: Interdisciplinary perspectives on Consciousness and the Self, Eds. Sangeetha Menon, Anindya Sinha, BV Sreekantan
Springer, 2014

Self and Transformative Experiences: Three Indian Philosophers on Consciousness
Sangeetha Menon, 2014
In: Interdisciplinary perspectives on Consciousness and the Self, Eds. Sangeetha Menon, Anindya Sinha, BV Sreekantan
Springer, 2014

Altruism - Renouncing the Renunciant: A Discussion on Desire and Selflessness
Sangeetha Menon, 2013
In: Altruism in Cross-cultural Perspective, Ed. Doug Wakoch, (International and Cultural Psychology, Series Ed. Anthony Marsella)
Springer, pp 113-122

Reason, Emotion and Wellbeing: An understanding of consciousness
Sangeetha Menon, 2013
In: Psychology and Psychoanalysis, (Vol XIII and Part 3 of History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilisation series, Ed. Girishwar Mishra, Centre for Studies in Civilisations and Munshiram Manoharlal Publications, New Delhi, pp 387-402

Risk Perception and the Sense of Security: A Humanities Approach
Sangeetha Menon, 2013
In: Public Risk Perception, Eds. Malavika Kapur, Dilip Ahuja, Sangeetha Menon, NIAS, Bangalore, SP3-2013, 11-24

Looking Within: Interdisciplinary approaches to consciousness
Eds. Sangeetha Menon, Lakshmi K, Mariyammal VB, 2012, Conference Reader, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2012

Thematic note on Self in Neuropsychiatry and Nuerophenomenology, Conference Reader, “Looking Within”, 5-7 January 2012
Sangeetha Menon, 2012

The implications of sthitaprajñatva in the context of self and psychological well-being: A character study from the Mahabharata
Lakshmi, K. Sangeetha Menon, 2011
Indian Journal of Health and Well-being, 2(5), Indian Association of Health, Research and Welfare, ISSN -2229-5356 pp. 960-963.

Movement, continuity and mystic symbolism: The science of Hindu art.
Sangeetha Menon, 2011
Asian Geographic, No.82, Issue 5, pp. 68-70

The rise of thousand suns: Philosophy and psychology of Sri Narayana Guru
In: Re-interpreting Tradition: Critical Essays on 20th Century Indian Thought 
Sangeetha Menon, 2011
In: Re-interpreting Tradition: Critical Essays on 20th Century Indian Thought to be published under the Special Assistance
Programme (UGC) at the Department of Philosophy, University of North Bengal.

Brain-challenged Self and Self-challenged Brain: The central impasse in consciousness studies
Sangeetha Menon, 2011
In: Brain Science and Kokoro: Asian Perspectives on Science and Religion, Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture, Nagoya,
Japan pp. 79-120
Open Access: http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/Shuppanbutsu/Shinpozia/Brain_Science.htm

Brain, Self, and Consciousness: Emerging Perspectives in Mental Health
Sangeetha Menon, 2011
In: Handbook of psychology in India, Oxford University Press, Ed. Girishwar Misra, pp 36-45

A first-person approach to aesthetic emotions in Natyasastra
Sangeetha Menon, 2011
In: R Narasimha and S Menon (Eds.), Nature and Culture, PHISPC and Centre for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi, pp. 259-270

Reason, Emotion and Wellbeing: An understanding of consciousness
Sangeetha Menon, 2013
In: Psychology and Psychoanalysis, (Vol XIII and Part 3 of History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilisation series) Ed. Girishwar Mishra, Centre for Studies in Civilisations and Munshiram Manoharlal Publications, New Delhi, pp 387-402

Book review on Khalakdina, Margaret , Human development in the Indian context: A socio-cultural focus, Vol. II. New Delhi: Sage Publications. Sangeetha Menon and Lakshmi Kuchibhotla, Feb 2012, Current Science, 102 (3), 503-504.

Book review on Ramakrishna Rao, Gandhi and Spirituality, Gitam Journal of Gandhian Studies, Vol.1, No.1, pp.210-217
Sangeetha Menon, 2011.

Brain-challenged self and Self-challenged brain
Sangeetha Menon, 2010
Working Paper, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2010.

Introductory Essay on "Religion and Science" by Bertrand Russell
Sangeetha Menon, 2010
http://www.issrlibrary.org/introductory-essays/essay/?title=Religion%20and%20Science&ref=essays
International Society for Science and Religion Library Project, Cambridge

Introductory Essay on "Varieties of Religious Experiences" by William James
Sangeetha Menon, 2010
http://www.issrlibrary.org/introductory-essays/essay/?title=The%20Varieties%20of%20Religious%20Experience&ref=essays
International Society for Science and Religion Library Project, Cambridge

Introductory Essay on "Cross-cultural Studies on Consciousness" by K Ramakrishna Rao
Sangeetha Menon, 2010
http://www.issrlibrary.org/introductory-essays/essay/?title=Consciousness%20Studies:%20Cross-Cultural%20Perspectives&ref=essays
International Society for Science and Religion Library Project, Cambridge
Menon, S. 2010

Dialogues on Brain Sciences and Religion
Sangeetha Menon, 2010
In: Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture Bulletin: 34.8-76, 2010

The Concept of Consciousness
Sangeetha Menon, 2010
In: Indian Culture: Encyclopaedic Survey; Science and Society Eds. Jaikishandas Sadani and Bithaldas Mundra,
Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Bikaner, pp.316-337

Cognitive and Experiential Foundations of Consciousness and 'Spiritual agency'
Sangeetha Menon, 2010
In: History and Philosophy of Science PHISPC-CONSSAVY / Volume 8, Part VI, Indian Council of Philosophical Research
Ed. Pradip Kumar Sengupta, General Editor: DP Chattopadhyaya, pp 685-694

Persistent Puzzles of Consciousness: What is it? Where is it?
Sangeetha Menon, 2009
In: Understanding Consciousness - Recent Advances, Ramakrishna Mission Inst of Culture, Kolkata, pp178-192

Commentary on In defence of an Indian approach to the psychology of emotion, Anand C. Paranjpe
Sangeetha Menon, 2009, Psychological Studies, 54.1

The Puzzle of Consciousness and Experiential Primacy: Agency in Cognitive Sciences and Spiritual Experiences
Sangeetha Menon, 2009
In: Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality, Ed. Pranab Das, Templeton Press, pp.3-20

The Rain clouds of Mind-Modifications and the Shower of Transcendence: Yoga and Samadhi in Patanjali Yoga Sutra
Sangeetha Menon, 2009
In: Yoga and Parapsychology: Empirical Research and Theoretical Essays, Ed. Ramakrishna Rao, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, pp. 169-199

Transpersonal Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita: Consciousness, Meditation, Work and Love In Handbook
Sangeetha Menon, 2008
of Indian Psychology, Cambridge University Press, Eds. K Ramakrishna Rao, Anand Paranjpe and Ajit Dalal, pp.186-216

Basics of 'Spiritual Altruism'
Sangeetha Menon, 2007
The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 39:2, pp.137-152

What is Indian Psychology: Transcendence in and while Thinking
Sangeetha Menon, 2006
The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 37(5): 83-98

Advaita Vedanta
Sangeetha Menon, 2006
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
General editors: James Fieser & Bradley Dowden
http://www.iep.utm.edu/a/adv-veda.htm
for full listing see http://www.iep.utm.edu/a/

Hinduism and Science
Sangeetha Menon, 2007
In The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, Oxford University Press, Cambridge
Eds. Philip Clayton & Zachory Simpson, pp 7-23

Basics of Consciousness
Sangeetha Menon, 2006
In Consciousness, Society and Values,
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla,
Ed. AV Afonso, pp.27-37

The puzzle of experiential primacy and consciousness
Sangeetha Menon, 2006
In Consciousness, Experience and Ways of Knowing,
National Institute Of Advanced Studies, proceedings of the conference by the same title sponsored by the
Templeton Foundation programme on Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality, pp 218-228
The video of this lecture is available at
http://www.uip.edu/gpss_major/spip.php?article179

Experience of _Expression: Instances from Indian dramaturgy and a discussion on 'consciousness'
Sangeetha Menon, 2005
Leonardo Electronic Almanac Volume 13, Number 9, September 2005
http://lea.mit.edu, The MIT Press

Understanding the 'what' and 'where' of consciousness: Revisiting the Bhagavad Gita to ask a few more questions
Sangeetha Menon, 2005
Omega: Indian Journal of Science and Religion, IV(2): 88-99

Heal Thy Spirit
Sangeetha Menon, 2005
Heritage Amruth, Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traiditions, Vol1. pp 38-40

Six months after the tsunami
R. Narasimha, Sangeetha Menon, Papiya Bhattacharya and M. B. Rajani, 2005
Current Science, 89(9-10): 1459-1461

Book Review of Psychology of Human and Social Development: Lessons from Diverse Cultures
Sangeetha Menon, 2005
Summerhill: IIAS Review Vol. X No.1 & 2, Sage Publications
Eds. John W Berry, RC Mishra and RS Tripathi, pp 95-98

Book Review of 'Cit: Consciousness (Bina Gupta, 2003)
Sangeetha Menon, 2005
Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, XXI.1 pp 279-287

Self and self-transcendences in the Bhagavad Gita
Sangeetha Menon, 2005
In: Self, Society and Science: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives Vol XI Part 2 of 'History of Science,
Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Centre for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi,
Ed. DP Chattopadhyaya, pp217-229

Being and wellbeing in the Upanishadic literature
Sangeetha Menon, 2005
In: Towards a spiritual psychology Delhi: Samvad India Foundation,
Eds. K Ramakrishna Rao, & Sonali Bhatt Marwaha, pp. 72-96.

