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Global South Asia: Publics and Politics

February 26, 2015 - February 28, 2015

New York University
Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor


Friday, Feb. 27th

Zia Haider Rahman, author of the novel In The Light of What We Know, in conversation with Toral Gajarawala (English, NYU) and Dina Siddiqi (Anthropology, Brac University)

Saturday, Feb. 28th

“The Ethics of Nature in India”, K. Sivaramakrishnan, Dinakar Singh Professor of India, South Asian Studies, Anthropology, and Environmental History, Yale University

Friday, February 27

9:30 — Breakfast/Coffee with Introduction
10:00 – 12:00
“Diasporic Publics Within/Across States”
  • Arun Kundnani (Steinhardt, NYU), “How to Turn a Marxist into a Salafi: Race, Identity, and Islam in Britain”
  • Rabia Kamal (Anthropology, Univ. of San Francisco), “The Politics of Cultural Citizenship in the Cyper-Public Sphere; Reculturalizing American Islam through Social Media and Cyberactivism”
  • Sangay Mishra (Political Science, Drew Univ.), “Negotiating Identities and Political Solidarities: South Asians in the post-9/11 United States”
  • Sonia Cheruvillil, (South Asia Solidarity Initiative), “Narrating Resistance in the Diaspora”
  • Moderator: Ritty Lukose (Gallatin, NYU)
12:00 -1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00
“The Future of Left Politics in Sri Lanka”
  • V.V. Ganeshananthan (Bunting Fellow, Radcliffe/Harvard Univ.), “What Kind of Democracy? Rebuilding Citizenry”
  • Fathima Cader (Law, Univ. of Windsor), “How the Light Gets In: Canvasing Muslim Politics in Contemporary Sri Lanka”
  • Thushara Hewage (International Affairs, New School), “Anti-Corruption and the Left: Reflections on a Democratic Idiom”
  • Kanishka Goonewardena (Geography, Univ. of Toronto), “A Note on the Sri Lankan Conjuncture: Electoral Politics, Social Movements, and Left Political Prospects”
  • Moderator: Vasuki Nesiah, (Gallatin, NYU)
3:00 -3:15 – Coffee/Tea Break
“Liberalism, Islam, and Politics: Explorations in History”
  • Neilesh Bose (History, St. John’s Univ.), Recasting the Region: Language, Culture and Islam in Colonial Bengal
  • Andrew Sartori (History, NYU), Liberalism in Empire: An Alternative History
  • David Ludden (History, NYU), Discussant
  • Sudipta Kaviraj (Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia Univ.), Discussant
  • Moderator: David Ludden (History, NYU)
First Keynote

Zia Haider Rahman, Author of the novel In The Light of What We Know
In Conversation with Toral Gajarawala (English, NYU) and Dina Siddiqi (Anthropology, Brac University)

Saturday, February 28

9:30 – Coffee/Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00
“Media, Power and Publics in India and Pakistan”
  • Manan Ahmed (History, Columbia Univ.), “Prophetic Pakistan”
  • Paula Chakravartty (Gallatin/Steinhardt, NYU), “Mediated Populism and Indian Democracy”
  • Rahul Mukherjee (Cinema Studies,  Univ. of Pennsylvania), “MicroSD-ing ‘Mewati Videos’: Publicity Practices in Informal Circulation Economies”
  • Vazira Zamindar (History, Brown Univ.),  “Minorities and the Internet Enemy”
  • Moderator: Tejaswini Ganti (Anthropology, NYU)
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00
“Contemporary South Asian Art: Global Circulations and Critical Responses”
  • Iftikar Dadi (Art History, Cornell Univ.), “Artistic Responses to Partitions: The ‘Lines of Control’ Project”
  • Manuela Ciotti (Culture and Society, Aarhus Univ.), “A Global Cultural Form Lands in South India: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale”
  • Arani Bose (Physician/Gallerist/Collector), “Inexorable Entanglements, Profit and Non-Profit, Rise and Fall: South Asian Contemporary Art and Two Decades of Bose Pacia”
  • Atul Bhalla (Artist/Associate Professor, Art, Design and Performing Arts, Shiv Nadar University), “You Always Step Into the Same River: Water, Environment and Contamination in India”
  • Moderator: Dipti Khera (Art History and Institute of Fine Arts, NYU)
3:00 – 3:15 Tea/Coffee Break
3:15 – 4:45


Second Keynote

Sivaramakrishnan (Dinakar Singh Professor of India/South Asian Studies, Professor of Anthropology/Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University)
“The Ethics of Nature in India”

Reception to follow.

Co-sponsors: SouthAsiaNYU, The Marron Institute on Cities and Social Justice, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, The History Department, The Institute for Public Knowledge


February 26, 2015
February 28, 2015
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South Asia | NYU


Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
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