South Asia Day: Political Thought in South Asia

South Asia

South Asia Day: Political Thought in South Asia

Friday, 20 May 2016 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room 2, ODID-QEH, 3 Mansfield Road
Convenor: 
Nandini Gooptu, Udit Bhatia, Tejas Parasher

One-day workshop: Political Thought in South Asia

Session I: Labour, Class and Democracy (9-10.30)
Tejas Parasher (Chicago), Regulating Economic Inequality: B.R. Ambedkar’s States and Minorities and the Critique of Civil Society
Indrajit Roy (Wolfson, Oxford), Ethnographic reflections on the political thoughts of the poor
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 (St Edmund Hall, Oxford), Faisal Devji (St Antony’s, Oxford), Tariq Jazeel (UCL), Tejas Parasher (Chicago)

The South Asia Day Workshop on Political thought in South Asia is funded by the Antonian Fund, St Antony’s College.