Beyond what and what is beyond?
Sangeetha Menon, 2004
In: Science and Beyond: Consciousness, cosmology and technology in Indic traditions
Eds. S. Menon, , A.Sinha, B.V.Sreekantan, R Narasimha and Philip Clayton
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 2004, pp 185-190

Experience of Expression: Instances from Indian dramaturgy and a discussion on 'consciousness'
http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-journals/Leonardo
Sangeetha Menon, 2004

Getting digital manuscripts: New technologies for digital preservation and publication
Sangeetha Menon, 2003
The Indian Archives, Special Number: Information Technology and Preservation, National Archives of India, XLIX(1-2): 41-44

Being Free: 'Consciousness' and 'freedom' according to the Bhagavad Gita
Sangeetha Menon, 2003
In: 'Applications of oriental philosophical thought in mental health', Ed JP Balodhi,
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, NIMHANS Publication No 47, pp 43-49

Binding experiences for a first person approach: Looking at Indian ways of thinking (darsana) and
acting (natya) in the context of current discussions on 'consciousness'
Sangeetha Menon, 2003
In: On Mind and Consciousness, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and Department of Humanitiees and
Social Sciences IIT Kharagpur,
Eds. Chhanda Chakraborti, Manas K Mandal and Rimi B Chatterjee, pp 90-117

The ontological pragmaticity of karma in the Bhagavad Gita: A mind to meditate and the meditative mind
Sangeetha Menon, 2002
In: Perspectives on Indigenous Psychology, Advances in Psychological Research in India - Series 3,
Centre of Advanced Study in Psychology, Utkal University and Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, Eds. G Mishra and A K Mohanty, pp 326-338

Research Brief (on consciousness and self-exploration in Indian thought)
Sangeetha Menon, 2002
Meet the Researcher series, The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 34(1): 67-71

The Selfish Meme and the Selfless Atma
Sangeetha Menon, 2002
Sophia: International journal for philosophy of religion, metaphysical theology and ethics, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 41(1): 83-88

Structure of Mind and Structured Mind
Sangeetha Menon, 2002
Indian Philosophical Quarterly, 29(2-3): 334-344
For e-copy See http://unipune.ac.in/snc/cssh/ipq/english/vol29_2%20&%203.htm

From Shelves to Digital Media: On digital archiving and publication
Sangeetha Menon, 2002
R1-2002, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 2002

Towards a Sankarite approach to consciousness studies: A discussion in the context of recent
interdisciplinary scientific perspectives
Sangeetha Menon, 2001
Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 18(1): 95-111

Beside the intender and the integrator": Looking at two "faces" of consciousness
Sangeetha Menon, 2002
In: Science and Metaphysics: A Discussion on Consciousness and Genetics, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore,
Eds. S Menon, A Sinha and B V Sreekantan, pp. 164-177

Binding Experiences for a First-Person Approach: Looking at Indian Ways of Thinking (darsana) and
Acting (natya) in the Context of Current Discussions on 'Consciousness'
Sangeetha Menon, 2002
WP1-2002, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 2002

Beside two faces of consciousness: Looking at the 'intentor' and the 'integrator'
Sangeetha Menon, 2001
In: Consciousness and its transformations, Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Eductaion, Pondicherry,
Ed. Matthijs Cornelissen, pp 295-306

Towards a Sankarite approach to consciousness studies: A discussion in the context of recent interdisciplinary scientific perspectives
Sangeetha Menon, 2001
Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research Vol. XVIII, No.1, 2001

The ontological pragmaticity of karma in the Bhagavad Gita: A mind to meditate and the meditative mind.
Sangeetha Menon, 2001
In: Perspectives on indigenous psychology, eds. G Mishra and A K Mohanty, Advances in Psychological
Research in India-series 3, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2001

Sangeetha Menon, 1999
Novel, Cost-effective Methods of Archiving Manuscripts
Current Science, Vol.76, No.10, May 1999
Novel, Cost-effective Methods of Archiving Manuscripts
the first version of this paper was published as a NIAS Report and released by K.R. Narayanan, the President of India, in 1998.

Understanding the 'what' and 'where' of Consciousness: Revisiting the Bhagavad Gita to ask a
few more questions
Sangeetha Menon, 1999, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

The ontological pragmaticity of Karma in the Bhagavad Gita
Sangeetha Menon, 1998
Journal of Indian Psychology, Andhra University, January 1998

Sangeetha Menon, 1997
Concepts of consciousness and materiality in Bhagavad Gita
Encyclopaedia of Indian Culture, Vol. 8.on Science and Society, Bharatiya Samskrti Samsad, Calcutta

SPONSORS & COLLABORATING AGENCIES

Dept of Science & Technology, CSIR, ISRO, DAE, DST, Cognitive Science Initiative GoI, Indo-US Forum
Templeton Foundation, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Interdisciplinary Institute of Paris
The Mani Bhaumik Foundation

2002, 2004, 2006 - In collaboration with Philip Clayton of the PI of Science and Spiritual Quest international series organised international meetings on consciousness with support from a host of international agencies including Templeton Foundation, and brought out edited volumes.

2005 - In collaboration with Prof Roddam Narasimha and the Project on the History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture organised a national seminar on Nature and Seminar, and subsequently co-edited a volume by the same title.

2010 - In collaboration with International Society for Science and Religion Library Project, Cambridge, wrote a series of review articles published in their website.

LECTURES & ABSTRACTS (recent)

Consciousness, Well-being and the Humanising Space
Invited Lecture, International Conference on " Required Architectural Design Wisdom at Habitable Spaces", Brindavan College of Architecture, Bangalore 3-4 October 2017

Distinguishing Concepts – Body, Mind and Consciousness
CSP Module for First Semester 2017 Foundation Course, NIAS PhD Programme “An Introduction to Mind, its Functions and Purpose", National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 11 August 2017

Body and the Self: A discussion on consciousness and healing
Invited Lecture for  Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS) Forum - NIMHANS Lecture series
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, 5 August 2017

Beyond the Binary: Consciousness and Causality
NIAS Wednesday lecture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 26 July 2017

Yoga, Self-reflection and Consciousness
Invited Lecture for the Yoga Day celebration of Indian Institute of Science, Faculty Hall, 21 June 2017
http://mhrd.gov.in/IDY/docs/iisc.pdf

Mental Health and Managing Life Stress, Chief Guest's Lecture on the occasion of International Women's day function, Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Cochin, 8 March 2017

Self, Purpose in Life, and Consciousness: Interdisciplinary thinking and Research
Invited Lecture for Psychology students, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, 1 March 2017

Binaries and the Unitary Consciousness: How Far the Puzzles Have Been Solved?
Invited Lecture for the International Conference "The Problem of Consciousness and the Brain/Brahman Dichotomy", organised by Dept of Philosophy, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K, 27-28 February 2017

Altrusim, Self-transendence and Gandhian approach to Peace
Invited Lecture for the National Conference on "Peace and Harmony: India and Canada", organised by UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies, Institute of English, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, 18 February 2017

The Science and Signs of Consciousness: The Western Mind and the Eastern Self
Invited Lecture for the Seminar on "Science and Technology in the Indic Tradition: Critical perspectives and current relevance, Faculty Building, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 5 February 2017

Brain, Emotion and the Artist's Self
Invited Lecture for the International Conference on "Creativity and Cognition in Art and Design" organised by National Institute of Design and National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore, 20 January 2017

Self-reflection and Self-Management
Lecture Module for the Participants of the Sr. Executives Course Programme, JRD Tata Audiorium, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 16 January 2017

Beyond the Brain: The Unifying Force of Consciousness
"Theosophy - Science Annual Public Lecture" at the 141st International Convention, International Quarters of Theosophical Society, Adyar Chennai.
(the first woman speaker in the history of this series), 3 January 2017
Lecture Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1JTwQMvQY4

Beyond the Binary: Wholeness (Purnata) and Consciousness in the Upanishads
Invited Lecture at the International Conference on “Quantum, Reality and Shunya” organised by Indian Council of Philosophical Research and Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Azad Bhavan Auditorium, ICCR, New Delhi, 10 December 2016

Feeling, Knowing and Being: Philosophical Foundations of Interdisciplinary Thinking
Opening Intriduction, World Philosophy Day sponsored by ICPR, NIAS Lecture Hall, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 17 November 2016.

