South Asia Day

South Asia Day

14 April 2016

Oxford Department of International Development and The Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme announce the SOUTH ASIA DAY

Political Thought in South Asia 20 MAY 2016
Venue: Seminar Room 2, ODID-QEH, 3 Mansfield Road

Session 1: Labour, Class and Democracy (9-10.30)
Sandipto Dasgupta, (Kings College London), The Prince, The Father, and the Bureaucrat: Anxieties about 'the people' in the Thoughts of Tagore, Gandhi, and Nehru
Tejas Parasher (Chicago), Regulating Economic Inequality: B.R. Ambedkar’s States and Minorities and the Critique of Civil Society
Nandini Gooptu (St Antony’s, Oxford), The Idea of Poverty in Colonial and Post-colonial India

Session II: Citizenship and Democratic Institutions (11-12.30)
Rochana Bajpai (SOAS), Minority Representation in a Majoritarian Democracy
Udit Bhatia (St Edmund Hall, Oxford), Epistocracy and the Indian Constituent Assembly
Sumit Baudh (UCLA), Dalit and LGBTQ Identities and Citizenship

Session III: Theorizing Political Concepts and Categories (1.30-3)
Madurika Rasaratnam (Kent), Religion, Nation and Violence in Sri Lanka
Sumi Madhok (LSE), The Political Imaginaries of Haq
Humeira Iqtidar (Kings College London), Is Tolerance Liberal?

Session IV: Roundtable Discussion (3.15-5.30)
Approaches to the study of political thought in South Asia
Rochana Bajpai (SOAS), Udit Bhatia (Oxford), Faisal Devji (St Antony’s, Oxford), Tariq Jazeel (UCL), Tejas Parasher (Chicago)

Convenors: Nandini Gooptu, Udit Bhatia, Tejas Parasher

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The South Asia Day Workshop on Political thought in South Asia is funded by the Antonian
Fund, St Antony’s College, and a grant from the Sub-Faculty of Inner and South Asian Studies,
Faculty of Oriental Studies.

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