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J. Talbot Winchell Award

As an acknowledgement to Balvant Parekh Centre’s contributions to General Semantics, the Institute of General Semantics honored four of the Centre’s members with the prestigious J. Talbot Winchell Award, a prize that goes to individuals for outstanding contributions and services to the field of general semantics. The Award is instituted in memory of John Talbot Winchell (1895-1981), a long time student and benefactor of general semantics, and a former Trustee and honorary Fellow of the Institute of General Semantics. He was a leader in general semantics in the Los Angeles area, remaining active until his death. Milton Dawes, Bruce Kodish, Susan Kodish, Kenneth G. Johnson and many other eminent general semanticists have received this award before. Balvant K. Parekh was the first Asian to receive this award. Professor Kar and Mr. Devkumar Trivedi received the award in 2014. In 2016, the Institute of General Semantics presented J. Talbot Winchel Award to Bini B.S., an Academic Fellow of the Centre.

Balvant K. Parekh Received the Award in 2011

The Executive Committee of the Institute of General Semantics selected Balvant K. Parekh, the founder of Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences and Chairman of Pidilite Industries to receive the J. Talbot Winchell Award in 2011. Balvant K. Parekh’s approach has revolutionized the study and understanding of General Semantics in India. By incorporating the study of human sciences and including issues like media, communication, culture studies, health, education, etc. under the rubric of general semantics, he could save general semantics from disciplinary stagnation and isolation. Balvant Parekh Centre established by Mr. Parekh not only engages in an academic pursuit of the discipline of general semantics as an academic discipline, but also promotes the awareness of it in the contexts of everyday practices and actual lived experiences and situations among people from different walks of life.

 
 

The award was presented during the Alfred Korzybski lecture/ symposium on 28 October 2011 at the Princeton Club in New York. Mr. Parekh could not attend the function due to ill health. Professor Prafulla Kar received the Award on his behalf and read out his Acceptance Speech. Mr. Devkumar Trivedi, Member, Board of Trust was also present in the ceremony.  Dr. Kar and Mr. Trivedi presented papers titled “The Humanities in a Digital Age” and “Window-View” respectively in the Symposium organized by the Institute of General Semantics, USA as a sequel to the Korzybski Memorial Lecture.

 

Prafulla Kar and Devkumar Trivedi Received the J. Talbot Winchell Award in 2014

Dr. Prafulla Kar and Shri Devkumar Trivedi received the 2014 J Talbot Winchell Award for their outstanding contributions and service to the cause of general semantics. The Institute invited Dr. Kar and Mr. Trivedi to be part of the AKML lecture/dinner on October 24, 2014 at the Princeton Club in New York City. The Award was presented during this occasion. Prof. Kar presented a paper titled “Time-Binding as Scientific (Social) Praxis” and the title of Mr. Devkumar Trivedi’s paper was “An Esperanto of Evaluation.”

 

The Award was an acknowledgement of Professor Kar’s pedagogic, academic and administrative vision that has nurtured the study of General Semantics in India. As the Director and Managing Trustee of Balvant Parekh Centre, Professor Kar’s involvement in spreading the awareness about General Semantics is valuable.

Mr. Devkumar Trivedi is one of the chief exponents of General Semantics and has contributed to the study of the subject through his lectures, writings and other scholarly interventions. Being an active member of the Board of Trust of Balvant Parekh Centre, Mr. Trivedi has played an active role in making the study of General Semantics vibrant and multi-disciplinary.  

 

 

Bini B.S. Received the 2016 J. Talbot Winchell Award

The Institute of General Semantics presented the J. Talbot Winchell award for the year 2016 to Dr. Bini B.S., an academic fellow and program officer at Balvant Parekh Centre in an award ceremony at Princeton Club, New York on October 21, 2016. The award  consisting of an inscribed plaque was an acknowledgement for  Bini’s contributions in knowledge production and distribution in general semantics through the GS programs she conceptualized, workshops and certificate courses organized and conducted as a faculty, articles published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics, and GS anthologies and as an editor of Anekaant: A Journal of Polysemic Thought. In her acceptance speech, she remembered all her fellow time-binders, especially the founder of the Centre, Shri Balvant K. Parekh with gratitude. This award ceremony was part of the annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial and Symposium. In the symposium, Bini presented a paper titled “The Height of Identification: Metaphorizing Corporeality and Illness.”

 

Hayakawa Book Prize

Deepa Mishra Received the 2016 Hayakawa Book Prize 

Dr. Deepa Mishra, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the nodal Centre of Balvant Parekh Centre at CHM College, Ulhas Nagar, Mumbai has been chosen by a selection committee of the Institute of General Semantics for the 2016 S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize. The award winning book titled General Semantics: A Critical Companion, edited by Dr. Mishra (published by Pencraft International in collaboration with Balvant Parekh Centre in 2014) was dedicated to the memory of Shri Balvant K. Parekh, the founder of the Centre. First awarded in 2009, the Hayakawa Book Prize is given to the most outstanding work published in the past five years on topics of direct relevance to the discipline of General Semantics. Deepa received the award on October 21, 2016 at the award ceremony prior to Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture in New York organized by the Institute of General Semantics. She also presented a paper titled “Language and Reality: Structural Similarity for Effective Communication” at the Symposium organized on the next day.

 

Professor Prafulla Kar won the 2012 Nicolas Guillen Award for Philosophical Literature

Professor Prafulla Kar, Director, Centre for Contemporary Theory, and Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences, Baroda received the 2012 Nicolas Guillen Award for Philosophical Literature of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  The Award consisting of a plaque and a citation was presented to him on July 20, 2012 during the international meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association held in the St. Augustine campus of the University of West Indies, Trinidad. The Awards Committee has voted Professor Kar to receive the prize for his “extraordinary contribution to the study of the humanities in India and the impact of his work across the globe.” The Committee also noted his role “in the growing cultivation of dialogue across the Global South and the institutions he has developed such as the Centre for Contemporary Theory, the Journal of Contemporary Thought, and the annual conferences that have in recent times brought in the voices of the Caribbean.”  Past prize winners of the Award include Wilson Harris, Rambai Espinent, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Diaz, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Dr. Kar delivered a plenary talk during the meeting on “Gandhi and Fanon.”