Managing the Self: Desire, Conflict and Purpose in the Bhagavad Gita
Keynote Lecture at the International Conference, Nehru School of Management, Nila Gardens, Tiruvilvamala, Trissur, Kerala,
4 November 2016.

Uncertainty: How do I know?
Lecture at the Evening Philosophy Chat, NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS Lecture Hall, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 20 October 2016.
Read Paper - https://aboutconsciousness.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/are-you-certain-about-uncertainty/

Philosophy of Imagination
Foundation Course Lecture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 5 October 2016.

Philosophy of Mind
Foundation Course Lecture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 4 October 2016.

Yoga, Mind and Self-reflection
Lecture at the "Evening Philosophy Chat" meeting of the NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS Lecture Hall, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 22 September 2016. Read Details

The Arts, the Artist and Consciousness
Inaugural lecture of 'Culture and Cognition' lecture series organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Southern Regional Centre, in collaboration with Bangalore International Center, TERI Auditorium, BIC, 29 July 2016

Peace and its Philosophical foundations
Multidisciplinary Debate on "Poli-So-Phical Approach to Peace", Conflict and Post-conflict societies in South Asia, JRD Tata Auditorium, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 23 June 2016. Read Report

Beyond Disciplinary Limits: The Case of Consciousness Studies & Interdisciplinary Debates
Plenary Speaker at the annual Plenary Session on Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages at the Annual Research Retreat, Jain University, Bangalore, 22 May 2016

Transhumanism, Consciousness and Technology
Invited Lecture on 23 April 2016 at the Two-Day Symposium on the interdisciplinary implications of Norbert Wiener’s work, exploring various applications for the human use of theories of automation (event presented in association with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, NASSCOM, and the IEEE India Council) - organised in connection with the International conference - “Thinking Machines in the Physical World”, IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

Beyond Brain and Mind: Reconciliation through Self-transformation
Invited Lecture at the National Seminar organised by Sri Vishnu Mohan Foundation on
“Peace and Reconciliation: Perspectives from Religion and Philosophy, Chennai, 2-3 March 2016.

Self-challenged Brain and Brain-challenged Self
TEDx NMIMS Lecture at Hotel Novatel, 27 February 2016, Bangalore, organised under the global platform of TEDx lectures.
Lecture Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P297MN3rkKU
Speaker info: https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/17576

Self and Self-transformation: Understanding Experience and Consciousness
Invited Lecture at the Symposium on Understanding Cognition and Consciousness through Music and Meditation, Jointly organized by the Cognitive Psychology Unit, Department of Clinical Psychology & NIMHANS Integrated Centre for Yoga, Bangalore, 8 February 2016.

By the Shore of Consciousness: Healing Waves and Self-transformation
Chief Guest and Conference Inaugural Lecture at the National Conference on “Alternative Perspectives in Psychotherapy”, Kristu Jayanthi college, Bangalore, 2 February 2016.

Introduction to the Dec 2015 NIAS International Conference – “Consciousness, Cognition and Culture: Implications for the 21st Century”
JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, Bangalore 9 December 2015.

Body-sense and the Somatic markers: Emotions in Consciousness studies
International Seminar on “Decolonising the Theories of Emotions”, organised by the Institute of English, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Kerala, and University of British Columbia, in Trivandrum, 11-13 November 2015

INSIGHTS: Exploring Fundamental concepts and Foundational questions
Thematic Introduction for the meeting on "Space", NIAS, 4th July, 2015

Healing and Imagination: The Merge of the Self-other binary
Thematic Introduction for the Evening Philosophy Chat meeting, NIAS, 29 June 2015

Brain-Mind model and Consciousness-Self model: Changing Perspectives
Invited Lecture on the occasion of the inauguration of "Cognitive Neuroscience Society of India", on the Yoga day at (NIMHANS) National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, 21st June 2015

The Ethics of Originality
Lecture at the Panel Discussion on “Understanding Plagiarism in Academia”, NIAS, 1st May 2015

The Outer Self and the Inner Body: Exteriorisation of the Self in Cognitive sciences 
Invited Lecture for A Publication oriented one-day workshop, "Reasoning with Value(s):Explorations in the contemporary Milieu"
Indian Institute of Management, Caluctta, 12 March 2015.

Brain and Self: The philosophy of psychology
Keynote Address at the 3rd international conference on "Recent advances in cognition and health", organised by Dept of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University, Banares, 19-21 Decmber 2014

Beyond Brain and Mind: A discussion on Self and Consciousness
Keynote Lecture at the Conference titled "Mind Matter & Consciousness: Recent Trends in Philosophy and Science" organised by Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, 28-29 November 2014

Self, Emotions and the Complex states of mind 
Lecture at the Credit Course titled "Behaviour, Cognition, Consciousness", Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore, 21 November 2014

Brain and the Interconnected Self: Science and Signs of Consciousness
Lecture at the international meeting "Cosmology and Consciousness III – Harmony and Happiness”, Upper Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 3-5, November 2014

Wellbeing, Existence and Consciousness
Panel Lecture at the international meeting "Cosmology and Consciousness III – Harmony and Happiness”, Upper Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 3-5, November 2014

Beyond Mind: Introduction to Self and Consciousness
Lecture at the Credit Course titled "Behaviour, Cognition, Consciousness", Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore, 12 September 2014

Self, Emotions and the Complex states of mind
Lecture at the Credit Course titled "Behaviour, Cognition, Consciousness", Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore, 21 November 2014

Philosophy, philosophical thinking and the Humanities
Lecture for the NIAS Doctoral Students Foundation Course, NIAS, 18 September 2014

Values, mentoring and pedagogic guidelines for Teacher-Student relation
Chief Guest's Lecture at the annual Teachers' day celebration programme of the University of Agricultural sciences, Bangalore, 5 September 2014. 

Purpose, Imagination and Common Good
Lecture for the Evening Philosophy Chat group meeting, The Banyan tree, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, 12 August 2014

Self, Desire and Mind
Lecture for the Evening Philosophy Chat group meeting, The Banyan tree, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, 18 July 2014

Brain-Consciousness nexus: Where Science and Philosophy Meet, and Part
Lecture for NIAS-DST Training Programme for Women Scientists, NIAS, February 14, 2014.

Brain, Self and Consciousness: Explaining the conspiracy of experience: An Introduction to Consciousness Studies
NIAS Wednesday Lecture, 27 November 2013, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Brain, Body and Consciousness: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Dialogues in Consciousness Studies 
Invited Lecture at Sambodh Centre for Human Excellence, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2 October 2013.

Consciousness, Self-transformation and Yoga-dharma
Invited Lecture at the International Conference organized by Dept of Religious Studies, University of Southern California, LA, 20 October 2013.

Brain, Being and Consciousness: A discussion in neuroscience and neurophilosophy
Public Lecture, as part of the Lecture series on 'Being in Philosophy' organised by Indian Institute of Technology-Chennai, and Sri Vishnu Mohan Foundation, Chennai, 25 March 2013.

Why 'She' is 'Me'? A comparative discussion on the Body and the Self
Plenary Lecture, International Conference, Tucson Toward a Science of Consciousness series, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, 5 March 2013

Self-Management and the Bhagavad Gita
Invited Lecture organised by National Institute of Personnel Management (Vishaka Chapter) at King Court Hall, Hotel Royal Forte, Vishakapatnam, 7.00 to 8.30 pm, 19 July 2013

Excellence in Learning
Invited Lecture and interactive session at the Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan School for 10th Grade students, Vishakapatanam, 10.00 to 11.00 pm, 18 July 2013.

Public Lecture series (5 lectures) on "The psychology and philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita" for the staff and students of Gitam University, and the public, organised by Gitam University, Vishakapatnam, 15-19 July 2013
Themes: 
1. Sorrow and Ironies of Life 
2. Desire and its Discontent
3. Agent and Action
4. Body and Consciousness 
5. Knowledge and Freedom

Emotion, Embodiment and Neural Challenges: A discussion on neuropsychiatry and cognitive neurosciences
Visiting Professor's Lecture series, organised by Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 24 June 2013, 3.00 to 5.00pm.

Brain and Self: Explaining Everyday Experiences
Visiting Professor's Lecture series, organised by Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 18 June 2013, 3.00 to 5.00pm.

Interdisciplinary Dialogues in Consciousness Studies: An introduction
Visiting Professor's Lecture series, organised by Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 12 June 2013, 3.00 to 5.00pm.

Why 'She' is 'Me'? A comparative discussion on the Body and the Self
Plenary Lecture, International Conference, Tucson Toward a Science of Consciousness series
Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, 5 March 2013

Creativity and Wellbeing
Resource person's Lecture, National Workshop on Positive Psychology
Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, 7-8 February 2013

Desire, Self, and Healing:  Arjuna's predicament, and choice-making, in the Bhagavad Gita
Invited Lecture, International Workshop on Healing, Counselling and Therapy
Jain University Global campus, Bangalore, 13-15 December, 2012 

Wellbeing, Happiness and Contentment
Invited Lecture at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 9 November 2012

Self: Where is it? Who knows!
Invited Lecture, Symposium on Neurobiology of Cognition
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, 1-2 November, 2012

Consciousness: A Biologically inspired system science
Discussion Initiative Brief, at the Brain-storming Session for a new 'Centre on Biologically-inspired System Sciences'
IIT-Rajasthan, Jodhpur, 29 September 2012

Signs of Self
Foundation Course for Doctoral Students,
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 27 September 2012

Body and Consciousness: Basics of Experience
3rd Summer School on Cognition
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 12 July 2012
Watch Videos of the Lecture: Part 1 . Part 2 . Parts 3

Consciousness and the Humanities, Invited Lecture, Refresher Course for Teachers, 
Christ University, Bangalore, 1 May 2012.

Self and its Wellbeing
Panel Discussion, "Looking Within: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness", international conference,
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 7 January 2012 
Watch Video: Panel Lecture

Self in Neuropsychiatry and Neurophilosophy 
Concept Introduction, "Looking Within: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness", international conference,
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 5 January 2012 
Watch Video: Concept Introduction

Guided Reading and Writing Course on "Philosophy of Psychology", 
January to April 2012, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore,

Self in Indian Psyhology
Foundation Course Lecture for Doctoral Students, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 
27 October 2011.

Risk-perception and the Sense of security: A humanities perspective
Invited Lecture at the Brain-storming Seminar on "Risk Perception" at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 29 September 2011.

Self at the Edge: Brain and the recent neuropsychiatric narratives
Abstract of paper presented at National Seminar at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, in collaboration with the Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences on "The Enigma of Health: Maladies and the Politics of Healing", 2011

Self and its identity in Experience
Abstract of paper presented for a National meeting in Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda on Individuality, Identity and Constitution, with focus on Self in Brain Sciences, 2011

Tracing Self in Neurospsychiatry: A debate on the nature of self and self-identity
Abstract of Panel Presentation at the National Symposium on "Thinking Subjectivities" at Christ University, 2011

Self and Immortality: Nachiketa, the young student's dialogue in the Katha Upanishad
Presentation by Resource person for the International Cortona-India Programme, ETH-Zurich, Hyderabad, 2010

Brain, Self and their Interrelations in Understanding Consciousness
Plenary Lecture for International conference at Dayalbagh Educational Institute, 2010

Truth, Beauty and Goodness: A discussion on the time-tested virtues
AMU University Extension Lecture, Aligarh Muslim University, 2010

Brain Studies, Consciousness and Spiritual Psychology
Valedictory address for the National seminar organised by Dept of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, 30 October 2010.

Self at the Edge: Brain and the recent neuropsychiatric narratives
Invited Lecture for the National Seminar at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, in collaboration with the Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences on "The Enigma of Health: Maladies and the Politics of Healing"
25-27 March, 2011

Self and its identity in Experience
A dialogue with Buddhist scholars at a National meeting in Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda on Individuality, Identity and Constitution, with focus on Self in Brain Sciences 25-28 February 2011

Bhagavad Gita, and the place of Value in Consciousness Studies
Special Lecture at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Calcutta for the National Seminar on Bhagavad Gita, 8th January, 2011

Brain and Consciousness: A discussion on the body-sense and the self-sense
Resource Person’s Lecture, “The Brain Matters: Implications of Brain Research for Mental Health”, National workshop at St. Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad, 16-17 March, 2012

Menon, 2012. Self and its Wellbeing
Panel Discussion, "Looking Within: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness", international conference, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 7 January 2012

Menon, 2012. Self in Neuropsychiatry and Neurophilosophy
Concept Introduction, "Looking Within: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness", international conference, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 5 January 2012

Risk-perception and the Sense of security: A humanities perspective
Brain-storming Seminar on "Risk Perception and Assessment" at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 29 – 30 September 2011.

Wellbeing and its implications for Brain and Consciousness Studies
Plenary Keynote address at the International Conference on Positive Psychology
Amity Institute of Behavioural and Allied Sciences, Jaipur, 6 August 2011

Body-absence and Self-sense: The 'new hard problem' in consciousness studies
NIAS Wednesday Lecture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
27 July 2011

Body-sense, Brain-maps and Consciousness: Exploring the Self
Invited Public Lecture organised by the Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai,
21 July, 2011.

Pathways to Excellence and the Road Ahead
Chief Guest's Lecture at the Convocation Programme of the Presidency College, Bangalore
30 April, 2011

Self and subjectivity in Brain Studies: Psychological and Philosophical Implications
University Extension Lecture at Suvidya College Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Bangalore, 10th December, 2010

Self and Immortality: Nachiketa, the young student's dialogue in the Katha Upanishad
Resource-person and lecture for the International Cortona-India Programme, ETH-Zurich
"Science and the Spiritual Heritage of India", 22 November 2010, Hyderabad
For more info See http://www.cortona-india.org/Contributors.aspx

Puzzles that Self and Brain give for Consciousness
Resource-person and lecture for the International Cortona-India Programme, ETH-Zurich
"Science and the Spiritual Heritage of India", 24 November 2010, Hyderabad
For more info See http://www.cortona-india.org/Contributors.aspx

Brain Studies, Consciousness and Spiritual Psychology
Valedictory address for the National seminar organised by Dept of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, 30 October 2010.

Self-exploration: Reason, Experience and Spiritual Moorings
Invited Lecture for the IRS officers at NADT (National Academy of Direct Taxes) for their programme on Experience Analysis and Building, 4-7 October, 2010, Nagpur.

Consciousness--Is it housed in the Self, Brain or Both?
Lecture for the International Conference on Transpersonal Psychology
Hotel Ismailovo, Moscow, 24th June 2010

The place of Self in Neuroscience
Lecture for National Seminar on Self and its Emotions, NIAS, Bangalore, 14 June 2010

"The Natural Brain and the 'Super'natural Self"
Invited Lecture for the Conference on Parapsychology at Vizakh University, Vizakahapatnam, 11-12 January, 2010

Invited Panelist representing the ISSR (International Society for Science and Religion, Cambridge) panelson "Science, Spiritual traditions and Environment" at the World Parliament of Religions, 3-6 December 2009, Melbourne, Australia.
Panelists included Nobel prize winner for Medicine (1996), Dr Peter Doherty.

"Brain-challenged Self and Self-challenged Brain" 
Invited Lecture for the International conference at Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, 27-29 November 2009

"Brain, Self and their Interrelations: Fewer Answers, more Questions"
Lecture for the NIAS Wednesday Discussion meeting,
National Institute of Advanced Studies, 
18 November 2009

Indian Psychology
Foundation Course Lecture for Doctoral students, NIAS, 19th October 2009

Sourcebook of Indian psychology
Editors and Authors meeting at NIAS 3-4 August 2009

Self and self-transformation
Lecture at international seminar sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, on 8th January 2009, at National Institute of Advanced Studies.
For pictures see http://samvada.com/Self.seminar.NIAS2009.htm

Sourcebook of Indian psychology
Editors and Authors meeting at ICPR Delhi

Compassion and Conflict
Seminar at Indian Business Academy, Bangalore, 3rd January 2009

Invited Lecture for the Panel discussion on "World Religions and Liberalism"
at the international Whitehead conference, Christ College, Bangalore 6th January 2009.

Transpersonal Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita and Participative Living
Invited Lecture at the Conference on "Bhagavad Gita and Mental Health"
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore
21st September 2008

Dialogue and Psychotherapy in the Bhagavad Gita
Lecture for "Prasthutha", Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
1st Sepetember 2008

Hinduism and Consciousness
Plenary Lecture at the International Conference on "Hinduism in Changing World--Challenges and Opportunities", organised by The Hindu Centre, 132 Owen Road, Singapore
23rd August 2008

Emotions and Emotional Intelligence
Invited Lecture, Institute for Management, Christ College, Bangalore
30th July 2008

Indian Psychology and Wellbeing
Course Lecture for the Philosophy Summer School, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
11th June 2008

Consciousness and Experience
Course Lecture for the Philosophy Summer School, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
4th June 2008

Self-knowledge--on Atmabodha
Invited Lecture at the Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust for the Birthday celebrations of The Mother of Pondicherry
21st February 2008

Hymn to Annapurna--The Mother Divine
Invited Lecture at the Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust for the Birthday celebrations of The Mother of Pondicherry
21st February 2008

Persistent Puzzles of Consciousness: What is it? Where is it?
Invited Lecture for the International conference on "Consciousness: Recent Advances", Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Calcutta
19 January 2008

Epistemology of Experience: Challenges for consciousness and neuropsychiatric studies
Invited Lecture at the national Conference on Indian Psychology: Theories and Models, organized by Indian Council of Philosophical Research at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bangalore
27 December 2007

Body, Mind and Mystical Experiences
Lecture at National Institute of Advanced Studies
Wednesday Discussion Meeting
19 December 2007

Nectar of Love and its Flow in Consciousness
Plenary Lecture at the national conference on Sacred Love: Bhakti in Indian traditions organized by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati
9 December 2007

Brain and Consciousness: Challenges in Science Spirituality Dialogues
Invited Public Lecture at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nagoya University, Japan, 18 October, 2007

Gestures, Expressions and the Poise: Symbolism in Indian Arts and Dance
Invited Public Lecture at the Institute for Anthropology, Nagoya University, Japan
19th October, 2007

Challenges in Brain and Consciousness Studies,
Invited Public Lecture at the Kyoto Imperial University, Kyoto, Japan
16th October, 2007

Brain and Being Centers of Consciousness
Invited Lecture for the International Conference on Consciousness, Brain Science, and Religion: Some Asian Perspectives
Fu Jen Catholic University, Hsinchuang, Taipei, Taiwan 13th October, 2007

Pace in Space: Theatrical, Gestural and Pictorial Space in Indian Arts
Invited Lecture at the International Conference entitled The Bangalore SPACE & CULTURE International Symposium organised by Leonardo Paris, Arts Catalyst Londoan, Srshti Bangalore, NIAS Bangalore
31st September 2007

Samvada tradition in Indian Philosophy
Foundation Course Lecture at NIAS
28 September, 2007

Body, Embodiment and Enworldment
Lecture for the International conference on Body, Embodiment and Sensory-motor system, NIAS Bangalore
5th September 2007

Mind and Consciousness in the Bhagavad Gita
Lecture at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London
9th June, 2007 at 2.30pm

Lecture series on the first four chapters of the Bhagavad Gita
at Flat1, Bainton Street, Banbury Road, Oxford. Organised by Dr Shirley Du Boulay (Former BBC correspondent and Program Director for Religious studies)
May-June 2007 (Trinity term)

Neurons, experience, and being: A discussion on consciousness
Shivadasani Lecture, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
25 Mayl, 11am–12 noon (this lecture was video documented by Rishi Handa and Millan Handa. For copy of DVD contact Rishi and Milan Handa, Email rishi_handa@hotmail.com)

Lecture series on "The transpersonal psychology of the Gita"
The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
May, 2007
this lecture is available thorugh OCHS podcasts subscription; For details click www.ochs.org.uk or contact Judit Bajusz @ +44 (0)1865 304300

The concept of Hindu philosophy
Shivadasani Seminar, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
14 May, 2–3.30pm
this lecture is available thorugh OCHS podcasts subscription; For details click www.ochs.org.uk or contact Judit Bajusz @ +44 (0)1865 304300

Beyond love and love beyond: Hindu and Western ideas of love
Shivadasani Seminar, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
3 May, 2–3.30pm
this lecture is available thorugh OCHS podcasts subscription; For details click www.ochs.org.uk or contact Judit Bajusz @ +44 (0)1865 304300

The Dance of Emotions: Faces, gestures, and movements
Shivadasani Lecture, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
7 May, 11am–12 noon;
this lecture is available thorugh OCHS podcasts subscription; For details click www.ochs.org.uk or contact Judit Bajusz @ +44 (0)1865 304300

Self and Consciousness: Perspectives from the Gita and Upanishads
Course Lecture series for MSc students (Psychological Counselling) of Montfort College, Bangalore, 3-5 March, 2007

Emotions, Experience and Consciousness
Invited Lecture for National conference on Facets of Consciousness
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Viswa Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram, 2 March, 2007

Emotions, Face and Indian Psychology: Discussions on Darwin, Ekman and Natyasastra
Lecture at the workshop on "Indian Philosophical Traditions and Contemporary Thought", NIAS, 8 December 2006

Mind and Consciousness
UGC Course for University Teachers, NIAS, December 2006

Consciousness and Indian psychology
Invited lecture for the students of management and women's studies, Banasthali Viswa Mahavidyalaya, Jaipur, 18 November 2006.

Emotions and Consciousness Studies
Invited Lecture for the Anniversary celebrations of Indian Business Academy, New Delhi, 9 October 2006

Self and Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta
Invited Lecture for the National Seminar jointly organized by Indian Business Academy, Bangalore and Madras Development Institute, Chennai, 16 September 2006,

How do I know you? Where do I find you?: A science spirituality dialogue on
consciousness and the Indian discourse
Invited Lecture for International Conference on Science and Spirituality: Global Perspectives
Organised by Interdisciplinary University de Paris and Templeton Foundation
at Hotel The Pavillon Henri IV, Saint Germain en Laye, Paris, 28 July 2006

Indian theories of Mind and Consciousness:
12 June 2006, Lecture for the Summer Course on Philosophy

Brain, Experience and Consciousness: Puzzles and Challenges
10 March 2006, Manipal Institute of Technology.

Indian Theories of Mind and Consciousness: Perspectives from Art, Psychology and Philosophy
10 March 2006, Dept of Architecture, Manipal Institute of Technology

Brain and Consciousness: Views and Challenges
Lecture for the National Institute of Advanced Studies-UGC Teachers' Course, 12 January 2006.

Brain and Being
Lecture at the national conference on "Consciousness, Experience and Ways of Knowing: Perspectives from Science, Philosophy and the Arts", National Institute of Advanced Studies, 6-7 February 2006.

The Rain clouds of Mental Limitations and the Shower of Transcendence: Yoga and Samadhi in Patanjali Yoga Sutra
Invited Lecture at the International Conference on "Yoga and Parapsychology", Andhra University and the Institute for Human Sciences and Services, 3-6 January 2006.

Cognitive and Experiential Foundations of Consciousness and 'Spiritual Agency': Towards a New Epistemology
Invited Lecture at the National Seminar on History Of Science And Philosophy Of Science Conference Room, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, 8-9 November 2005

Consciousness, Karma and Wellbeing
Invited Lecture for Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust, 26 October 2005, Bangalore.

Hinduism and Science: The past and future of consciousness studies
for 'Into the Future with Knowledge from Our Past' annual lecture series
organised by Sri Tirunarayana Trust, in association with Vidya Vardhaka Sangha (VVS)
First Grade College for Women and Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham,
Sringeri, at VVS College Auditorium, Bangalore,
13th October 2006

Consciousness, Experience and Wellbeing: Classical Indian views and Current Discussions in Science
Invited Plenary Lecture for the National symposium at Dayalbagh Educational Institute deemed University, Agra, on "Education for better worldliness" October 1-2, 2005.

Ways of Knowing and Being
Foundation Course Lecture for NIAS PhD Students 18 August 2005, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

The Place of Philosophy and Psychology in Multidisciplinary Research in the context of consciousness studies
Foundation Course Lecture for NIAS PhD Students 19 August 2005, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Brain and Being: The Science and Spirituality of Consciousness
Invited Lecture for the International meet of the Awardees of the 'Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality Award' programme, Mont Royal Chateau, Paris, organised by the Interdisciplinary University of Paris, Elon University and supported by Templeton Foundation, 14-18 July 2005.

By the Consciousness Couch: Odd, Regular and Inexplicable Experiences
Lecture for the 'NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting', 31 May 2005, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Beside the Stream of Consciousness: A Survey of Old and Recent Bridges
Lecture for the 'NIAS Discussion Forum for Consciousness', 31 May 2005, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Blind Dancer and the Stunned Onlooker: Nature, Consciousness and Two Ways
of Knowing in Samkhya-Yoga
Invited Lecture for the National Seminar on Nature and Culture, Discussion Meeting of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture 5-6 May, 2005 National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

How much can we 'talk' about 'mind': Some conceptual puzzles
Invited Lecture for the National Seminar on Language and Mind in Classical Indian Philosophical Traditions, 3-5 March, 2005 University of Hyderabad

Ways of Knowing and Indian philosophy
Course Lectures for NIAS Doctoral Students, National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore February 2005

Mind and Consciousness
Course Lecture for NIAS-UGC Teachers Course, Bangalore 14 February 2005

Two Rationalities for One Consciousness: Exploring the Scientific and Mystical Mind
Invited lecture at the international symposium on 'Science and Mysticism: East-West Dialogue',
Indian Institute for Science and Religion, Poona, 2-6 January 2005

Grief and Hope
Invited lecture at the Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust, Bangalore, 12 Jan 2005

Persisting Puzzles of Consciousness
Invited lecture at the ICPR panel on 'Consciousness' at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, 1st January 2005

Is Experience the Puzzle for Consciousness?
Invited Lecture at the international conference on cognitive science at Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, 16-18 December 2004

Healing through love, debate and just being: Instances from Indian traditions
Invited Lecture at the national conference on Indian Psychology 9-13 December 2004.

Experience of Expression: Instances from Indian dramaturgy and
a discussion on 'consciousness'
Invited Lecture in the Spanish city of Melilla on "" at the international conference on Re-connecting Art Science and Spirituality, 18-21 July 2004.

Brain and Consciousness
Public Lecture at Allahabad University, April 2004

Series of lectures for Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, Allahabad University, April 2004

Psychology of the Narrative of Adi Sankaracarya and Psychotherapy
Lecture at the UGC refresher course for University teachers held at Academic Staff College, Andhra University, Vizakhapatnam, Dec 15, 2003

Psychology of Spirit and Wellbeing in the Bhagavad Gita
Lecture at the UGC refresher course for University teachers held at Academic Staff College, Andhra University, Vizakhapatnam, Dec 15, 2003

Psychology of Emotions in the Bhagavad Gitaand Arjuna's Depression
Lecture at the UGC refresher course for University teachers held at Academic Staff College, Andhra University, Vizakhapatnam, Dec 12, 2003

Being and Well-being in the Upanishadic literature
Invited lecture at the national conference on "Self and personality in Yoga and Indian psychology", Institute for Yoga and Consciousness, Andhra University and Institute for Human Science and Service, The Park Hotel, Visakhapatnam, December 9, 2003

What is and What is not Indian psychology?
Invited lecture at the Editor's meet, "Indian psychology" series,The Park Hotel, Vizakhapatnam, Dec 8, 2003

Beginning with fundamental questions about consciousness
Invited lecture at the national seminar on "Consciousness, Society and Values, organised by Dept. of Philosophy, Goa University and Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, International Centre, Goa, January 17 2003

Beyond 'what' and what is 'beyond'
Lecture at the Sceince and Spritiual Quest-3 International symposium on "Science and Beyond, Consciousness, cosmology and technology in Indic traditions", National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, January 2003

Samvaada: Psychology of Dialoguing in Indian thought
Lecture at the NIAS-UGC course for University teachers, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, November 10, 2003

Being Self-aware: Some interesting ideas from Atmabodha of Sankaracarya
Invited Lecture at the Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust, Bangalore, September 9, 2003.

Where did the snake and the silver disappear: Instances from Indian epistemology
Lecture at the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting, September 17, 2003.

Bring the Best: Challenges and Possibilities for Self-development
Invited lecture for Indian Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals, Bangalore, July 19, 2003

Basics, trends and goals of consciousness studies: Current discussions and Indian traditions
Invited talk at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, May 15, 2003

Foundations of Indian thought
Invited lecture at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan organised by District Lions club and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Palakkad, Kerala, February 9 2003

Bridging traditions
Panel talk at the VK Krishna Menon memorial lecture on "Science , technology and social change", TKM Hall, Palakkad, February 8 2003

Beginning with fundamental questions about consciousness
Invited lecture at the national seminar on "Consciousness, Society and Values, organised by Dept. of Philosophy, Goa University and Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, International Centre, Goa, January 17 2003

Basics of Consciousness: Asking fundamental questions
Talk at the NIAS Discussion Forum for consciousness, NIAS, January 13 2003

Consciousness Studies: Interdisciplinary Discussions and Indian thinking
Annual Honors Program Lecture at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 10 October 2002

Self-exploration and consciousness in classic Hindu thought
Public Lecture at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 7 October 2002

Blossoms of the beyond: Indian ways of thinking, acting and experiencing, in the context of current discussions on 'consciousness'
Invited seminar at Centre for India Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, 30 September 2002

Being with Transcendence: Experiencing the Bhagavad Gita
Invited seminar at Centre for India Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, 28 September 2002

Binding experiences and the 'explanatory gap': Recent multidisciplinary discussions on 'consciousness'
Invited seminar at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 26 September 2002

Love, wisdom and self-realisation in Indian spiritual literature
Public lecture at West Chester, Ohio, 14 September 2002

Being and BEING: Current discussions on 'consciousness' and Yoga traditions
Plenary talk at the thirteenth International Congress of Vedanta, held at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 13th September, 2002

Binding experiences and epistemologies: Instances from Indian philosophy (darsana sastra), Indian psychology (moksa sastra) and Indian dramaturgy (natya sastra) in the context of recent discussions on consciousness
Invited talk at the inaugural conference on Completing the Global Renaissance: The Indic contributions as a part of the series entitled Global Renaissance Series organized by the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies, Columbia University, and the Infinity Foundation, Princeton, held at Menla Foundation, Woodstock, New York, 28th July 2002

Binding experiences: Looking at being of self and self-transcendences in the context of a discussion on transpersonal psychology of the Bhagavad Gita
Invited talk at the symposium on Bhagavad Gita at the 4th biennial conference of 'World Association for Vedic Studies' held at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, 13th July 2002

Being of and Being with consciousness: Essential differences between Indian and contemporary approaches
Invited talk at the symposium on Indian theories and approaches to consciousness at the 4th biennial conference of 'World Association for Vedic Studies' held at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, 12th July 2002

Being with BEING: Knowing Advaita Vedanta with focus on 'consciousness'
Invited talk at the Banaglore Chapter of Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Bangalore, May 5 2002

Binding Epistemologies and Experiences
Invited Lecture at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, at the symposium on 'Consciousness', organised by Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla), 18 February 2002

Love and Relationship in the Naradabhakti Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita
Invited Lecture at Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust, Bangalore, 13 February 2002

Binding Experiences: Self and Self-transcendences in Indian thought in the context of reecent discussions on 'consciousness'
Invited Lecture atthe interdisciplinary seminar on "Self, Society and Science: theoretical and historical perspectives" organised by Centre for Studies in Civilisations, New Delhi, 24-26 March 2002

Binding the Beyond: Puzzles about consciousness and experience
Invited Lecture at the National Workshop on "Puzzles of Perception", Dept. of Psychology, University of Delhi, 14-16 March, 2002

Binding Experiences for a First-Person Approach: Looking at Indian Ways of Thinking (darsana) and Acting (natya) in the Context of Current Discussions on 'Consciousness'
Infinity Foundation Lecture at the international conference on "Mind and Consciousness:Various Approaches", Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 9-11 January 2002

Binding Experiences: Revisiting the Bhagavad Gita to look at 'conscious experience' and the 'conscious experiencer' in the context of recent discussions on 'consciousness'
Invited Lecture at the international conference on "Scientific and philosophical Studies on consciousness: Toward a systematic theory", Centre for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, 2-4 January 2002

Participated in the national seminar on "Rethinking Modernity" as a commentator, held at Sri Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kalady, Kerala from 16-18 November 2001

Binding Experiences: Looking at the Contributions of Adi Sankaracarya, Tuncettu Ezuttacchan and Sri Narayana Guru in the Context of Recent Discussions on Consciousness Studies
Invited Lecture at 12th Annual Conference of National Academy of Psychology entitled "Psychology in India: Past, Present and Future" held from October 22-24, 2001 at Fatima Mata National College, Kollam, Kerala

By the ways of looking at 'consciousness'
Lecture at the Vivekananda Kendra Institute Bangalore at the seminar on Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness, August 2001

Binding Experiences: The Harder Problem of Consciousness
Presentation at the international seminar on "Science and Metaphysics: A discussion on consciousness and genetics", organised by National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Council of Philosophical Research and Templeton Foundation, 2001

A few more questions about 'consciousness'
NIAS NEWS, Newsletter of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Vol10.No.1, January 2001

Revisiting the Bhagavad Gita: Love, Wisdom and Self-realisation
Lecture at the Nightingale Centre for the Elderly, Bangalore
Nov24th 2001

Beside the 'Intentor' and the 'Integrator': Looking at the Two 'Faces' of Consciousness
Invited Lecture at the Second International Conference on Integral Psychology, Sri Aurobindo
Ashram, Pondicherry, 6th January 2001 (paper forthcoming in the Proceedings of the
conference)

Looking at Mind: Thoughts from Indian Philosophy
Lecture at Choksy Hall, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, on 19th October 2000.

A Digital Panorama: Selections from the Manuscripts Collection of National Museum and National Archives
Presentation of the CD Title(as above), at National Institute of Advanced Studies on
10th August 2000

Behind the Eluding: Tracing the 'known' and the 'unknown'
Lecture at Indian Institute of Advanced Study,Shimla, at the summer school on "Working of
Mind" on 21st June 2000

Unchanging Answers and Changing Questions: On Philosophical Thinking
Lecture at National Institute of Advanced Studies, 29th March 2000

Structure of Mind and Structured Mind
Presentation at the national Seminar organised by Indian Council of Philosophical
Research, in Jaipur/ New Delhi, February 2000.

Scope of NIAS Digital Archiving Method
Presentation at NIAS, 5th November 1999

The Bhakta and the Mind of the Bhakta in the Bhagavad Gita and Narada Bhakti Sutras
International Congress on Vedanta( Theistic Systems and Bhakti Traditions) in
Hyderabad , August 9-12, 1999.

The Selfish Meme and The Selfless Atma: On Self, Selfishness and Selflessness
Lecture at NIAS on 23rd June 1999.

Consciousness: Adi Sankaracharya's View
Centre for the Foundations of Philosophy and Science , New Delhi, 13th May 1999

Consciousness: the past and the present
Lecture at Ma Anandamayi Hall, Bangalore, organised by Veda Adhyayana
Kendra, March 6th 1999.

Understanding the 'What' and 'Where' of Consciousness: Revisiting the Bhagavad Gita to ask a Few more Questions
Lecture at the First National Conference on "Scientific and Philosophical Studies on Consciousness" at NIAS, 11th February 1999.

Consciousness Studies--Current Status of Discussions
Lecture on the Award ceremony Function of the "Gita Puraskaram" Organised
by Bharatiya Vichara Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, September 1998.

Consciousness-What? Where?--- An overview
Panel lecture for the Symposium on "Vedanta, Ancient Insights and Modern
Science" at R.V Teacher's college, Bangalore ,May 1998.

Towards a Vedantic Approach to Consciousness: The 'hard problem' revisited
Poster Presentation for 'Towards a Science of Consciousness', Tucson III Meet ,
Tucson, Arizona , U.S., April 1998.

Looking into the myth and meaning of 'panchakanya' or the Hindu notion of ideal women
Lecture at the American Academy of Religion Meet in Claremont,
California ,March 1998.

The 'hard' and 'harder' problem of consciousness
Faculty lecture at NIAS , Bangalore, February 1998.

Evolution of mind and consciousness in Indian thought
Lecture at National Institute of Advanced Studies for the University Teachers'
Course ,Bangalore, October 1997.

Towards a Sankarite approach to consciousness: A discussion in the context
of recent interdisciplinary scientific perspectives
Presented (panel on consciousness and science) at the International Vedanta
Congress organised by Miami University and Rishikesh, July 1997.

Is consciousness intentional? A discussion in the context of Indian thought
Lecture for the Faculty of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, April
1997.

Ancient Values from Bhagavad Gita
Lecture at National College, Bangalore, January 1997.

Karma in Bhagavad Gita
Presented at World philosophers' Meet, Poona, November,1996.

The Concept of Consciousness in Bhagavad Gita
Presented (as Resource Person) at the conference on Two faces of
Consciousness , Institute for Yoga and Consciousness & Department of
psychology and parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakh, October 1996.

An existential approach to two levels of consciousness with special reference to the Bhagavad Gita pragmatics
Presented at the conference on Two faces of Consciousness ,Institute for Yoga
and Consciousness & Department of psychology and parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakh, October 1996.

The ontological pragmaticity of Karma in Bhagavad Gita
Presented at 10th World Sanskrit Conference and appeared in Abstract of
Papers, at Bangalore in January1997.

Is philosophy of religion scientific?
Lecture at Seminar on Science and Religion, for the project on History and
philosophy of Science, Indian Institute of World Culture, Bangalore, December, 1996.

Vedic and Darsana tradition of knowledge communication and methodology
Lecture to the participants of University Grants Commission Teachers' Course,
Bangalore,October 1996.

Work dynamics and Meditation in Bhagavad Gita
Lecture at Veda Adhyayana Kendra, Bangalore, August 1996.

The concept of consciousness in Bhagavad Gita
16 February, Wednesday Lecture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore,
1996.

Intentionality and Integrality in Bhagavad Gita:
A phenomenologico-existential study
Presented at seventh International Vedanta Congress at Madras in
January1996 and appeared in Abstract of Papers.

Philosophical Foundations of Indian Culture
Presented at Indian Council of Philosophical Research Young Scholars' Meet at
Thiruvananthapuram in 1995.

The Gita way of Creative Living
Abstract of Papers, Indian Philosophical Congress at Thiruvananthapuram in 1993.

Person-making Education
Presented at Shri Ramakrishna Ashram at Thiruvananthapuram in January1992

Philosophy and Social Studies
Presented at Indian Council of Philosophical Research Young Scholars' Meet at
Lucknow in 1991.

RESEARCH GUIDANCE
Doctoral & Post-doctoral Studies Research Studies, Projects & Research Interns (recent)

Post-doctoral Associate
Gagan Deep Kaur (Post-doctoral Associate, NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS)
Mentor: Sangeetha Menon, V V Binoy
Topic: Dr Kaur is investigating the cognitive properties of a cryptographic system, called, talim, used in Kashmiri-carpet designing. There has been no work so far which addresses the cognitive properties of this notational system. The work is expected to shed significant light on the design-cognition, especially the role of symbols, within design process. Since it is investigating design cognition, the work is directly anchored to the Consciousness Studies Dr. Kaur is using the methodology of Cognitive Ethnography for this research which is another unique aspect of this work. While Cognitive Ethnography is an established field of enquiry in American and Continental academics, almost nobody is working with this field-based methodology of investigation cognitive processes in India where Cognitive Science is mostly confined to the psychology and neuroscience laboratories. This is a pioneer work in this context and is laying the foundations of field-based Cognitive Ethnography.

Doctoral Students
Lakshmi Kutchibotla, NIAS
Supervisor: Sangeetha Menon
Topic: Self and Wellbeing: A qualitative approach with focus on the Mahabharata
Thesis submitted and Doctoral degree awarded in 2015 by Dept of Psychology, Mysore University

Namitha Kumar, NIAS
Supervisor: Sangeetha Menon
Topic:
Thesis writing completed and to be submitted in July 2015

Aneesha Sharma, IIT-Mumbai
(registered with Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai at Industrial Design Centre)
Co-Supervisor: Sangeetha Menon
Topic: A study of ‘Let go’ experience in visual artists and designers
Thesis submitted and Doctoral degree awarded by IIT Mumbai in 2012

Dr. Shankar Rajaraman, NIAS
Topic: Self-conscious Emotions and Indian Psychology (3rd year at NIAS)

Sabina Sweta Sen, Exeter University
Topic: Sense, Essence and Body in Oddissi dance.
(final year)

Themistoklis I. Pentakalos (Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara)
Eternal Examiner, for degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development.
Degree awarded.
Topic:  Illuminating the non-dual self through the writings of Ramana Maharsi and Nisargadatta Maharaj.


2014-2015 Research Interns
Andrew Korah (BA, Christ University)
Topic: Self and personal identity in science fiction movies

Sr Ann Maria (BA, Christ University)
Topic: Poetry on Nature and Elements of Transcendence

Karthikeyan Palaniswamy (MA, IIT-Gandhinagar Cognitive Sciences Centre)
Topic: Self in Rubberhand illusion experiments
Short Report completed.

Adityanarayan Ravishankar (MA, Delhi University)
Topic: Self as process and the existential lack

Meera Kumar (Research Intern in 2014) is a study on “
Topic: Desire and Self –Representation: A psychosocial study of the Malayalam novelette ‘Agnisakshi'. Paper manuscript first draft completed.

Jillian Katz, (from Brain and Cognitive sciences  Programme, MIT)
Topic: Inner speech and introspection as ways to access thought

Pallavi Verma (BA, Christ University)
Topic: ESP and common misperceptions

2010-2013
Parul Sood and Sangeetha Menon
Integrated M.Sc (School of Biological sciences) student from National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar completed a report on “Indian Psychology as a Basic Tool of Psychotherapy”. (Report available)

Roopa H Narayan and Sangeetha Menon
Sanskrit post-graduate student completed a report on “The theory of consciousness or Self in the Vaisesika”

Geetha Anand and Sangeetha Menon
Prepared a master database of psychological terms and their Sanskrit equivalent in three books on Indian psychology by Kuppuswami Sastri and Jadunath Sinha was completed. Project sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research. Report submitted to Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

Vivek Kumar (IIT Kanpur)
Summer Intern 2012

Shankar Rajaraman and Sangeetha Menon (2011)
Philosophical foundations of recent neuropsychiatric narratives on self and body. Project study sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research. Report submitted to Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

Peter John, Summer 2011 on “Metaphysics, Altruism and Law”, Jindal Global Law School, New Delhi

Divya Subramanian, Summer 2011 on “Emotions and Aesthetics”, Cornell University, USA

Reviewer and External Examiner for Doctoral theses from Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Mumbai , Bansthali University, Dept. of Literature, Kerala University

COURSES (recent)
  Please click here for the 2015 Courses at NIAS that are forthcoming

“Research Writing and Communication”, a Closed Discussion
group (by invitation) for primarily for my Doctoral students,
interns and associates, through Facebook Egroups, 2014

"Behaviour, Cognition, Consciousness", Consciousness Studies Programme
Second Semester 2014, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Guided Writing Course on "Self, Subjectivity and its Affect”
First Semester 2013, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Guided Writing Course on "Body and Self in Disability Studies”
Second Semester 2012, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Guided Reading and Writing Course on "Philosophy of Psychology"- Part 2
January to April 2012, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Self in Indian Psychology
Foundation Course Lecture for Doctoral Students, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 27 October 2011.

Signs of Self
August to November 2011, National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
Egroup: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/selfandconsciousness/

Guided Reading and Writing Course on "Philosophy of Psychology"- Part 1
August to November 2011, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore     

Human Predicaments, Conflicts and Self-transformation: A Study of the Mahabharata and its Characters -- Part I
Egroup Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mahabharatastudies/ (2010-2011)
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Basic writings and narratives in neuropsychiatric literature
Guided Reading and Writing Course (2010)
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Kathopanishad: Its philosophy and psychology
Humanities Course module lecture for students of School of Humanities (2010)
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Indian psychology: Philosophy and psychology of Human Flourish
Foundation Course module lecture (2010)
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Narratives, Stories and Story-telling: A discussion on Upanishads
An online (Skype) monthly course for overseas students (2010-11)
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Guest Lectures as part of Course run by Centre for Research, Christ University for its Doctoral scholars (March, 2011)
a. Qualitative approaches for Research in Psychology and Mental Health
b. Consciousness studies and Interdisciplinarity in Research

Humanisitic Psychology and Classics (2009)  –  3credit course
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Humanities Course 3 lectures (taught for 9 hrs):
i. Body (Food) in Indian psychology and philosophy
ii. Emotions and Patanjali Yogasutra
iii. Self in Prasna Upanishad
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Indian psychology  –  lecture for Foundation Course, NIAS doctoral students (Fall, 2009)
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Menon, 2011. Communicating an Idea, Communicating an Image
Designed and conducted Workshop on Communication at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 6-7 September 2011

"Communicating an Idea, Communicating a Visual" - Workshop on Communication for Doctoral students, 29-30 October 2009
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Wellbeing  – in Mahabharata and Positive psychology (Fall 2010)
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

AWARDS, DISTINCTIONS, PROFESSIONAL BOARD & COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS (recent)

:: ​Committee Member, Institutional Committee for Stem Cell Research, Indian Inst of Science, Bangalore
:: Committee Member, Institutional Committee for Stem Cell Research, JNCASR, Bangalore
:: Board Member, International Association for Transpersonal Psychology (2009 to date)
:: Council Member, Indian Council of Philosophical Research (2012 to 2015)
:: Taskforce Member, Cognitive Science Initiative of Dept of Science and Technology, Govt of India (2013 to current)
:: Nominated Member, International Society for Science and Religion, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (2009 to date)
:: Member, Institutional Ethics Committee, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (2010 to date)
:: Board Member for Shankar IAS Academy, Chennai to conduct UPSC Mock Interviews (16-17 May 2015)
:: Invited to be a Member of the Academic Advisory Committee of Institute for Communicative and Cognitive Neurosciences, Shoranur.
:: Invited to be a Member of the Programme Committee & Reviewer of submissions on emotions, 2nd Annual Conference on Cognitive Science (ACCS), 5-8 July 2015, IIT Kanpur.
:: Member, Membership Committee, International Society for Science and Religion, Cambridge (2013, 2014)
:: Contributing Editor, International Society for Science and Religion, Cambridge (2010)
:: Adjunct Faculty, Gitam University, Vishakapatnam (2010 to date)
:: Academic Advisory Committee Member, Centre for Traditional Knowledge Systems – IGNOU, Delhi (2010 to date)
:: Member, Seminar Grants Committee, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi (2011)
:: Mmember of the panel to review the Annual Progress Presentations (APR) at IDC, IIT Mumbai.
:: Invited to be a panelist at the World Parliament of Religion (in Melbourne, December 2009) on “Science, spiritual traditions and environment”. The four co-panelists included Dr Peter Doherty, Nobel prize winner (1996) for Medicine.
:: Young Philosopher National Award, from Indian Council of Philosophical Research, for the year 2003
:: The “Swami Pranavananda Philosophy Trust of India National Award”, for the year 1988

OTHER DISTINCTIONS
- Invited Speaker, International Transpersonal Psychology Conference, Moscow, 2010
- Extension Lecture, Suvidya College Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Bangalore, 2011
- Special Address, National Seminar on Bhagavad Gita, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Calcutta, 2011
- University Extension Lecture, Aligarh Muslim University (2010)
- Valedictory Address, Indian Psychology Conference, Aligarh Muslim University (2010)
- Invited Panellist, World Parliament of Religions, Melbourne (2009)
- Shivdasani Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford University (2007)
(www.ochs.org.uk/people/professor-sangeetha-menon)
- Visiting Professor, Nanzan Institute for Science and Religion, Japan (2007)
- Member, Leonardo/OLATS and Al Andalus Foundation (2004)
- Member, Board of Distinguished Visiting Scholars, Dharma Academy of North America (2002)

JOURNAL & BOOK REVIEWS (recent)

Sangeetha Menon Reviews papers and books for Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, Philosophy of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems, Philosophy Study, Psychology Press, Sage Publications, and few others.

Guest Editor. Consciousness and Leadership Special issue, IBA Journal of Management and Leadership, Vol. 2 Issue 1

Wrote endorsements for an anthology Psychology and the Perennial Philosophy: Studies in Comparative Religion, published in late 2012 by World Wisdom, compiled and edited by Samuel Bendeck Sotillos

CONFERENCES, SEMINARS & TRAINING COURSES ORGANISED (recent)

Organised a Brain-storming meeting on “Consciousness, Cognition and Culture” supported by DST, CSRI,
at NIAS December 2014.

Binoy VV and Sangeetha Menon organised a one day Workshop on “Martial Arts: Body-Mind Harmony”,
13 March 2015 at NIAS

Looking Within, International conference
National Institute Of Advanced Studies 2012
A report has been published in Current Science (Geetanjali Monto) appraising the Conference
http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/102/05/0662.pdf


Consciousness, Experience and Ways of Knowing: Perspectives from Science, Philosophy and the Arts
National Institute Of Advanced Studies 2006

Science and Beyond: Cosmology, consciousness and technology in Indic traditions
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 2004

Science and Metaphysics: A discussion on consciousness and genetics
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 2002

Scientific and Philosophical Studies on Consciousness
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 1999

Seminar on Self and self-transformation sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research.
Venue – NIAS (December, 2009)

2nd discussion meeting for the Sourcebook of Indian psychology.
sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research
NIAS (2009)

Nature and Culture, (with Prof R Narasimha), National Seminar

INSTITUTIONAL COORDINATIONS AND INITIATIVES AT NIAS, Bangalore

Coordinator of  NIAS Wednesday discussion meetings

With Sharada Srinivasan Coordinates NIAS Literary Forum

Coordinated and conducted the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd NIAS Course for Senior Executives ON "Excellence in Leadership".
(56 nominations received, and 45 confirmed participants (fee: @ Rs.75,000/-) in the 23rd Course held in 2009, which was a record number)

Coordinated NIAS Canteen Committee, 2009

Member of NIAS Building Committee, 2008

Member of Course Cell Committee, 2008

Member of NIAS Library Committee, 2012 to date

Conceptualised, and Compiled NIAS Brochure for 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Conceptualised, and Compiled NIAS Annual Report for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Reconceptualised the NIAS Website in 2011 as its Content Editor and Graphic designer

Editor for Conference Videos (2012);
Graphic & Content Editor for Consciousness Conference Website

In-charge of Entrance examination (written test) for the PhD programme 2011

BLOG & SOCIAL MEDIA
NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/NIAS-Consciousness-Studies-Programme/1529879760626616
Website
NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme Website
http://niasconsciousnesscentre.com/
Website
Website to share philosophical, psychological and neurobiological studies on consciousness
http://consciousnessshop.com/
Facebook group through on “Brain, Self and Consciousness”,
https://www.facebook.com/groups/brain.self.consciousness/
Evening Philosophy Chat group meets once in three months. The group also has a Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Evening.Philosophy.Chat/
EPC
INSIGHTS meeting series on exploring foundational questions and fundamental concepts. The series has a Webpage
http://niasconsciousnesscentre.com/Insights/home.html
INSIGHTS
Subhaashitam for the Day, the Facebook page which posts verses and selections from Indian philosophical and Sanskrit literature
https://www.facebook.com/groups/subhaashitam/
SUBHASHITAM
Blog on my thoughts on mind and consciousness ... yes these writings do have a philosophical and psychological overtone ...
https://aboutconsciousness.wordpress.com/
Blog
ART & CHARITY
I write poetry, short stories, and also have a keen interest in engaging with photography, web-design, painting and handicrafts.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Poetry-Photography-by-Sangeetha-Menon/457986191000162
Poetry
http://sangeethamenon.blogspot.in/
Short story blog
CHARITY
Working for the educational support of the poor and the underprivileged, planting trees, favouring organic farming, Goshala and ecological living is a core interest for me which also is inspired by the core values that direct my research. I work with Sambodh Foundation a charitable and spiritual organisation with a group of like minded members, and with guidance from our spiritual teacher Swami Bodhananda.